Two Days Till Lift Off

I will be leaving for England day after tomorrow.  I think I am about ready.  I have most of my bags packed.  I talked to one of my oldest friends last night and she says “So, you’re checking things of your list?” List?  I don’t need a list, do I?  I realized this was the first time in my life I don’t have a list!  I kind of felt a little panic wash over me.  What if I forget something?  Like what?  What could I possibly forget that I couldn’t get there?  Oh well too late now I suppose.

I am getting really excited.  When I talked to Husband last night he was really excited about me coming over and very VERY sure that I am going to love it.  I asked what exactly.  And he said all of it.  Well, maybe not the dollars to pounds exchange but otherwise I will LOVE it.

When I let myself think about the fact that I am going to England for the first time in my life and will arrive by myself and have to navigate London alone I feel a little nervous but I am sure it will be fine.  I will arrive at Gatwick airport/London at 7 am Friday morning.  I then take the train into Victoria Station, the tube to Liverpool Street Station and then the train on to Norwich and then a taxi to Dunston Hall.

(looks a little like a smaller version on Hogwarts huh?)

I should get to the hotel in plenty of time to get a bath and a nap before Husband gets out of his meeting.  I should have tales to tell when I return!!

Husband did indeed get an redo on his MRI.  He has ulnar neuropathy.  He is scheduled for a consult with a neurosurgeon as soon as he returns to the states in November and then apparently he will be scheduled for surgery as soon as possible.

It looks like we will close on my mom’s house while I am in England.  I signed over power of attorney to my oldest younger brother so he could take care of all of that without me holding things up.  I suppose it will all turn out.  Until papers are signed and money changes hands, I like to keep it in my mind that it could all fall through.  It has been a pain the past two weeks but I suppose it is almost over.

I really have so many treasures to share with you all.  Things I found cleaning out Mom’s things.  Books, keepsakes…all manner of things.  I will get around to it when I get back.  I still have a very cool collection of salt and pepper shakers I inherited that I havent shared.

You all have a great week.  I doubt I will be posting much if at all before I leave but I will have plenty to tell upon my return.

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Have a wonderful, safe trip and enjoy your time with your husband.




Have a great time, Suzi! Enjoy every minute and forget about everything that’s going on here. Your kiddos are very capable of taking care of things. This is going to be an amazing trip for you! Can’t wait to hear about it.


You will absolutely love it I’m sure. I’ll be in England myself next week for a few days seeing family I haven’t seen for far too long. Down to Euston, the tube to Liverpool St before heading out to Essex.
Enjoy your trip and I look forward to hearing how you liked it. Bx


Make sure you can handle carrying all your luggage through the airports, train and tube stations – you will most likely encounter stairs in the tube stations to go from the rail to the tube area and vice versa. Also, if you need to go to the bathroom in Victoria Station – it cost 20 pence last time I was there, so make sure you have change with you! Oh, and this too involves stairs!!


Be careful… call me before you leave. Make sure the kids know I am here, Chelsea and Haley would love to see Rachel and Ben. Chelsea really misses seeing Rachel.
You be careful and enjoy yourselves…. tell that Jerry I said to be good!

I hope you have a lovely time Susan! L is right make sure you have change with you as they do charge for the loos. You’ll be fine. I can’t wait to read about your adventure when you get back! I wish that I had the time to see you this time, but perhaps there will be another chance one day! Happy journies and safe landings!