You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
- Steve Jobs
Today was great. Couldn't have planned it. Wouldn't have known just a few years back that I'd think it so good. But it was. From start to finish. Really great.
Water for Elephants" on demand (book obviously way better), drank 2 glasses of cabernet, ate a bag of Stacy's pita chips and a pint of Jeni's passion fruit frozen yogurt, and was sleeping by 10:00. Necessary and delightful solo evening.
So, 8 hours sleep + two cups of Dunkin Donuts coffee + a bowl of banana slices, greek yogurt, honey and almonds = Evelyn raring to go this morning. Made Caleb and Adina some challah french toast. Loaded up the car with some sheets and towels and a bag full of homemade "happy birthday" signs for Larry. His birthday is Thursday, and we'll be spending it - and Thanksgiving - in Keystone. Since Larry was on call and couldn't go up this weekend, the kids and I decided to go up and "prep" the condo for a celebratory birthday arrival.
Peace of mind. Yeah. I had it.
Denver and the Rocky Mountains = a very, very good call.
beach that my paternal grandfather had built.
Even a six-month stint in Ranana, Israel when I was in the fifth grade, that my parents at first called aliyah, and then, "an adventurous vacation," didn't shake the feeling that I was from Newport News, Virginia.
I got that sense back in Ohio. Maybe it was because most everyone I got close to in the 5 1/2 years I lived in Bexley was actually "from there," or married to someone who was. Maybe its just like that everywhere in the midwest. Or maybe it was the simple fact that 5 1/2 years was the longest I'd lived anywhere in a very long time.
Doesn't matter. Leaving was terrible.
But, I couldn't stay and go where I wanted to go. I didn't want to leave Bexley. But I did, very much, want to live and raise my family in Colorado.
So, the rest of today - - The kids and I made a pit stop at Starbucks. We got to Keystone around 10. We unpacked the car. We changed into our bathing suits. Ahhh, heated pool + hot tub conveniently located in the complex in the building directly across from ours, 3 feet away. Back inside to change. Quick drive to the mini market three minutes up the street for some lunch and snacking basics. Adina coloring happily; Caleb making signs to label all "his" shelves, drawers, etc in the room he and Adina share, oy, happily; and me, cozied up in my bed staring out the window, happily.
Got back to Englewood just in time to grab some sushi for dinner, now the kids are sleeping, and I'm truly inspired to write for the first time in a couple of weeks.
Great day. Got enough sleep. Ate well. Enjoyed my children. Felt grateful for my husband; my choices; my life.
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