Saturday, October 13, 2007

This 'n' That

Okay. Now, where was I? Time has gotten away from me. Last week seems like a month ago. Monday and Tuesday were jam packed taking care of all the "normal" stuff that I usually do Monday through Friday. I spent Wednesday day and night with my aunt who had some out-patient surgery. On Thursday morning, Joe and I headed out to DIA at the crack of dawn -- before the crack of dawn actually; dawn didn't show up for another hour -- to catch a plane for a couple days of college visits in the northwest.

It was a whirlwind tour, but I did manage to catch a glimpse of some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen. It was gorgeous! We spent a day in Tacoma visiting the University of Puget Sound, and then traveled down to Salem, Oregon, to visit Willamette. Joe got to see firsthand two of the colleges that he's interested in attending, and I got to reminisce about my own college days, wishing they would let me enroll so I could have my own room in one of the dorms, buy textbooks and pencils and college sweatshirts, and spend hours in the library. (sigh)

Late this afternoon, we left the SeaTac airport and were fortunate that the plane was only half full, so we each got our own space to stretch out in the back with lots of pillows. Looking down on Puget Sound was like viewing a land of fantasy and enchantment. The clouds hovered just above the water, nestling in the various coves. The sun peaked through, making sections of the water sparkle, and Mount Rainier was majestic in the background.

As we flew over the Rockies into Colorado, the landscape changed but was no less spectacular. Snow dusts the highest peaks and the clouds settle into the valleys, the mountains poking through the top. We flew through some clouds, hitting a bit of turbulence, and I wondered why angels would choose to make these heavenly pillows their home. As beautiful as clouds can be, they whipped spatters of moisture on the plane windows. And it's cold way up there!

I'm glad the decision as to where Joe will go to school isn't up to me. I would be hard pressed to choose between either of the schools we visited. And there's still the option that he could go to a school in-state. It would be nice to have him close to home. But it would be great to have reason to go back to the northwest to visit him!

In other news . . . how 'bout them Rockies?! While Joe was spending the night in the dorms, I was in hotels, watching the Rockies win two in a row! (And since there was no one else to steal the remote, flipping channels between the game, "Pretty Woman" w/ Julia Roberts, and TNT's "What Not To Wear." It doesn't take much to please me:)

I'm looking forward to making the rounds and visiting some blogs! It may take a day or two, so don't give up on me;)


Lynne said...

I remember when I took Donna up to State College to see Penn State. Such a huge difference from Atlanta! She fell in love with the campus and the town. That was the only school she looked at. She was attending Georgia Tech at the time and realized she needed to change schools to be able to take the major (meteorology) that she wanted.

I told Dom that the Rockies are going all the way. I see them playing Boston and sweeping. I see a whole post-season for them with no losses.

Bill said...

That sounds like a lovely trip. I hope to see that part of the country sometime. I've never been farther west than Iowa (Hawaii doesn't count, although our flying day was perfectly clear and we had unimpeded views of the Rockies, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz). I'll bet you can't believe that Joe is ready to enter college! He's a lucky young man to have such a great mom, and I'm sure he knows that.

Becky said...

That does sound like fun. I would love to visit the NW someday. College tours is a great excuse.

I am glad you enjoyed it. But I am glad you are home too.

kim said...

Karen!!! You were in my backyard!!!! We always say THIS is God's country... :) Seriously, I live about 15 minutes away from SeaTac airport--it would have been fun to meet you there. Oh well--maybe if his college choice is UPS we can meet each other some time? Glad had a great trip--

justabeachkat said...

I love the way you described your plane ride. Beautiful! So glad you had a good time.


Tristi Pinkston said...

I can't even imagine sending one of mine off to college. I know it will happen someday, and sooner than I think it will, but I'm still in denial that my kids are growing up. :)

I love "What Not to Wear," by the way!

annie said...

I had some of the same thoughts flying last week...
those tv shows make me content too.
Have a great week.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Sounds like a good trip, and I hope he finds the right college. What a wonderful mom to go with him on these trips! I want to go visit that part of the country soon, and yours too! One day, some day, one day :)

Hope you have a great week! Take care :)

Robin said...

My daughter went to school in San Diego and as much a we missed her - it WAS fun to have a reason to visit San Diego whenever we could. We now have a daughter in Boston and I would LOVE to go there but we haven't made it yet. Whatever school your son picks, it will be a big change for you family. It's so much fun!

Midlife Cycler said...

Hi Karen. I am stopping by to say hi. I am new to the world of blogs and I am also one of Becky's friends . She thought I should come see your blog.
I too, have a black dog, a lab named Maura, who consumes my life!
Thanks for letting me visit in on your life!

violetlady said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Please come back again. I love your writing -- so eloquent. I shall return!
(I will put you on my favorite links)

gail@more than a song said...

Visiting and choosing a college, fun times and I'm glad y'all got to go! I LOVE the way you described your plane trip, sounds really nice.
Yay for your Rockies, hope they're still doing good!

Karen said...

Wow! It sounds like you've been very busy! I'm glad you had fun traveling, and I'm also glad you're back!