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Trip Report The Best Laid Plans of Mice & Men & Teenage Girls...

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I wasn’t going to use write this as a trip report but some of our experiences were so great, I really want to share. If you’d like the abbreviated version, read my post on the Empty nest thread. For the rest of you, here it is.

A little background – last April, DD (my baby and only on to choose the University route) committed to University of Arizona. We stayed at the Marriot for orientation and we were totally underwhelmed so I was thrilled that the cab driver told us about Aloft, a brand new hotel in Tucson, located right next to campus. DD wanted to have her car there and there is no prohibition against it, so we decided on the flight home that we would drive out in her car, and then I would fly home. She was rushing, so her move-in time was a week early, which was lucky, because by the time she committed, hotels were already full for the official move in weekend. So I had everything all figured out – I booked a return flight home, and I booked the hotel for two days. I even got a SPG rewards card, figuring I could put all her tuition and college expenses on that to earn points for free or bonus stays when we visit. I patted myself on the back for having it all handled. In July, DD told me she’d gotten her parking assignment. I patted myself on the back for having raised such an independent young woman.

Summer flew by. As close as DD and I have always been, this was a time of her sprouting wings and pushing boundaries. Let’s just say, we were both really excited for college to start.

Fast forward to 2 weeks ago, about 2 weeks before it is time to go. DD decide that since her roommate wasn’t coming until official move-in day, she wanted some of her friends to drive out with her. They could stay in the dorm with her. Okay. I was fine with that. I figured SO and I could still drive out according to plan, stay at our nice hotel, get a cheap room for the friends and probably add a few years to my life by not having to drive for 8 hours with DD at the wheel and house music blaring all the way. I don’t book the hotel just yet, nor do I cancel my flight. I pat myself on the back for being so flexible.

Last week, while at a photo shoot for a house SO designed, the developer’s girlfriend and I started talking. Small world. Her dd is going to UA, too. And she’s rushing. What time is our move-in time, she asks. She’d just gotten the email the day before, telling her where to be and when. Huh??? I had no idea. Getting home, I ask DD. She checked. No emails. She called the Sorority recruitment chair and guess what? She wasn’t on the list! We had the email confirming she was rushing but nothing since then. Not to worry. The chair said we were definitely on the list and she’d let us know. We heard back shortly, that we had a move-in time slot for Sunday, between 1 & 3. Sounds great. What’s up with your friends?, I ask. Now, it seems none of them can go. Oh wait. One of them can go. Michael. (I know some of you might struggle with that, but he really is like her brother) I tell her it can still just be the two of us but no, that is not an option. (I promise this will have travel info in it!!!)

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