Friday, October 01, 2010

October!

How about mixing it up a bit today for Friday Fave Five?

The Good News, Bad News Edition.

1.  The Good News is that our long trip of almost 1,400 miles last weekend was accomplished with no mishaps.  I think that should be Great News!  Safety in travel is something I don't take for granted.  The Bad News is that we drove almost 1,400 miles.  It was exhausting!

2.  The Good News is that I took close to 100 photos along Highway 101 from Los Angeles north to Humboldt County.**  Beautiful!  Majestic!  Incredible!  Mountains, Sea, Vineyards.  I love the Northern California Coast!  The Bad News?  Evidently, the new camera and my computer haven't been introduced yet and they're not talking.  So, no photos. Yet.

3.  The Good News:  The Professor graduated from high school with many wonderful kids.  They've all grown up and turned in to great adults.  Attending a high school reunion as a 'spouse' isn't always so much fun.  But this group makes it very pleasant for us outsiders, and at every reunion I get reacquainted with his friends, and I also meet new people.  I think that most reunions aren't like this.  Arcata High School turned out some great graduates.  The Bad News:  I'm not sure there was bad news...maybe just that a couple of people we walked with in the Portland to Coast Relay and the Willamette Valley Relay for several years weren't able to make it to the reunion.

4.  Good News.  Amazingly, Arcata, California is just a couple of towns away from Ferndale, California where my father's parents were born, raised, went to school, met, and married.  So in a way, visiting Humboldt County, California is like coming home for me too.  Bad News.  We didn't have enough time during the short weekend to drive over to Ferndale to see the old farmhouse or visit the cemetery where many of my ancestors are buried.

5.  Best News.  We spent the night at Stanford University with our son and had a great breakfast with him on campus.  Baddest News.  The time was too short.

That's how Willow's Weekend went.  Crazy. Busy. So. Much. Fun.  The rest of the week was spent recovering from the 26 hours in the car and showing up for work.  It was Good.

I'd love to know how far you traveled this week!  Was it good?  You can share here or link to Susanne's blog Living to Tell the Story for Friday Fave Five.

19 comments:

snoopydog said...

Sounds like a great time was had Willow! Do you really want to know how far I've travelled this week? Well, I've worked extremely hard. It's been a busy, busy, week at school. I've been NOWHERE ELSE all week! So, I get in my car and drive, with a box full of books and 'stuff'. I drive for 1 mile there..... and 1 mile back. Hmmmm! Maybe I'll venture further this weekend. I doubt it! The weather forecast is 'rain, rain, rain'. So I think I'll hiberbnate and knit. Hope you have a great wekend. Ros

Jerralea said...

26 hours in the car in one weekend? Wow!

Glad you got to spend time with your son and enjoying the reunion.

I bet your photos will be great when your camera and computer are introduced!

Dee said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip even if it was a lot squeezed into a short amount of time. Glad you had safe travels. Not you can enjoy your own bed again, which is always a nice thing to come home to.

ellen b. said...

Ahh so that was the reason for that road trip. Hope you get the camera to computer connection corrected soon...

fruitfulwords said...

Cute way of writing up your FFF. I did my normal amount of travel this week - so no bad or good news regarding that.

My best news would also be visiting with my son and that it was too short.

I always enjoy class reunions. So glad that the grads make everyone feel welcome.

nikkipolani said...

Ugh - 26 hours in the car. But so many good news/best news to balance it all out!

Marg said...

I sure hope that your camera will start cooperating with you...I can't bet blogger to cooperate with me in the new editorial..so I'm stuck with the old. It will not upload photos...that's our life...
It takes time to figure these things out, meanwhile we plug along.
I can imagine that you were exhausted after 1400 miles...but it sure was worth the distance. You don't need photos to let us hear your heart.

Laura said...

Aww...isn't the time always too short with your kids? I know mine was this week.

Sounds like a great trip, and I know what you mean about not taking safe travel for granted.

Have a good news week ahead!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

You are so creative!! I love your good news/bad news...so witty!!! Sounds like a fabulous trip, though!! And so glad that you were able to spend some time with your son as well!! Have a wonderful weekend!!! Love, Janine XO

Flower said...

I'm so glad you had a good weekend and were able to see the vast landscape...and visit Stanford. The camera will be fun to unload!!

Karyn said...

Sounds like a wonderful time! Bet you have some terrific photos - hope your computer and camera learn to get along soon!

Becky said...

Hey Willow, what an amazing week! I am so glad you traveled safely and had so much fun. The highlight had to be seeing that boy of yours. And I loved the good news/bad news version. Fun!

And a farmer's market 50 weeks of the year would be amazing. But I sure do love the seasons here in Chicago. There is always something to look forward to.

Susanne said...

I had to have a good giggle with your #2 and your camera and computer not talking because when I scrolled down to comment your last post title jumped out at me: "Technology Gadgets are My Friends". You'd think they were purposefully playing a joke on you. Lol.

It's nice that you have great reunions. Being the spouse at one is hard. I even find being the attendee is hard.

Tracy said...

Sounds like a grand time, Willow...How fast the time goes--especially at weekends! We're wanting another weekend already, as many practical chores needed doing. The weekend here was a busy one. Saturday was making a start on garden clean up for end of season. And Sunday was clearing out closets and changing from summer clothes to winter ones. It's getting chilly here! Happy new week, my friend :o) ((HUGS))

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I do love the Northern California! We didn't get up as far an Mendocino, but feel in love with the Sonoma and Napa areas. We could see ourselves living there!

Glad you had a good and safe trip! I hope you get your camera software installed in your computer to begin downloading all those photos soon ;)

Knitting Linguist said...

Wow! What a week! So many good things - but I can see how there were a few downsides to negotiate. I love Arcata, though - I miss going up there...

Aqeela said...

Wow, i cant believe youve not had rain for so long! I dont know what id do if we were in that situation! Fortunately over here in England its very unlikely!
Thanks for popping over to blog, im very grateful :-)

Bethany Hissong said...

You HAVE to get your camera and your computer in sync!! Sounds like a great trip. I had a high school like that too and am always excited to see old friends!

Barbara said...

A fun time but an awful lot of driving. Glad my country is small. We have driven that much in France but over a much longer period.