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Kate is Back! A Total Deviation…

Daniel and I just got back from our “honeymoon” to Walt Disney World. We’ve been married over three years, but we never really went away for a honeymoon. But, now we have. And it was wonderful. I am sure, when I get the energy, I will write a post all about our trip. In fact, I am sure you will grow sick of hearing about it… but that will be your problem, as I rarely tire of talking about what makes me happy… unless I am, obviously, tired. Then I tire of just about everything. Well, to be honest, I rarely tire of talking. At all. Unless it’s right after work, and I’m too spent to speak a word. Or if I’m surrounded by uninteresting or arrogant folk… for sure I won’t be bothered to speak.

Well, how is that for a rambling entrance? Do I sound as tired as I look? But, that’s me. And I’ve put off this post long enough. I have picked up my compy, with the intention of publishing a post, no less than thirty times over the last two weeks. Each time I’ve wandered off to enjoy our awesome view at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, or fallen asleep, or taken a shower, or gone to bed, or switched laundry loads, or caught up on your blog in my Google Reader, or hit up Etsy, or stalked facebook friends, or brushed up on my relationship with my Rebel, or watched Daniel type, or talked on the phone, or negotiated interest rates for our credit cards, or cooked dinner, or updated my Goodreads, or taken my medicine, or gone to the doctor, or worked, or taken a nap, or gone to a birthday party, or… avoided you all together.

Let me explain.

We left for Florida the afternoon of Friday, March 20. Saturday was our best friend’s wedding… and we arrived to the wedding with a dead camera at the hotel, a dead camera in my purse, my cell phone dead in my purse, Dan’s phone dead at the hotel, and Dan had to borrow a tie from… drum roll… the groom. Yeah. We were a wreck. All this can only be topped by us forgetting to pick up my medicine from the pharmacy before we left town. Thank you to Walmart for transferring my prescription and having it ready for me in Orlando (in a super-nifty recyclable drawer-type thing).

During our first 24 hours in Florida it became apparent that our vacation came at the perfect time. My poor Daniel was nigh unto exhaustion and I was starving to death for time with him. And time to play.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m an only child, or because I’m a sentimental fool, or because I have a vibrant imagination, or because I am Kate, and Kate likes happy things… but I love Disney. Seriously. I’ll admit it. Tonight I looked up the Tarzan and Camp Rock soundtracks. No purchases… but still. I spent 3 minutes iTunes-ing Disney! And yesterday I had the Carousel of Progress song stuck in my head. And two days ago I woke up singing the Haunted Mansion song.

Anyway, we were saved by the trip. And, for the first time, I experienced what I call a “grown up vacation.” The sort that should include a recovery period. And maybe even a recovery patch to assist with the return to real life. My vacation was so useful that, when I tried to remember my drive to work (during Expedition Everest) my mind was blank. Totally blank. Can we say success?!

I now know why people love to travel with their sweeties. I mean, I always enjoy being with Daniel, but never before have I had a whole week of Daniel. No college. No work. No homework. No articles. Just loads (though never enough) time to talk about life, politics, education, religion, peace, joy, work, goals, travel, family, friends, fears, plans, people, and such. We spent two hours one evening on a bench in front of China at Epcot just chatting it up. Those two hours are among my favorite with Daniel. Ever.

On the flip side, I’ve never before experienced returning to work after a dream vacation like this. My last real vacation was nearly two years ago, and I’d only been working at my job for two weeks, so it didn’t feel real until after my vacation (so we won’t count that). I’m surprised how strange it has been to get back to work and our other responsibilities. But Daniel and I have prayed to be able to handle the adjustment and we have been doing very well. In fact, we’ve been a happy and efficient pair. Hooray for successful vacations!

If you haven’t taken one recently, I suggest you do. You’d me amazed how much you can do while being frugal. I find vacations are a super-motivator for saving money and reducing spend. I also find anticipating the trip is half the fun. But it’s dangerous if you’re not careful… no one wants to be so busy looking to the future that they forget to enjoy the present. And it’s dangerous if you overdo it. Be careful with your fibromyalgia or chronic pain condition. A vacation is only as good as its lasting benefits. And pain may be lasting but it sure isn’t a benefit.

I will close this post by saying I am sorry for my absence. I appreciate your support as I struggle with feeling as though I’ve neglected you. I feel a bit guilty. I always dislike the blogs that post rarely and use every post apologizing for writing rarely. And here I am. Doing that. Please accept my apology. I have my upcoming posting schedule planned and I’m taking requests. Although I don’t promise when I’ll get to them, I can promise I will schedule them and start my research. Thank you for your support. I look forward to your ideas.


During the vacation I got after myself about dropping the ball on a goal of mine. But, rest assured, I finally started something big. And one day I’ll tell you more about. But, in the mean time, I’m here for you. What can I do?

A Quick Note…

I will not be posting (at least not what I intended to), as previously promised.  I spent the evening visiting ladies from my congregation and helping my husband grade papers (and watching American Idol).  I apologize for dropping the ball, but I’ll pick it back up tomorrow.

In the interim (and on subject) I’ve uploaded a few pictures relating to tomorrow’s post to my Flickr.  I’m still not sure if I’ll keep my non-blog related pictures under the same account.  What do you think?  I’m leaning toward keeping all my pictures on there since… this blog is about MY LIFE w/fibro.  And I know I always enjoy seeing various aspects of your life… although it’s tough to imagine the reverse.

I pray this finds your week going well.  Mine is full of stuff to do and things to be happy about.  And, thanks to an understanding employer, I was able to get some extra rest today.  I am concerned that this bug I’ve had for nearly six weeks will bring on a flare if I don’t finally kill it off.  And, I know rest is important… so I’m off to get some.  Have a great evening!

Monday Night Dinner 002

It’s been entirely too long.  Please accept my apology.  Between being sick, working, and planning for my “honeymoon” I feel like I’ve had absolutely nothing going on in my brain by the time I sit down to write.  And, to be honest, losing my 1200 word post a few weeks back left me feeling unmotivated.  Every time I’ve picked up my compy to write my thoughts I can’t seem to get them into coherent sentences.

I’m a firm believer that quality… or sincerity… matters far more than quantity when it comes to My Life with Fibro posts.  I feel the same about friends, random fact.  However, I am trying to become a more consistent individual, and this is yet another outlet for me to test my determination.

So, here I am.

Tonight’s dinner was loud, yummy, comforting, and humbling.  I was comforted by the simple and kind gesture of one of our group (to be discussed tomorrow).  And I got to see the space shuttle tonight.  It left me feeling small and appropriately humbled.  And excited like a child (or myself) at Christmas.  It was beautiful.  I took dozens of pictures (in which it looks like a tiny fluorescent bulb in the sky) and I’ll be sure to share some with you… later.  For now I just wanted to touch base, share some good vibes, and wish you a wonderful week.

I don’t have much to say other than thank you for your support and encouragement.  I’m working on a post for Tuesday or Wednesday and I’ll be looking for personal experiences advice.  Thank you for having a positive attitude.  Thank you for sharing your opinions and providing feedback.

Sad Day Kate: Fibromyalgia and Frustration

It was a great, sunny day.  This evening my heart was full of so many things worth sharing.  Then WordPress decided to go to bed or play dead and I lost one of the most sincere posts I’ve ever written.  I don’t understand what happened.  I’d saved the draft a half-dozen times.  Nonetheless, it’s gone.  Totally absent from my drafts.  And I am far too tired to recreate it.  Heck, maybe I shouldn’t.  I’ll sleep on it… We’ll see.

Until then, check out this post from Lifehack on dealing with frustration.  It’s totally fitting.

At least the rest of my day was gorgeous.  I pray yours was as well.  G’night!

PS Moral of the story… Listen to Daniel and stop writing posts online.  CopyWrite it is.