As You now know, I left last week to go on a surprise trip to visit one of my closest friends that moved to Arizona roughly 5 years ago.
She lives in a town about an hour or so north of Phoenix, out in an area where even my cell phone didn't always get reception. (*note to self, Change wireless providers)
I wasn't able to log into the internet for more than a minute or two, plus, I didn't want to, as this was my time for my friends and I, and I wanted to unplug myself as much as possible. I did have the occasional loving schmoopie love chats with my husband and children but that wasn't very often, either.
This trip was a trip to give me time for myself, which I do so deserve. For me to say that I deserve time away for me shows you that I really really needed this time. It was long overdo. For me to say that I needed this time shows me that I have grown once again to realize that it's okay to need time for me. It's okay to take a break from it all and have everything unplugged. If I can't take care of me, or if I can't give myself time, then how can I possibly give time to everyone else in my life?
So, we, being my two other girlfriends and I, booked our trip at the beginning of January, January 4th for that matter. I was urged to not mention it here on my blog because of the fact that my dear friend happens to pop over here on occasion, and I didn't want to take the chance of her finding out about our arriving surprise.
It was a great weekend, with the main issue of I falling ill. That wasn't fun at all. She doesn't even live near a hospital, and you pay up the waaahhhhzoooo should you need ambulatory services.
At first I thought my body had crevice alert due to the wine and Ouzo and Tequila Rose, but in no time at all my body told me otherwise, that I was sick with something nasty out in Arizona. I made the best of it, curled up in blankets sleeping on a couch up in their loft, sweating and shaking with the type of sickness that makes you have tears that roll down your face. I'm still not 100%, my ears are still pretty clogged and I can't hear much of anything yet. I still have a fever, aches, throat aches (strep throat), sore joint muscles and my nose has so much crusty crust in it, it's quite a sight! I bet I could build an igloo with my nose glue too!
But, I make the best of it, because what else can I do about it? Sit and complain and moan like I have the last two paragraphs? Or rather, do something about it, like down as much fluid as possible, rest as much as possible inbetween caring for my little ones who I missed so much while gone. Plus I have something to look forward to this evening when Bigdogg returns from a day at his firm, a big hot bowl (*or two or three) of Matzoh Ball Soup!!
I laughed so hard during the time away, it was a marvelous feeling for my tender self. We built up new memories, cooked each other meals that we enjoy, and reconnected with each other as a group. I can't remember the last time the four girls (us the Dames) were all together on a trip, I know I left Chicago in Feb of 2002 for Florida, and Laine and Dana left for Arizona in March of 2003. I would travel to Arizona to visit them on occasion, and they came to see me once, but the last time we were all together, with our friend Aggie too, I can't even recall!
We were and are a close knit group, until husbands and for some, children, took over. So it was a trip that was worthwhile, that allowed us all to reconnect with each other. We laughed and laughed and talked and talked some more until my bug hit me and took me away. It was worth it! I will not complain about the trip because it was something that I really enjoyed having!
Sullivan returns to preschool tomorrow, and he and I are very excited for this!
I have Valentines Day crafts that I need to prepare for Jackson's School party on Thursday and other then that, prepare for my trip out to Florida in a few weeks.
That's about it today.
Welcome To Crustybeef~
For some reason not only is spell check not working, but neither is adding images, so the plane pictures will just have to wait for another day...
It was a pleasure unplugging myself and not being connected to anything for the days that I were gone, a very nice way to decompress with my close friends, and spend time getting to know my friend's husband of almost one year, plus playing with their doggies, Samson and Poncho. (Actually, we renamed them Samson and Poncho, their real names are Coda and Chachi- a chocolate lab and a french something or another that I can never remember)