This past weekend was Family Weekend at Oldest One’s university. Because we weren’t sure with all my problems if we could go, I waited until the last minute to book a room. Our usual hotel was charging $800 a night, instead of the usual $80. Ridiculous! So, I found another hotel for $60 a night, which, upon entering, prompted Husband to declare we had hit a new low for our hotel stays. The area was definitely rougher, yet we had a very quiet stay. Husband had to pay $20 (refundable) to get the one key allowed for the room. The air conditioner, which kept the room very cold, was held together by duct tape and cardboard. The furniture was chipped and stained, and Little One had fun hopping around the carpet finding where the hard lumps were. The beds were really comfortable, the sink in the bathroom was huge, and most important, the cable in the hotel included the channel needed to watch the college football game we weren’t able to get tickets for (just for Husband and Little One, I had planned to watch in the hotel all along).
I couldn’t do much, so Husband and Little One went with Oldest One to the carnival on Saturday, and to walk around the campus with Oldest One showing them where her classes were, where she went to study groups and to study, and where the Starbucks with the least amount of people was. I was able, with my cane and special chair, to do the tailgate and brunch at the sorority house. The sorority house was beautiful, and much bigger than it looked from the outside. The only Mom I got the opportunity to talk to was a completely rude and nasty woman. When I initiated conversation she actually ignored me and turned her head. Oldest One assured me most of the Moms are really nice, but I got the one who isn’t.
I also made it to Oldest One’s dorm room. I did have to lay on the floor on the sleeping bags and blankets Little One had slept on after I got there because the beds are so high, but that was okay, because I was there! She has all the sorority things she has been given so far on the walls, along with pictures of family and friends, and Audrey Hepburn. Oldest One loves Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We briefly met her roommate (they are cordial, but that’s it). Her roommate’s side of the room is super clean and organized. Her roommate also has a framed 8×10 of herself on her desk. Interesting.
To spend time with me Oldest One brought the DVD of Dirty Dancing over (checked out from the front desk of the dorm…she loves their movie selections) and we watched it on my laptop snuggled together in one of the hotel beds. Because of the game, and how long it took for her to get her car out of the parking garage with game traffic, she got to the hotel super late…we didn’t finish the movie until 3a. Husband and Little One fell asleep in the other bed, and Little One pretty much sleep walked back to the dorm with her sister. Oldest One and I had a great time watching the movie, chatting, saying the lines, and getting annoyed with Baby.
And, to keep the good times going, I got a call yesterday from the Big Name Clinic I had sent my MRI reports to for review, and the surgeon gave me an appointment! Which means he saw something wrong that he thinks he could surgically correct! Just think, next year for Family Weekend maybe I can do everything, including walking everywhere and attending the football game. I always strive to dream big!