This past week has been one of extreme highs and lows - mostly lows. I'm looking forward to a better week ahead.
Low: Bill and I traveled to Sacramento to say our final goodbyes to a long time friend who lost his battle with lymphoma. He left behind his high school sweetheart, two sons, two grandchildren, a lifetime of friends, and a community who loved and admired him.
High: I read a loud from Susan Branch's, A Fine Romance, Falling in Love with the English Countryside as Bill maneuvered Friday afternoon traffic on I-5. It was a good diversion for me who can never watch as my husband weaves in and out of traffic and drives three inches from the car ahead going 70 miles an hour.
We laughed at the similarities of Susan's husband and mine (seems Joe isn't any fonder of his wife shrieking from the driver's seat than Bill is) and I choked back tears as I read the part where Susan and Joe toasted their trip as they sailed past the Statue of Liberty and under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge on their way to Southampton. I never know if Bill is really listening but as we rode the elevator to our hotel room he said the book made him want to return to England (yes!) and later, when the waiter asked for his dinner order, Bill joked that he was suddenly hungry for fish and chips. (There may be an Atlantic crossing in our future).
Low: Our fall newsletter. This has been a huge learning experience for me. I've tried to be less of a perfectionist (so hard for me), less controlling (ditto) and tried to practice patience (totally lost it). In the end it will all be fine, but the process is just. about. to. kill. me! Enough said. If you are on our mailing list you should get your newsletter sometime in 2013 (just kidding - hopefully by early September). In the mean time you can view our fall classes on line here.
High: My staff who has been there every step of the way. Becky, who has talked me down from the ledge more than once and Andi who when I apologized Friday for the lunch break she probably wouldn't get, just replied with a smile, "No problem, I'm here for you".
They are here for me - all of them. I'm so lucky to have them (Bill included)!
Encourage one another,