Thanksgiving Day we left home sometime around 1:30 PM and drove 120 miles to Jacksonville, where we checked into the Hampton Inn on Beach Boulevard. This is where we prefer to stay when we are in town for an appointment at the Mayo Clinic.
On our first visit to Mayo, a few weeks ago we stayed at a different Hampton Inn, on Marsh Landing Parkway. I was very disappointed in everything about it. They are our hotel of choice when traveling, but this one did not meet the standards we are accustomed to. It was noisy, the people at the front desk did their job efficiently but were not the least bit friendly or welcoming, and housekeeping was lacking.
Lacking to the point that we stepped on several of these that were in the carpet in our hotel room. Some people call them stickers, some people call them sand spurs, some people call them goat heads; but whatever you call them, they hurt like hell when you step on them. When I showed them to the manager the next morning when we were checking out, she didn’t apologize, just said that apparently the people that had the room before us carried them in on their shoes. Umm, yeah, that’s why you have housekeeping clean and vacuum a room between guests.
Anyway, back to Thanksgiving. Once we were checked in and dropped our luggage off in the room, we drove a few miles to a Golden Corral for dinner. We expected the place to be busy, and we were right. There was a line out the door, but they were moving people through very quickly and it didn’t take long for us to get inside and get seated. No, it wasn’t a home-cooked meal with family and friends around, but for a buffet it was pretty good. They had a lot of selections, from turkey and ham to steak, and everything was fresh and hot.
Back at the hotel, we changed into swimwear and went down to their indoor pool and hot tub. The biggest thing I miss from our life before we became fulltime RVers is the big hot tub we had, sunken in our redwood deck behind the house. Terry and I used to go out there just about every night, even when it was snowing, and it gave my back a lot of relief. If there was any place at all to have one here, I would. We alternated between the hot tub and the pool for a while before going back to our room and going to bed early, because Terry had a 7 AM appointment at Mayo Friday morning.
Anybody who has read this blog for long knows that I am not a morning person, and when I know I have to be up early for something, I don’t sleep well the night before. Between that and being in a hotel bed instead of my own at home, I spent more time tossing and turning than I did sleeping. When the alarm went off at 5:15 AM it was all I could do not to throw it across the room and cover my head up with a blanket.
But instead, we went to the hospital. This was Terry’s last pre-op before Monday’s procedure, and we were in and out by 8 a.m. and headed back home. By the way, this is the only sunrise I have seen in at least 15 years, and if I go another 25 years without seeing one, that will be fine with me. Did I mention I’m not a morning person?
We had a couple of stops to make in Daytona Beach on the way back to Edgewater, then we grabbed lunch before heading home. By the time we were unpacked it was all I could do to keep my eyes open. I sat down at my computer, thinking I might get some work done, but the words were swimming across the screen. I gave up and sat down in my recliner, thinking I would take a quick nap, and woke up over two hours later.
We go back to Mayo Monday morning, and the first of Terry’s procedures will be at 11:45 a.m. Please keep your fingers crossed that this gives her some relief. She sure deserves it.
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Thought For The Day – Sure, I could kill you with kindness, but let’s see what else is lying around first.