Yeah, with the holidays and all, life kinda got away from me for a bit. Consider it a year-end hiatus. In the past two weeks, I've had Christmas with all three families (hers, mine and ours); driven up to Massachusetts on Christmas day, driven into Boston, and put about a thousand miles on a rented box truck.
It's been pretty exhausting.
Driving from VA to MA on Christmas Day was actually pretty damn sweet. We left our house in VA at 8:00 AM Christmas morning, and pulled into my parents' driveway in northeast MA at 3:30, without breaking any significant traffic laws. We even drove through NYC, figuring (rightly) that traffic would be at a minimum. My son had the quote of the ride driving up 95 through NYC: "Dad, it looks like North Korea!"
We arrived in time for Christmas dinner with my family. If you've never had Christmas dinner with an Italian family, you haven't properly experienced overindulgence. I counted eight separate courses, not counting the three extra rounds of dessert and considering the antipasto and salad to be one course. Christmas is the one day out of the year that I don't count calories at all, and I make the most of it.
One of the main purposes of the visit was to work on clearing out my father-in-law's house. Monday saw us running around getting his car checked out by a mechanic (it's being willed to TheBoy for his first car, which is pretty frickin' sweet, especially considering it's a PT Cruiser - no racing in *that*!), then braving the wilds of Boston to see one of the farewell performances at Medieval Manor. I'd been twice before, as a younger man, and they really closed the place down right.
Wednesday I picked up a box van from U-Haul to bring some larger items back to VA (one of which will be featured later this week...). Started off delivering furniture to one of my wife's cousins, who lives in a densely-packed city on the north shore of Boston. That was a treat. Although the next day was even more exciting, hauling beds and dressers up to the cottage in Maine - including down a dirt road covered in snow that provided about the same amount of traction as a banana peel on a skating rink. Oh, and there was 6" of snow to shovel through to get in the driveway...
The U-Haul presented some interesting issues, namely that, even though it is the second-smallest truck they rent, it's still heavy enough to be considered a truck, and as such, our normal route home over the Garden State Parkway was not passable. I wasn't even going to consider taking a box van through NYC, so we traveled way west into PA and down route 81. It added a good hundred miles to the ride home, but absolutely no traffic. Made it home in 9.5 hours, longer than many previous trips but better than a good number.
It is good to be home.
That is all.