Happy Thanksgiving!

Time seems to be flying by these days and the holiday season is here again already. I took my first vacation in a really long time this month. Oh so worth it! I flew out to the east coast starting in Raleigh, North Carolina, where I saw my friend Sky for the first time in a long time. Sky thinks I should move down to North Carolina where the tech sector is strong and you can buy a monster house for relatively little money. Hmm. I don’t know that I am ready for a move like that, yet.

From Raleigh, I traveled north into Virginia to visit my friend Cathy. The last time I saw Cathy was just after my first wedding! I was really wanting to get in a game of gin rummy but her husband David was too tired. Maybe next time! She liked Sky’s suggestion to move to the south, too. The contrast between Cathy’s home town and Raleigh were pretty striking. It was like entering a different county with the accents… even Cathy has a southern drawl, now!

The final northward leg of my trip took me into the Washington DC/Maryland area where I was able to see my cousin, Ragnhild, her husband Bjourne, and their daughter/my cousin Johanne (who all moved here from Norway recently). Also, my “Tante” Ingrid and Uncle Thor were there as well (which prompted my trip in the first place). Staying at Ragnhild’s place was like staying at a spa! Ragnhild/Bjourne just had a 40 foot lap pool and in-ground hot tub put into their back yard and their house is huuuge. And the weather? Could not have asked for better. It was in the mid 70’s and sunny the entire time!

I could have easily taken another day or two to take in all the sights in Washington DC. I walked for a good 6 hours around the nation’s capital, but there was just too much to see. I will have to take another trip back there, I guess, but I am really wanting to visit Europe again. My cousin and her husband have a place in Spain on the Mediterranean and I really want to see that! Perhaps this next summer! I had a great trip, but I really wish Kristin could have met her Norwegian relatives.

Anyway! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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