I'm back! Sort of. Tomorrow I take off again.
So, I walked in the door last night, and was tackled by my daughter. She gave me a big bear hug. Apparently she missed me. I expected some sort of comment to that effect, but instead she said, "Guess what Bubba said about you."
This ought to be good, I thought. "What did Bubba say?"
"Well, he was trying to figure out how old you were. At first he thought you were 22, but then he said that there was definitely no way you were 22."
"Okay," I said. "So how old did he think I was?"
Oy! (No, I'm most definitely not 52!)
On to another story (actually, I'm quite full of them today). I was rather hungry when I came home at about 9:00 last night. After I had put down my suitcase and was properly greeted by all creatures in my family, I searched for something to eat. I went to the cereal cupboard. There was no cereal. I looked in the fruit bowl for a banana. Nothing. I looked in the refrigerator for juice. None. I even looked in the freezer for ice cream. No ice cream. We were out of food. "Hey," I said. "Are you trying to starve me?"
They laughed. "But we left you laundry to fold, a toilet to unblock, and a dishwasher to fix. What more could you want?" (Yes, there were 4 loads of laundry to fold, 2 loads to wash, a clogged toilet, and a busted dishwasher. Note to self: I must teach my offspring the fine art of folding laundry!)
As for the trip to Rhode Island (where the conference was), it was quite an adventure. My flight was cancelled due to inclement weather. It took me nearly 12 hours to get there, and I spent 3 sitting on an airplane next to an enebriated old man who reeked of alcohol and chatted my ear off about a shooting on the Las Vegas strip and the weather across the nation. I now know that the weather in Kansas is not good. But I already knew that from a story I read about the Wizard of Oz.
Coming back wasn't so bad. Except the TSA inspected my baggage and left me a little note. I wonder how they liked the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky violin concertos I had stuffed in there along with the books about Egypt and an Arabic dictionary (for my current manuscript research). I would've liked to have seen the looks on their faces when they saw those!
The conference was awesome, and definitely worth all the trouble getting there. Now I'm off to Louisville for a dance competition. See you when I get back!