Wouldn't you know blogger would go and change up its layout the morning I am bleary-eyed, my mind in four different places, trying to wrap up all I can before heading to Italy?
I know, right?
Only I could find something to complain about on this crisp, sunny morning where I have the amazing opportunity to travel to a beautiful country where I have never ever been before.
But I don't like change (she says with a whine). Am old. Am a baby. Am an old baby.
And slow. So very, very slow.
In other news, my car has license plates and passed inspection. Yippee-kay-yay! However, it is still in the shop as the poor dear had some age problems including a frayed timing belt (now if that is not an apt description for yours truly, I don't know what is!) so how much fun is it to take your car in for a state inspection and find out your gonna drop $1,500 instead of, you know, like $60-- the day before you're leaving the country.
I know, right? Almost as fun as coming in to blast up a post here and find they moved all the puzzle pieces around-- makes my head spin.
The good news is that my eight-year old car was paid off four years ago-- so if I amortize this over 48 months it's not so bad--- and if you have ever had a timing belt snap on you while driving down the road (which I have had) you will know I am SO lucky to have had these guys catch it before I was headed up the highway. When a timing belt goes-- your car just stops dead. Boom. It's scary as hell and depending on where you are-- can be uber dangerous. So-- there's that.
And of course-- what nervous nellie traveler (that would be me) isn't grateful for a little bit of unexpected distraction right before a big trip? Thing is-- I am not so nervous. Tired, sure-- but mostly really open. Just open.
I've never been to Italy so I have no expectations. And, it's for work-- Michelle and I have to go get things sorted for our October squamitalia session-- but it's also rumored to be a pretty special place (so says Ms. Tingle) so any fun that we might happen to have (because there does exist the possibility of some rather marvelous fun) has me thinking-- just roll with it-- stay open, stay loose.
Camera and laptop are coming with-- so I promise to share photos and stories.