Thanks to my husband’s work, we got to fly to Seattle for a couple of days. He got to go to workshops all day and I got to play all day. Of course, play included sleeping in. The weather wasn’t great two of the days we were there, but hey, I’m on vacation and am not going to let a little rain, wind and cold keep my down. One of the other spouses came along, so we spent most of the first day shopping around downtown.
First off, we went to Pikes Market. Interestingly, my friend used to live in the Northwest, but had never gone down. First in through the door, I purchased a great little felt hat to keep my head and body warm. Sorry, didn’t take a picture of that. But then we shopped around until we reached the fish. I was tempted to have some flown home. They looked might good!
So when did they put in the Ferris Wheel thing? We were there two years ago and I don’t remember seeing it. Of course, that doesn’t mean anything, since I am a pretty non-observant person. If the weather would have been better, we might have taken it for a spin.
I’m afraid it was too cold and windy for a test drive. A couple of days later, we went to the Space Needle. Again I was amazed that she could live around here for 10 years and never come over to see it. Seattle’s fall colors were just beautiful. This maple tree really caught my eye. I had to take a picture of it.
Anyway, the trip was a great getaway from the everyday cares of my world. I loved getting to spend time with my husband and with friends. And, Seattle is a beautiful place to go.
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My attempt to participate in the 31 days in 2013 blog series sponsored by Nester made me realize that blogging every day is hard and also that I don’t do very well with daily “challenges.” So that being said, I quickly jumped in to Cathy Zielske’s 30 days of Thankful challenge. I don’t have to post to my blog everyday, but I’m supposed to write about something that I am thankful for for 30 days.
So I downloaded a template from Cathy’s collection at Designer Digitals and started documenting the things that I am thankful for. So far, I’m five for five days in November. The challenge will come up in the next couple of days when I have to go out of town. So I thought I would post today’s entry in what I’m thankful for.
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First of all, I can’t believe today is October 31st and the last day of the 31 days in 2013 exercise. Did I accomplish my goal of posting everyday? No. BUT, I have to admit that I’m proud of myself for only missing a couple of days.
Here’s what I learned: It is hard to post everyday. It was especially hard to keep to a supposed theme like I chose for this exercise. My hat’s off to all of you who post on a regular basis and come up with interesting things to say and pictures to match. Pictures were definitely one of my hardest thing. If I remembered to take a picture, I was ok with editing and uploading to my site. My problem was remembering to take a picture or to find a picture that would go along with my topic for the day.
I also realized that I am much more eloquent in my own mind than I am when the post is actually written. There were times that I had a great idea right before drifting off to sleep, but the next day, I could never make it sound like I wanted it to. There were also days (including the ones that I missed) when I really didn’t want to post, or I felt like I didn’t have anything relevant to say.
After having participated in this 31 day event, I have to say that I’m glad I did it. I wish I would have come up with a different topic for my 31 days. I also wish that I had more confidence in myself and my writing. But all in all, it was a great exercise. Hopefully now, I will start posting to my site a bit more often than I have in the past and share some of the other things that are going on in my life.
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You would think that with not working, I would have more time to devote to things like my family traditions. But the answer is not always. One of our family traditions, is putting together a great appearance at our neighborhood Trunk or Treat. Last year, we were hobbits and I must admit, were a bit disappointed that not a lot of people got what we were. Really??? I guess our family is just nerdy that way.
But this year, there were a few obstacles that made Trunk or Treat a challenge. First, our Young Women’s group was in charge of games for the event. Four of the six girls were involved in school events and couldn’t attend, making it necessary for me to be in there helping with games and not manning my trunk. Secondly, my high-school aged daughter was performing in a choir event at the school tonight. I mean who schedules these events?? My husband ended up going there to support her and I zipped over at the last minute to catch her final number.
My son and his girlfriend, thanks to Lucy, came dressed up as Johnny Cash and June Carter. They actually looked pretty great.
My other daughter dressed up like “The Doctor” as in Doctor Who. Ness is usually the one who has some pretty unique ideas when it comes to Halloween costumes. Even though most people don’t get it, she loves to come up with interesting costumes.
All in all, our Trunk or Treat was ok. I guess the point is that we kept the tradition going. I guess I should add that we had our trunk decorated like a pirates cave with a treasure chest filled with gold coins. Sorry, I was so rattled that I didn’t get a good picture of the trunk.
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Saturday night, we decided to watch “Signs”, the M. Night Shyamalan movie about Aliens visiting the earth. I haven’t see it for a while so was caught in some of those “gotcha” moments. I also forgot how creepy the aliens were.
Fast forward to this morning. I had to get up extra early to send my daughter of to an early morning choir rehearsal. After she left, I promptly fell back asleep and began dreaming. I could hear this weird sound that reminded me of a movie alien spaceship landing. I woke up to the realization that the sound was really happening right outside my window. In my sleepy stupor, I was imagining the ship landing on my street. My other daughter got up, freaked out too. She put on her shoes and coat and went outside to investigate.
Alas, instead of aliens visiting from another realm, it was just one of our crazy neighbors, sucking up leaves with a huge leaf sucker. Couldn’t he wait until at least 9:00 a.m. to begin the ruckus?
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Yesterday, I watched one of my daughters finish a half-marathon. This is her second half-marathon. The first one she ran when she was 13 or 14 and she was part of a group called “fit kids.” A bunch of young kids trained with a wonderful woman everyday for several months preparing to run a half-marathon. It was great to see her run back then. But once she had accomplished that goal, she left running altogether. And so I was a little surprised when she told me that she was going to train to run another one. This time around, she didn’t train like she did back then. She occasionally ran in the evenings and sometimes at the gym, but never really consistently. She still wanted to run the race and we went out to support her coming across the finish line.
When I talked to her after about the race, she said it wasn’t as hard as she thought it would be. Once she got into a rhythm, she was able to focus and just keep going. Her time was slower than it had been the first time, but I was proud of the fact that she had set a goal for herself and followed through.
I also realized that I don’t set goals for myself anymore. I have “to-do” lists, but I don’t have full-fledged goals. Sometimes I feel like I am aimlessly drifting from one major life event to another. I’ve told myself that I’m just getting used to having free time and not being driven by the 9-5 life. That may have been true for the first summer I was retired, but I don’t think I can use that as an excuse anymore.
There are quite a few things I would like to get done including projects around the house, healthier eating for myself and family, work on my family history. I make starts and stops on these projects, but nothing is driving me to the finish line. I think it’s time to start writing down some goals for myself. I want to see myself cross the finish line in some of the major areas of my life.
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I love that I can take a three or four-day weekend whenever I want. I don’t have to ask for time off. I don’t have to make sure someone is covering my job. I can just go when I want to.
Last weekend, three of my kids, my mother and I went up to the lake to close up the cabin. We took some great walks around the area, cut the lawn and cleaned up the cabin. It was nice not to have to hurry after work and go up. We just took our time driving through the fall beauty.
I’ve enjoyed being able to make these trips with my family. One more reason that retirement has been fun for me.
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