Meanwhile, I have my rental car, a Nissan Altima that felt huge at first after the little Esteem. But it drives nicely, at least, and has been easy to adjust to. Last night, after picking up the rental, Bobby and I had supper at La Madeleine, and while we were eating, the body shop called. Last winter, while driving my car, Bobby slid on a patch of ice and bumped another car. The other car was unhurt, but the right corner of my front bumper has a ding in it that wasn't worth repairing. When they counted the ding as one of the things they'd have to repair, it bumped the cost over the line where they'd simply total the car. The body shop guy said he'd figure a new total without the ding to see whether Nationwide would approve the repair. It's right on the line, he said. So we'll see.
There is some good news in my life lately: Bobby finalized all of the plans for our anniversary trip last night. We were going to go to Niagra Falls, Toronto, and Montreal (and don't worry, Jenni, we still will, just over a long weekend), but because this is our ten-year anniversary, and I ended up with a bit of extra money from retro pay, we decided to do something bigger. Something tropical. So we are going to Puerto Rico for nine days. We fly out of Baltimore on 17 June and return on 25 June. Puerto Rico is unique as far as Caribbean destinations go because it not only has beautiful beaches but also a rainforest. When I was young, I wanted to live in a rainforest (the Amazon, to be exact). The rainforest is what sold us on Puerto Rico versus the other islands. (Bobby specifically mentioned horseback riding in the rainforest, as though I needed convincing. Clever man.)
So I will be beefing up my Spanish after almost ten years of neglect. *cringes* I've started teaching Bobby the essentials: "Hola, como esta? Muy bien, gracias, y usted?" I taught him that "expensivo" is not a word. ;) And last night he learned, "Quiere?" when I asked him if he wanted some limeade.
Hearing one's husband speaking Spanish with a Baltimore accent is always a treat.
Meanwhile, today's agenda is to start Bobby's birthday story. (His birthday is Saturday; he is a quarter-century old, the old man!) Initially, he was going to get the default Midhavens story about knights. But lately, he's been really into reading up on the paranormal, and so he's going to get a ghost story set in the bona fide haunted Ellicott City. (I will post it in my LJ, under friend-lock, of course.) I haven't written horror in years--it was my favorite genre before discovering fantasy--and I've never done a ghost story. So this is going to be fun.
Last night, I finally started Easter candy too. Sunday was supposed to be devoted to making Easter candy, but we all know what happened with that. I got a batch of chocolate bunnnies finished, a batch of caramel-filled Easter eggs, and four chocolate mini Easter baskets. Of course, I will eventually post pictures of all my latest candy exploits, just 'cause I'm mean like that.
Okay, time to shut up and go write!