Friday, March 15, 2013
When we first heard hubby had cancer, we decided to take a trip, "when it was all over." We really thought we could cure it. Now that we know there is no cure, we've decided to pursue that trip anyway. I think it's even more important now, it has certainly raised my spirits.
We talked about the places hubby would like to go--Washington, D.C., Yellowstone, return trips to New York City or Las Vegas. There are so many wonderful places to go in the U.S., including Hawaii. (And it's so wonderful to be able to go anywhere, and not have to worry about my inability to do much walking or requesting seatbelt extenders on the plane---SO WONDERFUL!) We settled on Washington, D.C. Hubby's brother lives in one of the suburbs, so we can stay with them, and that will certainly help make the trip less expensive. I used to book hotels for my profs when I worked for the University, and hotels in D.C. are terribly expensive, from $200-$300/night. Plus his brother and sister-in-law will be able to tell us the best things to see and how to get there. The best part--they have a boat and we are especially looking forward to a day-long trip down the Potomac to view the Cherry Blossoms at their peak. My sister-in-law said they take some wine and lunch along and usually dock at the Washington Monument. doesn't that sound wonderful? Hubby's dad and step-mother took this trip with them a few years ago, and told us about it. I think hubby has wanted to take this trip ever since.
Just booking the airfare and checking website for the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Smithsonian Institute has raised my spirits considerably. It's crazy what something like that to look forward to can do for you.
I'm into the weight loss mode again too. NO snacking, or if I do snack, it's just an orange or FROZEN grapes, yes FROZEN grapes, Anele! I joined the bandwagon finally. I tried it, and they're ok. I think I would rather have them UNfrozen however. But it's a nice option for something different. Scale is down to 152.2 this morning. My goal is to get back into the 140's, by Easter. We are leaving for D.C. the following week, so that gives me more incentive.
Son & I just walked with Lola on a beautiful March morning in Nebraska. We went further than usual because we were enjoying the lovely weather. I have been walking Lola everyday while son is at work too, some days this week, I drove down the road to the undeveloped but paved neighborhood, to walk because our gravel road was so muddy. But yesterday and today we walked down our road, it's dried out enough now. HOWEVER, more snow and cold is predicted for the weekend. So we need to appreciate this glorious weather while we have it.
I'm not a person who stays depressed for long. Never have been. Tuesday, I was very depressed and cried almost all afternoon. That is rare. Of course this is a horrible situation we are in, and I think it deserved at least an afternoon to mourn the loss of a stable, healthy future. Now we are living with an incurable and ultimately terminal disease, and that's really really hard. I still have that sick feeling in my stomach and lots and lots of fear about what the future holds. But with this trip, we are embracing our lives and making the most of our time!