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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Hi, SparkFriends! I am back in California, back in the regular routines after a short business trip to Dallas. I blogged before I left that the first day of the trip was my older brother's birthday and how surreal that day would be. I treasure the supportive comments y'all posted on that blog! It turned out to be a perfect day in odd ways.

He died as a teen saving a boy's life but I felt him with me on this trip. He would've hung out at the airport all day! When we were kids, his ceiling was full of airplane and rocket models that he had made. Leaving SFO, we got delayed due to a mechanical problem and had to deplane and wait for another plane. He would not have minded at all! My VP made sure I boarded with him. He travels a lot and has some sort of special passenger classification. I had to pay for priority boarding (with his approval) since the airline did not offer anything for me. I need more time and prefer to board before the gangway and aisles get crowded. That way, I am out of everyone's way and not at risk of injury by a misplaced foot or falling baggage. I was actually hit on the arm by a falling stroller one day. Not so bad unless you know that the stroller hit my arm in exactly the same spot that I suffered a break so bad that I almost lost the arm. Years later, it does not take much for that bone to hurt! Anyway....

Long story short, we had an unexpected working team dinner. The highest ranking person always picks up the tab because, otherwise, he'd be approving his own dinner on the expense report - company policy. The dinner was more expensive than I would have wanted to buy on my own. It was an Italian restaurant and we chose family style. I loved the salmon and fresh asparagus and broccolini. I forget the name of the grain that was on the plate, but it was really good, too.

From a SparkPeople member standpoint, I did not make good choices. Portion control? Dessert? Considerations that are routine were out the window! There was lots of food at the office for the meetings with lunch included. Dinner our last night was a local Mexican restaurant that I had heard of. It was good, but it was not great.

We had plane difficulties on the way back and were an hour late getting back to SFO. I was nearly hit by a hurried driver as she tried to pull away from the curb. I was in the crosswalk and I am sure she was a bit shaken when she saw me mere inches from her bumper! Sure scared me!

Made it home safely after good meetings, an over-priced hotel room (sending them a letter about my experience) and am glad to be back into my normal routines.

THANK YOU, again, for the cyber love. The birthday for my late brother was not nearly as painful as I feared. It was a day of love, of minor adventure and a change of pace.
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    Anniversaries are always bittersweet. Sounds like you had some good memories thinking about how much he would have loved the airport. Feeling his presence is a blessing. It is really hard to stick to a plan on a trip. Fortunately I don't have to travel for work, but there is always food around here. Now that you are back on your home front you can refocus.
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    Bless you, honey.
    651 days ago
    Awwwww, I share your pain. My brother's birthday and date of passing (one and the same date) is 08 February. It's always difficult. He's will be gone 35 yrs. Seems impossible. Anyhow, I feel his spirit with me all the time too. He would want a celebration of his life and not sorrow. So we try to keep it pretty light-hearted....

    Glad that it was a relatively happy birthday.

    651 days ago
    I'm glad it was an enjoyable trip. It's not like you do that everyday.
    A healthy lifestyle can accommodate diversions like that.
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    Wow! What an experience! Kind of nice being pampered and looked after for a change! It was not the time to be concerned about calories...
    Glad you made it home in one piece and uninjured!!
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    651 days ago
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