July came and went so quickly that today was the first time I sat down! Seriously! Brad has been working a lot. Alison was in a production of Mary Poppins so she was busy with rehearsals and showtimes. Brad went camping with the LaTech crew. And then the big day: moving Brandon to Baltimore. Brad and I drove to Dallas on a Friday night in a U-HAUL. Thankfully Brandon had all his stuff packed. (By the way, this is the second time we've moved Brandon with his roommates present and not one of them even offered to help. Whatever. )
We pulled out of the big D early Saturday morning and drove as far as Nashville. Had lunch in Memphis at a BBQ place that the men enjoyed and I hated. Day 2 took us from Tennessee to Maryland. When we got to D.C. Brandon and I were cranky and ready to stop. But we kept on until we got to Columbia, MD. We were tired, hungry, sweaty, irritable. Basically we were zombies. Irritated zombies. That's the hotel that was a maze. We could NOT find the room. Ridiculous woman at the front desk just watched us....... and then said "oh yes, that room is on the other side" It took all my maturity not to get up in her face. She wasn't worth it. Gosh, I'm irritated just thinking about it.
Finally it was move in day. We made a wager as to how many loads/trips it would take us from the truck to the apartment. Brad was cheating because he said 12. When he started realizing it was going to be more than 12 he was doubling up. It took 16. So, Brandon won. Prize: a new apartment in Baltimore. We spent the rest of the evening unpacking and putting furniture in place. Brandon bought a bookcase at IKEA and it was fun fun fun putting it together. Bring on the cake and balloons! Basically we managed and nobody died.
The rest of the weekend was spent shopping, unpacking, riding around Federal Hill and Fort McHenry. It was just a little hot.
Brad and I flew home Sunday. American Airlines. Oh how we hate you. The following comment is politically incorrect so look away if you are sensitive: there was a group of Air Force guys. Obviously not officers, Their behavior and language and STUPID HEAD NESS was so embarrassing. I wanted to walk over and ask one of them for his mother's phone number. "Let's call her and tell her what you've been saying" Brad just said, "That's America's finest" Really? Plus the Captain was sitting right in front of us. 8am he had his first vodka tonic. 9am he had his second. He was loud and stupid. Did not shut up the entire flight. How can someone talk non stop for 3 hours? ABOUT NOTHING? Netflix, Tom Cruise, weather, restaurants.................. I finally put my ear plugs in and went to sleep.
The story ain't over. Our 30 minute layover in Dallas turned into FOUR HOURS. Finally we got home. Lauren did not forget to pick us up at the airport. Home. Finally.
Brandon's classes begin Friday. Soon he'll find out where he'll be spending his internship. I know 2 years is going to fly by.
Lauren returns to Baylor in 3 weeks. She's moving off campus so .... you guessed it, Brad and I are moving her into her apartment. You think it'll be in the mid 60s? Ha
Alison completed her summer reading assignment. AND the orthodontist told her she was D.O.N.E. No more appointments. WE ARE FINISHED!! YIPPEE. 11th grade starts Tuesday.