After an exhausting late-night drive, I'm finally back in Pennsylvania trying to hold on to some of the good mojo I left with.
But it isn't easy.
Allison is crying, trying desperately to fall back asleep after being squished in her car seat with a crook in her neck for almost five hours. I need some of the things out of the back of my car, but I just don't have the energy right now, so I'm wondering whether I have a backup case for my contacts -- otherwise, I might just have to scrounge up a shot glass from the kitchen.
I can't help but think about everything I have to do tomorrow afternoon, including unpack the car, sort everything out and vote. Then I have a long election night at the paper including a late deadline.
But even with the hassles that are sure to come, the trip was without a doubt worth it.
My family and friends rejuvenate me.