Tuesday, March 15, 2011
First day back from New Mexico. I was sick the whole trip with this sinus infection and had no voice. It was fabulous seeing my family! Three generations together for the first time and Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday. We had a lot for which to be thankful. Our thanks continued when we learned that my brother's wife and her family are all safe in Japan.
I work with nuclear scientists and one of them just sent me a note in response to a Facebook comment that the amount of radiation that is "loose" is not going to harm my family. Peace of mind is priceless.
The worst thing about having no voice was the fact that I finally met my cousin Jack! We had lunch on Sunday and I could not talk! I met his wife 3 years ago at my other cousin's funeral and she was there on Sunday, too. They've invited me to their home in Texas for Christmas. Meeting Jack is another reason to give thanks!
I'll be back on track with water, food and exercise tomorrow.
Today, Mr. Buckles lay in state at Arlington National Cemetary and was buried there this afternoon. In his honor, US flags flew at half staff across the country. Mr. Buckles was the last living US veteran of WWI until he died March 6 at the age of 110. He also fought in WWII. Veterans of WWI received very little recognition for their service. BF, who is former Navy, said this honor was as if the country chose to honor all the men who served in that war.
My sister's children brought some toys from home including Kung Zhu hamsters. Very cute toys. I lost my watch coming home and went to KMart to replace it. I showed BF the toy hamsters there so he could see what I was talking about.
I will do all that I can to keep the needs of Japan front and center. The need is going to be there for a very long time.
I flew home from Albuquerque - Denver - San Francisco which was a much easier trip than it sounds. In Denver, my wait was nearly 8 hours. They kept pushing back the departure date because of 2 things - the mechanics could not fix the plane and, because of wind, the air traffic controllers in SF were limiting the number of planes in the area.