ITALY — The Logistics


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Hubby and I had both been to Europe, but neither of us had been to Italy nor did we speak the language. Therefore, we decided we'd get a little help with our trip planning. Because this was vacation, we didn't want to do a tour where we had to adhere to someone else's schedule. We certainly didn't want to have to get up early every morning. We found a company called Monograms which strikes a happy medium. Their motto is "Independent travel simplified." We made our own plane reservations (more about that in a minute) and they were in charge of transfers, hotels in Rome, Florence, Venice, and Lake Maggiore. Included were three nights in each city, train transfers between the cities, transfers between hotels and train stations, a "host"…
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Italy — A little late


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Last October hubby and I spent three glorious weeks in Italy to celebrate our anniversary. I didn't take my computer, though I uploaded a few pictures on Facebook using my iPad. My plan had been to come home, organize my thoughts and photos, and do several posts about our journey. Well, that just didn't happen. Two days before we were to return, my dad had surgery, and his cancer had spread. Hospice was called in. I was a basket case. He died about a month later. Obviously, I was in no frame of mind to blog about the wonders of Italy while I was mourning my loss, the last of our four parents to die. It's been a year, and my memories of Italy aren't as fresh as they would have been…
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Twelve Years


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I entered into this, my second marriage, with some fear and trepidation. Oh, I knew the love was solid, but my failed first marriage had gotten into my head. Even with (lots of) therapy and the support of family and friends, somewhere in my heart of hearts I was afraid this relationship was too good to be true. I won't lie and say every minute has been easy. It hasn't. But every minute has been honest. Communication: that's the key to a healthy relationship. You have to talk not only about what's going right, but about what's not working. Every time we have a little bump it's because the communication has broken down. Today is our twelfth anniversary, and I think we have as happy and healthy of a marriage as…
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Open House


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If you want to accomplish something, set a deadline and tie an event to it that forces you to meet that deadline. Hubby and I wanted to get our house unpacked, drapes and pictures hung, and make it feel like it was really ours. To this end, we invited our old and new neighbors and a bunch of friends over for soup and chili last Sunday afternoon. Now that was incentive to get the place in order! We'd moved some of our belongings in June but didn't complete the move until September when we sold our other house. Therefore, until everything was under one roof, I really didn't know where I wanted things to go (for sure), and I just felt unsettled. I was storing boxes and boxes of books in what was…
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Homecoming surprise


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Weekend before last was homecoming at my alma mater, Huntingdon College. Huntingdon is a small, liberal arts school in Montgomery, Alabama. When I was there back in the 70's we had basketball, baseball, tennis, golf and maybe soccer -- I'm not sure. Now, they have a football team, complete with band, majorettes, flag corps, the works. When I started at Huntingdon, there was no Greek system, but my middle year they decided to slowly try implementing one with one sorority and one fraternity. An aside: I busted my butt and graduated in three years--what was I thinking??? Anyway, Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Phi Mu and one other (can't remember who -- Delta Zeta, I think) did presentations and the women interested in Greek life ranked the groups. AOII edged out XO…
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