Well, I'm back at work and my boss is working me hard as I try to catch up and help him prepare for his presentation to the "big bosses" about how the year has been in our states. I'm still basking in the glow of a fun 5 days and am decidedly not ready to apply all my mental powers to numbers and spreadsheets. I didn't get pics posted of the quilt blocks I made over the weekend. I did, however spend several hours working on my personal laptop yesterday trying to get everything updated the way I like it. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get it to play a DVD, and after 3 hours of trying yesterday, I just gave up on that. It would be nice when I travel, but other than that, who wants to watch a movie on that little screen anyway?
And, Sydney went back to summer camp today. She wore her Fiesta Texas t-shirt and carried a bag of crochet. She's decided to make an afghan, and conned me out of my 40% off coupon to use on a huge ball of yarn at JoAnn's the other day. She's not ready for vacation to be over either and it was hard as heck to get her washing dishes after I cooked half the day yesterday. But, she did it, even though she made it seem like I was asking her to dig a ditch instead of wash a few dishes.
We officially ended our vacation with (another) viewing of Nat'l Lampoon's Vacation yesterday. It gave us a chance to reflect on how many things went right for us over our 5 days. I'd say we were lucky, but it was more about us being flexible...and lucky, too.
The therapist recommended a book called Children of the Self-Absorbed to help me work through some of my issues and WOW! Have Rob and I made progress since we first got Sydney. We were all set to repeat a lot of mistakes, but we were lucky enough to see how wrong that was going and start making the changes, even before we could put a name to what we were doing. We both came from families that taught destructive behaviors and were poised to repeat many of those mistakes. The book starts out talking about parents and then they have you repeat the lesson, placing yourself as the parent. I immediately went to talk to Rob and celebrate our success, confirmed in print. We knew we were doing stuff right, but it sure was nice to have that confirmation. After hearing from several people about issues with their parents, I recommend the book. You can read the first two pages online at Amazon.com and tell whether it applies or not.
Okay, enough self help. I'm ready to quilt! Y'all take care and I'll get those pics on here soon. Lane