I am safely back in South Carolina after my trip returning Mom home. And, as usual with such trips, I return with a story to tell.
Some facts: The trip, from start to finish took 17.5 hours. (I left at 7am and arrived home at 1230am).
The trip began thawing out my car, covered in snow and ice and re-learning how to drive like they do in NJ when it snows….nothing changes.
I first drove the two and a half hours to meet an old friend and his daughter for breakfast in Malvern, PA. Ron and I used to meet almost daily when he lived in Aiken before moving to PA several years ago. It always is a special time for me to see them. I owe them both more than I can ever repay.
After that visit, I attended a “Mini-Blogger’s Summit” just up the road in Berwyn, PA. Hosted by fellow blogger, Dr. Jim Borden, we met at a pizza joint, so I could have a Philly Cheesesteak for my snack after breakfast. Jim is a Villanova University Professor by day and blogger by night. The rumor is that his resume notes that he once had in one of his classes, the daughter of internationally recognized blogger, David Kanigan.
Jim calls his blog Borden’s Blather, and he has been writing daily for five years. I don’t recall how I came across his blog, but we have evolved into daily readers of each other. He comes up with some very interesting content and I encourage you to subscribe to Borden’s Blather and for a limited time, subscriptions are free if you use the discount code “mitigating chaos” (my idea of a joke with 4 hours of sleep last night)
Since I had a long drive home, our visit was shorter than we both would have liked, but fun nonetheless. Thank you, Jim, for taking the time to visit and to picking up the lunch tab.
After meeting with Jim, I headed South, sort of. Typically, that trip would take around 9.5 hours. Thanks, however, to my WAZE app deciding I needed a tour of Southeast Pennsylvania and Northeast Maryland, combined with the rush-hour traffic in I-95 near Washington, DC, the remaining trip home took just short of 12 hours.
Home to work for two days and then it is off for a 14-hour drive to Houston, TX on Friday for Megan’s graduation from the Baylor College of Medicine on Saturday.
Glad I like to drive.
Proud of my baby girl.