Tuesday, August 4, 2009
What's Been Happening
I've been very busy and have been in the midst of a writer's block due to so many things going on at one time. It seemed better not to write up a post that would be rambling with no particular point. The break has helped, and some of the issues have been resolved. Be sure to visit Hospitalera's blog for some tips on how to deal with writer's block.
There have been several things going on simultaneously in the past couple of weeks. One of the issues I've been dealing with since just before our move was the lack of a high-speed Internet connection. We lost our T-1 connection at the old flat during a horrible storm. Then we moved and had to get new service set up. Finally we have a high-speed connection once again which is also WiFi capable! Wow, Jiri and I have entered the twenty-first century and can both be online at the very same time. This will be a huge blessing when Jiri's in one of his vortex of work times.
Speaking of Jiri--his hand is now completely recovered from the accident he had at work. He was supposed to see the doctor last week to have the stitches removed. Well, my husband, being one of those DIY (Do-It-Yourself) guys, removed the stitches himself! Thankfully the cut is healing very nicely and looks pretty good. Jiri is back to doing most everything, again, except for helping with the dishes--he says the cut needs to further heal before he can help with that chore on a regular basis!
A couple of other things that have been going on are the loss of another expat friend who is moving on to new pastures. I'm very excited for her, but will feel her loss very much. One of my kids has also been ill, but is now doing OK and receiving the proper treatment. And then there was our move, too. Well, I've survived very nicely to this point, anyway. This is called Life! And I've been living it to the hilt!
Now that things are getting more or less back to normal here, the next bit of news is that I'm preparing to go home in a few days--back to the US to see my family. It's been one year, almost exactly, since I was last home. So hard to believe it's been that long, but it's true. I'm in the midst of getting everything together for the trip--have already ordered my gluten-free meals, gotten the necessary gizmos together, and tomorrow will start the actual packing process. With all of this going on I'll not have time to post too much this week. Next week I'm going to run some posts about my home in New Mexico, in the Enchanted Circle area. I'm looking forward to some time at high altitude to dry out from the current allergy and asthma flare that has been going on the past few days. Dry air does wonders-it's also a good place to wear off calories. I inevitably shed almost ten pounds on a visit back home. My Mom doesn't like that--it sounds terrible! She's a wonderful cook, but the difference is the low-fat, no salt diet, plus the high altitude. I'm looking forward to Mom's cooking, to losing weight and drying out my allergies and asthma--plus seeing my family!
I'm trying to decide what to do about the stories and pictures from our trip to Rome. That is very old news now. Do you have any suggestions? Should I go ahead and post these at a later time or just skip them for now?
This brings you up-to-date with all that has been going on since my last post. Just normal Life. Well, at least normal for an expat!
You all have a great day!
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