Sunday, January 01, 2012
I made it home safely, but I could say it was somewhat of an adventure. Before I left for the airport, my daughter and I went for a walk around the neighborhood a couple rounds. The first round was with the puppy, which was typically challenging, especially with the dogs in the neighborhood who were not in their yards or on a leash. It felt so wonderful to enjoy the 65 degree weather and I knew that I would not enjoy landing in 35 degree weather. I wanted so badly to take the weather (and my daughter) home with me.
My purse and carry-on had to go through the scanner three times and then they had to call someone to look through them. I had completely forgotten I had a small Swiss Army Knife in my purse. (I don't know how it wasn't found in Detroit). I had it forever and hated that it had to be left, but rules are rules. I had some homemade lotion in my carry-on that was given to me by my son-in-law's daughter that was flagged. They finally put something in it to test it and then gave it back to me. I wasn't counting on any problems and it really made me nervous time-wise.
I sat next to a talker on my first flight. He was a really nice guy and it made the time go by faster, but he had a few really hard knocks in life that made me realize how lucky I really am.
Then it was time to take the long trek across the Charlotte airport to board my next flight. I hadn't realized how heavy my carry-on was just with a few extra items. Needless to say, I got my work-out for the day, but my back was not a happy camper. I made it to my next plane with little time to spare.
We boarded right away, but sat there on the plane in the dark for quite awhile. The pilot announced at one point that it would be five to ten minutes before take off while they finished paperwork. We finally left about 40 minutes after our original take-off time. Luckily, I was able to call my ride and tell him I'd be a little late.
So, I finally arrived about 9 pm. We were late eating and didn't get much time to enjoy our dinner as the restaurant was getting ready to close. But, we did get home in time to watch the ball drop. Then, it was definitely lights out - I was one tired person.
It was good to go and good to come home, though. I'm not ready to get back into my routine, though. So, I'm taking it a little easy today. And tomorrow I will be taking it easy as it is that dreaded day of the year where I have to admit that I'm another year older. I don't like to go out and celebrate, but I've made it a habit of not doing any work or cooking on that day just because I can.
I hope everyone has a wonderful new year and has many wonderful things happen in their lives this year.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Today, being New Year's Eve, is naturally a bittersweet day. Thinking about this past year and having high hopes for the new year always does that to me. But I will also be leaving my daughter in Alabama. As hard as I try, it's always difficult to say goodbye to my daughters. I know I will see both of them in April, and I try to concentrate on that. But...goodbys are always so hard for me. I love my daughters more than anything in the whole world. I have the most fantastic daughters ever. I realize I'm partial, but I can honestly say that people than know them tell me the same thing. Just being a proud momma. I will try my best to have a stiff upper lip when I leave and concentrate on getting organized in the new year and look forward to April.
Friday, December 30, 2011
It's been a quiet, peaceful, wonderful week. I got a lot of quality time with my daughter, I got a break from a routine that I definitely needed a break from, and I got to do some new things.
My daughter, son-in-law and I drove up to Nashville yesterday so I could see the Opryland Hotel. What a ginormous, gorgeous hotel! The holiday decorations were exquisit! There were lights and enormous Christmas trees everywhere. Live plants of all kinds were all over the place, mostly placed among waterfalls. There were some red and white (the colors together) ponsettias that I had never seen before and some red ones that were the deepest shade of red imaginable! We could have taken a boat tour inside the place, but, like all the other prices I did see, was probably more than I would have wanted to spend. I was so turned around as to where I was that I would never have been able to find the door that we came in at! My daughter took pictures for me, as she has a better camera and has promised to email them to me. I will have to post some of the pictures.
Today is my last full day here. I will make the most of every minute with my daughter. I know I will see her again in April - which really isn't too far off. But I'm already getting a little melancholy about leaving. Gotta stop that!
It has only been a year and a half since I left Alabama, but I've found myself already unsure of how to get to places I was once comfortable getting to. It struck me as odd, because I never lost that sense of direction in Michigan, although I lived in Alabama for 14 years. Maybe the bad memories of the last few years here somehow come into play.
My baby daughter and I have already talked. Next Christmas, no matter what, the three of us will somehow be together. No matter how many other relatives and loved ones we have, it's just not the same if the three of us are not together. So, I've got something to shoot for in the coming year.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I've been talking about setting goals for myself for the new year, but i have yet to come up with any concrete ones. I've been doing some reading of articles on goal setting and others' blogs about goals. I read a couple this morning that really hit home and made me realize why I haven't really been able to come up with some.
I need to choose goals that are important to me. To do this, I must think about and be honest about what I want. I haven't done that. I must remember to make things happen. Stop letting things happen to me. I must be positive and set priorities. I need to choose how I respond emotionally to people. I must curtail taking everything so personally. And, most importantly, I must dare to dream. What would I really like to happen in the coming year? If I spend some time thinking about these, I should be able to come up with some manageable goals.
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