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Well, hello! Long intended hiatus.....and it was full, busy, stressful, not stressful, lots of travel, lots of changes. For one, I had teenagers five years ago. Three of them. And now in just a few weeks I will have a grandchild that's no longer a teen. Sigh.  My roots will attest to these very things. I digress. It hasn't been that long ago that my spouse and I realized we are in the short strokes of our working years, and whatever shall we do with good retirement planning and two incomes? We love, LOVE to, travel, naturally! Of course we both love Colorado and we have both had some good trips out in the last five years, both with kids and without. And there are good trips planned for the future. Spousal unit will start section-hiking the CDT this summer and I will have two trips there over summer/fall for general merriment and mayhem with friends. BUT...... There is one place I have long wanted to travel to, a country I have read about since I was a
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Heading for the mountains.

Our family goes to a small town in Central Colorado every other summer for a week or so. Typically our stays are about five or six days, with two days of travel on either side. This summer's trip will be a full week "in country", our longest yet. And all the "there" time is in the same cabin, another first. So, we're in full-on shopping/packing/planning mode at the moment. Toiletries are taken care of for the family, the kids are starting to think about what they're packing and Jim should be at least a little packed from just coming back from his solo trip to CO, just this last week. I think I have mostly every thing I need, now it's to organize and plan/pack. The plan looks great in my head, no guesses as to actual practice. 

I blog, apparently

Well, here we are again. I don't have a good reason for the blog hiatus, really. To be truthful, I hadn't really thought about it much in a long time, until very recently. Even then, it was "you know, that could be fun..." The revolving cycle of good ideas. So what brought it up this was our upcoming trip to Colorado. The idea of working on a fun project on a trip is appealing to me, and so I enrolled in a "make yourself a better photographer" course, to do during the trip using the beautiful Colorado mountains as photo subjects for course projects. Which lead to wanting somewhere to put the photos up where people could see them. Oh, and write about them. So, blog. I did change up the look if you'll notice. The background has kind of a Charlotte Perkins Gilman thing going on, don't you think? I'm not sure it's a permanent change yet, we'll see how it grows on me. And you. 

All my bags are packed....

We'll be taking off from here in about 15 minutes. I've been spending my morning reading all the good thoughts and well-wishes from friends in the ether; I am overwhelmed and thankful for everyone. Your prayers and penguins make me feel very loved and empowered! I will update as I am able (what kind of blogger goes to the hospital and leaves her netbook at home, I ask? lol ) but for now, it's kick off time for Operation Kick Cancer's Ass!   See you guys on the flipside.

T-1. Tick.....tick.....tick.....

So, tomorrow's the big day. I spent today taking my second round of antibiotics, on a clear liquid diet and doing my colon prep. It's pretty safe to say I don't feel like going dancing right now and my lower alimentary canal has just asked for a divorce. However, if you happen to have a wonderfully greasy cheeseburger for me, you'll have a friend for life. I realize not much of this makes sense and really this is just putting off going to bed. I'm a little anxious and scared, at the same time really wanting this whole thing over. So much feels uncertain right now - health, career, education - and after tomorrow a new normal will happen that there's no preview for. I am certain of the important things, thankfully. Between my husband, my family and so many fiends, no one has let me forget that I am loved and that alone will help me sleep tonight and get through the surgery and recovery. How blessed I am. And with that I shall say goodnight.


Lots o' stuff to do this week and next. I looked at the calendar this morning and fourteen gazillion expletives milled around in my brain, jockeying for right of way in my mouth. I have ten, TEN, days to be done with just about everything I have to accomplish before Christmas, which if you know me, means that for every task I have to complete, there are 3 excuses to procrastinate. (I was valedictorian of my graduating class at Better Late Than Never University.) So, while talking to my sister, I decided to jot down a list of things to procrastinate  accomplish in the next TEN DAYS. 1) Finish Christmas shopping. 2) Wrap gifts. 3) Get cards finished and mailed. 4) Shop for remaining items for the Labor Party* 5) Write a gazillion blog posts. 6) Whine, because I have a sinus infection. Like I need that. 7) Pack for Operation Kick Cancer's Ass You know, the usual. Now that it's all written, maybe I should make an effort to work on some of it? Stay tuned, I'll le