Lessons Learned in Atlanta

I haven’t blogged for a few days – so busy, I’m sorry. But this morning I fly back to St. Paul from Atlanta and I’m so excited to see Gerry and the kids, and I thought I’d finally take 5 minutes to post.

It’s been very nice to be back in Atlanta, but I feel like I’ve hardly left this Gwinnet Center complex for 3 days. Here are some things I’ve realized while in Atlanta this time around:

  • Folks in Atlanta are very nice
  • Folks here are terrific knitters
  • Lou, Doug and James are great guys
  • Fiona is a most excellent roommate
  • Drivers here are a little – well – distracted
  • Tiredness has a way of catching up
  • I like to teach in pants
  • I need more than a haircut, I need a style
  • Lugging the Men Who Knit trunk show up and down hills with no sidewalks sucks
  • iPod makes traveling much better
  • (I’m currently listening to A Needle in the Right Hand of God)
  • I love biscuits
  • It’s hard to teach in low light
  • Gerry officially has Osteoporosis (see below)
  • His doctor feels that Vertebroplasty is the best treatment
  • We’re both nervous
  • I can’t wait to get home

And that’s what I know this morning.

My bags are packed – I just have to get myself down to the breakfast and the shuttle at 8:35. I took a cab here ($80!) so I’m taking a shuttle back to the airport. Then I have another 2 hour trip to get to my terminal (not quite, it just feels like it…) and finally home at 1:45.

The kids both had playdates in the past few days, and from what I’ve heard on the phone they had very good times. That’s a wonderful feeling – I’m glad the kids are making good friends.

I’ll post more later when I don’t feel so stunned with exhaustion. I’m glad I get to sleep in tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

Risk Factors for Osteoporosis which don’t apply to Gerry
Factors that increase the likelihood of developing osteoporosis include:

  • Being female
  • Advanced age
  • A family history of osteoporosis
  • Being past menopause
  • Abnormal absence of menstrual periods
  • Anorexia or bulimia
  • A diet low in calcium
  • Long-term use of medications such as corticosteroids or anticonvulsants
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Excessive use of alcohol
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