Thursday, June 15, 2006

From Normandy to Kentucky

I've been on vacation for the past two weeks. Some of the things I've done while away:
  • took three guided tours
  • visited one cemetary
  • visited one abbey
  • swam in one lake impounded (built) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • fell off a jet ski eight times (six times on purpose)
  • went fishing with my daughters (they caught six fish - three each)
  • attended a family reunion
  • spent sixteen hours in the Odyssey driving with the family
  • got sunburned twice (two different continents)
  • took four rolls of film, filled one compact flash card with photos
  • played one game of checkers
  • went swimming in both an indoor and outdoor pool
  • ate at McDonald's twice (two different continents)
  • listened to the girls watch 102 Dalmations three times; Barbie Swan Lake twice; The Worst Witch once
  • saw the world's longest tapestry
  • played sixteen holes of golf
  • walked on beaches in two different continents & found seashells at both
  • spent twenty six hours in airplanes, airports and on tarmacs
  • visited the home of Monet
  • played Trivial Pursuit
  • fixed a flat tire
  • called into the office once... officially (calling Sam's cell phone twice doesn't count does it?)
  • went to the top of the Arch in St. Louis
  • went two weeks without watching tv or reading a newspaper
  • played Sodoku and got addicted
  • read The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
  • came up with three new business opportunities, ideas for two new paintings and a video to make for the girls
  • attended a going away party for a former colleague
  • made plans to buy a kitten for the girls
  • shared a chocolate bag with Mary and Gram
  • thought up reasons to explain why I haven't posted in over three weeks and then decided to get the point across with this list
I'm sure there is more that we did, but I cannot recall all the details now. We had a wonderful time with family and friends over the past two weeks. Though it was refreshing and fun I am glad to be back at home in my own bed tonight.

Now to catch up on some sleep. Good night!


Sam Meers said...
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Sam Meers said...

So, exactly how did you manage to skip the last two holes of golf? I mean, there has to be a very good excuse for that!

dhduff said...

I was playing golf with my nephew and two of my brothers-in-law. Two of the group had not played golf before so it was a really slow round. Also - we did not have anyone after us so we really took our time. Then, when we realized what time it was and how long we had been playing we had to cut the last two holes. After all we had to get back to the family reunion. My father-in-law was counting on me to be on his trivial pursuit team and it was about to start when we left the course!