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Journey Home

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.

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SLIMLILA 1/1/2012 10:39PM

    Good to hear. So your birthday is soon, isn't it.? I haven't even been outside the door, but I heat it is about -4C, so close to what you came home to... I did my Core Secret disk and then I did WATP g Walk, and was finding it very hard, until she said it was equal to a 3 miles walk, so then I didn't feel so bad.. I still have some of the Lentil Sweet Potato Chick Pea Curry so that was lunch and for supper, I made scalloped potato, ham and leftover cole slaw. So I've pretty much made it fully thru 5 successful days on WW.

I'm tired as usual, so hopefully I can get to sleep tonite and stay asleep...

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SLIMMINJENN 1/1/2012 10:25PM

    glad you made it home safe...good luck on all your goals thi year...

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An Especially Bittersweet Day

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.

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SLIMLILA 12/31/2011 11:02PM

    Yes, my friend said to me just yesterday how nice it must be have a dd .. she is a widow and only had a son, so she said she's adopting me as a sister...

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Happy New Year!

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KAILYNSTAR 12/31/2011 6:55PM

    How wonderful to have a Mother like you! Someone that loves unconditionally.

Have a Happy New year and know that they know that you love them so much.

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GEEKSMEGGLY 12/31/2011 10:48AM

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TOPAZROSE 12/31/2011 9:31AM

    Sometimes things are hard especially it comes to our loved ones. What a loving relationship you must have with your daughter to feel the way you do. Cherish that it is priceless. Happy New Year.
Also thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and your encouragement.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/31/2011 9:24AM

    Awwwww . . . hugs. My DS leaves for basic training in March (Missouri . . . we live in WI) so I know that bittersweet feeling. I knew that this is probably the last holiday for awhile that we'll be together as a family. **SIGH** I do still have DD @ home, so that will make things smart a little less I suppose.

Keep the eyes on April, my dear!

Happy New Year.

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FITMARY 12/31/2011 9:17AM

    Having loving daughters must be a wonderful gift. I'm happy for you! Carry their love into the new year!

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Week's Overview

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.

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BERGBA7 12/30/2011 11:43AM

    It is easier to depart when you know you will see each other again soon! Have a good trip back!

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 12/30/2011 10:09AM

    Good luck with staying focused and reaching all your goals and more. Hoping you enjoy a fantastic and interesting 2012 +Mark...

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Working on Goals for New Year

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A good thing about spending the week at my daughter's is my ability to step back out of my everyday life and ponder a few things about my life. I've been able to come up with a couple resolutions/goals for the new year.

I'm going to be honest with myself and embrace my feelings. I will look at things and situations more objectively instead of emotionally. I will state my feelings more and not worry so much about what people may or may not say about me. Life does not end when someone else doesn't like what I do.

I am going to start doing things that I once did and enjoyed. This includes sparking my creativity again and doing craft projects that I once enjoyed and trying ones that I've always wanted to. If I try something and it doesn't work out, at least I will have tried. This also includes reading more, learning things and keeping up on what I have learned.

I'm going to be more honest with myself as far as my feelings are concerned. I will state my opinions when needed and not let others' opinions get me down. I'm going to embrace my good feelings and let go of my feelings that are bringing me down.

I am going to keep on doing what I started to do just before Christmas. I started prioritizing what I do each day, limiting the time I spend on each project, and spending time on me and letting myself relax for a little bit each day.

These are just a start, but I've got a start. I will re-read this blog weekly and keep track of how I am doing. They will tend to be difficult at times because I am so used to doing for others and not for me. But I am determined to try my best.

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SLIMLILA 12/31/2011 1:51AM

    Well, Patty, you've gotten a lot further than I have... good goals. Are you still at dd's? When do you or did you come home? Any special plans? I've started WW Core program on my own, but I may bite the bullet and actually go to meetings, if only to meet some new friends like my dd says... emoticon

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TOPAZROSE 12/30/2011 7:19AM

    The time away from the routines of your daily life has been renewing. What a great set of goals! Have a great 2012 and with those goals I'm sure you will.
Happy New Year Patty.
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BERGBA7 12/29/2011 12:36PM

    Great goals... some of them should be taken over by me too for next year. Have a good day!
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Reading and Thinking

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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    Dream while you're awake...

Goal setting for some of us goes against the grain due to unconscious beliefs...

Habit is key to success - the more we practice - the more successful we become. Practice stuff where the side effect is becoming fitter, stronger and healthier and you will have a great 2012.

In fact let me wish for you a great 2012 right now +Mark...

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SLIMLILA 12/29/2011 1:43AM

    I got out the WW books last nite and am going to try it, cuz the way I am going, is up, up, up not the other way.... so far today, I made homemade turkey and bean soup and had 2 big bowls of it... Then I used up bananas and made a banana loaf (for everyone else, not me) and used up the last of the Pillsbury choc. chip cookie dough (same thing) and they are already gone...

Here's to a healthy, successful New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLYER99 12/28/2011 11:42AM

    This is great, you gave me so many things to think about when thinking about goals! Thanks! Bob.

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MANDALORE 12/28/2011 9:59AM

    emoticon stick with we are behind you!

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