Thursday, July 31, 2008

Map to the Wedding

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Fun Quote: Memories

"Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation, they're not a record, and they're irrelevant if you have the facts."

Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) in "Memento"

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hello World

After taking a break from blogging for a couple years, I've come to a point where I'm ready to start blogging again, but with a different blog.

So, here I am, saying hello to the world.


Not much to contemplate today. Just getting started again.

I got back from a great weekend in Michigan spending time with extended family. It took a near miracle to get me there, but I did get there and I did have a great time. I saw most of my cousins, all my aunts/uncles, my grandparents, and even some great aunts/uncles and distant cousins.

This is the first time I've visited my extended family as an adult. I think being an adult, and having been so long since I've seen them, really opened my eyes. I think it could be equated to seeing your teachers outside the school as "regular people."

I was very nervous for my trip, for a few reasons. One was because I haven't seen them in 7 years, I just didn't know what to expect. Also because a lot has gone on. I've been married and divorced and re-engaged all since I was there last. I think I was just unsure how my family was going to respond to seeing me for the first time and what questions I was going to be asked. I rather enjoyed the questions that were asked. I discussed my wedding plans, my relationship with the kids, Josh himself, and what life is like in California (expensive!).

Something fun happened while I was there too. Everyone joined Facebook. I can't think of a single cousin or aunt/uncle pair that isn't now on Facebook. My cousin even created a group for all of us. That's been a lot of fun to see everyone's status regularly and chat with them online. It was the centerpoint of many conversations.

I did a lot of shopping, ate a lot of food (can't go to Gramma's without eating), got my hair cut, joked, laughed, giggled, caught up, roasted marshmallows and just enjoyed myself. I'm glad I got to go. I'm glad it went so well. And I'm glad I get to sleep in my own bed again!!!!