We hit the beginning of the huge storm, and a 3 hour drive took us about 7. But we had a lot of fun. We were equipped with warm clothes, books, knitting, good humor and lots of snacks. The four wheel drive was a dream. At times, the wipers weren't doing the trick, so Camille suggested I try the washer spray. Ha! THAT was NOT the trick either. We had soap suds bubbles for miles.
Sometimes we had to stop for periods long enough to turn the car off and get some good knitting in!
Once back in Sonoma, I was moved by this sight:
It's very good to be back at home. But I am feeling overwhelmed, because I haven't had one moment to myself in over a week. I'm used to a few quiet nights sprinkled throughout my week and that just hasn't happened in quite awhile. While the lake was beautiful, in hindsight, it was stressful with my mom. And now she's complaining constantly about how she shouldn't have let us talk her into going. It would have all been worth it, if she were grateful for the family company. Then Monday night, I had a conference to attend in Sacramento (2 hour drive away), then last night was Alex's birthday dinner. Tonight Isaac is in town on business, so we need to get together and visit. Tomorrow night I'm leading a craft class of sorts...and Friday night, I'm driving the ex to the airport. All this AFTER working two jobs each day. Holy Moly.
Lots going on at work too. I'm busy planning a Thomas Armstrong lecture for the school in January, as well as the Winter Spiral for the kindergarten. AAAARGH! I'm overwhelmed.