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09 May 2016 @ 03:15 pm
Weekend surprise!  
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So, whatever I thought my plans for the weekend might have been, they got shifted by surprise!Daughter visit about half an hour after my last post. :O

There was a possibility of her needing to fly up here for an internship interview, but she was hoping to do that via Skype. I hadn't heard any updates, and then suddenly she was walking in through the back door! What a great Mother's Day present. She has her interview at 3:00 this afternoon, and then is going right to the airport for her flight home. She and I went out to dinner on Saturday night (HalfshellHusband had been out for lunch the day before, which is about all his sodium limitations can take, and The Boy was at the prom). Sunday was similar. She has a LOT of reading to do for schoolwork (about 100 pages a week for History, and she's in 3 other classes that require reading), and there was the comatose sleeping thing. Our son was up all night playing video games with his friends after prom, then he came home around 12:30, then slept, then realized he had taken the wrong rental tux jacket from the friend's house (after I warned him to reassemble it as soon as he took it off), then ran errands, then had an unplanned nap. So, I kind of waited around all day to see if anyone was available, and it was 4:00 when our daughter decided she wanted to go to a coffee shop. I.e., a low-key day, biked in the garage again afterward, and there was too much eating all weekend. But a great visit, and we got to talk a lot. She'll be home in about 4 weeks. :)

Speaking of that... I'll be driving down to San Diego alone to pick her up, and remembering the trip back from taking her there, I will need to make sure that 1) There is No-Doz in the car, and 2) I have some hardcore audio entertainment. I'm not really an audio-books person, but that's probably what it will take. It would be nice to have something where I don't have to keep adding/removing CDs, which I don't want to do while driving through the Central Valley Expanse O' Nothingness. OTOH, my iPod Nano's batteries only seem to last so long. Not sure it will charge off the car battery—it ignores our regular power charger. But save me from the ZZZZzzzzzs! Even slapping myself in the face doesn't always keep me awake, which is pathetic.

So, any recommendations?

ETA: It's... caterpillar season on the bike path. I am become Death, destroyer of worlds worms**.

**Not intentionally, but still... Hey, at least I managed not to run over that baby snake last week! \o?

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Port: cool brotherdesertport on May 9th, 2016 10:21 pm (UTC)
What a lovely surprise from your daughter! I did something similar once when I was living about a five-hour drive from my parents', and I still remember my dad's surprised-happy face through the window when I knocked on the door in the middle of the night. It's a nice memory.

Do you like Night Vale? Lots of episodes there to listen to at this point. I've also been listening to The British History Podcast, Lore (which tells well-researched legends and ghost stories--a few left me unable to sleep for a time), the History of Japan Podcast, and the History of English Podcast. Basically, if you like history, check out the world of podcasts.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 9th, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
:D I'm already listening to Night Vale, although I haven't downloaded episodes in awhile. Basically, all the iTunes stuff is on my husband's computer, and I think it stopped talking to XP. I tried downloading it on my computer once, and couldn't get the hang of what the heck I was supposed to do! Worth another shot, though. I may be 6+ months behind!

Ooh, Lore sounds interesting! Weird and spooky are right up my alley!
Portdesertport on May 9th, 2016 10:40 pm (UTC)
I was so lost with iTunes and DLing stuff onto an iPod that I actually gave mine to my sister right after getting one. /o\ But if you have an iPhone, the Podcasts app that comes with it lets you have access to everything. I imagine other phones have similar things?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on May 9th, 2016 10:54 pm (UTC)
Haha! I'm glad I'm not the only one. It seemed like,

iTunes: Want some ads?
Me: No, I want to download things on my Nano.
iTunes: I can't find them.
Me: Here's the link.
iTunes: I don't really know how to interpret that. Want some ads? How about a virtual playlist?
Me: I want my actual playlist!
iTunes: No can do. Ads?

I actually have a dumbPhone, since we can't afford to pay for the data for the grownups when there are two teenagers with smart phones on the data plan! Our data plan is bigger now, but it turns out our daughter can use up almost all of the 10Mb by herself by being a ding-a-ling. Whereas our son is miserly and very careful. ;)

Edited at 2016-05-09 10:54 pm (UTC)
Port: cool brotherdesertport on May 10th, 2016 06:33 am (UTC)
*lol* Oy, I'm happy we're on the same page with iTunes! Everyone else I know is always like, "But it's so intuitive! You just plug it in!" Grr!

I like how data usage says so much about personality. Also, your kids sound so lovable and full of their own unique personalities. :) I'm glad you get more time with your daughter this summer!
bleodsweanbleodswean on May 9th, 2016 11:05 pm (UTC)
I think I would faint with a surprise like that! That is fantastic!

She's spending the summer home?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 9th, 2016 11:10 pm (UTC)
It was just wonderful! She'd mentioned trying to see if she could arrange that interview to be adjacent to Mother's Day weekend, and then I heard nothing. So, I'd assumed it wasn't happening. As opposed to, sneakily happening in the background.

We miss her so much. And yes, she'll be back for the summer. I don't dare assume that will be more often than just the first year, but it would be nice. Life feels so much more normal when she's here.
bleodsweanbleodswean on May 9th, 2016 11:12 pm (UTC)
It was wonderful! Good for her! One time, my sister drove her family out from NY to CA for Christmas, her and her husband took turns and only stopped one night!! And surprised my parents. I would have been scared out of my brain that I would give someone heart failure!

I know how that goes...we are slowly adapting to the emptiness. It is a process. *hugs*
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on May 10th, 2016 09:01 am (UTC)
What a great surprise! However I'm getting the heebie-jeebies just imagining you driving down to San Diego :shudder: How long will it take you? (I'm not a big fan of long road trips, in case you're wondering).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 10th, 2016 04:24 pm (UTC)
The trip back, with opportunistic timing going through LA (the hell-spot) was 9 1/2 hours, which is pretty fast. Potentially, about 10-10 1/2 hours.

I HATE long car trips. 3 hours seems long to me!

I hope the freeway work in the Central Valley is done. On the way down last time, there were random places where the lanes would get K-railed to the left (borrowing a lane from the other direction of traffic) and then shift back over again. Hair-raising driving on top of a too long trip of doooooom. Ugh!