Sorry we haven’t been on much. It’s been rather crazy.
As I expected, everything was crazy going up to the wedding, but it barely slowed down after.
Yesterday was mom’s 85th birthday, so, of course, everything came to a standstill while we celebrated that.
Around the edges, we managed to get lovely daughter in law’s family shown around downtown Porto and a castle, which was paltry, but they left today (early Monday.) We don’t think they’re home yet.
We’re going to put the happy couple on a plane Wednesday. And then we (Dan and I) stay another six days.
Low points so far: I forgot the tank on my apap. Yes, even though I lost a ton of weight, I still need an apap, because my mouth conformation is weird. Anyway, so I hadn’t slept since I left CO, and was falling asleep standing up. Dan let me use his tank, so he’s sleep deprived today but I’m functional. We have two more days of this, after which #1 son leaves me his tank (That mouth conformation thing. We have interchangeable ones) and get mine from the bathroom in CO when he gets there.)
Food. Um… that should be both a high and a low point. The food is wonderful, but I’m so far off the low carb wagon it will take me a month after I get back to lose the poundage and get the inflamation to subside. I knew how it would be, of course. But I didn’t expect mom to try to feed us above and round the meals. And I keep thinking I might never have this again, so… Yeah. Not good. I’m going on TWO walks a day when I get back. And it’s only ten more days or so.
We’re going to need another checked bag and another carry on. Part of this should be BOTH a high and a low point. On the one hand, of course, we’re going to shell out for more luggage. OTOH we’re doing so because we accomplished mission number 1: acquire student cloaks for me (mom gave mine away), my husband and the two boys, with patches for the right degrees. Lovely DIL wanted one too and got it. They’re really inexpensive, water resistant, tight-woven wool, and you can sew patches on. (Hey, Larry, can I get an MHI patch?) With them on — as a friend put it — you look like a Hogwarts student who grew up and became a pirate. The checked is because in our original booking through Norwegian we were extremely limited on carry on, and I want to take two changes of clothing on carry on. One, because we have a 12 hour layover OVERNIGHT in Madrid. We need to find some place to sleep, and if we do, we need clothes to change into.
One because I’m going to get a room to take a shower and change in the 5 hours in JFK, because by then I’ll be gross again. We’ll get to CO in the middle of the day and I want to look and feel like a human being.
Either from the carby carbiness, or because of the high humidity or whatever, the place where I broke my ankle is killing me. And everything feels icky and achy. (Might be lack of sleep, too.)
The Good: The wedding went wonderfully. Weird for a bilingual ceremony, but there were no glitches. The kids were both radiant, and kept getting lost in each other’s eyes to the point that everyone else was deeply moved.
The banquet which my mom considered simple to the point of being unbecoming was quite good and more than sufficient. (Roman banquet like, as Dan saw it.)
The excursions we took DIL’s relatives on were fun, we mesh well and we might manage the thing that I never looked for: we might have discovered new friends in my son’s inlaws. It’s a normal, almost forced thing in Portugal, but I never expected it. I’m glad of it though, that we can look on them as almost-relatives.
We also had a very good — if expensive, because we bought the things for the kids to take back — day today.
And we have a week or so to recover after they leave.
And best of all, dad and mom are doing better than I could have expected.
I’ll update again when I can.