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Notes about going home

-the fall foliage is amazing

-gas is cheap

-i'm always greeted by the smell of skunk around the 61 exit on 55 and usually cow in the neighborhood where my parents live
-dad surprises me with quarters (and i'm genuinely really excited about it)
-i took my laundry home for the first time...ever.  Like a college student, except I never did that in college.  Better late than never ;)
-my parents make me take cold medicine
-i get to read the newspaper.  Dad likes the newspaper delivered so I check out the comics and sports section.  Anyone else still enjoy the feel of a real paper in their hands?  I do.
-waving.  I really try to remember to wave to people, but always seem to forget.  While driving Dad around running some errands, he was waving from the passenger seat.  Woops.
-arriving home and smelling a distant bonfire 
-Mom making me breakfast and sitting out in their sun room to eat.
-Mom making me bags of food to take back with me.  She asked if I wanted an apple and I said she already gave one to me.  Mom, "It's a long drive."  She asked if I wanted an orange with her tomatoes she grew in her garden (pesticide free she said).  (Which were deliciously juicy, by the way, thanks Mom.)  No thanks to the orange.  I looked in my bag when I got home and what did I find along with the tomatoes:  an orange.
-I love my favorite run in Ste. Gen:  on the old levee.  A gravel road surrounded by farm fields.  I just don't like the little stretch on highway 61 that has no shoulder and I run along.  I thought a semi was going to tip over and kill me...it didn't.
-The only time I use my brights is driving on 61 at night.  They still work.
-STARS (that you can actually see...besides the sun)  Yes, the sun is a star.  It's just so bright because it's so much closer than all the other stars.  (Thanks One World, One Sky.  I may not have seen the movie for over a year, but I can still quote it.)
-the cat who only likes mom
-For some reason trains are comforting to me (except when they stop traffic to cross).  Maybe it's because I grew up right up the hill from a train yard.  (Is that what they're called.)  I listened to them chug chug along and crash into each other during my run and loved it.
-Dad carries my stuff in and out for me. 
-Car wash!  (yes, I pitched in too... we split it)

-Reminiscing.  Mom always seems to find some ridiculous photo or video of us growing up and we all watch and look at how silly we were.  This trip our video of my siblings and I performing Achy Breaky Heart at Six Flags in 1994.  I snapped this photo and sent it to Jeff (Karen was there).
Jeff:  Oh no.  Where on earth did you find that
Me:  Haha.  Mom found the video.  She loves it.

-A stop at QT for my drink ;)  I'm probably better off that it's not available near me.  I would probably get it too much. 

-Singing happy birthday to grandma on the phone as a group.  (my throat was a bit scratchy at the time... sorry grandma) It's always more fun as a group.
-the carpet in my room remains the best carpet I've ever stepped on.  How I made such a great choice in grade school, I do not know.  Maybe I need my grade school decisiveness sometimes.

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