Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
16Trip End Oct 19, 2012
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After the wedding festivities, I pack up before the wedding brunch over in Woodstock, Connecticut. The Swenson’s have taken me under their wing and I’ll stay out at their house before heading to Boston tomorrow.
It’s a long day of being well looked after, which I‘m so grateful for. I’m being welcomed like family by people who’ve never laid eyes on me before this weekend. They’ve done more for me than people I do know and it‘s blown me away. Sarah, Andrew, Erin, Jess and PJ are staying here as well, so the house is cozy, fun and full of friendly faces.
Bandit and Chris are out at the Publick House one more night so Kate is borrowing Sarah’s dad Dana’s Audi to jet back and forth, which means she has to drive stick on the ‘wrong’ side of the car. I would be too worried but she does the damn thing!
After the brunch crowd clears, I decide to run some errands with Sarah and Andrew in the afternoon and check out some more of the local area, so we zip around discussing the important issues in life. Like… “to get a frosty or not to get a frosty?” “does the cool toy in a kids meal make it worth getting?” and “does anyone else have that moment of panic when you think the lunchables components aren’t going to match up?” (they always do).
Bandit and Chris arrive back along with Sarah’s cousin and her partner so it’s a big lively feast as we try to demolish the leftover food from all the festivities this weekend. One thing gone quickly is Jess’ zucchini casserole which is to die for!
A long, 12 person, 3 deck game of ‘sh*thead’ follows dinner… and while I end up being the ‘sh*thead’ I blame it not on my lack of skills but on Jess’ impressive card skills. There’s time for a chat in the hot tub with Jess and PJ before the best sleep I’ve had for a long while. I’m safe in this big old beautiful house, with people I am so blessed and grateful to have met, and for the first time in days there’s no plane noise or AC blasting in my ear - just the windows open to the quiet New England night air. The world just feels right tonight.
Although everyone else is off to the airport they drop me right at the hostel door, and setting out on my own I’m a little nervous about what awaits me because I have such a long period of time alone on this trip - not something I’ve ever done for this long before.
Happiness is a new friend to do laundry and share candy with…
Your B. xx