Yay! I can post! And, let me tell you, it was no small effort to get to this screen. It involved ... stuff. Technical stuff. And I had to do part of it myself because my tech-guy has the flu which is horrible. Both that I had to do it AND that he's sick. Both are horrible, in that "I'm incredibly blessed and I have nothing else to whine about" kinda way.

So ... lets play catch-up. We all had a stomach-virus. We recovered with no loss of life and/or property. I have definitely killed the CPU. And Cassie is amazed that one can break a CPU. She looked at me last night in surprise when I told her she couldn't play on my computer because its broken. She waited a moment, and then announced while looking at me pointedly "I didn't break it. (pause) Ron didn't break it, and Lee didn't break. For real. Its true. (pause) And I know Katherine didn't break it. She's a baby. (pause and more pointed looking)" Because, yes people, I'm the only one left. And her little four-year-old mind couldn't wrap around the idea that I had done something so shocking as actually damaging one of the computers.

On a lighter note, we got out the calendar and made some decisions about our travel plans for the next few months. Those of you that remember the debacle from two summers ago (often privately thought of as The Trip From Hell During Which We Got Plague And Antibiotic-Resistant-Strep And Pink-Eye And Stung By Ocean-Things And Got A Flat Tire And Discovered New Allergies) can now stop laughing. We've gotten smarter in our old-age. Instead of one massive tour, we've decided on smaller trips.

We're going to Colorado next month to visit family. This trip is already a little doomed. We didn't get to rent the house we wanted because the owner had some organizational issues. Maybe its a blessing in disguise because my sister-in-law was thinking about stopping in and staying with us for a few days since we'd have tons of room. You know, the sister-in-law thats thinking about getting divorced for no good reason? How well do YOU think I could have kept my mouth shut for days and days even though its really absolutely none of my business!?! Lol. Now, THAT would have been a post when we got back! And I'm sure there'll be issues with driving, and snow, and ski-ing, and the boys-ages-8-and-6 want to try snow-boarding (like THATS a good-idea) and I haven't even been letting them watch it on the Olympics because I'M not the kind of crazy mother that encourages her adrenaline-junkie sons in death-defying sports.

Then, South for my family reunion late in the Summer. Its been three years since I went, and it will dove-tail nicely with some shopping for the new house. There's a lovely upholstery shop in Knoxville called the MillAgent. There's Ikea in Atlanta. There's furniture places in Hickory North Carolina. Remember the sofa I loved in the ad last month? Well, that company is manufactured in Hickory and has a showroom thats open to the public. I'll be able to see the whole line (and maybe score a floor-sample)! Although I'm a little nervous about how much we're trying to pack into the visit. There's also the new aquarium in Atlanta, maybe the farmer's market, South-Eastern Rail salvage in Chattanooga (which will have tons of unusual things or absolutely nothing). Then there's friends, and family, and sleep. Its going to be hard to fit everything in.

I think I'm starting to see a pattern. Wouldn't it be nice, maybe in two more years, to take a vacation that doesn't involve visiting family and "getting things done"? A trip with no overly productive adgenda? No killing a flock of birds with one stone? A trip where people returned rested? Like a house at the beach. Maybe Kiawah Island, if its rebuilt. I loved Kiawah. Nothing to do but ... nothing. Look. Water. Sand. Yep ... nothing. And more ... nothing. If you plan right, not even cooking. Nothing educational. Nothing memorable. Just nothing. I think I'm starting to get a goal. Hmmmm. Maybe Texas is closer. Surely there'd be beach-house rentals along the gulf at some point. I've never been to the beach in Texas. But, the map says they have beach. And my husband would love it. He was raised in FLorida. I'm starting to get a plan.

Oh, and did you notice that I have new catagories? Or maybe I haven't had a chance to use them yet, I don't think. One is Christmas and the other is WishfulThinking. That way I can use the blog to jot myself notes. When I have a good Christmas idea I'll blog it, and then be able to search all the idea in one lump later in the year. And when I think of something I'd like, which I then immediately forget, my husband will be able to quickly compile a list for friends and/or family that need ideas! This is going to work well. I just know it!

And I've been meaning to add some new blogs to the list. But that will involve the tech-guy recovering and doing magic-techie-things.

Sigh! And, yes, its possible to sigh emphatically with extreme contentment. I'm so glad my site is working. Life is just sparklely today!


Welcome back. Lucy. I was wondering why you weren't posting. Are you planning on pulling a trailer on that vacation to haul your haul??? I hope your have better luck on managing your adrenaline-junkie sons than I do! It's been a losing battle but at least they know their parents do not encourage it, so perhaps it will give them pause.

earth girl | 02/24/2006 - 01:53 PM

Hi Lucy & Welcome Back!

You mentioned Texas beaches, and I know a TON. But, the best on is South Padre Island where the water is warmer & clearer and the beaches are cleanest. Condos on the beach are usually inexpensive. And there are lots of water sports, like surfing, wind-surfing, kayaking, fishing. Also, there is a bird sanctuary nearby, and a turtle hatchery for the endangered Kemp's Ridley.

Of course, Handsome and I go down there, and do absolutely nothing, and we love every minute of it.

Jennifer | 02/24/2006 - 04:01 PM

Ah, a vacation with a soon-to-be-divorced sil. Do you remember that I almost didn't survive Thanksgiving??? Consider it a disaster averted! *shuddering at the thought!*

Two years ago, we took a vacation, our first NOT visiting friends or family, or squeezing in a job interview, etc...

We rented a cabin, FAR away from the office, and boy howdy, it RAINED the entire week! And we enjoyed it SO much. NO company, no schedules to keep, no expectations!


Leni | 02/24/2006 - 04:13 PM
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