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Sorry for going MIA ... 9 months later.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I can't believe it took me nine months to get back here! What was I thinking? I can’t do this without all you guys here to cheer me on-- and to simply be my friends. I denied myself all that wonderful support for all those months, not to mention letting all of you down by not being here for YOU. I haven’t been a very good friend, and yet, what do I find when I return? Friendship being offered to me once again. I am a very fortunate person. I sincerely apologize to all of you, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so wonderful. Even though I was gone, you were still leaving me supportive messages and Spark Goodies. You guys are wonderful!

The last time I was here, I’d gone from 253 pounds to 230 pounds. In February when I last visited my doctor, I was horrified to find I’d gone back up to 243 pounds. I’d lost the habit of daily exercise and tracking my food, so I shouldn’t have been surprised. However, I was. I started telling myself I had to get back to SP, and even promised my doctor I would, yet still I hesitated. I admit part of the reason was that I dreaded facing all of you after being MIA for so long. I was embarrassed...and still am. Then, a couple of days ago a friend sent me a video he’d taken on Easter of me rocking my grandson to sleep. OMG! I am so fat! I have a huge round belly and look so unhealthy. I AM unhealthy. No wonder I don’t have any energy and am in pain all the time! And, I have no one to blame but myself.

Therefore, here I am again, re-motivated to turn myself, my weight, my health -- my life -- around. My beginning goals are not quite as grand as before because I want to be sure I can meet them. I need to be successful right out of the gate. Therefore, I’ve goaled myself for only 10 minutes a day of exercise and staying under my allotted 1550 calories per day. I am also concentrating on increasing my consumption of freggies and water. Once I re-experience the feeling of being successful, I plan to increase and fine-tune my goals. It will be a process. I’ve been unsuccessful for nine whole months.

I know many of you wonder what happened to me. Why did I disappear? Here’s the short answer: I suddenly found myself having to deal with a scary health issue while grappling with serious family problems. I became overwhelmed, and instead of turning to all of you for support, I let myself sink into depression. Huge mistake! I ended up isolating myself, even from family. Okay, I was wallowing in self-pity. Ugh. I don’t want to be that person anymore. I’m ready to move on.

So, I’m back, determined that this will be my last start-over. I need to be here...and stay here. I have to do this. I really don’t have any choice but to make this work. I want to be happy again.

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PENNYSAVER2 4/24/2014 10:01PM

    Glad to hear from you!! emoticon emoticon

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    Oh my! I decided to check in to see if there were any comments before going to the kitchen to start supper, and there were! You guys are so great. I've got tears in my eyes. Thank you for the warm welcome back.

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LINDAK25 4/24/2014 8:54PM

    Welcome back! You really can do this!

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LUCYCAN7 4/24/2014 8:41PM

  Welcome Back!!!So thankful you are coming back toSP
You Can Do This!!We are here for YOU!!
Just Keep Sparking,Don't Leave
Keep Blogging and Posting!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/24/2014 8:15PM

  My dear . . . welcome back. You have lots of people here for you, rooting for you. So come on back often. No matter what it is, there's a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, someone to share a victory with or ask advice of. So, come early, come often!


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CAT-IN-CJ 4/24/2014 8:13PM

    Welcome back!
You were sorely missed!

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Sorry for going MIA.

Monday, July 29, 2013

I apologize to all my friends for being missing in action this last week. I'm really sorry for any worry I caused.

I needed to take some time off to deal with something that needed all my attention. I got so bogged down that everything else simply got sidelined. All my wonderful Streaks just came to a screeching halt. I haven't even been tracking my food (and I'd been doing so well!!!), and exercise has been almost non-existent. No Consistency Award for July for me! And, I realize I'm going to have to start over. Amazing how quickly things can fall apart. I do know, though, that I can, and will, start over.

The way things are going, I probably won't be online much this week either, at least not every day. However, I should be able to check in now and then to say hello and see how everyone is doing. Another week, and I should be back to my old self, setting new goals and starting new streaks.

Please don't worry about me. I'm okay. I've missed everyone, and I hope you're all doing well.

Hugs to all of you.


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1SALMON1 8/3/2013 1:31AM

    Thank you for letting us know you are OK! Sometimes there's just too much going on - somethings gotta give. All your friends here on Spark are pulling for you and hoping things settle down for you soon. We miss you!

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JIMINY24 8/2/2013 10:57PM

    Glad to hear you are still kicking and hope things settle down soon. The wonderful thing about SP is that your giant 'reset' button is there to be pushed and start over anytime! emoticon

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LINDAK25 7/30/2013 3:14PM

    Hugs back at you!

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/30/2013 3:57AM

    Perfection is not required!

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LIVINGFREE19 7/30/2013 1:17AM

    Glad to hear that everything is ok!

Take the time you need, we will be here waiting for you!

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SPOONGIRLDEB 7/29/2013 10:44PM

    I hope everything works out okay. SparkFriends wouldn't be good for much if a week's absence scared us off :-)!!!! And just think about all the new streaks you can start when you are able to get back to it here!

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1FARMER 7/29/2013 9:51PM

    We'll be hanging out right where you left us. We spark friends aren't that easy to
lose! emoticon See you soon. emoticon emoticon Jeanne emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 7/29/2013 9:50PM

    emoticon back to you!

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JUMPINJULIE 7/29/2013 9:46PM

    Hugs back at you.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/29/2013 8:23PM

  Just know you're in my thoughts and prayers. HUGS

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JACKIE542 7/29/2013 8:02PM

    Just glad you are ok, take good care. emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/29/2013 7:54PM

    So glad to hear from you and that you're okay!

Hey, life happens. Don't worry.

And you're not starting over. Sometimes LIFE becomes our streak . . . . and sometimes ya just need a break. It happens to all of us.

Check in when you can. We just wanted to be sure you're okay!!!


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DARLY55 7/29/2013 6:40PM

    I'm glad to hear from you, glad you are okay! We are here whenever you are ready for us! Hang in there.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/29/2013 6:28PM

    Glad to hear things are all ok. I understand people get bogged down and life gets really busy.

Just happy to know you are ok.

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CHEROKEE_ROSE 7/29/2013 5:36PM

    Hang in there! And you are not completely starting over. You just have to hop back on the wagon is all. Do what you can, but please don't be a stranger here. The encouragement here is really important. It helps me stick to my goals. I want to have good news and results to post. But if I am having a hard time, there are people here who will reach in and pull me back up too. Hope everything settles down for you. Looking forward to seeing you get back your "streaks."
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I Had a Bad Day

Friday, July 12, 2013

Okay, so I had a bad day.

I don’t often say that, even if it happens to be true. Most days I keep smiling, giving myself positive self-talk, and reminding myself that I am being successful. Today I had trouble doing that. I can’t seem to dredge up the energy to be good to myself, at least not mentally. I feel drained and depressed, and am trying to ignore a hovering dark cloud that is whispering “oh, come on, you know it’s all hopeless” in my ear.

I didn’t feel like cooking today, but I did it anyway. I didn’t feel like Sparking today, but I did it anyway. I didn’t feel like sticking to my calorie range and doing my exercise, but I did it anyway. I didn’t feel like working on the new project I’ve been so excited about, but I did it anyway. So, you may ask: What’s the problem, then? The problem is that I didn’t do any of those things with my usual enthusiasm; hence, none of them gave me any joy or satisfaction.

I found myself remembering this quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald -- "The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."

It seems I’m doing just that, although I’m not feeling particularly intelligent. I’m feeling decidedly dull witted.

Past experience and common sense tell me that positive thinking works; that smiling through adversity makes the process easier. For heaven’s sake, my last blog was about the power of a smile, and I meant it! I used to be a sales manager, and was regularly tasked with giving speeches on positive thinking; "esprit de corps" speeches, as my boss called them. But, right at this moment, although I believe in positive thinking, I don’t truly “feel” it. I feel like I’m faking it.

Every smile today felt forced and completely fake.

I know what triggered this, an encounter with my youngest daughter, who tends to concentrate on the negative. Normally I just listen, give her advice or a pep talk if it seems appropriate, hug her, and move on. But, this time I could feel the energy being drained right out of me. She has an anxiety condition, so I know she struggles. She isn’t doing this to me on purpose, yet I feel like something was definitely being done to me; like I was being infected with a virus. I’m not sure that makes a lot of sense, but it feels true to me.

I will keep moving forward, regardless of how I feel, because that’s just what I do. I hope, though, that this “thing” clears up quickly. I really hate the way I’m feeling. I don’t feel like me.

Meanwhile I’ll keep reminding myself that-- “No emotion is final. However you feel now is not how you will feel later. Or tomorrow. Or the day after that, or the day after that.” --Tracy Moore

Meanwhile, I find myself wishing I could just click on a happy button and all this would go away.

This, too, shall pass.

Thanks for listening.

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1SALMON1 7/14/2013 3:22PM

    Hello, Lou - a couple of days have passed since you posted this blog, so perhaps things have brightened up at your end of the world. What came to my mind while reading this is times when my attitude or mood took a dive a day or two before I got sick. Or sometimes it would turn out to be hormones - gotta love 'em. The other thought was that something about your conversation with your daughter worried you beyond the usual, and that alarm is ringing somewhere deep inside making it impossible to put your enthusiasm or energy anywhere else. All speculation, of course, and based on my experiences so may not pertain. I do hope whatever it is has eased and you find your smiles coming naturally and sincerely again...

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JIMINY24 7/13/2013 4:52PM

    Sorry you're in this funk, it's definitely not your usual style. I can relate though, I'm in that 'going through the motions' mindset today. Can't put my finger on where it comes from. I'm glad you were strong enough to stick to your goals anyway, no matter how half-hearted the efforts may have been-you still stuck with it! I hope your Saturday is going better. ((hugs))

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LIVINGFREE19 7/13/2013 3:39AM

    So sorry to hear that your Friday was such a downer. I hope that you have a real fun weekend to make up for it!


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2BDYNAMIC 7/12/2013 10:01PM

    Personally, I was thinking this and as I quickly scanned what the others posted before me .... I happen to like what CHRISTASP said as this is what I also felt re: your situation. ............. Often when I am 'not feeling' into something ......... I can respect that and move Away from it ................ I am not into exercise EVERY day, but often enough ..............I think we are quite vast creatures and we can't happily put ourselves into a box of being or feeling perfect ............. and sometimes I love cooking, then others, I eat simply as I do not really want to be in the kitchen. Hope this makes sense to you ............... I actually think you are feeling 'quite normal' .............. and not alone ................ emoticon ........ here for you any time you need.

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/12/2013 7:18PM

    I absolutely understand where you are coming from. My FIL is just full of negativity and it's draining to be around him. Yet, we're the only ones he has for the most part. I hope today is a better day. All that I can do is tell you to keep pushing forward and doing what you're doing. I can also offer you a hug emoticon ! I hope things have gone better for you so far today!

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SPOONGIRLDEB 7/12/2013 5:27PM

    Just keep ignoring the voice, keep doing what you know you need to do, and I bet that dark cloud will move away in no time! Follow all the wonderful advice on your SparkPage wallpaper, and feel free to vent in a blog, because nobody here will judge you, and getting it all out in some form HELPS!
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Oh and get lots of
I know when I don't get enough sleep it seems to just make everything seem worse.

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BAMAJAM 7/12/2013 1:13PM

  I am so sorry--- hope you are feeling better now.

Your daughter's negativity has drained your energy you said. Perhaps you feel it is up to you to "talk" her out of it.
Recently I heard a mental health professional say that one cannot talk a person out of depression. This hit me like a ton of bricks when she made this comment! It offered me relief in a sense--- because I thought it was my responsibility to make my depressed sister "happy"--- It does not work! And after listening to the negativity, and the misery from my sister, I am often drained to the bone!------ I must make the effort to steel myself against this situation.
I go back to read your blog--- SMILE! Yes, read this again and again !!

Warm regards to you, and SMILE--because there are Sparkers who care about you!

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MATTEROFHEART 7/12/2013 12:09PM

    I can so relate to this blog! My feelings are a constant contradiction to what I actually make myseolf do! It is a constant battle! I am still hoping that one day these things will come more naturally. Until then, "fake it til you make it" is my motto!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/12/2013 11:07AM

    I so with I could help you. I understand where you are. Hey, I know it doesn't feel like much right now, but you stayed on track. That is a HUGE victory. Be proud.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/12/2013 10:28AM

  (((((HUGS))))) Dealt with my son who had these issues and it IS draining to your very bone marrow, even when you love these kids with every fiber of your being! You're not alone. Hang in there.

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JACKIE542 7/12/2013 10:06AM

    We all have times like this, but what you say at the end is so true, this, too shall pass and you will be smiling again. emoticon

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DARLY55 7/12/2013 7:21AM

    I also have a daughter with anxiety and depression issues. It is draining to talk her up from a deep depression, I know what you are experiencing. I am positive while talking to her on the phone, trying my best to get her to the positive side of life, but when I hang up it is like the drain opens up and sucks out my energy for a bit - but I never let her know that. Hang in there, every day is a new adventure! You have to take care of you first and foremost! emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/12/2013 5:18AM

    It is absolutely true that the anxiety or negativity of the people we care about brings us down. It hurts so much to be powerless in the face of their pain and not be able to change it. Wishing you relief.

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TWEETYKC00 7/12/2013 5:13AM

    It may be hard for right now, but you are strong and can keep on going! I know you can make it.

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CHRISTASP 7/12/2013 3:23AM

    Maybe you need to take a little rest. Still do the most important things but also give yourself time to just 'hang around' and allow yourself to not do things you don't feel like doing.
Hope you'll be feeling better soon.

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COCK-ROBIN 7/12/2013 3:07AM

    I'm so sorry. I'm here for you. I hope the next day is better for you.

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Monday, July 01, 2013

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” - Phyllis Diller

I first became aware of the power of a smile when I was about eight years old. I’d decided to go to a friend’s house because things were unhappy that day at my house where my parents were arguing. I must have looked rather woebegone, because, as I met an elderly man walking towards me from the other direction-- he smiled at me. It was such a warm smile that I couldn’t help but smile back. He didn’t say a word as we passed one another, he just smiled. That changed my whole day, and I suddenly felt good—happy again. For some reason that memory has always stayed with me; I’m sixty years old now and I still remember it clearly. Because of that man smiling at me I’ve always smiled at children-- especially those who look like they need a smile.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thích Nhất Hạnh

When I was in college I had a part-time job as a telephone solicitor setting appointments for photographic portraits. At my desk there was a mirror. We were instructed to use the mirror to smile at ourselves as we talked to people because the smile would make us happier, which would come through in our voices, making what we were saying more amenable to those on the other end of the line. That’s when I learned there was more than just a visual affect to smiling.

“The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.” ~Author Unknown

Years later I was in the hospital for two months after brain surgery. I got through surgical recovery and physical rehab by smiling. It made me feel better, encouraged the other patients, and made me a favorite with all the doctors, nurses and therapists who assisted in my recovery. There are notes in my medical records about what a good attitude I had. That attitude was based on the idea that I just needed to keep smiling, no matter how much pain I was experiencing, or how frightened I was, or how exhausted I got from hours and hours of physical therapy.

“When you’re smiling, when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.” –Lyrics by Rufus Wainwright

Smiles are infectious. It’s hard to resist a good smile. We encourage each other here on SparkPeople with virtual smiles. We read one another’s blogs and thank each other for sharing something funny that gave us a smile. Those smiles make us feel good and are often just what we needed at that moment to make our day go better. We brighten everyone’s day, including our own, when we share a smile.

“The smile that flickers on baby’s lips when he sleeps- does anybody know where it was borne? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born…..” --Rabindranath Tagore

We always celebrate our baby’s smiles. A baby’s smile is impossible to resist. In my family we have two new smilers who arrived earlier this year. They possess two of my favorite smiles.

My grandson Asher

My great-niece Reina

“Smile, its free therapy.” -Douglas Horton

Smiles are –
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emoticon Easy to share.
emoticon Invigorating.
emoticon Contagious.
emoticon Able to lower blood pressure.
emoticon Stress relievers.
emoticon Mood boosters.
emoticon Encouraging.
emoticon Validating.
emoticon Natural pain killers.
emoticon Attractive.
emoticon Healing.
emoticon Good for relationships.
emoticon So much a part of being human.

“Smiling is my favorite exercise.” ~Author Unknown


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LINDAK25 7/2/2013 11:42PM

    Love it! Your grandson and great-niece are adorable!

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NOMADATORES 7/2/2013 9:51PM

    What a great post, Lou. Absolutely stupendous! I know I sure need to smile more. I am always told I have a bit of a scowl on my face most of the time.

A smile abroad is often a scowl at home.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

(By the way, my name is Damon, not Lord Tennyson. Although I wouldn't mine being addressed "Lord Damon").


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KLONG8 7/2/2013 3:56PM

    Perfect and so true! Look at those baby smiles - you can't help but smile back!

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    Great blog! You made me smile!!!!

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KLMEIRING 7/2/2013 2:44PM

    Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 7/2/2013 2:32PM

    That was a really inspiring blog!

I really needed this, bad!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/2/2013 9:57AM

    Thanks! emoticon back at ya!

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CASEYSAUER 7/2/2013 7:22AM

    Thank you! You made my day! emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/2/2013 4:06AM

    Thank you. What a blessing.

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JUMPINJULIE 7/2/2013 2:16AM

    Great blog. emoticon emoticon

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MOTLORAC 7/2/2013 1:37AM

    Thanks, we often forget the small things that can mean so much. emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/2/2013 12:05AM

    Thank you!!! You brought a big smile to my face . . . . as you always do.

Hope you had a good road trip!!!
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And those kiddos are just adorable.

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/1/2013 11:55PM

    emoticon blog and just what I needed! I do try to smile as often as I can. I like to smile because it usually makes me feel better. I think people who tend to smile also tend to be happier people. I loved how you told about your experiences with smiling and I loved the pics too! So adorable! emoticon That's me smiling now! emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE542 7/1/2013 9:56PM

    Love your blog. We never know how much our smiles may help someone, you have proved that with how you remember to this day that man smiling at you when you were small. Great memory. I use to be called smiley because I smiled all the time. I have dimples and when I was small people use to love to pinch my cheeks, so I also learned to run, lol.

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COCK-ROBIN 7/1/2013 9:12PM

    Thanks, I needed that smile.

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Road Trip

Friday, June 28, 2013

It’s been awhile since I took a road trip. My last one was a couple of years ago when I went to New Mexico-- where I visited Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Roswell-- the UFO museum was fun and I‘m still drinking my coffee from the mug I got there. I love the open road-- the sense of freedom and limitless possibilities it represents. In the West the sky is so wide and open, and the clouds are works of art. I never get tired of watching the world pass by, and observing other travelers. I even get a kick out of checking out how different rest stops can be in other parts of the country. The first time I traveled from Southern California to Wyoming, many years ago, I was shocked, but fascinated, to come to a rest stop along a secondary two lane highway out in the middle of nowhere that consisted of an open wooden shelter holding a picnic table, a covered trash can and a water spigot. A little ways off was a portable outhouse. I had to stop just to experience the novelty of it.

This weekend I’m off for a short road trip with my sister; a special kind of road trip I couldn’t experience with anyone else I know.

It’s been years since we’ve taken a road trip together. Frankly, I can’t remember anything more recent than the late eighties when we piled all our kids into a minivan and trekked up the coast to spend a week at a rented cabin in Cambria, which is on the coast near Hurst Castle. With five kids in the car it was far from restful. We returned home exhausted.

Well, since then there were some day trips by train to places like Santa Barbara and San Juan Capistrano to sit at outdoor cafés gazing at the ocean while sipping wine and enjoying gourmet seafood without the kids driving us crazy. That was relaxing, but don’t count as road trips. Our first road trip was in a VW Bug when she was still in her teens and I was barely out of them. It started out at ten o’clock at night when we decided, along with a couple of friends, to see how far we’d have to drive to find an honest to goodness old-school roadside diner, the kind truckers frequent. Turns out we had to go all the way fro Los Angeles to Bakersfield. And, then we were disappointed because they didn’t have Buck Owens on the juke box and we could hear the truckers muttering bad words about hippies. For some reason I can’t remember, that inspired us to take the long way home through the Mojave Desert. Ah! The good old days when all-nighters and being crammed into a tiny car were no big deal.

This road trip is a short one, from Denver, Colorado to Western Nebraska where we both have lived. If we had more time we’d take a longer trip, but this is all we can manage at the moment. The reason for it is part nostalgia, part a need to get away from our grown, yet still incredibly demanding, kids-- and to just have time to hang out together and talk, talk, talk. No one else understands us like we understand one another, and we never run out of things to talk about. Plus, we are both committed to eating organic and healthy, so we won’t have food issues. Heck, we’re packing our meals in a cooler so we can avoid restaurants and feast on lots of freggies. Plus, we both understand the value of cold bottled water, truly good quality coffee, the need for frequent bathroom breaks, and have gotten over any tendencies to feel road rage we once may have harbored. Best of all, we both understand that it’s the trip that matters, not the destination.

I plan to have a wonderful weekend enjoying my sisterly road trip. I hope all of you also have a wonderful weekend with your loved ones. See you on Monday.

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1SALMON1 7/4/2013 4:24PM

    Hello, Lou - What a lovely blog. While I don't relate to the sisterly part (my sister drives me crazy and the feeling is mutual) it sounds like you will have good company and a pleasant journey. I love long drives, seeing the countryside, stopping when the mood strikes... Thank you for sharing!

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JUMPINJULIE 7/2/2013 2:13AM

    Have a great trip.

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BMCKEOW1 7/1/2013 1:38PM

    I know what you mean about no one understands like your sister can. I'm lucky I have two, a twin and an older sister. If one isn't available the other always is. I hope it's a great trip, it sounds like fun. Enjoy every single minute of it.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/30/2013 10:19AM

    Sounds terrific. I would love to do something like that. Have a wonderful time.

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CHEROKEE_ROSE 6/30/2013 3:11AM

    David and I drove to a national star party in OK last summer. Hope we can make it this year. I can relate to what you are saying about driving in the West. I take lots of pictures too. Hope you have a great time. Don't forget your camera! Take some memories home with you! Hope you have a great time! Be safe.

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SUSANBEAMON 6/29/2013 1:34AM

  i used to love to drive, just get in the car and go someplace, but time and my cats have made me more of a home body. enjoy your trip.

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MATTEROFHEART 6/28/2013 11:52PM

    Have a wonderful trip!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/28/2013 9:13PM

    Go for it! I wish I could go on a trip like that.

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1FARMER 6/28/2013 8:40PM

    I'm so jealous. The last time I did a Thelma and Louise road trip was over 5 years ago. My best friend and I just got in the car and headed West( I live on the east coast.) We didn't have a destination we just wanted to spend time talking and laughing the way only good friends can
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LINDAK25 6/28/2013 6:44PM

    Oh, you make it sound heavenly! Have a wonderful time.

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CAT-IN-CJ 6/28/2013 6:39PM

    How wonderful!!!! I'll be thinking about you . . . knowing you're enjoying every moment. And I'm looking forward to hearing all about it.

Enjoying your reminiscing, it brought back my first road trip was when I was 9 years old . . . . and I've put on at least a gazillion miles since then. I always accused my dad of having gypsy blood. (not a bad thing!) We were able to experience America in the late 50's and 60's via Route 66, complete with authentic Burma Shave signs, and rest areas and McDonalds were still a thing of the future. We packed a big chunk of bologna, some sandwich spread and white bread in a Coleman foam ice chest . . . complete with a huge block of ice underneath a metal tray. . . . and pulled off along the side of the road and spread a blanket and enjoyed our sandwiches.

Savor every moment of it.
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LIVINGFREE19 6/28/2013 6:07PM

    That is awesome that you have such a close relationship with your sister.

I hope you 2 have a wonderful trip!


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