Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
47Trip End Jan 12, 2008
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So-on to DC.
DC was frought with challenges. We continued to have car trouble. And Albert continued to be sick. And I, as we all know, had something bizarre and uncomfortable happen to my ear. (Which is much better now, by the way. Thanks to all those who asked. It took a few days for the pressure to go away, but I never did have anything big and hairy come crawling out.) Albert was totally stressed with work, and that video took forever to fully complete. Aaargh.
The weather has continued to be crazy. The first Tuesday, it was 94degrees with 75% humidity. GROSS. Wednesday it was 80degrees and mildly muggy. Thursday the high was 57degrees, dry, with an extremely hard-blowing, freezing wind!
We kept trying to go do touristy stuff. We were in the nation's capitol after all. Lots of amazing museums and the Mall (as they call Capitol Hill). We at least wanted to see the Holocaust museum (out of a sense of duty, for me. Good stuff to know, but so depressing) and the Smithsonian. But with Albert's busy (and exhausting) schedule, all the car trouble, and the absolute determination to finish and send off that wedding video, we never did make it to see anything significant. We did, however, make it to several meetings with the Reston congregation. Again, a wonderful, warm congregation with so much personality. One brother, Bro. Swarns, was the kind of guy that just makes you want to tell your whole life story. He asked so many questions and was genuinely interested in the answers. Talk about personal interest. He made Albert and I both feel like we were old friends with an instant closeness. We really appreciated him.
On Thursday, I enjoyed a really nice day out in service with sister Angie Johnson. She was so much fun. We have very different personalities, but found out quickly that we had an amazing amount of things in common. We're about the same age, we've been married about the same amount of time, we're both a year and a half older than our husbands, we both lived in Tucson, AZ when we were little, and both moved away from there when we were in first grade. Our hubbies have been elders for about the same amount of time, we all chose not to have children, and all have similar spiritual goals that we are trying hard to achieve. She and I even had a similar spiritual upbringing, with Mom being the only one. Her dad just came into the Truth 6 years ago. My stepdad is in the process now. At one point we both realized how wonderful it was that we had never known each other before, and yet we never had a minute where the conversation lagged.
We enjoyed our day immensely, even though we found only 2 or 3 people home. We had fun together. Oh, and Angie-yes, that pumpkin mousse parfait was really good. You'll have to try it!
Come Friday, we were pretty done. The area was beautiful, the campground comfortable with a lovely lake just down the hill, and we greatly enjoyed the congregation. We had paid up through Saturday, but were just ready to move on. We were out of fresh water, and our waste tanks had been totally full for 2 days. We were tired of showering at the bath house (showering in your own home is just so much better, but we couldn't because it filled our waste tanks too fast with water) and I couldn't even wash dishes. We have to hook up and move the rig to dump the tanks and fill the fresh water, so we figured hey, if we're gonna have to do all that anyway, why don't we just hit the road? Save time on Saturday. So that's what we did. We loaded up, took care of the tanks, and took off to Williamsburg, VA for a fun weekend.