The end of our trip was really great. We went to New York one more time, to see Next to Normal, which was a fabulous show! In fact, for you show choirites, we’ll be doing the audition dance combination to a song from it. We also went to the library again and watched Violet together. We both had lists of shows, but all the ones I wanted to see were either being repaired, already being watched, or on dvd and they had run out of dvd players.
A NOTE TO THE LINCOLN CENTER LIBRARY:
Listen you guys, give me all of your dvds, vhs tapes, reel-to-reels, 8-tracks, and whatever else you have going on there, give me $2000 and 6 months, and I will digitize all of your material for you! That way, you can have a completely digital system with just one computer screen per seat, where people can log in and choose a show (it can keep track of who you are, what you do, your reasons for watching, and which shows you’ve already seen), and then (gasp!) WATCH IT! No need for dvd players, tape players, or reservations, doesn’t matter if someone else is watching it, start and stop at any time, no need for EMPLOYEES! And then, hey, maybe you could allow them to be accessed by an internet site! Look, the film industry has unions too, but they put out dvds instead of just making you to go the movies (much less the movies in one particular city!) to see their production! And I’m done.
Resume regularly scheduled post:
We left to come home on Thursday afternoon, and we drove to Albany and stayed there that night. The next morning we finished the drive to Niagara Falls, but unfortunately it was raining pretty hardcore! We ate at the Hard Rock Cafe on the American side, and then we drove over to the Canadian side (our first time in Canada). The lady at the border was kind of a jerk, but we got through anyway! Like I said, it was raining, so we didn’t get to do much or spend a lot of time there. I got out and took some pictures and then went into a gift shop to get a Christmas ornament (I’m collecting them from places we visit), but that was about it.
We left there in the early afternoon and drove to Cleveland and spent the night there. The next morning we got up and went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We had a great time walking around and seeing all the exhibits, and Carter was great. He got fussy after the first few hours, so we left to give him lunch, and then he slept through the rest of our time there. The first exhibit as we went in was a temporary Motown exhibit, so that was cool for me to see. After we were done there, we sat on the grass nearby the lake and decided we would bypass Chicago. The film tour we really wanted to take was sold out, and that was our main thing we were going to do there. We decided to go back another time when we could stay longer and do what we wanted to do. So once we were done at the Hall of Fame, we went and ate at the Cleveland Hard Rock Cafe (although we almost had to give up because there was no parking to be found!), and then it was time to head for home.
That night we drove all night long, trading off driving and sleeping for a few hours at a rest stop, and so we drove all day the next day. We ended up stopping for the night in Tucumcari, NM, rather than driving the last 8 hours in the middle of the night and getting home first thing in the morning, when Carter would be waking up and we’d be exhausted! That was an eventful night, as Daniel saved Carter from a scorpion!!! Our hotel room was on the first floor with the door opening out to the outside, and I went back out to get something from the car, and of course Carter started to follow me out. I heard Daniel yell “NO!” and grab Carter, which surprised me at first, because neither of us would balk at him crawling a few steps outside, but as I started to go back inside, Daniel yelled for me to watch out, because there was a scorpion right outside the door! It was just inches from Carter’s hand when Daniel grabbed him, and it’s lucky he did, because that saved us an entire night in the ER, I’m sure, nevermind what it would have done to Carter. Anyway, Daniel killed it with his shoe and then of course took a picture for posterity.
The next morning we got up and drove the rest of the way home. My parents were less than 24 hours behind us, so the next day we met them at our new house so they could drop off some of our stuff from the moving trailer they rented.
So since we’ve been back we’ve been getting ready for school to start, helping my parents move into their new house in Rancho Sahuarita, and working on our new house! I’ll have a separate blog for pictures and information about the house, but basically I have been painting and we’ll be moving in at the end of September, if not earlier. We want to stay in our ward until then so that I can finish out my primary chorister calling by doing the primary program, and then we’ll switch wards. Everyone has been asking us about the “rumors” that we’ve moved to a new ward (one of the rumors is that we “built” a house!), and apparently the bishopric has already been considering me for callings!! I guess that’s what you get in a small town. So we may move in earlier and be back and forth and wait on changing our address until the program. We’ve been spending a lot of time there because of the air conditioning. We didn’t do our coolers this year because of how long we were going to be in Maine, so now our current house is very hot!
I’m still working two days a week at my parents’ house, for my dad’s company, and the cool thing about them being in Rancho Sahuarita is that Daniel, Carter, and I are all listed as occupants on the lease, so we have full use of the club house, gym, waterpark, etc. So I’m going to be working with a personal trainer who trains out of the gym there, and I’m way excited for that! She’s going to help me get where I want to be for when I get my headshots taken at the end of September, and then probably on from there!
Okay, that just about gets us up to date. I’m going to try to post more often, so I don’t have to write such long entries! Look for posts about our house and how it’s coming along! Pictures to come!