Already a Day Late

Whelp, I’ve truly been sucked into the lazy days of a vacation! Days upon days of lazing around, doing nothing but hanging out with a great family in a beautiful place – it’s been AWESOME!!! It’s been so awesome that I lost track of my days and missed a scheduled entry day (despite SD reminding me a couple of times). But it’s all good ’cause I know ya’ll who are reading this are a forgiving bunch of folks and know me well enough to know that I mean well.

I don’t have much to report on this posting… it’s been a wonderful few days of good eats, fun conversations, running errands, watching tv/movies, and just plain hanging about. Today included laundry and repacking the boxes/bags. After dinner I’ll repack the car (sorry AK – had to be unpacked for servicing) then lean back and enjoy the last few moments of “vacation.”

My favorite quote of the day: “I will do anything for my country, except give up my make-up.” – said by a person interviewed on TV about the TSA liquid restrictions. It’s all about priorities, right?

For any who haven’t ever visited Salt Lake City, I highly recommend it! It is a beautiful place and I continue to be awed by the sunsets. (Though the local television news might be something to avoid).

Tomorrow morning I head to CO where I’ll spend 2 nights, visiting with friends (in 2 locations) before heading on to Tulsa. One of these days I’ll post a map of my route for ya’ll to enjoy… just don’t want to do it too soon – it’ll wreck the surprise.

Pointing Eastward, Looking Westward

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Published in: on 10 August 2006 at 23.49  Leave a Comment  

Slowing Down

I’m still in Salt Lake City, where I’m practicing the fine art of slowing down. After the speedy drive that got me here I am (re)learning how to sit and relax with friends and family. I have done a couple small projects but for the most part I have been a total slug, and it is wonderful.

The natural beauty of Salt Lake City is breathtaking. We sit in a bowl surrounded by gorgeous mountains. The skies have been mostly clear with a few cotton-like clouds, which at sunset are marvelous. The weather here has been beyond warm in the mid to late days and well into the nights. But I find that the mornings are quite nice. This morning I got up early and sat on the deck watching the first light arrive to the sweet chirping of the local birds. And at the moment I am playing fetch with Bailey, who loves to have stuffed animals thrown about so that he can grab them and return them to me only to have them thrown again. (It’s more fun than it sounds.)

It’s a slow life at the moment and I encourage all of you who are reading this to remember to take a day every now and then (or perhaps, even once a week) to slow down and relax yourselves.

Published in: on 6 August 2006 at 14.36  Leave a Comment  

A Very Bright Light in the Sky

Bright Lights

I left Berkeley, CA yesterday at 11.42 and sped my way to Salt Lake City, UT arriving just about midnight local time. It was a beautiful drive! The above picture was taken at Wendover, NV. I was driving along Rte. 80 East, enjoying the dark night and clear sky when all of a sudden I came up over a mountain ridge and BANG, there was enough light in the sky that the area was clear as day. You can see the dimmer of the 2 areas in the picture above. I had passed the brighter one before I thought to get my camera out. And of course, I didn’t slow down to take the picture so it is a bit blurry but you should get the idea nonetheless.

So here I am in Salt Lake City, happily enjoying the love of family but dearly missing the love and community of friends left behind. There is more to say about that in days to come but for now I say a grand thank you too all who have supported me through this transition – I wouldn’t be gone without you! Thanks for the gathering on the last night, the hours of keeping me on task to pack and helping me pack/move, the physical, emotional and spiritual support, the numerous (and worthy) distractions, and mostly the connections that we have been graced to share.

Eastward Ho goes I.

Published in: on 4 August 2006 at 17.55  Comments (2)