Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!
I’m leaving on my Mediterranean cruise in less than a week. I’ll be traveling with a friend who loves cruising (her DH can no longer go); this is my first cruise. We’ll spend a couple of days in Barcelona, then get on the boat to Nice, Venice, Amalfi Coast, Rome, Pompeii, Vienna, Ravenna, and Dubrovnik. I’m very excited! I have never visited any of those locations; and it’s been 40 years since I visited Europe as a college student (with a backpack and staying in hostels).
I’m madly packing, and trying to do my mid-month update blog a little early. I may be off Spark for 3 weeks – I don’t think I’ll pay the exorbitant fees to have computer access on the cruise. I want a total break from work, and with the phone or computer I will keep getting calls and e-mails. I did take a break and go to the Return of the Dinosaurs at the convention center yesterday. It was fun to see the animatronic huge dinosaurs, and the kids were even more fun to watch! I did not have my camera so I did not take photos, but another visitor posted a YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
On the good news health front: I have SIGNIFICANTLY cut my caffeine consumption; from 48 ounces of sugarfree energy beverage daily down to 12 ounces. From 12 ounces I can get to zero on the cruise.
I am sleeping better.
I have kept up my exercise and strength training, and stretching.
Even better news: My mom is out of hospice (third time she’s been in hospice and then gotten better!); she is feeling happier and her pain is under control. She thinks the infection is better, and it probably is because she gets very sick when the septicemia flares up. I’m still a little nervous about going on the cruise; my sister Pam has my emergency contact information. But Pam says mom won’t want me to be called if she is dying. I bought travel insurance and I will use it to go to California if Mom has another heart attack, or the infection starts to rage through her system again.
I am very grateful that the hospice chaplain is continuing to visit mom even though she is no longer in the Hospice program. The constant health crisis and debility had really shaken her faith, and the chaplain's visits have renewed her her belief in a comforting and loving Saviour. That brings her peace and comfort and acceptance.
Good news at work: I finished up a major work project successfully – and early. So that is a huge relief! And my co-worker is less likely to have to cover any crisis.
I AM disappointed that I have not lost weight (but at least I haven't gained). At the start of summer, I set a goal of being down one dress size before I left on my cruise. And that’s not happening. I haven’t gained weight or increased in girth – but I haven’t lost pounds or inches. I think the cruise will jump start my fitness and weight loss; and I truly believe the changes I have made will pay off next month. But I’ll re-evaluate and do serious review of action steps -- after my return in November.