Woke up early this morning to get in one last run on the boat and some water sports in. That didn't work because it was pouring rain. Grabbed my book, a blanket, made some coffee and snuggled down in the cozy sunroom chair with the rain as my background music.
After awhile the rest of the family stirred and we began to get ready to leave. This meant unpacking the few leftover boxes that escaped the initial unpacking party. I got to do the books. That is something I really like, a bookcase full of books. (Wow I sound like a huge nerd right now!) It was kind of funny unpacking the kids books because there were ones I remember from when I was little. There were the Where's Waldo books that had their spines torn and covers scratched but I still knew where Waldo was hiding in the medieval scene.
We did make it down to the dock to close everything up but first it was necessary to fish. First let me tell you about how I fish, I fish to catch fish. I have mastered casting yet getting the fish to bite my lure seems to be my weakness. Adam just worked the lure right over where the fish were jumping and guess what...he caught a bass. Not to mention that Dad, Mom, and Brid all caught bass with the top water lures. You know it was perfect fishing weather, a bit cool, in the morning, light sprinkle, blah, blah, blah... The only fish I caught all weekend was a small perch (about as long as a middle finger, not Em's because it is really long but a normal persons middle finger, jk). The worst part was that I just snagged the side of the fish, he didn't even go for my worm. Then he ended up a floater because the hook was right through his gill. I am a the first to admit I am a fair weather fisherman and I support that title.
The way back to Wash Mo was nothing terribly exciting. There were some unexpected sights, such as the two camels being towed in a trailer down I-44. Never expected that. Also I didn't expect to see so much overwhelming support for those who have served our country and those who this holiday is for, Memorial Day. As we drove I saw flags at half-mast, American flags displayed with pride, and cemeteries looking like the botanical gardens. That made me remember what the extended weekend was really about celebrating those who protect our freedoms and have given their lives to protect it.
Most of the tv networks were running special programs about military personnel, memorials, and stories of those who have given their life for our country. However, Bravo had their own spin on the holiday...they decided to air Top Gun. It is one of my favorite movies and the first rated R movie I watched. It came out in 1986 so I was about 1 yr old. It is one of my dad's favorite movies and we have owned the same VHS copy as long as I can remember. I have really have been watching that movie since I was like 5 yrs old. We used to have an old conversion van with a mini TV you could watch movies in. Ok that is besides the point, the point is that the movie sucked me in. No matter how many times I have seen it I still stop the remote and watch when I come across it on TV. The TV version isn't as good but who cares?
Tonight I also did something that I haven't done in a very long time. I baked for the enjoyment of baking. There were 3 old bananas on the counter when we got home. That meant the perfect opportunity to make banana bread which I made. Then I decided to make some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies too. Why not I already had the stuff out and was watching the Bachelorette and Top Gun. I was surprised how well they turned out and was glad I took the chance at baking. You see normally when it comes to cookie making I am the assistant/dishwasher which I don't mind. I have earned that role after many failed attempts so you can see my surprise when both baked goods turned out edible and delicious.
I can still smell the cookies now...Meg
My name is Meg and I am currently a Geriatrics and Palliative Care Fellow at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. I started this blog several years ago as a way to remember and talk about what I experienced while studying abroad in Rwanda during the summer of 2009.