Sunday, July 10, 2016

366 Project - Day 192 - "Wilmington, North Carolina"


July 10, 2016 - "Wilmington, North Carolina"

It has been a very long day!

We arrived in Wilmington yesterday afternoon and immediately got to work helping to get the unpacking started.

My sister-in-law's new house is absolutely beautiful! The fact that the air conditioning wasn't working when we got there, however, was not so beautiful. It's really freakin' hot here! Thankfully she was able to have a repairman come and get it working rather quickly - and the house went from almost 90˚ inside to a comfortable mid-70s.

Today was more unpacking and settling in. We managed to go to Mass this morning, which was quite an experience! I'm not used to seeing a Catholic church packed with people in shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops or sandals! Plus, when I went up to receive Communion, the priest gave me what turned out to be the single-largest piece of the Holy Eucharist that I've ever had. He kept trying to put it in my mouth the wrong way (he was quite old and quite short) so I had to sort of squat a bit and turn my head sideways to get it right, and even then he almost dropped it. The host was so big I almost choked, so I immediately went to receive the Wine (which I don't normally do) and took more of a "gulp" than a "sip".

After a long day we ended up heading for some ice cream at Kilwin's, which was nice, before heading to the beach, which was even nicer! The sky was absolutely beautiful and a storm was rolling in. You could see the rain off on the horizon... and every once-in-a-while a beautiful strike of lightning would crack down from the clouds. You can't really tell it from today's photo, but the waves were actually quite large and the water was so warm on your feet, it was like bath water.

Tonight we'll get some rest and enjoy two or three or four glasses of nice cold Pinot Grigio before drifting off to sleep. Tomorrow morning Holly and I will be heading back to Connecticut. I'm not sure if I'm ready for this.

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