The rest of vacation and Thanksgiving.

Right off the bat, I hope everyone who reads this had as great of Thanksgiving as you possibly could have.  I should have logged in yesterday to wish everyone Happy Thanksgiving, but I ran out of time.  So, here I am afterwards hoping everyone had the best.


On Tuesday, Rodney I went in search of this little hole in the wall café in Valparaiso, we failed at that.  We ended up at a place called the Industrial Revolution.  American food.  Real good, kinda pricey.  Interesting atmosphere.  Neither of us had eaten there before, so it was a pleasant surprise that it was so good. Rodney is the only friend I got to see while I was back, short visit and timing of things made getting with others really impossible.


The rest of the vacation was spent surfing the net for pre-black Friday deals, catching up on Facebook, playing World of Warcraft and generally just hanging out with my mother and my brother some of the time (he works overnights, not conducive to hanging out light dwellers).

It was really nice being away from Adel, out of Iowa for a week.  Both Teresa and I needed a vacation, and this fit the bill.  Doing much of nothing for a week was really relaxing, but it feels good to be home


Thanksgiving at Ruby’s.  I love Ruby and Ray and Butch and Charlie.  Beyond that I am lucky to know the name of the 20some other people who came to Ruby’s.  And that’s not an exaggeration.  Being away from the Region for 20some years and only coming back once or twice a year to visit my mom and brother has left me out of the Jackson family loop.   Not that I don’t like going to Ruby and Ray’s for Thanksgiving, it just feels weird being with all these people I do not know.

That being said, the food this year was phenomenal.  Teresa cooked the turkey, stuffing, and gravy and her potato dish.  Ruby basically cooked EVERYTHING else.  It all tasted great.


We left the Thanksgiving meal early cuz we had a long drive home last night.  We left around 5 and got home around 11:30.  Yeah, we were in no rush, stopped quite a few times and basically took 6 1/2 hours to do a 6 hour drive.  It’s all good, we made it with only one mishap, getting off the 80 for Pucky to pee and then finding out that the exit we got off on did not have an onramp in the direction we were headed. DOH.  Added 15 minutes as we drove back east to turn around and head west.   Like I said, we rolled in here around 11:30, unloaded, changed into sleepwear and proceeded to watch the end of Dancing with the Semi-to Marginally Famous in fast forward.  3 episodes in less than an hour including the finale.  Then we crashed.


So all in all it was a much appreciated vacation from the same old same old that is our lives.  Already looking forward to next Summer, when we go back for my brother’s 50th birthday.  It’s my regular Summer trip, but Teresa has agreed to accompany me this time since it’s such as special occasion.


Author: Jeff Campbell

I am a 47 year old dude, married to the most wonderful woman in the world. I am officially a 2 year survivor of AML Leukemia. I am crazy but love my life anyway.

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