The last few days have been great. I've spent more time with the family than I have in years. My first night back we had a family dinner at Macaroni Grille. The next day we went shopping and I bought a life size cutout of Barack Obama. I have to figure out how to get him back to Saipan. Any ideas?
I spent a few hours over at Sandra's house the other night (Sandra's my in-law). Mostly we watched Kevin and Alex (my two brothers) play XBOX 360. I didn't get to spend Thanksgiving with Tiana (my niece and goddaughter) because they are spending the holiday with relatives up in North Carolina. I miss you, T!
Yesterday we rented a pontoon boat and boated around the Winter Park chain of lakes. We've got some friends who live on the lake, so we picked them up and took them with us.
My Mom and Jim (my Mom's husband) have a property in a development that has a communal boat. You can rent it for a few hours for a very reasonable price. They rent it every couple of weeks.
It was cold but beautiful and very fun.
I feel kind of bad that I've been asleep more than I've been awake since coming back. I've been gone so long and came from so far away and I feel like I've been asleep all week. I think it is a combination of getting sick and having the chance to decompress from the stress of the monument.
I cheated and had a beer with Thanksgiving dinner. I just couldn't resist the huge variety of beer at Publix (our local grocery store). I decided to go with a Boddington's. Yum.