It’s always nice to come home

I love this place even though I am a rock 'n roll kind of girl!

I love this place even though I am a rock ‘n roll kind of girl!

Just spent ten days in Arizona on vacation with our daughter Joy and her family. I thought I would find time to work on my blog and on my book, to think about adrenal cancer. I didn’t end up doing any of that. OK—I did spend some time thinking about ACC, how could I not? It’s my life now, even in my Facebook news feeds. Listened to a podcast from MD Anderson of a Stage 4 ACC survivor on the trip home from Boston. Encouraging!

We were busy all of the time and I loved every minute of it. Especially the constant warm temperatures (90’s!), blue skies, and sunshine, which I blame on preventing me from sleeping. That would have been a good time to write but I didn’t–blame it on Ken Follet’s long book, “World Without End.” I can only dream about writing a book that keeps someone up until 2 a.m.

Vacation with the grandkids is always go, go, go. Football practice. Football games. Shopped at the malls, so many to choose from, so close, not like at home. Celebrated Joy’s birthday. Skipbo marathon with Haley. Yoga with Joy .

Breakfast at Liberty Market with Haley followed by the splashpad while Joy taught a class at Gilbert Yoga. Lunch at Queen Creek Olive Mill. Dinner at San Tan Flat—a blast and I indulged in one of their awesome margaritas. Not all on the same day–but we do tend to eat out a lot while we are on vacation!

Went on a trail ride at MacDonald’s Ranch in Scottsdale with rattle snakes, a rabbit, a coyote, and a runaway horse—Haley’s, not mine! My horse, Holiday, and I were a perfect match. Nice and easy……My buddy, Holiday.

Swam in the pool fully clothed with Haley. Hiked a new trail (to us) in the San Tan Mountains. Toured the Phoenix Zoo.

Met with Dave and Toni Bellin, travel agents (yes–they do still exist!) at Sunrunner Travel to plan our trip to Hawaii. (So exciting!)

Finally arrived in Boston after a disappointing boarding of our flight in Baltimore on Southwest. After several elevator rides elicited the assistance of a Massport employee to find our truck in the Logan parking lot. Rain and 47 degrees when we finally headed out onto I-93.

Vacations are great but it’s always nice to come home.

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4 thoughts on “It’s always nice to come home

  1. Heidi October 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm Reply

    Okay, I’ll bite. WHY did you swim fully clothed?

    • kwhalen October 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm Reply

      Water was cold, air was hot so thought we’d just cool our feet off then the next thing you know water wasn’t so cold…too lazy to run in and put our swim suits on so my granddaughter and I took the plunge with our clothes on!

  2. Larry October 17, 2013 at 8:38 am Reply

    Sounds like you are in good place. Ken follett is incredible have read the two of the trilogy plus world without end , and pillars of the earth during my cancer trilogy. Start radiation Tuesday 22 at st j Norris cotton and ready to get on with it. Stem cell replacement therapy coming after that. What a long and winding road. Did send three days in Maine boothbay region with new camper trailer, only second trip we have managed with the constant appointment schedule and eight chemos and fatigue etc. camper but to bed for winter and looking forward to a better new year and new me.

    All my best to you and Steve , you go girl.

    Larry V

    • kwhalen October 18, 2013 at 5:33 am Reply

      Larry: Glad you got away before radiation starts–and to Maine!! Wishing you the best with the radiation (St. J will be so convenient!) and anxious to hear all about the stem cell replacement therapy.

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