Copelands, Aunts, Uncles, and CARS!
05/18/2008 - 05/20/2008 65 °F
I dropped Jake off at the Badger Bus stop at Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee on Sunday morning (the 18th). It was a quick goodbye since airports don't let you linger with your car near the pick-up and drop-off points ... sigh ... it was hard needless to say. It will be strange not seeing him everyday and it's tough to be apart as anyone could imagine. However, thank goodness for technology now - with email, IM, phones - it'll be easier. So then I got on the road at 9:30 am and headed off for Columbus Ohio. As per the usual arrangement Chicago was damn near impossible to get around - there's construction up the wazoo and one of the exits i was told to take by my ever favorite mapquest was closed - humpf - so much for smooth sailing. Luckily Jenny has lived in Chicago for forever and I do have a general good sense of direction thus a little west and a little south of where I should have driven I went and finally met back up with a road I needed to be on. Bleh! But I was treated much better by Indiana and Ohio - easy drive with fine weather and little construction - can't ask for much more than that. Seven and a half hours later I landed in Upper Arlington at the Copeland house (my friend Darcy from law school and her parents). We had great conversation, good food, a little tour of the OSU campus (yuck buckeyes ... BUT the campus was quite lovely and must be a nice place to live), and watched the movie Into the Wild (from the Jon Krakauer book made into a movie by Sean Penn - pretty good and true to the book if anyone is considering it). After two margaritas mixed by bartending friend we were ready for bed! (side note: anyone that knows Darcy make it a point to meet her mom - it's unnerving how alike they are!) Up in the morning around 9, breakfast (wonderful cinnamon french toast a la mrs. copeland) and off for the second leg of the drive to D.C. The drive was fine but I forgot about mountain driving - it's a struggle staying at one speed with all the ups and downs. I'm just a simple great plains girl I guess! A completely uneventful 7.5 hours later I was in Alexandria dragging an ungodly amount of luggage into my Aunt and Uncle's house. (I managed not to even hit any traffic around D.C. at rush hour, that is ahh-mazing) Had some bad news when I got here though. My Aunt's 15 year old yorkie terrier passed away that same morning (Monday the 19th). She'd been sick and was a bit old for a pup so it wasn't completely unexpected but was still very hard and sad, she was a good doggie. It was dinner, watching the news and OTH (goodness knows why my Aunt agreed to that - and she probably thought it was terrible and of course she'd be right, but we all have our guilty pleasures), then off to bed.
Today I unpacked (thrilling right), had a visit with my Aunt Mary Jane, did some errands with my Aunt Barbara (the one I'm staying with), drove to Fairfax to see where I will be working, picked up doggie's ashes, had lunch at a fantastic little Italian restaurant, and am now writing and will be making dinner in an hour or so. Not a particularly eventful day but nice. Fairfax is a beautiful city. The downtown (which they now call Old Town Fairfax) is where the courthouse is and there are many old brick southern style buildings that now have things like Panera in them. It looks like it will be a great city to work in, there will be plenty of places to go out for lunches and dinners with co-workers and possibly a few good little bars to hang out in. The drive isn't perfect but it won't kill me - without traffic today it took us about 30 minutes one way so with rush hour it could take up to an hour but it's not a terrible route so hopefully rush hour will only add ten minutes or so to the drive which will be manageable. The best thing is that gas in Fairfax seems to be considerably cheaper than in Alexandria so I know where I'll be filling up!
I start work tomorrow - orientation at 8:30 am. So I'll figure out what it's going to be like and write more hopefully tomorrow Love to all.