First off, yay for people who are so self centered and stupid, that they have to hide their identity to leave insulting comments in other people's LJ's. Very mature! HAHA!
But YAY! I'm back! OMG let me tell you about the totally awesome weekend I had!
Wake up at 4:00am to be at the airport by 5:00 to catch our flight at 7:00 (it's first come first serve seating and my parents want the emergency exit seat so they can have more leg room.
A smooth take off, flight, and landing, brings us to Manchester, New Hampshire. The fire alarm was going off in the airport so they couldn't let anyone off the plane for a few minutes. So we finally get off the plane, and there are parts of the airport blocked off because of the fire alarm. Just a minute of waiting and we're on our way to get a rental car. At least we thought so.
Ok people, for those who believe in "everything happens for a reason", get ready for this:
So we're in line at Hertz and get up to find out that there are no cars available. Ok...next place (there's like a line of 5 different car rental places at the front of the airport), nothing. Everyone had nothing. So we get in line back at Hertz to see what we can do. My mother asks the lady nicely what she is doing to get a car because she didn't have a reservation either. Call the 1-800 number, make a reservation that way, get your reservation number, and take it up to the desk. Okay?...but it works! Someone was switching shifts so we ended up with Dotty who was so sweet! We explain that we are there looking for apartments and I happened to have my paperwork out and ready (papers with directions and info on all the apartments I planned to look at). She asks to look at them and gasps at half of them. Aparently they're in bad areas and she said "THROW THESE OUT!" So we're like "okay" and she proceedes to write down the name of this place in south Nashua and gave us directions. She said to my mother, "I have daughters, and when they move out, I would want them to stay here." So we get a car (BTW, they had a BUNCH of cars for us to choose from...don't know why they were sold out), and we're on our way to those apartments! YAY! We get a little lost but we find the place and THEY ARE AMAZING! OMG! Just within my price range, gated, super friendly staff, and real Christmas trees (like live ones growing wild...huge ones) everywhere!
Mind you, we set aside all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to look for apartments. I get my apartment within 2 hours of being in New Hampshire. OMFG!
So that's it! We're done! Such a stream of emotions running through me at that point. It's such a perfect place. I'm right next to EVERYTHING (even the main road that takes me to work) and yet, this complex is settled back on a hilly road so it's still nice and quiet. Plus, I got the 2 bedroom so you can visit! YAY!
We eat lunch at Chili's and my parents and I are thinking of a place to stay. We didn't make reservations anywhere because we didn't know where we would end up. My parents vacation up there all the time so they call their favorite Bed and Breakfast and they have one room available for one night. So we drive 30 minutes north and stay there! We eat dinner in this little town and look at the little shops. It was so nice and cool out and everyone was so nice!
Holy shiznit people...if you haven't stayed at a nice bed and breakfast before, you need to do so. All I can say is, cream cheese stuffed french toast for breakfast! I sat on the porch swing drinking a hot cup of spiced apple and cranberry tea enjoying all the flowers, the cool morning, and A HUMMINGBIRD! CUUUUUTE! We're talking to the other people staying there at breakfast and my parents decide to go to Kenneybunk Port, Maine since that's one of their favorite places. Only an hour and 1/2 drive! One of the people suggested a scenic route to get there. It's an extra hour out of the way, but it's through the White Mountains. SO WORTH IT! It was some of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen! We even stopped at a rocky river and climbed out onto the rocks and took a bunch of pictures! So peaceful! I can listen to that water running all day! I even drank the water! It was sweet and so clean!
So we get to Maine and walk around the little shops, my mom and dad bought a bunch of stuff, and I get a bowl of clam chowder (because you're right on the water...you have to). We stop for dinner at a local diner that was mentioned on Food Network a bunch of times for being one of the best in Maine (plus it's my parent's favorite place) and I get a lobster roll. A big piece of buttered bread STUFFED with the meat of pretty much AN ENTIRE LOBSTER and it comes with butter that you dip the whole thing in. May I please live off of this alone for the rest of my life?! I wasn't even feeling that hungry and I inhaled the entire thing! My mother got one too and my dad got their clam chowder and chicken strips.
So we head back on the main highway to save on time and we end up at a Sharaton back in Nashua that looks like a castle in the front (we actually made reservations this time...no more not making reservations...we had used up our luck for the weekend). It's 7:30pm and we all fall right asleep. The neighbors were having a party and were noisy, but only for 30 minutes.
We woke up to check out and outside our door was confetti all over the place from the party next door. It was still a nice, comfortable sleep, so we didn't really mind much. We ate breakfast at the local Panera Bread. They have a fire place in there with big comfy chairs around it! The fire was even going when we were there! I had a bagel with veggie cream cheese and a large cup of hot tea.
We were dedicating the rest of today to exploring the city I was going to be living in. The mall that is there is half in New Hampshire and half in Massachusettes! I'm only 1/2 mile away from the border! HAHA! We drove around and look at the houses (so pretty! There's even a huge new development going up that should be ready by the time I'm going to be looking for houses) and went to the mall (all tax free on everything all year round!) and looked at a nice furniture store! We ate dinner at Smokey Bones (if you want the best bar-b-q and you have one of these in your area, GO!) then say at Barnes and Noble, then went back to the airport. We didn't get first in line for the nice seats on the way back, but we got pretty good ones. The plane was delayed to take off from 8:20 to 8:55pm. We had a smooth flight (slight turbulance...nothing really) and touched down back in Florida at exactly midnight.
I come home and wave at my fish bowl with Tasuki in it as usual, and he doesn't respond. He died while I was gone :(
But other than that, it was a very productive weekend! Everything that happened lead up to something wonderful!
Pics coming up!