God sometimes gives us unexpected gifts. Our gift has been a grandson who enlivens our lives and makes retirement very different than the one we anticipated. He is a special joy. And that's "Casey." In 2006 we fulfilled our dream of living in Italy for a year. It was every bit as wonderful as anticipated. This blog begins in 2005 as we prepared for that experience. Since then we have explored many places together. That's the "Travel." And finally, I am a person of opinions--spiritually, politically, on just about anything and that's the "Other Stuff." Welcome to my blog.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

It's Sunday Morning

A short update on us so far:

After a rather difficult plane trip--involving being taken off one plane and on to another due to some mechanical problem which meant we did not get to our hotel until 11:30 pm Friday night--we have been swept into the excitement and frenzy of the times. There is a great sense of camaraderie among people who are in reality strangers but all here for one reason--the history of the moment and an admiration for our next president.

Yesterday we were tired and Casey exhausted. We took a capitol tour in the morning and then went to the front of the capital to see the stand and viewing areas. It was fun because they were practicing for the big event. We heard the band and chorus and heard the announcer going through his dress rehearsal for Tuesday. We were able to get some nice pictures of what we won't see on Tuesday as even with tickets we will be far-far away from the stage. But--we will be happy where we are.

After that we went to the Air and Space Museum until Casey could take no more so headed back to the hotel. He fell asleep in the 10 minute cab ride and collapsed on his bed once in the room.

Last night Eirin (Chiocciola) came to the hotel to pick up Casey for their big "date." At the risk of embarrassing her, let me say she is beautiful and delightful. Casey enjoyed being with her as much as he had anticipated. Ken and I had a wonderful dinner at City Zen.

Traffic here is a nightmare due to a multitude of street closures and lots of vehicles. It took 35 minutes last night to go 1 mile in the taxi.

Today we're going to the concert on the mall and then to dinner with several of our friends. It will be fun night. I really am looking forward to it.

I have pictures to share but right now am on the computer in the club lounge in the hotel and can't upload so that will come later. Casey is on the other computer making his blog entry so check it out, too.

More and hopefully a more interesting entry next time. Just wanted to check in now.



Anonymous said...

Wow, I suspected that you would be too busy to blog, but checked in just in case!

Lovely to hear from you, and delighted that the trip appears to be meeting all of your expectations... how could it not!

Even here in Canada we are getting major coverage of events in Washington, it must be so exciting to actually be there.

Have fun tonight at Dino's.


Kim said...

Jane, so glad to hear from you. I'm watching the repeat of the concert now on HBO. Can't believe you were all there in person, how exciting!

Can't wait to see pics and hear about tonight's dinner.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear from you and that you arrived safely. Have been following on TV. So glad that Casey (and you) will have the opportunity to witness this historic moment. Enjoy!


Anne said...

Jane, how exciting! And so cool that you got to meet Chiocciola. I haven't met her in person, just email and blog correspondence, but I too find her delightful! Have an awesome Tuesday!!

barb cabot said...

Dear Jane, So wonderful to read what's going on and feel the thrill of the moment in D.C. I can only imagine what it must feel like for you to be part of this. The "date" last night with Chiocciola sounded so cute and your dinner out must have felt like old times. Take care and enjoy everything. So excited for you all.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Jane, it sounds like you are having a wonderful time, even after the LONG flight.

We are counting on you to give us a blow-by-blow update so we can live vicariously.

sabauda said...

I'm hosting a little Torino inauguration party tomorrow.....we'll watch for you guys!! Enjoy every moment....love to you all.

Eden said...

Jane, what a treat it was to finally get together with you and the ST gang at Dino's after an unforgettable nightmarish traffic experience trying to find Dino's. Norma and I are so glad we persevered! :) THANK YOU!