March 23, 2012: Dinner and Trip Planning

Back into the office today.  Today is a short day for me (in generally, not for work) because I have to be up bright and early tomorrow morning so that I can drive up to Wichita, Kansas for the new SpiceCorps group up there.  That is three hundred and fifty miles one way.  It is going to be a long day.

Work was fine today.  I came home for lunch.  We’ve been re-watching, yet again, Rick Steve’s videos on Europe.  Now that we have a better idea of where we are going there are videos that we have not watched in a long time that are applicable to us like Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona.  The Lisbon and Barcelona shows make us really excited that we are going to get to see those places.  The Madrid episode convinces us that we don’t want to be there and are going to use that city as nothing more than a transfer location on the train line.

We are closer and closer to a solid plan.  It is truly amazing how hard this is.  We are very thankful that we have our plane tickets already so there is no chance of those dates or locations changing on us.

On my way home I swung into Brookhaven and picked up dinner.  Dominica had placed an order with me but once I got there and saw the buffet (or chef’s table, as they call it) for the evening I changed plans and got that instead.  It was a great haul this evening with New England clam chowder, baked salmon, fruit for Liesl, chocolate covered strawberries for Liesl as well, berry crunch for Dominica, a good cheese selection, good salad, grilled asparagus, etc.  I knew that Dominica would be pretty happy if I surprised her with that.

I got home and we continued watching Rick Steves’ Europe while we ate.  Dinner was awesome.

We  are pretty close, I think, to having a solid plan in Europe.

We stayed up way too late tonight considering how early I need to be up and on the road tomorrow.  I will only have four hours of sleep at best.  Argh.

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