Thursday, December 03, 2009

Exhale.

What a week and a half!

Here's the drive by summary.

Monday, November 23: Grandma Mad Scientist and Niece land in New Jersey at 11:30 p.m. Don't get home til past midnight.

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Tuesday, November 24: Regular day of work, teaching observation, school and daycare for the Bez clan while Grandma MS and Niece get acclimated to living life four hours in the future ahead of Alaska time.

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Wednesday, November 25: Chunky has a half day, Dr. Mad Scientist doesn't have to observe/go to class, and Moochie stays home. I work. They putz around the Northern Jersey area.

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Thursday, November 26: Turkey Day! Our tenth turkey day as a couple and the first time I've ever had extended family around for the grub. They claimed it tasted good. Downside to having your extended family eat with you: less leftovers!

Oh, and the pie?

Crust gets a B+. Very flakey, but kinda thick. The whole thing could have used more apples. But that's just me.

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Friday, November 27: Chunky's birthday! And I got called into work to work on the Brief from Hell. Suckage. But the doubletime I got paid is very helpful this time of year--a sweat bonus.

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Chunky in the Winter Garden that overlooks the WTC Site. Dr. MS got miffed at his mom for wanting to take her picture all smiley-smile overlooking the WTC Site. I kinda have to agree with him. It's like going to Auschweitz and posing all cutesy at the gate or something. Ugh. Bad juju.

Saturday, November 28: Dr. Mad Scientist, Grandma Mad Scientist, Niece and Chunky go on one of those canned bus tours of NYC. I'd highly recommend them for someone that can't handle the walking culture of NYC (normally we take our visitors on the Bez NYC Quick and Dirty Tour--but it involves lots of walking ala the way life is in a big city, but sometimes this doesn't fare well for suburban folk of upper ages not used to lots of walking). They had a good time and I had a nice quiet day with my Mooch.

Sunday, November 29: Over the river and into the woods with Grandma in the car we went to cut down our Christmas tree. Grandma MS reads my family blog and wanted to "do something cool" like we do in our blog.

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Since it's "winter" (never mind that it's December and it was 66 degrees today...grrrr) there's not too much to do--no shore tripping or apple picking. I researched some cut your own tree farms and found a nice one about an hour from us.

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It was lots of fun--when I wasn't getting lost following Grandma MS's directions. I can validly now say that bad navigation is a genetic trait and I know where Dr. Mad Scientist gets it!

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Monday, November 30: Chunky goes back to school. I go back to work. Dr. MS and Moochie and Grandma MS and Niece putz around.

Tuesday, December 1: Last full day of the visit. We wrap up the day by enjoying icecream at a totally Jersey place to have icecream. Hee hee.

Wednesday, December 2: We're up at 5:00 a.m. so they can get to the airport in time. I take the boys to school/daycare and then proceed to work until 1:30 a.m. today helping finish up The Brief from Hell. Back up at 6:00 a.m. to get the boys ready for school/daycare and to go to work. Thank squash for OT.

Overall it was a fun visit. But it will be good to get back into our normal routine.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My goodness that is some mighty long hour you put in!!! Even in the military if you og past midnight they have to let you take ahlf a day off!!! (Or at least when I was in it was like that) Looks like a real nice Christmas tree and Chunky sure does looks like he likes it. Love, Mom

10:52 PM  
Blogger Coco, not as in Chanel :) said...

Your tree is huge! :) It sounds like you had a good visit. I'm glad you are back blogging!

4:24 AM  
Blogger Bay said...

Sounds like fun!

5:34 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

What a whirlwind! Glad you can breathe now! That's crazy!

6:10 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

What a great week. And now you can settle into the regularly scheduled pre-holiday madness.

Pretty tree.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

I'm glad to hear you had a good visit - sorry for the crap working hours while they were here.

And that's a huge tree!

7:32 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Phew! Sounds like a really nice, albeit tiring!, visit. Your tree is gorgeous.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous sarah said...

and now you can come up for a breath of air! Whew! Sounds like a fun trip but I'm totally with you on the quiet normal routine thing.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like it was a good time, too bad you had to go into work. Extra $$ is good. Great looking tree. Love, Aunt Susan

12:19 PM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Whoa! That's one huge tree!! Man, I can't wait til I get a car, so I can cut my own tree.

Sounds like the visit was hectic, but it looks like you guys were great hosts!

I'm glad you survived.

6:53 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

That's an action-packed week-and-a-half! And DUDE, that tree is HUGE!

9:13 PM  
Blogger DPUTiger said...

It's hard work being "The Mayor." Don't let anyone tell you different!

10:09 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Nice tree! Sounds like a nice visit. Gosh, work sounds crazy though! Hang in there!

8:42 AM  

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