On the bright side, we did both manage to wake up before the alarm and be alert enough to function, and that did turn out to be the most difficult part of the trip. We got to the airport, made all our flights, and ended up in Baltimore without a hitch. Our airline had some episodes of the new Animaniacs reboot, so we checked out the first one and...it was okay, I guess. There were some fun ideas, like Brain's plan to take over the world by brainwashing people with a cute animal video. But there just seemed to be an ever so slight shift in tone that just didn't quite click with us.
Anyway. In Baltimore we met up with some family members, because we were all flying in for a family reunion Friday night, followed by our father's memorial service Saturday morning. Our family's really not great at staying in touch, much less getting together, so it took a death to make us all go, "Oh hey, we should see each other!" So we did. We met some aunts and uncles and cousins that we hadn't seen in over a decade--some we hadn't seen since before we were old enough to remember stuff. We found out that one of our cousins (whom we've still never met because he wasn't there) is an award-winning composer.
...But I confess, Athena and I treated it like we do most parties. We found a spot and stayed there cowering most of the time. I mean, when people came by to talk to us, we happily talked with them, but as usual, we were too afraid to approach anyone ourselves. Just because we're technically related by blood doesn't really make them any less scary than other people. Sometimes it makes it more scary! Fortunately, most of our family is pretty reclusive, so nobody was offended. (More than one person at the reunion said something along the lines of, "Covid just gave me an excuse to be the hermit I always wanted to be.")
After the reunion, Celeste and Sarah and the two of us went back to our hotel room to practice the musical number we agreed to sing at Dad's service. And then we stayed up late talking and attempted to get some sleep. We did not succeed, and Athena and I got back pretty late last night, so I think I'll save the rest of this report for tomorrow so we can get more sleep tonight.
Today I'm thankful for making it to and from Baltimore safely, the super duper nice shuttle drivers who took us to and from the airport (we considered asking a friend to drive us, but we didn't want to make anyone get up at those horrendous times unless they were used to it and/or getting paid), getting to reconnect with some family members, Delta Airlines giving out Biscoff cookies for in-flight snacks, and getting to sleep in tomorrow.