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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

General Busy-ness: February 2013

I am taking my blog to a new level with this post: 37,000 feet, to be exact. I'm writing this on the return flight from our trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, so I won't have my usual slideshow attached, but will follow up with that soon. I'm also eating cereal from some fancy cereal bar, which is simply weird, but isn't travel just weird nowadays anyway?

I have to admit I'm a more nervous flyer than I used to be. I do have to blame LOST, but I also remember watching a plane crash movie alone late at night, in my bedroom growing up, actually the night before I left for one of my summers at GUCI. It was a Hawaiian flight between islands where the roof of the plane ripped off in flight, and I have scanned the roofs of planes for cracks ever since. Thank goodness I loved camp as much as I did, otherwise I may not have gotten on that plane the next day.

So, we went to Little Rock to visit Marc's sister Rachel, her husband Jon and my niece and nephew, Evie and Nate. Marc visited them about a year ago, but it was the first time there for the rest of us. We had a great time exploring Arkansas, visiting the Big Dam Bridge, the Discovery Museum, Central High School (site of the "Little Rock 9" who began the process of integrating schools), the Clinton Presidential Library (which I thought included a great deal of Hillary too), Petit Jean state park and a Heifer International Ranch. The cousins had a lot of great bonding time, and we're excited to all be together again for Passover next month and in May for a family wedding.  I'm so glad we got to see the new life they've been building in Arkansas!

Whoa, this flight is really turbulent. Just spilled cereal milk down my shirt. Anyway...

What else have we been up to this month? I already told you about the blizzard, and there's been more snow since and more snow still coming. I'm still very grateful for my Yaktrax. The kids are busy with their usual stuff. Max has started new music and karate classes at the JCC. Hannah has had a few basketball games with her after school program. Both kids had their annual well visits, where I realized we hadn't seen the pediatrician ALL YEAR for either kid, other than flu shots. That has to be some kind of daycare immunity that they've built up. Granted, there have been illnesses, but nothing serious enough to require a doctor visit. I'm wondering when the other shoe will drop on that one.

Life continues to feel hectic. I'm still adjusting to my new work schedule, which has me leaving the house at 7 am, then commuting home from work at 4 pm and hopping in the car to pick up both kids. I feel busier than ever, being hyper aware of the time to make sure I leave on time and get where I need to go. The lack of wiggle room will get better when the school yer ends and both kids will be in the same location, but for now it's a bit rough for me. Thankfully Marc is happy at his new job, and this is making it easier for me to accept this new (and hopefully temporary) stretched routine.

Oh, and I haven't been to Zumba in weeks, with the snow and just general life creeping in. I hope I get back soon. And somehow, some way, I still need to study for that licensing exam for work. Sigh.

So that's all the news from high up in the clouds. I hope it's will actually post, and please excuse any typos!

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