Wow, it feels so good to be home again! I'd totally forgotten that I have a nice memory foam pillow. It's too heavy to carry on long trips. I slept so well last night!
We got home around 11 p.m. Tom actually got home the night before; I took A home, then spent a day sleeping (all day--10 or 11 hours after we got to her new house!), and off to the airport to fly home. I was almost bumped in Orlando, managed to be bumped in Atlanta for two roundtrip tickets anywhere Airtran flies (Tom did, too, on his way home, and signed up for the Airtran credit card, so we ended up with 5 free rountrip tickets!). I think I'll route as many flights through Atlanta as I can, when time permits. I ended up going through Dayton and got to Baltimore (ick--Beltway traffic, an hour extra driving time each way) just 1.5 hours later than originally scheduled. Right now, I love Airtran! I tried to get business class upgrades thrown in, but no go.
I'll take a photo of our new floor in a few minutes; no furniture in the room yet. I've spent the day in the bedroom with my laptop and snacks (not much food in the house!), shopping for a new, smaller, lighter-weight laptop, since this one will go back to school in one week and I'll be without. It will drive me crazy. I need a laptop, just like I need my books and my yarn stash. They're comforting.
Laundry is crazy; everything needs to be washed. But I learned that I don't need as many clothes as I thought I did; two pairs of shorts were uncomfortable, so I only wore one pair once, but I do need more lightweight easily washed and dried tops. I didn't use the "nice" outfit I packed, and it took up a lot of space. I didn't need the water shoes I took since the gold-panning package included boots.
All in all, it was a great trip (although it was exhausting), and I'm glad to be home.
Next trip needs to be all-inclusive in a Caribbean setting. No moving except to and from the beach and the restaurant. No running from one hotel to another. Just us and a beach.
And food and drink, of course.