Friday, October 19, 2012


I could ramble on about the unfairness of my husband’s recent lay-off.  I could spend a lot of my time explaining how it seemed like a personal attack aimed directly at him. However, that wouldn't help me prove it. The only thing it would serve to do is either put you to sleep, or make you really angry. Both feelings are the opposite of what my goal is here. My goal is to point out the good side of things. To do this effectively, I also must be able to laugh at the ironic things life has to offer.    
To tell you the truth, I haven’t had the chance to react badly to this life change. We have been blessed with good timing, for now anyway. First, a real good friend had a week from his time share exchange plan he could not use due to his work schedule, so he offered it to us. We agreed as long as it was close enough to travel by vehicle (as paying for plane tickets was out of the question). And sure enough, this awesome friend was able to make arrangements for us to stay at Riverpoint Resort in Napa, California. The pictures here explain how we spent most of our time. Rough huh? Yeah, I know, I would have a lot of guts to complain about this. Don’t you think?

However, the next trip I had planned did not work out so smoothly. After we came home, we left a week later to go to Reno where I had gotten a deal (109$ for the whole week in a 1 bedroom). I had scheduled it to be a workation; a word I made up recently meaning: a get-away to focus on work. Anybody trying to work from home understands how ideal that would have been. And fun as I love the work I do, which is making beautiful beaded jewelry. I am eager to better stock my online store,  My plan stayed the same with the slight adjustment of maybe a little evening fun since my husband traveled with me.
Unfortunately, I was so sick by the end of the week, that I couldn't even travel the short distance to Tahoe where we had a true vacation scheduled at our personal time share. The silver lining here was that my husband was there to take care of me.
The much needed ice bucket! And blender!
One of my favorite sit-coms and bed.

This illness was from my lupus* and the side effects of my many medications, not from partying. My partying days have come and gone. But whatever, after 4 days, lots of dry heaves, a couple of enemas, a ton of ice chips, and some Jell-O, I finally felt good enough to drive the 1hr drive to our time share in lovely Lake Tahoe. And guess what? I did the driving and gave my husband a much deserved break. That man deserves better too. But again, whatever! LOL
So I hope you can be truly happy for as I share how much we truly were able to enjoy ourselves when we finally made it to Lake Tahoe and our time share at Tahoe Sands Resort. We did not do much more than rest and relax. The important thing here is how grateful we are for all of our gifts because we know they may not last forever. We have both been in situations way worse than this, and considering we didn't have each other, this time it seems easy.

 Each day is a gift and all that good stuff.

 It is when a person works hard that other people want to help them. Sometimes I fear we are all guilty of not recognizing how hard somebody works just because they aren't in a field we were taught to respect. When in reality, most of us are in the same boat. It may seem quite comfortable, but it could sink at any moment. You have to work on maintaining its integrity or it won’t carry you through. The one thing I know for absolute certain is my family’s boat is super strong. We never put our heads in the sand, but sometimes our toes. ;)Please enjoy the following photos! 

*Lupus: The following definition was copied directly from the Lupus Foundation of America's website. What is Lupus
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.


  1. Sorry to hear about about your husband's lay-off. But that time-share you got from your friend does look amazing! (And thanks for the link to my books.)

  2. I really should write a follow up on this, shouldn't I?