Arrived in Florida in one piece. Didn't lose anybody along the way.
I did lose my cell phone. Very inconvenient.
For the dog, decided to go with a "don't ask, don't tell" policy. It works just fine when you check in around 1130 PM and check out by 530 AM. And since my non-smoking room had obviously been occupied at some point recently by someone who did not observe that restriction, I felt that a small amount of dog hair was a minor issue.
Books on CD pass the time quickly.
We also had these Bingo cards. Reusable. No loose pieces. Lots of fun. Highly recommended.
We survived on junk food. I deprived them of liquid so they wouldn't have to go to the bathroom. Also, the short stay at the motel ensured napping children in the car. That really helped.
I was, according to my good buddy Tom-Tom, only 3.5 miles away from my destination when I looked down and thought, "Oops, better lay off the accerator." We had passed from a rural stretch of road with a 55 mph limit, into the town with a significantly lower limit. Too late. I looked up and saw the flashing lights.
Imagine driving well over 900 miles to get busted right at the very end.
He had mercy, and I got a warning.
Last night I went to bed at 830 PM local - 930 PM EST. Mary, of course, woke up at 330 AM local. After a bit, she went back to sleep, thank goodness.
I am relaxed. I have my parents to spoil me. Bill is starting to prepare for his return.
Life is good.