Because I have a song from the Beatles on my brain, and nothing ends in "USA." Anyway...
I took a trip to the UK. It was because of work that I went, so I took some extra days and an extra person (my husband) and we took a few days of enjoyment. I felt like it might have been the only chance for us to go together - there's no telling if it will be our only chance. And our lives are busy enough that we can't just say, "Hey, I know! Let's go to another country!" So trust me, take the chance when you have it! (For those of you who know my father is 67 and in a nursing home b/c of Alzheimer's - he didn't plan for his life to go that way, and Mom can honestly say she's glad they took the adventures and made time for them - so take them when you have the chance!)
Here's a pic of me and hubby. Behind us is the Queen's Tower, known as Big Ben. "Big Ben" is actually the bell that chimes. It's a part of the buildings of Parliament. We are on the other side of the Thames River, so the walk over the bridge got us closer to the tower.
Right next to it is Westminster Abbey, more of a museum than a church even though they still hold services inside. You may be able to see the two towers of it (to the right of the Queen's Tower) if you look closely enough at the picture.
We spent a day in London, then I worked the next few days. The first big touristy thing we did was ride "The London Eye" which is the big ferris wheel you've probably seen. A bit of trivia that it is not a ferris wheel because it is only anchored on one side when a ferris wheel is anchored on both. Each hub on the Eye is a glass-enclosed area with a bench and walking room, enough room for 25 people. It spins more slowly than a person would walk, so it doesn't feel like a ride at all. It was a gorgeous sunny day so we saw all of London, being wise enough to buy a 360 guide so we could understand what we were looking at.
Hubby got to see more of London the next day, then went to Stonehenge the next during the days I worked. We then went to Liverpool by train where we took a day to explore, going to the Beatles museum (wishing we had gone on the Beatles Tour), taking a "hop on hop off" bus around Liverpool, and visited the Liverpool Cathedral and ate dinner at "The Phil" which is a fancy pub across from the Liverpool Philharmonic, and not far from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) where Paul McCartney went to school and continues to invest in its present and future.
As for my health, I've put it on the back burner once again while I let everything else take over my life, and I've allowed myself to eat through the changes. I haven't weighed myself nor do I plan to anytime soon. My exercise has been scarce besides some major landscaping with hubby doing most of the work, with my efforts toward painting and moving furniture, as after 5 years I'm finally starting to make this house look like a home. I feel the effort toward myself coming, as the inner voice is growing louder to be good to me. Maybe that will be the prevailing voice at some point...??? I'm opting to do more projects and housework in the evenings instead of watching TV or sitting at my computer, so that will cut down on the snacking and provide activity which should help me sleep better.
The day before we left for the trip I took training from the Alzheimer's Association so will give some speaking engagements when called upon. I need to study the materials, though, so hope to do some good in my life beyond toting my kids everywhere and paying bills.
The rest of this month has me toting kids to baseball, work, basketball, looking for a 'new' car for me (daughter should get license this week and she'll get the current high-miles paid-off car for her work use), ending the kids' school year, signing up my son and toting him to and from sports & day camps, getting rid of old furniture, two work overnight travel trips, daughter's wisdom teeth pulled, getting a new front door installed, among other things.
I'm having a hard time eating right through this inconsistent schedule, so I need to find a way to reach for the healthy stuff and not let my stress lead to eating more crap. Right now I'm seeing myself as a person full of excuses. I can't claim baby-weight now that my son is 9!!!