Welcome to my world!

My life's been crazy since my Daddy moved in with me immediately after my mother's death in October 2010. My one and only kiddo headed to college at Carolina at the end of August. So...I lived on my own, for the first time in my life, for a total of a blissful six weeks. Then, I started the parenting gig with my dad. He's a combination of a grouchy old man, a surly teenager and a temperamental toddler. Needless to say, I get very close to the brink of insanity sometimes. I get through life by finding the humor in difficult circumstances. And for some reason, I wind up in the weirdest situations. I couldn't make this stuff up. So I wind up having lots and lots crazy adventures which make great stories to share with my friends. Writing about my life is so therapeutic. My ramblings range from funny to sad to angry (full of cuss words) to sweet. While my focus is dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a parent to my Daddy, I have lots of random, totally unrelated posts. Whatever's on my mind. I love to make people laugh, and I'm happy to think my readers will get my strange sense of humor. And maybe, people who are in my situation will be encouraged. That's all I can hope for...

Saturday, June 2, 2012


I spent a long weekend with my girl, Mel.  I flew to Columbia, SC, where she was spending a couple weeks doing her patriotic duty at Fort Jackson.  Paying back the Army for dental school.  Taking care of the GIs' teeth.  She had Monday off for Memorial Day, so we decided to head to Charleston.  It's about 120 miles from Columbia.

We lucked into a hotel room in the downtown historic district.  Pretty amazing since the Spoleto Festival had just started and it was a holiday weekend.  Great rates, too.  More about that later.

Mel had rented a convertable, (just for me), so when we finally figured out how to put the top down, we slathered ourselves in sunscreen and took off on our big adventure.

There's so much to tell now, but unfortunately, no time.  I'm still catching up from being gone.  For now, though, here are a few things I remember fondly:

Shrimp and grits; peeking into all the beautiful courtyards, like the one above; the old cemetery tucked away in the heart of the city; walking along the waterfront; taking the water taxi across the harbor and getting caught in a sudden rainstorm, getting soaked, and drying off from the wind before we got to the other side; room service (too many times) of sliders and fries and the densest chocolate cake in the world; hot stone massages and pedicures; wandering through the historic district for hours; venturing out for a late night dessert at a really cool restaurant; getting a free dessert since they brought pots du creme instead of the chocolate pate we'd ordered; and of course, lots of shopping in funky little shops and a huge, open air market.

We packed a lot into a few short days, so I have more to tell about, plus some great pictures.  For now, though, I need to run.

More later...

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