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Planning a Trip

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!
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    I hope you guys have an awesome time in DC!!!
    1798 days ago
    I was in D.C. for the cherry blossoms in college. It was wonderful! The nice thing about D.C. is there is a lot of free stuff to do, especially because you have a place to stay. One time when I went, I contacted my congressman ahead of time, and his office was able to book us a ton of things to do ahead of time, even a special guided tour of the White House!!

    1798 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    Life can be so bitter sweet.
    1800 days ago
    Have a wonderful trip. D.C. is full of history and exciting sites..
    I lived in Virgina for a while,got into DC to see most of the important places.
    Spring brings out the cherry blossoms, not sure if out by April. We have cherries here in the Willamette valley and they bloom in May.
    Stay positive and keep the faith.
    Hugs Tisha emoticon emoticon
    1801 days ago
    I'm glad that you are feeling better today, and you are coming to my neck of the woods!
    1801 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan, Pam. I know it is a boost for both of you and will be a lot of fun. We have kids in the DC area and we, too, enjoy all the museums and other attractions. The best part is that most of them are free! Have fun planning and then have fun taking the trip--that's the best part! Hugs, Jeannie
    1801 days ago
    Planning for a trip can soothe the soul. The initial shock is over and you are
    looking ahead. Enjoy your trip. HUGS!
    1801 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    There is nothing like planning an adventure to distract you from other worries -- and thinking about what to do and where to go ... all lift the spirits and give you a plan for some happy days ahead. You're gonna have fun:) Hugs,
    1801 days ago
    I'm so thrilled for you ---- that you're attacking life, and doing wonderful things and making lovely memories! You'll love Washington.
    I lived there for 5 years ---- in the 70's.....when it still was a 'hick' town. I love going back - do all you can......try to get to the Zoo and see the Pandas. Of course - the monuments (Lincoln is my fave)===have lunch at the Willard Hotel, right near the White House....... Walk around Georgetown. The Smithsonian....etc.etc..... Oh, I envy you.

    And a boat trip on the Potomac??? That's magnificent!!

    So glad you're making plans and enjoying every day!!

    Big hugs.

    1801 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/15/2013 8:02:36 PM
  • MYRTLE811
    I'm glad you've decided to take a trip away. It's also quite all right to cry; how else are you supposed to get this out so that you can experience some relief. Grief is there; acknowledge it and accept the fact that you need to vent someway. Share your feelings with your dear husband as well; I'm sure he needs an outlet too. i wish you both all the best.
    1801 days ago
    Good for you!! I hope that you and your hubby can have the trip of a lifetime! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • KERRYG155
    Definitely the planning you should be doing! Relax and enjoy life now rather than waiting. Does Lincoln have a cancer center? I see them advertised all the time down here but don't know what Lincoln has anymore. They always talk about them having the newest treatments, etc. Anyway, you guys go on that trip and enjoy every minute of it!! emoticon
    1801 days ago
    emoticon Definitely a Good Thing to Focus on Living & Enjoying Each Other right now. Really we ALL could stand to do that more than we do!! As the song says "Live Like You Are Dying" Is VERY Good Advice!! Sorry, I can't think of the Name of the Song right now, I will think of it soon!
    1801 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    I love D.C.! We would stay outside of the city and take the metro in. It was so easy to get around. The cherry trees are so beautiful when they're in bloom. I'm glad you're giving yourself something to look forward to. I think it's easy to get overwhelmed trying to look ahead and worrying about the future. It's good to have something positive to focus on.
    1801 days ago
    You are smart in seizing the moment. My dear cousin took tons of little trips as well and was very glad she did. I am a firm believer in not postponing anything.
    1801 days ago
    Planning is one of the healthiest activities.
    Plan LOTS of trips. The research and the planning is almost as much fun as the trip. You can both get entertainment and stress relief from the activity. Even crazy ones like Kathmandu. Who knows, you may someday get there!
    Best wishes to you both!
    1801 days ago
    What a wonderful trip to take. I understand the cherry blossoms just inspire you. They let you know Spring is really going to happen, finally. I am glad we live on a major road that has sidewalks and paved roads as , as you can well imagine, I tend to stumble and wobble on gravel roads at this size. One of the things I look forward to, when I have lost some weight, is walking on a path at the park nearby. There are trails to follow but right now
    they are out of the question.
    I have always wanted to see DC . The buildings are not only grand but of historical and national importance. SOmething we never get to really experience, although here in Canada, where I live, the parliament buildings are just a 4 hour drive away and as it happens, right where my DD lives. We have been often but never for any of the festive happenings during the year.
    Have a wonderful time and see all the sights. The river trip sounds like a glorious day to me.

    1801 days ago
    I think a trip is just the thing for you both! It will help keep you occupied focusing on LIVING. It's more important now to make memories and not let this diagnosis steal precious moments.

    You know what? I put some of those frozen grapes in the low sodium cottage cheese yesterday and it was actually really good! I think I've found an alternate use for them!
    1801 days ago
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