Tomorrow morning I leave for a "real" vacation. No DH, no kids, just me and my two sisters; one older by 18 months, and one younger by about 12 months (my mother was insane). My older sister has a vacation condo in the Smokey Mountains in South Carolina, near the Georgia and North Carolina border. We should be well inland from Earl.
We've been planning this for months, and the plan is just to be together and hang out. Drink some good wine, play some golf, go boating, hang out at the pool, and I think we have tickets to a minor league baseball game in Greenville for Sunday! I won't come home until Tuesday (9/7). At first I was going to bring a hand quilting UFO to keep me busy, but I'm not sure I will get to work on it. It might just be more trouble than it's worth, dragging it on the plane, through the airport, etc.
Since my parents passed, I think the three of us have realized that living so far apart, we need to make some extra effort to stay connected. My oldest sis lives in the Dayton OH area and my younger sis lives in the Raleigh/Durham area in NC. I get to see the oldest several times a year since she travels to the Chicagoland area on business frequently, but I don't think I've seen my younger sister in about two years, and that's just not right. I have always been close to my younger sister and it makes me sad that we see each other so rarely. I have to admit tho, we email at least 4 or 5 times a week so we're not totally out of each other's lives.
So here is the rub in all of my grand plans...my DD (13 years old) is having "oral surgery" while I am gone. My DH scheduled the date, forgetting my plans. We can't move the surgery date because it has to coincide with some other dental work that has been scheduled for a long time. I am just going nuts. My DD is so nervous, and being a Mom, I can't STAND the fact that I won't be there. I know in my heart that it's not a big deal (it's just the removal of some baby teeth), and my husband is more than capable of being nurturing, but as a MOM, I can't stand not being there. I'm also a Project Manager by profession and I can't stand not being in control.
Deep breath...deep breath...everything will be fine......