DEDICATED TO HOMESTEADER – WE’LL MISS YOU BIG BEAST!
Well, I have definitely been inactive on this blog as of late. Sorry about that. I was traveling for work when the new year began, came home just in time for one of the worst storms in California history (with hundreds of thousands out of power for multiple days, including me for 38 hours), a cousin dying of lung cancer (after successfully fighting breast cancer over a decade ago), a sick cat who held on for a week, but had to be put to sleep on Monday, and a financial mess because our rental’s check didn’t get to us until almost a week after we are supposed to get it…ah, 2008 – what a way to begin.
But, on the bright side, we can only go up from here. I have a week and a half before school starts up for the Spring and I am bound and determined to (1) get my life in order and (2) make the most of it. My in-laws are coming to visit this weekend for my MIL’s birthday, so we’ll do some fun, cheap, local touristy stuff and then next week I’m going to try to get away for a couple of days to see my college roommate (who is also going through a rough start to 2008) and enjoy myself in the City (San Fran). We’ll see if that pans out or not.
In the end, even though the last month or so has been totally overwhelming for me both physically (too much travel) and emotionally (too much loss), it has also been a time of realization. I have learned a lesson from these trials. First, life is short and I need to start spending time with people I care about and organizing my life in such a way that priorities are given the time they deserve. Second, even when things seem totally unbearable – funerals, sick and dying pets, etc. – there is always some good that is slipping through around the edges. My cousin’s family showed me what being close and truly caring can mean to others. My puppy and other cat remind me that even though it seems unbearable when they get sick or die, pets truly are worth it. My college roommate reminded me that even if we don’t have money to pay for extras, we have each other (she has just gone through a divorce). And through it all, life goes on with my brother’s girlfriend having her baby (little Wyitte, who is a real cuties).
So, even though we’re off to a rough start, I’m still looking forward to this year. After all, what would make us appreciate all the great times if we didn’t have a few trials along the way?
I hope the rest of you are off to more uneventful start to 2008. I also hope that I can get caught up reading all of my favorite blogs and commenting along the way!