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Tulips, trauma, and trucks

Friday, April 13, 2012

My sister and I are getting ready to go to a Tulip Festival a couple hours away. We rented a cabin for tonight abd tomorrow night. Her boyfriend will be in drill with the Nat'l Guard, so we'll have major quality sister time. We live in the same house but we commute at different times, plus she's my favorite person, so I never feel like I see her enough.
We really don't know what to expect. We've never been to the area we're going to and didn't have much time to research and make a list, but we're quite happy winging it. She did read about an event that displays semi trucks. 1) My sister has always said that if she wasn't a legal secretary, she'd be a truck driver 2) we have no clue what semi trucks have to do with tulips. Maybe we'll understand when we get there. I don't think she cares. She's exhilarated by the thought of being surrounded by semi trucks. I can't judge. I once quit my meaningful do-gooder job for 2 years to professionally mow my wealthy neighbors golf course, brush fields and 200 acres of his ranch because he was willing to pay me well and because I love lawn mowers. He had all types of lawn mowers; the kind with a platform you stand on, one I had to climb a ladder to get to the seat, greens mowers, and of course push mowers. I miss that job, but he passed away so I had to go back to doing good for the homeless women.
Speaking of which, this past week brought a terrible combination for me: a big donation of Easter candy and a few women going through trauma recovery in not the healthiest ways, which led to me experiencing secondary trauma and recovering with candy, also not the healthiest way. We have lots of support for secondary trauma and I was able to get that support over the last couple days, so I'm much better. Honestly, I'm ok for now with eating candy because I still need practice not reacting that way, but now its fewer and farther between and I recover quickly and have stepped up my exercise. Karen made me do a list of non scale victories. Those are 3 big ones that add up to 5 in my mind!
I've already had a big pile of veggies today and since my sisters man won't be with us this weekend, it'll be a lot easier for us to eat healthy.
Oh, and last weekend, the spa was wonderful, the art gallery was cool, but it wasn't cool to take pictures of the art so no pictures for you, and I took 4 naps on Sunday.
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  • EMTFF376
    Hope you are having fun! Sounds wonderful!! :)

    1803 days ago
    Have a fabulous weekend and I hope you get to sit in a cab of a Semi. You are so high from the ground i thought I would have a nose bleed.
    Shron have a wonderful "sisters "weekend. How lucky you are to be able to be so close.I am sure youwill both have a wonderful time Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon HAVE AN emoticon WEEKEND. emoticon
    1803 days ago
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend Sharon!! Sounds like lots of FUN! Enjoy! :)
    1804 days ago
    Sounds like interesting fun :-)
    Great NSVs!! Fewer candy eating instances is a good thing.
    1804 days ago
    Have fun at the Tulip Festival - can't wait to see what the deal is with the trucks!
    1804 days ago
    Fewer candy attacks is definitely better. Going the right direction. It sounds as if you will have a lot of fun with your sister, not matter what a tulip festival/big rig rally combo might look like. I'm glad you are getting that time together.
    1804 days ago
    It sounds like you and your sister have some exciting things to do this weekend, and with no man - lots of time to do it. : )

    Have fun.
    1804 days ago
    Sharon, your posts indicate how much you are growing in self~awareness. I'm so proud of your progress and salute you for the courage to share your journey with us. *hugs* Hope y'all have a great time at the tulip (and semi-truck *LOL*) festivals. God bless y'all~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1804 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    Great blog and yep non scale victory are accepted have a good time at your tulip festival I been to 1 in holland Michigan that was great.my SIDS is my best friend topic I feel better this week I should get in some quality sister time if we can dump mima tually mom 86 birthday is thursday it would have been Lacey 17. Have a greT weekend
    1804 days ago
    LISE emoticon
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  • FROSTY99
    Have fun at the tulip festival. That is one thing I miss-we really don't get cold enough for them-some folks force them but they aren't nearly as big and nice as what we had up north. I too wonder how semi trucks tie in, but it should be interesting. We have a big semi truck show about 15 mi from us every year and since DH used to drive a big rig, he enjoys going to see them.
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