Ring. Ring.[Note to T-Mobile: Add extra 3G capacity to the French Quarter during Mardi Gras. It's frustrating to get an unusable 3G signal.]
Steve: Hi Bobrobert! Everything going OK?
BR: Fine. How's the family?
Steve: Great! Mom's doing so well, She spent the night here last night, and thinks she'll be out by next week.
BR: And Hope? How cute is she?
Steve: Adorable. A little fussy today, but that's probably just because she's not used to having so much commotion around her. Hey, I've got a question.
BR: The answer is yes.
Steve: Yes? You don't even know the question.
BR: Yes, you can go to New Orleans. But for every dollar you spend on this side trip, I get to spend one on myself.
BR: And be sure to text me lots of pictures.
Adding those extra two days to the trip was the best idea. Two days for myself without worrying about BR or family. I came home happy and ready to continue providing care and comfort to BR, ready to tackle more of the overdue household tasks, and ready to face whatever MS decides to throw at us next.