Driving Miss M.

I did it. Drove on 35w that is. All by myself, except for my good friend Tom Tom. It was kind of a mistake, but none the less, I managed to cruise my way to Super Target in the middle of rush hour. I even had to stop at one of those "one car on green lights". I am super proud of myself. I know it sounds silly to all of you who drive in heavy traffic on a regular basis, but keep in mind that I've been terrified of driving on the interstate (even in Fargo) since I crashed my father-in-law's truck on the the BOD (bridge of death - I94 west-bound from Moorhead to Fargo). So I'm feeling pretty darn good right now and even asked Craig if I can drive tomorrow while we visit friends before I check into the next hotel for the second leg of my adventure.

Speaking of hotels, we had a bit of trouble last night. We were settled in for the night; Murray was asleep and Craig and I were having a nightcap. When I went into the bathroom, I was accosted by an extremely potent aroma (not what you might be thinking). It almost smelled like lighter fluid. Craig went in check it out. I certainly wasn't over-reacting (which I tend to do). We called the front desk, who sent maintenance to our room and his response was, "Well, I don't know where the smell would be coming from." With that, he left. The odor kept getting stronger and there was no way we were going to sleep in 407, so the front desk moved us to another room. We had to re-pack everything, move a sleeping Murray and his pack and play, and then unpack everything again. I love this hotel, but I'm getting a bit frustrated. When Craig and I stayed here in December, the front desk gave someone else a key to our room, and they walked in while I was in the room. They did give us free breakfast coupons, so I suppose I can't complain. Anyway, that was the Beckerleg drama for the night.

My big sister from another mother came over to visit us today. Tricia used to be a lifeguard and swim teacher, so she taught Murray and I some basic things about learning to swim. She is absolutely wonderful with children, and well, I guess just wonderful in general. I am thrilled that we were able to connect again. We spent about two hours in the pool until Murray decided it was time for lunch. Thanks Tricia!

Craig is sick and feeling pretty down. He suffered through his meetings today and after my run to Target for Sudafed, he's resting in bed. I feel so bad for him; he sounds awful. Tomorrow he has to go home by himself with Murray, so if he's still ill, he'll have to find someone to take Murray.

I'm off to take Murray to the pool one more time before bed. Craig will have some quiet time, and little one can burn off some energy.

8 comments:

maggie said...

That "I did it" should have an exclamation point after it. That is truly wonderful! I'm so proud of you! Hope you have a fun time with Roxanne.

Marie said...

Mags, you are so on target, can you belive I did it?

LutherLiz said...

It was great to meet you tonight! :)

Spot On Your Pants said...

hello via luther liz! :-) we moved away from minneapolis in november and haven't missed the traffic at all!

Christina said...

Marie, it was wonderful meeting you on Saturday! I'm so glad you could come. You have such a fun, joyful spirit. You added a lot to our group. Hugs & prayers for you!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Marie,
Proud of you and for both of us for our successful adventures AND misadventures. Actually, it all turned out beautifully. I hope you are feeling rested and happy. :)
XO, Roxane

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Marie, missing your voice out here. Are you okay? XXOO Roxane

Marie said...

Wow! Thanks everyone! Spot On Your Pants - what a fun comment. I will be checking in via your blog. Liz, Christina, and Roxane, I am thrilled that we were able to get together. . . thank you so much for an amazing evening in honor of Emilie. God bless you all!

Mags - thanks for your thoughts. You are right, it should have had an exclamation point, so here it is: I DID IT!!!!!! Love you~