Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
47Trip End Jan 12, 2008
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Our next bump in the road has been the fact that we got sick. Not a huge deal, just no fun. And it meant that we really didn't make it to all the meetings or out in service in Atlanta. So we feel a bit low. Our next bump-remember that check engine light that went on the very first day of the trip? Ummm....we sort of ignored it.
So now the good news. Albert was able to purchase some sort of external thingamajig for the computer and could then successfully extract the info he needed and put it into his laptop. The video is saved! He's just about done with it now. He still needs to buy some other part that will enable him to burn it onto a DVD, but apparently this is doable.
So we missed the meeting last Sunday because I was having one of those difficult days where my pain and fatigue issues were at a peak. However, we were able to call in and listen over the telephone line to our own Arcadia congregation! It's amazing how Jehovah knows just what we need and when. We were feeling so bad about not going to the local meeting, but having the option to call in home turned out to be such a blessing. We loved hearing all the voices of our loved ones back home. There was great participation at the Watchtower study that day! Even normally shy Tim Cook commented! As each different person was called on, we were able to think about what that person looked like, what kind of personality they have, what challenges they face, all these things that make each person so valuable to us. We really miss everybody so it was just what we needed. We felt so uplifted!
So Monday we did manage to make it to the Book Study at the East Marietta congregation. As always, we were welcomed warmly, and it was nice to be among friends. I kept getting distracted by this cute little boy named Jayden. He just looked too cute with that binky hanging out of his mouth. But I did manage to pay attention and Albert and I both were able to participate quite a bit.
Tuesday was our fun day. Albert didn't have any training sessions planned for that day, so he didn't have to go in to the office. So we decided to go to the new
That night, we went to a Caribbean restaurant called Bahama Breeze. We found ourselves jealous of the yummy-looking crab legs that the sea otters were eating and decided we needed seafood for dinner. Terrible, I know. We had been to this restaurant before, on a previous business trip, and enjoyed it so much that we figured we'd go again. We shared an appetizer of blue crab claws, cooked in a very rich and flavorful Jamaican sauce.
Then we had pan-fried tilapia cooked with a chorizo/chipotle salsa. Yum. And I had my first mojito. I think I have a new favorite drink. We finished off with a chocolate pineapple upside down cake. Good, but almost too rich.
So after this fun day, we headed home. Right as we were pulling into our campsite, I started coughing. It wasn't long before it had developed into that deep, loud painful cough that I get at least once a year. The next morning I found that I had to cancel my service plans because my lungs were shot. Very disappointing. And that night, Albert came home congested and feverish. This has been our state for the last several days. Albert had to call in sick on his last day, Friday, but at least all the training had been finished on Thursday.
Oh, by the way, for those who care (and you know who you are) there's a Waffle House right across the street from the campground! We wandered over there for dinner Thursday night since we felt too icky to cook. Those pecan waffles are so good! We'll have to make a habit of that place.
So that was Atlanta! Hopefully the next phase will be healthier. We will drive to Greensboro, NC tomorrow, spend the night, and then drive on to Washington, DC on Sunday. Actually, it's Fairfax, VA, but Albert's company refers to it as the DC office. We'll be there for 2 weeks. My how time is flying!