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Once a month my husband and I drive to Tampa so I can visit my eye doctor. I have Benign Essential Blepharospasm, which means I need to get thirteen eye injections every month, so I can keep my eyelids open. It's not the most pleasant experience, but actually getting the injections is the easy part of the trip. Getting there and back home in a reasonable amount of time--that's the painful part.
My appointment is usually early in the morning, so the night before when I'm setting the alarm clock, I always check with my husband: Is he going to take the route that we know for sure will get us there in 1 1/2 hours, or is he going to take one of his short cuts? If he's planning on taking a short cut, then we need to get up real early, because it will take us at least 3 hours to get there.
I love my husband dearly and we enjoy taking road trips together, but whenever he says "I think I'll take a shortcut today," my response is always "Do you think we really have 'time' to take a shortcut, Dear?"
It's not only the trip to the doctor that's a maze, the trip home is even more of a mystery. Yesterday when we left the doctor's office my husband assured me that he remembered last month's short cut, but what he didn't remember was that last month's short cut was a four hour ordeal.
"There's the road we need," he was so excited as he exited off the interstate. He insisted "it's the one" and so off we went on an exit that I know for sure we've never taken in our lives.
I don't mind riding along on my husband's short cuts. The only time I flat out say no is when he's driving me to the airport. The first and last time we took a short cut to the airport we were driving across a "short cut" bridge, the airport was off to my right, in fact I was sure that was my Delta flight boarding. If I could have climbed the fence, waded through the little stream and crossed one runway with three bags in tow, I might have made it.
Where's the "bridge-side" luggage service when you really need it?
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The picturesque town of Nugget, California has a lot to offer--beautiful views, weather, and small-town life. For Dana Calloway and Aiden McBride, this town is the most unlikely place to fall in love that they could have expected. When an accidental arsonist and an arson investigator cross paths, finding themselves living side-by- side, it doesn't take long for things to heat up.
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