This was a weird weekend. I had friends in town to visit (which was so fantastic), but I also said goodbye to some really great people. Jessica, Hillary & Katie.... Stan and his wife.... Cas & Howard.... everyone is gone. It is still shocking to me how quickly bonds are formed here! I did get told by Cas (who has numerous things in comment with my dad - see the next paragraph) "I love hugging you". So nice. (Shout out to Bridgett - - I am trying to be a hugger, now!)
Cas (Casimir - the Super Bowl guy) reminded me of my pops on a few different occasions. I believe I told you about my "technical" help that I provided for him. What I haven't mentioned was what happened to his glasses. Before I get to that - I need to share a story about Steve (my dad). On their flight to Hawaii (I believe) he kept his glasses in the pocket on his jacket. When they were getting ready to land, he took out his specs and put them on. The flight attendant had to comment that those were the clearest lenses she had ever seen - while simultaneously poking her fingers through the frames. The lenses were missing. He didn't notice. Bless his heart. A couple of days before he was ready to leave, Cas lost his right lense. He didn't notice until he got to the DFC, after walking over a mile. Seriously. To make it even better, he has the glasses that automatically tint in the sunlight. Very entertaining on a sunny morning, when he looked like a pirate. The good news was, he retained use of the left lense, which is the one he really needed. =) Howard, who went on a $700+ shopping spree for clothes for his family at Dicks Sporting Goods (I couldn't make this up) is also a little technically-challenged. He has a Mercedes SomethingFancy (not sure on the actual model) and was telling me he doesn't understand how to operate the majority of things in his car, because they are too technically advanced. I offered to trade him, even up, for JaLisa (who has NO technical components). Shockingly, he turned me down. JaLisa remains in my possession.
This weekend I played water volleyball both days, and did water aerobics on Saturday. My shoulder must have adapted to this new activity - - I still have full range of motion. One nice surprise today was getting to play with Reverend Alden's twin (Rev Alden is from Little House on the Prairie). RA's real name is Bob. He went to Duke before I was born (his words) and had seats under the basket for the Duke/UNC game on Saturday (a huge rivalry down here - and the schools are only about 15 miles apart. Very odd. I can't imagine how much $$ he has donated to Duke in order to get those seats!?!?) He asked if I wanted to sit with them for lunch, and did have to tell me a secret before I left lunch to meet my friends..... I am a very beautiful woman, and have a great personality. He said he noticed it when we were playing volleyball - and also noted that I have "pretty good" coordination. Reverand Alden - Thank you. That means a lot.
I wonder if everyone gets the quantity of helpful hints/suggestions/comments that I get - or if I just really look like someone who is dying for their input? It is a mystery to me. An entertaining mystery.
The ladies and I had a pretty tame, but fun, time. Pedicures and dinner (I tried to stay mostly within reason on my meal) on Saturday. We went to the Duke campus and drove around a bit today, and then went to the Duke Gardens. I am sure it is beautiful when everything starts blooming. For now, we had to settle for the sunshine, 60+ degrees and smell of spring. It was delightful. We then went back to the DFC patio and played Farkle (or "dice" as it is called in the Cerini family). Marilyn was victorious - of course! I have the greatest friends. So supportive, and so willing to put up with my ridiculous schedule, so I can make sure to get all of my stuff in. Thank you to all of you for indulging me this weekend! I appreciate you all!!
It is unreal to me that week 3 already starts tomorrow. I can't wait to see what they have in store for me now. Oh yeah - and it is supposed to be 60-70 degrees every day this week. That will probably be pretty tough.....
What are you most looking forward to this spring?