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Archive for the 'Vacation' Category

The Party’s Over

I am back.

Met on Saturday, just as it was pissing down rain and the Steelers were gearing up for a preseason game. Her beloved city isn’t exactly easy to get around in anything other than a helicopter, so dodging lightening and peering through sheets of rainwater for addresses, we finally found her house.

I mixed up the photos I had asked everyone to send me and I was expecting to see a bespeckled brunette, when in fact I was greeted by a loud blonde screaming at me from the porch about what kind of beer I wanted. As usual, I was told that I was tall, and the boys sat down to watch the game. PJ has these beautiful African and mexican masks that I instantly coveted. She also has a sense of humor that’s a lot like my own so we clicked audibly.

We chatted about everything and drank beer, then we helped ourselves to her food (very tasty) and smoked all of their smokes (though not many since they smoke menthol). Yeah, see, when we visit, we always assume we can excuse ourselves to their local corner store to buy our own smokes, and then we get settled, forget where everything is, and end up going through a pack or two of our hosts. Sorry about that.

We also always think that we’re just going to stay for an hour or two, when in fact we stay for four or five hours, talking and stuff. PJ and Dave are great people, and we even got her neice (beautiful girl) to tell us a story or two about ticks in bunnies’ ears and the eating habits of neighbors. At one point she was telling us about a bunny she and her friends found and she spoke of wrapping it in a “dago”, and then picked at the t-shirt she was wearing. It must be a generational thing, because we call those shirts “wife-beaters”. I almost told her that, but thought better of it. Trading one inappropriate euphemism for another isn’t how I want to be rememebred.

We finally left about 12:30 and then booked it from PA to MI in about 6 hours. Exhausted doesn’t cover it. We got to see the sun coming up over the Ren Cen, though.

Slept for several hours yesterday, just trying to get used to being in my own bed with my own cats with my own crappy TV reception.

I wish I could have gotten down closer to the DC area to see DCDogg and Bill, so plan on us visiting next time. Also because we pick up something from Gettysburg on our return trip, we couldn’t go through OH to see , and . Also, when we make it back through PA, I need to meet Hoyden and Seasons. So many people, so little vacation time.

So I’m back and easing back into the on-line thing. More writing is coming up and big news on the job front which I’m excited and a little apprehensive about. When the spider dropped down from the ceiling this morning at work, I knew things were in the works and they’d be good changes.


Insanity in a nutshell

If you are offended by jokes made about stupid people who end up dead, count to 30 and move on. You being offended is the last thing I care about. Really.
MontiLee Stormer

My name is MontiLee (aka Penda), I am a 35 year-old Writer from Royal Oak, MI.
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The Cat Dragged Inn
The Caretaker
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