It was a whopping 40 degrees when I got up this morning. Autumn is officially here and that means I have to teach B4 how to warm up the truck in the mornings. I hate getting into a cold automobile and driving off.
It’s been busy, busy, busy around the Birch house. B1 is busy at UNCC, both B2 and B3 have been busy with school and volleyball and B4 is in lacrosse camp once a week and has been moved to algebra. All my other kids took algebra in 8th grade so he can do it to. He has to go to tutoring on Wednesdays though because he wasn’t in the pre-algebra math class last year even though I threw a fit to get him in there.
Volleyball will be over this month and the girls are only playing rec basketball and not school ball. That’s a big time saver. I don’t think B4 is going out for the school team this year, but you never know.
Believe it or not I’ve been writing almost every day at lunch. I have over 11K typed out and at least another 20 handwritten pages that I need to type. It’s moving along nicely despite the crap I have to deal with at the day job. Let’s just say if they don’t hire help soon, I’m going to have a come-apart. That’s southern for a nervous breakdown. We’ll see.
I spent a wonderful Labor Day weekend in New York City with my girls, my sister and some of her friends. The weather was great and it wasn’t quite as hot as it was two years ago when me and B2 went. We took the train this trip and I have to say, there are pros and cons with Amtrak instead of flying.
First of all, no one made you take off your shoes, no one cared how much your luggage weighed or made you pay for luggage period, you didn’t have to check anything and the seating was much roomier and reclined both head and feet. We all took blankets with us.
I probably saved around $600.00 taking the train vs. flying.
It was long. Very long. I’d recommend traveling in groups of two because the odd person out (which was me) was at the mercy of people doing the seating and they had no pity on me. On the trip up, a young gentleman who reeked of piss (or crystal meth) sat next to me. I tolerated it for a couple of hours but then he did something that made me get up and move quickly. After that, I sat with the girls. Yep three of us in two seats, but as I said, they were big seats.
On the way back I sat next to several people. One was a nice lady who got off the train in Washington DC. A couple stop later a young man sat next to me who proceeded to blast the same four Katy Perry songs for hours from his MP3 player. Everyone around him could hear the music through the guy’s headphones. I’m thinking he should turn in his man card on that one. Finally around 10 pm someone asked him to turn it down.
He got off at Greensboro and another gentlemen who had obviously just eaten something loaded with garlic sat next to me. The girls were asleep by then so I just endured it until Charlotte.
Now these were the exceptions and I believe someone was playing a cruel joke on me. There were people of all kinds on the train. Just like at the airport.
Here’s some photos of our trip. I didn’t take as many as I should have, but I never do.
B3 and B2 goofing off in a souvenir store on 5th Avenue.
B2 and B3 walking up 5th Avenue
Waiting for the train.
In Times Square, in front of the hotel.
I’m not sure where this one was taken.
Hopefully I’ll be a little more consistent with the blog. Goodness knows I still have much to talk about. Have a wonderful day.