2015

So far this year its been mostly work, snow, ice, work…

I did get to go to a Rare Disease Conference at the NIH last month.  That was just a day trip but it was a good one.  I always like going back to NIH.  I spent so much time there when I was being diagnosed with Cushing’s and post-op that it feels like a second home to me.

We had lunch in the real cafeteria – more memories.  When I was an inpatient, my DH and young son would come visit most nights and we’d have a late dinner there.

Last November 30, my son and I got to play a 2-piano duo in the Steinway Hall Rotunda in NYC.  As it turned out, we were the last ever people to play there before they moved to a new location in Manhattan.

 

Steinway Hall, November 30, 2014

 

Here’s a brief video of him playing his solo and one of us playing 2-pianos:

 

 

 

We are currently getting ready to play a duet (1 piano) at the temporary location for Steinway in early June, 2015 …the same day we leave on a cruise to Bermuda.  Talk about a tight schedule!

After the November recital, we went to see the Intrepid in NY Harbor.  Across the water, a couple berths over I saw a cruise ship departing.  I didn’t know/didn’t care where they were going but I found out.

For Christmas, everyone’s gift was a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda.  More on that later.

Also, this summer will be a trip to Scotland to see and hear the Edinburgh Tattoo.  This has been on my bucket list for a long time.  My grandfather was in the Black Watch and I just love to hear bagpipes. Even my cellphone ringtone is Scotland, the Brave.

A bit more about him here.

This weekend is a Handbell Festival in Maryland – kind of exciting, too :)

MaryOColorfulButterfly

 

Panama Trip, a Day Early!

Our trip was scheduled to start Monday with a flight to Fort Lauderdale, FL.

On Saturday, we realized that there might be a lot of snow where we live, so Tom was able to reschedule our flights for Sunday instead.  Really fast packing on Saturday, only 3 hours sleep on Saturday night.

Sunday was iffy, though. You wouldn’t believe it possible but I played handbells at 2 services of my church yesterday,  left after ringing at the prelude to the second service, got a cab to Reagan airport, and made it to Florida by 4:00 PM!

While still at the Fort Lauderdale airport, I took these 2 screenshots:

2014-03-02 16.24.56 2014-03-02 16.30.22

About 8:00 last night, we got the notification that our flight for “today” was cancelled. I think we made the right call by coming a day early!

Not snow!
Not snow!

After the hustle of getting to the airport on time, the flight was fairly calm and I could nap some.

We even got into Ft. Lauderdale about 30 minutes early.

In the airport restroom, I saw 2 young ladies dying their hair.  I guess they were away from home and maybe didn’t want their parents to know.  That’s a sight I’ve never seen before, though!

A cab ride to the hotel.  I think I fell asleep almost immediately.

I need to remember this

A friend posted this on FB recently and it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, although this image says it much better than my thoughts have been.

 

Thisisyourlife

 

I’m pretty sure I’m not wasting my life, but I’m also not taking time to “smell the roses” and so forth.  Much of my time seems to be taken up doing things for Cushing’s people, for church people, for my Mom.

The only things I do for ME are to nap, sing in the church choir and ring handbells.

A long, long time ago I took various classes at a local REC center and they had this sign up.

 

Life-be-in-it

 

It’s so true – this is the only one we get and mine is almost half over (*ahem*) so I need to start re-prioritizing and get out there more.

It’s time for ME!

 

Time-for-me

 

Now, I just have to figure out what I want to do…after my nap.

I need to remember this…

A friend posted this on FB today and it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, although this image says it much better than my thoughts have been.

Thisisyourlife

I’m pretty sure I’m not wasting my life, but I’m also not taking time to “smell the roses” and so forth.  Much of my time seems to be taken up doing things for Cushing’s people, for church people, for my Mom.

The only things I do for ME are to nap, sing in the church choir and ring handbells.

A long, long time ago I took various classes at a local REC center and they had this sign up.

Life-be-in-it

It’s so true – this is the only one we get and mine is almost half over (*ahem*) so I need to start re-prioritizing and get out there more.

It’s time for ME!

Time-for-me

Now, I just have to figure out what I want to do…after my nap.