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23 May 2019 @ 02:42 pm
Definitely better  
I went biking today, and it felt completely normal--on par with rides from a month ago, before the Weekend of WTF when I was suddenly so exhausted. There's still some coughing, because I'm still trying to keep gunk out of my lungs, but the inhaler is really helping. Yesterday was pretty good too, performance-wise. The actual ride involved a lot of left turns, U-turns, and loops to avoid the worst of the wind, though the wind itself was manageable (if annoying). Better than Tuesday, when I didn't go out at all because I couldn't even open the outside door when I went to see how bad the wind was, which basically answered my question. Twice. \o?

We're heading to the coast this weekend to celebrate our anniversary, and really looking forward to that. We've had so few romantic bed-and-breakfast outings since having the kids, and this is one we used to do every Memorial Day weekend before that. I'd still like to take a trip to Europe, but that involves getting passports, which has been on my TODO list for well over a year now. :O

I booked hotels in Southern California for our trip in June, when we'll attend our daughter's college graduation and then collect our son for the summer. Finding hotels is SUCH a chore for both college locations. They're both in expensive neighborhoods, so you really can't stay terribly close by, and even so, rooms are just awfully expensive. I've found some places to avoid on return trips, but no "Remember this one, it's good!" locations thus far.

HalfshellHusband is concerned about graduation logistics, since he can't walk very far, and we just got an email from the University about all that. It's funny-- the first two years, our daughter lived on campus, and the end-of-year communication was all, "Be out no later than Friday! There's no room for you people with all the commencement stuff going on, and don't expect to park here!" And then this year:

University: Parking will be extremely restricted the entire weekend. We'll be closing several lots and access roads. You weren't planning to come on-campus, were you?
Us: Um... yes? For commencement?
University: Good luck with that! It'll suck. We hate you all.
Us: Wait a minute...

I would really like to just spend time with our daughter after her graduation. I have no interest in the actual ceremony (I didn't even go to mine!), and she really doesn't either. But most of her friends are going to the general outdoor ceremony (the clusterf**k) instead of the sub-college one, so that's the one she's doing. And thus, so are we. :( It'll be 3-4 hours in the sun, sunblocked, dressed up, and sweating, AND I'll probably still get a little sunburned before it's over. Ughhhh.

I don't think she'll even be sitting with us, so both our son and I will be tempted to hang out in an air-conditioned building and watch him play Goat Simulator on his phone or something. ;)

I expect we'll Uber there to help the transportation issue (along with half the crowd, probably). I just hope we can get HSH close enough to the seating area. At least the walking issue is more about fatigue than pain these days. His hip replacements have definitely helped part of the equation. :)

bleodsweanbleodswean on May 24th, 2019 02:56 pm (UTC)
When Kidling1 graduated last year in Arizona, we rented a VRBO for the week so that everyone could hang out together and so that we didn't have to fight the traffic. It worked out really well. Did it again in November when we had my father's service in DC. I really recommend finding a house! You could do this on the coast, too!

Glad you're feeling better!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 24th, 2019 07:48 pm (UTC)
We have done a VRBO once-- for a last-minute family trip to Lake Tahoe, and it was really nice (and tiny). :O

The graduation thing... a few of our daughter's friends are flying in or driving down, and then she has her at-college friends, and I suspect she'll be spending more time with them than with us!

I mean, the graduation is on Saturday morning and then she's leaving late Saturday night for L.A. to go to the UCLA graduation of one of the visiting friends. So, she wants us there, but not for long. Or much. Which is pretty typical for this child. ;)

Otherwise, that would be a neat idea!

We would love to take a family vacation with these two while we still can. We prompted for Hawaii, which our son is interested in, and our daughter too... but for "maybe September." Which is the kind of thing that winds up not happening. \o?
swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on May 24th, 2019 05:32 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!

Yay for your daughter's graduation, I hope you all have a good time despite the logistics mess!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 24th, 2019 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Yes, I hope we'll at least get to celebrate with her a little bit, and that it's not too hot. If it were in Sacramento, we would be doooomed...
passing_through: music on a wirepassing_through on May 25th, 2019 03:30 am (UTC)
Happy anniversary! I hope you have a wonderful time on your trip.

Yikes, I would not want to sit outside for a graduation ceremony. I haven't been to an outside ceremony since my own high school graduation. 3 to 4 hours is a long time to be in the sun. Why are they doing it outside? Both of the girls were indoors in their coliseums.

I have a handicap parking permit (given to me by my orthopedist) that I use when we go to places that require me to walk long distances. We used it at the most recent graduation which helped me get into the building but after graduation, we exited the back of the building for the river jumping activities and by the time it was over I had to walk farther back to the car than if I'd parked in regular parking :/

George and I were talking about college graduations in general and we both decided that we liked attending them, at least the ones at Texas State and Texas Tech. They were well organized and timely and it was fun watching all of the students go through the line and get their diplomas. So much excitement and clapping and cheering!

I hope HSH is able to move around comfortably and get to where he needs to go.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 25th, 2019 08:29 am (UTC)
I don't know why the ceremony is outside--maybe because it's usually nice weather, and there are a lot of people?

They don't restrict the number of family members or other guests, so I suppose it can get large.

For the general commencement ceremony, nobody goes through a line to get a diploma. From what I understand, it's more of a mass announcement, and then you're considered "graduated." If you go through one of the sub-college ceremonies, they'll have you walk up and get the diploma. But not this giant one.

We have a handicapped parking pass for HSH. That all started before his first hip replacement, where he was budgeting his steps all day because of the pain. He was much better after the surgery, and didn't think he needed the placard anymore... until he got congestive heart failure (which causes the fatigue) a couple of years later. And meanwhile, the second hip turned evil.

So, he has it, and there are random days where he really, really needs it.
Portdesertport on May 26th, 2019 12:15 am (UTC)
How is she graduating already??? Didn't she just go off for college like... a month ago?

Well, not actually a month, but you know what I mean about time happening faster than it seems? I remember you posting about her leaving and it seems so relatively recent.

Whatever the case, congrats to HSD on her graduation!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 29th, 2019 07:10 pm (UTC)
That's how it feels to me-- like she barely started college!

The pain isn't as acute as when I first took her to college, though, so that's one way I can be sure it has been a while.

She's been having a wonderful time, and has a lot of bittersweet feelings about graduating, despite being excited about the milestone. :D