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If you’ll notice, I’ve changed the blog background to reflect our current state of affairs…we are at the very beginning of travel-mania 2013; hence the luggage.  I left for Shreveport on Tuesday morning.  He left for Atlanta Wednesday morning.  I came home Wednesday afternoon.  I leave for San Antonio for all of next week on Sunday morning.  He comes home Sunday afternoon.  I won’t see him again until 1/18.  I’ll have a couple of normal weeks at home and then I travel the entire month of February and the first week of March.

On top of all of that, we’ve got lots going on; baby showers, dinner club, Marriage Today Conference at church, Dr. appts, and a friend’s concert in Grapevine.  We should be fairly busy over the next couple of months.  And, hopefully, we’ll have even more craziness at 2305 Springmere with the addition of another Graf.  No, not a baby, but a handful to say the least.  We’re praying for things down here.
I really don’t have a lot to catch you guys up on.  I’m just keeping myself busy with arts and crafts and work until I leave on Sunday.  I did have an interesting trip to Shreveport earlier this week though.  When I left Tuesday morning it had just started raining.  It rained the entire time I was on the road.  I stopped for a late lunch in Monroe, LA at McAlister’s Deli and I saw a giant man, about my age, with a long beard, long hair and a huge bandana around his head.  He looked familiar, but I would never encounter any human like this in own life and then it hit me.  I googled “Duck Dynasty” and sure enough a picture of the cast came up and I was able to identify him as Willie, the CEO of Duck Commander and star of the show.  That was a highlight of my career at Stag Parkway.
I though my day couldn’t get any better until I pulled up to the valet at my hotel, got my bags from my car and went to the front desk to check-in.  I must have looked like a hot mess in the pouring rain, struggling with my bags because a nice old man came up to me and said, “My name is Lou Martinelli. I’m the GM here.  How would you like a nice facial?”
UMMMMMMM, I would LOVE that.  So, he introduced me to the owner and they took my bags up to my room while I got a facial.  It was awesome.  I got to speak with them a bit more and I have found my home away from home while I’m in Shreveport.  I will never stay anywhere else.  I got them some personalized golf balls to thank them and will be sending those out later this week.
When I left on Wednesday it was still pouring rain.  The road were terrible.  I saw 3 really bad accidents and called 9-1-1 when I happened to look in my rearview mirror to see a car spinning out of control across the highway, hit an embankment and catch fire.  By the time I got off the phone, I couldn’t even believe what I had just seen.  That very easily could have been me.  
I was very glad to get home last night.  I cuddled with the dogs, watched good movies, did an art project and went to bed early.  It was nice, but there was one thing missing.  MY WADE!  Praying for safe travels for both of us and more Graf’s in Texas…adults and babies!!!
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