My it's been a long day. I woke up early enough to be ready, but chose to sleep a little longer than made possible a long, lingering shower. I still have grubby fingers. (It's a lack of sleep/shower thing.) T picked me up to take me to Life Group, where I shared many leftovers from last night's Christmas celebration, and enjoyed much chatter, as well as serious sharing time.
Flar and Critter and TIgger picked me up shortly after we were done. The car was loaded to the gills, and of course I had my purse and a bag with the last of the snacks with me. Flar drove the first shift. We faced some traffic getting out of town. The entrance to the Hamburg Chik-Fil-A actually had a cop directing traffic for the driveway entrance. ;)
By about 5 o'clock, I requested a rest stop -- more for hand-washing (still grubby, I say!) and drinks purchasing, but using the facilities is always in order when there is the opportunity. Flar drove all the way to Atlanta, confronting much yucky traffic along the way. One of our stated vacation goals is to take as many pictures as is possible. Critter will use his Razr, I will use my Cool-Pix, Tigger his new Disney camera, and Flar his film camera. TIgger and I had lots of fun taking pictures in the back seat of the car.
We ate dinner at Pappasito's, where I got to request Feliz Navidad from the Mariachi Band, and find out the rest of the lyric that's been eluding me in the arrangement played on Kiss-Mas. (Felicidade - Happiness) I even got to slip a dollar past the lead guitarist's G-string, to tip him. ;) Flar and I shared a combination platter of lobster (his), shrimp brochette (mine, all mine!) and beef fajitas (ours); Critter had two enchiladas and Tigger ate chicken fajitas, no onions. At dinner, Critter figured out that the magic wand button adds a Disney character to the picture being taken. Much fun has been had with this feature already.
After dinner, I drove to the BP station to get more drinks, then to the Best Buy in Macon. Knight helped us locate it, and reminded us about holiday hours. Now we have spares of various left-behinds (Critter's Razr charger, my Treo charger, AA batteries for Tigger's camera), as well as another tip for Flar's iGo Car charger (I got the wrong tip for the Treo). While Critter and I got essentials in Best Buy, Tigger bought craft wire in Michael's, and black duct tape for Flar to repair a rip in his duffel (sigh).
The drive to Best Buy helped Flar decide to give Critter an earlier than planned shot at driving his car. Our subsequent drive the rest of the way to Valdosta has proven that he is more comfortable with Critter driving his car than with me driving it. I'm too used to the Beetle, and Critter usually drives that huge mini-van. ;) Too bad we didn't know this when there was still opportunity for me to have a Margarita at dinner. ;)
We're now in the hotel, charging up electronics, and bedding down for the night. The breakfast that comes with the room includes eggs-to-order, so I'm a happy camper.
Enough typing. Sleep now.