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Off to Europe... (2014- Blog #77)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Well, tonight is the last night before I leave for Europe to see my father who is not well. I meet up with my two sisters - one who lives in Germany and one who lives in CA. The emotions are varied and I have put them on hold for now.

Bags are packed... I travel super light with no checked luggage. My priorities are to keep up the exercise while gone. Thus, the running shoes made it in :) as did the running sweats. It sure would be sweet to be able to find some nice places to run.

On our second to last day we are renting bikes to go to the Monet Gardens. I can't think of a better kind of day. And I get to do my favorite all time kind of travel - by train. So, all in all, though the purpose of the trip is a bit sad, it will be a trip to remember. It is my home... one of my homes. I was born in UK and my dad is French so we lived there part of the year each year ... and then I moved to the US...

I do need to go into this "non routine time" with a sense of purpose so that I can stay on track with my overall goals. So I have made a short list of focus goals for the next 15 days.
My goals while out of my routine:
emoticon Eat well.. and within reason.
emoticon Walk much and run when possible.
emoticon Enjoy moments.
emoticon Capture life.
emoticon Ride the train .. a lot.
emoticon Savor time with family.
emoticon Log in to Spark each and every day. Do not want to break my streak!
emoticon Post a photo here once a day so that my blogging streak stays alive as well. I will blog more once I get home.

Off to bed. Gotta get up early. Make sure all my key items are still packed: passport, rail pass, $ and my ticket. The rest is gravy :)

See you on the flip side...

Quote of the day
"All serious daring starts from within."
Eudora Welty

MANTRA: Every opportunity is a choice. Every choice is an opportunity. (me)

PHOTO OF THE DAY: I will miss her!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SEEHOLZ 3/24/2014 9:18AM

    Sorry I'm late to the "party"- sorry about your Dad- sounds like a grand time :-) ( aside from your Dad's illness of course)

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LKEITHO 3/22/2014 11:06AM

    Sorry the reason for the trip is not a good one, but I hope you have the best time possible.

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MISSG180 3/20/2014 9:34AM

    Have a marvelous trip!

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MBTEPP 3/19/2014 12:16PM

    Bye, bye mountain!

Have a meaningful trip. The monet gardens by bike sounds inspiring. Enjoy the eye candy nature gives us.

Father's do give us so much, some we do not want to carry. May your visit be a good one.

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BOOKAPHILE 3/19/2014 11:34AM

    Enjoy your time with family. It's good to be together even when the circumstances are sad.

Your mountain will be waiting for your return. Travel safely.

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LOVINGKATE 3/19/2014 10:32AM

  Enjoy your family and be safe. Great goals. Cherish each moment. emoticon emoticon

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NANCY- 3/19/2014 8:53AM

    Great reasonable goals!!!
You are one impressive lady! No checked bags?! Wow!
Sorry to hear that your dad is not well. Your plan should help you stay balanced during your visit.

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NEWROSE27 3/19/2014 8:26AM

    Wishes for an enjoyable, healthy and safe time away.

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SHRINKBUG 3/19/2014 7:38AM

    Ha-ha, ride the train! You will be on track! Have a good trip.

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/19/2014 7:38AM

    May your trip be all it needs to be... for you, and for those you love. emoticon

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STRONGDAWG 3/19/2014 5:54AM

    Bon voyage. Enjoy your time with your family. Stay in the present moment.

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    Enjoy and be safe.

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NEW-CAZ 3/19/2014 4:19AM

    I hope the visit goes well Diane emoticon Safe journey emoticon

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KALIGIRL 3/19/2014 2:59AM

    Have a marvelous time and make memories with your loved ones!
Safe travels and 'see' you soon!

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