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We're back!

- The kitties appear to have survived with their attitudes intact. It's like we never left.

- I am a beach person once more. I just needed 12 years off.

- My family and Jack's family are, fortunately, good at getting along together.

- Being out in the further reaches of anyplace - well, I can just say I thought about my imaginary tiny house a lot this week. There is nothing really to say about it, but I am courting the loner in me.

- Ironically, the "cottage" we stayed in in Southern Shores was enormous. It was really generous of my parents to rent it. I am grateful.

- Christmas not at home: not all that depressing at all! Particularly when my dad packed a fake tree and it was practically 65 degrees out all week.

- I forgot what day of the week it was countless times.

- Jack said that he learned a bit about what a vacation is for this week. That is interesting to me. He's a tough nut to crack, sometimes, even though he's really very simple. Right now he's happily plugged in to Dawn of War which he finally got installed. :) All week he has been reading Gone With The Wind and giving me updates every time something happens. It's cute. He was the only one of us to actually submerge himself in the ocean, by the way. Only because there was a hot tub, mind you.

I am still a little disconnected. There's so much to unpack and clean up around here, and then my back is still giving me hell. Yes, I am going back for more doctoring. I am going to try to make my bag lighter. I have been concious of how I move and walk and sit. I did just read as much of the 500 post backlog as I could (incidentally - taking a forced break from the internet is not so bad for clearing one's head) but probably missed commenting on a great many things. I have to get to bed soon so I can do drum lessons in the morning. So I'd better go though I am brimming with observations. I loved my time away but I am also happy to be home.

p.s. in case you didn't see this... too funny, the youtube of the week.


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Dec. 30th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
Welcome home!
Woohoo, first comment!
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
I used to have physical therapy for my back - I have a vertebra that isn't shaped quite right and the curve in my spine is subsequently a little bit off. Both therapists I went to said the best way to keep your back pain free is to strengthen your abs and core body muscles. I suppose I listened to some extent and did their strengthening excercises, but the pain never really went away until I started rock climbing. Turns out they were totally right (big surprise!). Now that my core body is way stronger my back feels better than ever! Perhaps you could try a regimen of crunches or some such? Or perhaps you can just do what your doctors tell you to do - that usually helps. :)
Dec. 31st, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
I feel this! I really want to get started on a /good/ plan but haven't been referred to a physical therapist and haven't gotten the OK to do exercise and wouldn't know what's good even if I had. I feel like I'm in a catch-22 I can't escape - I'm in pain, so I can't exercise... I could be in less pain, if I could get stronger, but... etc.


It's really making me upset at this point... fortunately I have a doc's appt this week.
Dec. 30th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
so jealous! I miss the beach. Even in the cold. & hot tubs too. ;-p

Glad you had so much fun! :-)
Dec. 31st, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yay! I think of the imaginary village of tiny houses a lot too! I'm glad you had a great trip, vacation is very important. I like beaches, but I burn so easily... I think beaches and I are like good friends who have grown apart but see each other so infrequently that we're always excited to run into each other, but if left together too long we'd realize that we run out of things to talk about.
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