There are several things about our Rota trip last week that I haven’t written down yet, so I’m just gonna type a quick run-down of the whole week.
Monday we drove out there; had Subway and watched Master and Commander.
Tuesday we started the Security stuff, found out we were going to be parents, rented but didn’t finish watching Timeline (not worth it) and Big Fish (worth it, but we ran out of time). Gonzo called us just after we’d turned off the lights to go to bed…he’d gotten a notice from the Navy Lodge that they were fumigating his room Wednesday. He was calling to tell me that since I was pregnant I shouldn’t be around all that…but they weren’t fumigating Billeting, so it wasn’t a problem. He kept saying that he wasn’t comfortable with being around it himself (which I can understand), and that the base wouldn’t have anywhere else for him to stay (which didn’t make any sense at all). So instead of trying to work something out he just decided that he was going to move off base the next morning…for his last night at Rota.
Wednesday we went to the doctor’s, had Subway for lunch, washed the Toyota, finished watching Big Fish and went out with the Gonzos for supper. Gonzo’d found a hotel (Playa de la Luz, or something like that) and he wanted us to come there for supper. We asked him for directions…we didn’t realize the restaurant was in the hotel at first. Gonzo sent us 49,000 messages wondering where we were…were we almost there…telling us to drive behind the hotel so we could see him riding a horse…etc…etc…etc. He was like a 5-year old: Are we there yet?…Are we there yet?…Are we there yet? Anyway, we finally made it and met Gonzo and the kids. When we asked where Grace was he told us that it was that time of the month and that she would come down to dinner when she had everything straightened out. Tj said later that he could feel my eyes boring holes in his head at that. Maybe I’m overly prudish, but I never want my husband telling another man that I’m having my period! Apparently I’ve already mentioned that to Tj. After all that, though, we had a good dinner. I was a little nervous at first, wondering how the kids would behave. We started off going into the buffet restaurant; Gonzo thought it would be more kid-friendly. We left, though, when the lady told us it was 22 euros a person (about $25!). The other restaurant had only a few couples sitting in there and I thought the kids might be a distraction, but they were angels! I can’t get over how good they are! We talked a good bit, had an enjoyable time. It was nice. Gonzo had suggested before today that he might not stay through Friday, and he told us after dinner that they would be leaving the next morning for home.
Thursday we had our appointment at the car shipping place at 10:30, but Tj wanted to be early so we got there at 10:00. I positioned myself in the waiting room with my then-current book, The Talented Mr. Ripley…the first time we came to this office I wasn’t prepared to have to sit on the sidelines, but there’s a notice on the wall that states that only one person can go into the office to have the car shipped. So I waited. It seemed like it took forever; I think it was actually about two hours. I was glad to finally see Tj walking through the waiting room giving me a thumbs up. He told me later that he had to vacuum out the trunk again and dry the car off…it was raining when we brought it, it cracked me up that they made him dry it off. He said that there were many little scratches and dings, though…I guess they just don’t want to be accused of scratching it when we go pick it up. We ran a couple of errands, shopped a little, and then hung out in the room the rest of the day…I think we rented another movie but I can’t remember what it was now.
Friday: we’d initially planned on leaving Saturday morning, but not long after we woke up Friday Tj said maybe we ought to leave then. We had a few more errands to run, but we got everything done by about 1pm. We went to the new Air Terminal fast food counter, ate and left. It was funny…as Tj was checking out I went to the bathroom. As I was walking towards the door to the women’s room a huge soldier in camouflage came out of the men’s room with a large german shepherd! I was so glad that he hadn’t come into the women’s while I was there…that would’ve scared the heck out of me!
It had rained in Murcia by the time we got home…and Tj tells me that it stormed pretty badly after I went to bed. (He stayed up half the night as is his wont.) The electricity was out when we got home…something had tripped the breaker. We’re not sure how long it’d been out, but things in the freezer were softening, and everything on the freezer door was completely thawed. I can’t wait till we move back to where that won’t be a problem.