This is going to be a quick preamble because I don’t know how to actually write about things like this. On October 16th, my father passed away very suddenly. With my mom in the hospital for several months, it hit my family even harder than anticipated. I don’t really have a lot to say other than my sister and I (and our extended family) are reeling right now, but still trying to keep life and the future in the most positive light we can. Rest well Dad. Love you. Miss you.
So it may seem silly to continue with my “regular scheduled blog programming” in light of the bombshell above. But….my Dad would likely be really pissed if any of us stopped our lives because he decided it was time to go. So…here I go. Onward the way I think he’d want me to.
I was only home for a week from my work trip before heading back home to WI from VA, so food pics were a little limited. Also – not doing much cooking (nor eating) the past week+, so this will be a little lack luster.
Ha. Sorry – nothing to report here. Lot’s of cleaning, packing, moving and things like that. No runs. No yoga. No bike rides. No time.
The past week and a half has been all about my mom and my sister. D held down the fort (like he always does) back home in VA.
My bday was the 19th, and that’s the morning I packed up my mini-van (hello…I have 3 kids. What did you think I drive?!) and started the long drive to WI. Not the best birthday ever, but not too terrible either. I spent it with myself, my thoughts, and the occasional blasting stereo (hey, no judging. My mini-van can totally rock out). I think I really needed it – to get through all the sad/angry thoughts before I was actually around other people. I stopped in Toledo, had a drink, dinner, and watched the debates.
Some of my travel tunes! As a bday present, D got me Sirius radio so I didn’t get stuck with crap tunes on the drive!
I stayed in WI a little over a week, and left on Friday mid-morning. I stopped in Cleveland with enough time to study (I had class Sat morning) before going to sleep. I hit the road in the morning and stopped at a travel plaza with free Wi-Fi to connect to class. It was touch and go, and I kept losing connection. I eventually gave up and hit the road again. As usual, DC traffic sucked, but I made it home by 730 last night. 3000 miles later and with a heavy heart, but also positive experiences with my sister and her kids, my mom, my cousin SP (who’s an incredibly special woman), and the love of family, I came back to my home in VA and the amazing love and support of my family and friends here.
I spent it snuggled on the couch with D. Then slept in today, grocery shopped, and told stories about my Dad.
Good night everyone. Be back soon.
Misc pics of the week…