To make a long story short, Jon and my dad are gone for 9 days to help Bud (my brother) drive cross country to California where he has a new job and apartment. The company is paying movers to move all his things out and paying for food and lodging for his trip out, so Jon and my dad get basically a free ride to CA and then fly home. They're going to see all the sights of the west and my mom and Joy and me are "stuck" at home alone for over a week. We decided that while we were sitting around "pining" (well at least we let THEM think so), we'd have some fun of our own, so today Mama and I went to Lake Placid (Joy and a friend relaxed at home). We had intended to go up Whiteface Mt., but it was so overcast it wouldn't have been worth the money to go up, so we stopped and checked out a couple places (some that sold reeeeeally good chocolate! : ), had lunch at A&W (a long time favorite of Mama's) and then shopped til we were ready to drop in Placid. It was a good but MUGGY day!!