Note: This is a trip we took to Rome in 2017. Chronicling our trips has always been fun, and this is my travel diary from visiting my favorite city.
Day One – Travel to Rome!
It is so much work to get ready to leave and have a good time. There always seems to be a point when I wonder if it is worth it. I have to say, this trip is so exciting to me that the thought was only an occasional flitter. I’m pinching myself that I’m writing this as we wing our way over the Atlantic. Woo hoo!
We weren’t woo hooing at 2:30 am this morning. We had to be at the airport at 4 am, and it is an hour’s drive. George is a man who likes his sleep and the poor guy had to work late and didn’t get home until 11 pm. He got about two and a half hours sleep. As I hadn’t had time to pack all week, I laid down at 1:30 am and popped back up at 2:30. Let’s just say there wasn’t any joyous happy dances or marital hugs and kisses. George’s longest sentence was “Did you feed the cats?” I grunted in response.
Best Friend Hall of Fame Award goes to our friend Cheryl, who drove with us to the airport at that ungodly hour so we wouldn’t have to leave our truck at the airport. That woman is going to find a special place in Heaven.
George has turned the corner into the Old Man Driving Time of Life. I have formally moved from Back Seat Driver to full-fledged Medusa. As a graduate of the Shrew School for Back Seat Drivers, I have honed the fine art of shrieking and screaming repetitive little ditties like “We are going to DIE! “ And the ever-popular “This is a 55 mph zone, could we go faster than 20?”
We took the truck so Cheryl can borrow it to get her husband to take some loads to the dump while we are away. They usually borrow the truck when we are gone, and she knows the first load to the dump will come from the inside of what George has left in the truck. An ardent supporter of the Let Litter Live movement, he believes all garbage has the right to live free, and will forever have a a home in whatever vehicle he is driving. Cleaning his car is like going on an archeological dig. When he realized Cheryl was going to drive the truck, he did fill up a garbage bag and removed enough that we could find the seats. At three this morning, I was wearing a gas mask and towel, trying to wipe the seat free of granola, dog food and bananas.