Of course, I went up to see my family for Thanksgiving.
Okay, so maybe with the new job it wasn’t quite as obvious as it might have been, but I did. I left a couple hours earlier than everyone else, and that was all the extra time I took off work. And I got paid for the time off, too, since those days are paid holidays. I’ve got to say, those little things are exciting.
The drive up was fine on Wednesday. Thursday, we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving. They had people bring enough stuff that it was more potluck than anything else, and it was all delicious. I was sorry I got full as quickly as I did. And we had some delicious desserts, too. The only bummer was my niece had been sick the day before, but she was definitely feeling better that day, and she was full of energy the rest of the weekend.
Friday night, my niece and nephew stayed over at Mom and Dad’s, so I got plenty of time with them. It was fun getting to play with them. My niece is five and a half, and my nephew is one and three quarters. They are both fun to be around. Well, most of the time. They have their moments, but what kids don’t? They do bounce back quickly, however. And they were both thrilled to see Uncle Mark, which always makes me so happy.
Sadly, I came home on Sunday. This is a busy week at work, and I didn’t want to take any time off from it. Besides, I also want to keep making them happy they hired me, and it’s just been a couple of months since I was officially hired. Unfortunately, that drive home was the worst part of the entire trip. It took me two and a half hours longer than normal, and traffic kept keeping worse as I went along. I’m just glad I reached my exit when I did because it was still looking pretty slow as far as I could see in front of me.
I get to do it all again in a couple weeks for Christmas. I’m taking a couple of unpaid days off at that point to go, but I’m used to that. I’ve been doing that for the last two years, and it’s well worth it. In fact, I can’t wait!