Where should we begin?
Seems like it's been forever, and as I look back it really has been a long, long time. I must say that "real" life as opposed to retirement does not a spajunkie make!
Let's see, I started working again full time on May 1st. Can I just say THAT reality hit like a 100 mph freight train in the dark at midnight. I mean, I think we all remember my little foray into "a new career" - well, it didn't last long for a reason and it didn't shall we say, challenge me, in any way shape or form. This new gig, however, does! I am having such a good time with all of the new, but yet incredibly familiar, responsibilities. It is almost like a previous life but ratcheted down a few notches In a good way. My new favorite saying is "there are NO accounting emergencies!" Amen.
So, while being challenged in that area of life, the rest of our life has not been without its challenges as well. Ken continues to do remarkably well minus a scare two weeks ago that had him in the hospital Fortunately, that has turned out okay and he seems to be back in rare form. He is working and doing some errands and things so that I don't have to - and I have had time for some spa therapy. His positive attitude and forward motion keeps me going!
The spa therapy was fabulous but can I just say that 9 months with no massage makes one very, very weak - and wimpy! I was so sore from the massage I had Saturday that I thought I'd been hit by the proverbial train mentioned above! I'm still working through the kinks.
A few weekends back, before the hospital scenario, I went on a long awaited "girls reunion" trip to SPIT (South Padre Island, Texas) to meet up with some of my girlfriends from high school. WOW! What an absolute awesome time we had! I couldn't possibly say enough about our hostess with the mostest, my dear friend, Melissa, and the condo we had! Not to mention the chairs on the beach (both lounge and regular, depending on your mood), the sun covers, the boogie boards, the ..., OMG, flowers in our bedrooms she personally changed out each and every day! No detail was left unaccounted for! It was so fabulous. We cooked and we dined and we chatted non-stop and we drank copious amounts of adult beverages, we danced, we played awesome music...all I can follow that up with is it didn't last long enough! Carol, Debbie, Kim and Melissa ~ it is not a time soon to be forgotten! I can't forget to say how happy and thankful I was that Lauren came and spent most of the weekend with her Dad for Father's Day. What a sweet girl!
A few pictures from the trip:
Not sure what is up with my hat...but LOVE TuTu Prissy!
The bay side:
The bridge to paradise!
It's five o'clock somewhere!
Love being in the kitchen with friends! (shortly going to find Jerry and Sonny! ~ inside joke! LOL)
Dance like nobody's watching!
And, inevitably, sunset.
As the sun went down on our time together the biggest thing I took away from it all is that no matter the time or the distance, good friends last a life time. I am only sorry we missed seeing other friends who were invited but couldn't make it for one reason or another. Well, another time - because after all, friends are friends, no matter what.
A postscript to our little weekend adventure - we've stayed in touch via a Facebook group chat we entitled "SPIT". Even our friends that could not make it have kept up on our chat. Besides the memories and the never to be forgotten togetherness, it is one of the best things to come out of the whole event - we all keep in touch - real time - real friends. I LOVE these women.