Friday, November 20, 2009

It's a crazy life, but it's my life

Quoting Jon Gosselin (who would of thought??).

My life is going to be a bit nuts the next few weeks, not that is hasn't been pretty crazy for several weeks, so really it's just the saga continuing.

My husband and I are leaving in about two hours for Fairbanks for Thanksgiving week with my sister, nieces and their families, and my brother and his wife. It'll be a bittersweet week since the patriarch of the family won't be at the dinner table Thanksgiving day. Here's the link to my brother-in-law's obituary. He lived a good life and I'm sure he's in a better place right now. It's just the rest of us that are suffering.

The Monday after Thanksgiving I'll be heading to Oakland for a week for work. Then a week in the office. December 14 I'll be off to Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) for a week. Immediately after that we're going to Denver to spend time with my husband's sister and family, and his dad. After that a week in Arkansas with my mother-in-law and her husband for New Years.

I'm exhausted just thinking about it all, but we both decided we need to spend more time with our loved ones. We chose to live far away from them mainly for financial reasons because this is where the jobs are in our field, not in Fairbanks or Denver or Arkansas. Tech jobs are here in Seattle. We're lucky in that we really like our families. I like his and he likes mine. We all get along really well.

As our relatives are getting older we want to spend as much time with them as possible. They won't be around forever and we want to be with them while we can, not regret having been too busy to travel to be with them.

My blog will be neglected for the next few weeks. I'm going to try my best to stay good with the eating and exercise. I'm at 175.4 this morning. Not great and certainly not where I want to be. My goal is to at least maintain until the end of the year. I'm not setting any unrealistic goals for myself. I know how this works when I travel. Exercise is difficult, although I will hit that treadmill at my sister's house and the hotel gyms when I'm on the road.

Happy holidays to everyone. Enjoy your families and your loved ones. Be kind to each other. You never know when it'll be the last time you see someone. Settle old grievances, nurture relationships.


What a Splurge said...

Diana, I'm sorry for your loss. Your sister is lucky to have you. Thanks for the reminder to treasure the time we have with our loved ones.
Mary Ann (Splurge)

Helen said...

Enjoy your time with your family. I'm sure you will all find it cathartic as you share your memories. Try to check in with us once in a while - we will miss you!

Sandra said...

My Condolenses to you and your family Diana. I hope you enjoy your time with your family.

Wow, lots of travelling in the next little while - I don't know how you do it.
If you ever get to Calgary, Alberta, let me know as I'd love to meet for coffee(or tea) or whatever.....

bbubblyb said...

I've been thinking about extended family a lot lately too. I need some reconnecting this season too. Hope you have a wonderful time everywhere you go. *hugs*

antgirl said...

Safe journies and love-filled times to you, Diana. :)

Ron said...

Hope you enjoy your time with your family.

Ida said...

Families are so important and it is great that you can travel to be with yours. Have fun and try to relax a little too.

~ugly girl with a beautiful heart~ said...

OMG YOU'RE COMING TO EDMONTON?! We sooooo have to get together for a coffee or something!