Here it is the last day of February and a diary
update is underway. Proof positive that miracles are possible. Of
course, I should be cleaning the chicken coop. Or doing laundry.
Or organizing the closet. The piles of things I should be
doing are helping me to focus on doing this instead. Isn't it weird
how that works?
February started and ended hard. In fact, most of
it was hard. Way too much stress and pressure at work. Again. Still.
Figuring out how to implement the cuts. Worrying. Getting the new
Beach Flats Center open. Worrying. Learning of the decision to permanently
hire "my" position if all goes well in the March election.Worrying.
A crescendo of planning for Paratransit changes affecting Steve's
work. Worrying. Coming home from vacation to Joey having six grand
mal seizures in as many hours. Worrying. No, correct that
Terror. Worry doesn't begin to describe the helpless terror of Joey's
seizures. He is home from the hospital and seemingly responding
well to anti-seizure meds. Although all it takes to momentarily
stop my heart from beating is the thump of a tail against the floor.
Leaving him to go back to work tomorrow will be hard. I will worry.
But in the midst of all this worry, there was vacation.
A trip to Washington State. Steve even flew! We had comfy private
accomodations on Baingridge Island in the guest room of Lynn's sister's
co-housing complex. We slept through entire nights, even late into
daylight hours, read books, went out to leisurely breakfasts. Got
massages and healing sessions from Lynn. Enjoyed a too-brief but
wonderful visit with Jennifer, Watt, Willa and Roan who drove up
from Oregon and met us partway near Mt. St. Helen's. The weather
cooperated, allowing us to picnic and visit outdoors, warmed by
the same sun that bathed the snow-capped volcanoes in a brilliant
glow. Walked on the beach, collecting rocks and bird watching
almost (but not quite) becoming ho-hum about the bald eagles hunting
nearby. After landing back in San Francisco we drove to the Presidio
to see Tom, Judy, Audrey and, for the first-time in the flesh, new
baby Rowan, as well as their beautiful new apartment overlooking
the ocean and the headlands of Marin. Again, it was a too-short
visit, especially with Audrey in school all day. She loves her brother
but is still figuring out her place in an expanded family, and was
Wonderful visits with friends, and a taste of life filled with
more than work and worry, rekindle enthusiasm in me for what's to
come. Ahhhhhh! last