Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Things That Made Me Lose Sleep in 2010

And, the 3rd list suggested on Adam Baker's list of events for 2010:  Make a list of things that made you so excited you couldn't sleep.  This was the hardest of the three. I'm not a future tripper.  I used to be.  And, I lost a lot of sleep because of it. Honestly, I think the only two things that kept me awake last year were trips.  One was mine, the other was the arrival of Justin and Amanda.

Susan on the last day of Honolulu trip.
The first year we moved to Washington, we didn't "get out" in the winter time and it was a long, long, loooonnnnggg winter. By the end of it, we decided we needed to break it up the next year with a trip somewhere warm. We decided on Honolulu for a week and it was just the right ticket. We drove to Cathy's place & she drove us to the PDX airport. I did not sleep well the night before that trip. I'm not fond of flying.  There, I said it. But there's no other way to get there. This year, we are planning a long road trip to AZ and not sure where in between to & fro. If we can squeeze in the Badlands in South Dakota, that'd be on both of our lists.  If not, I'd settle for southern Utah.  The possibilities are endless. Maybe we'll even wait until the day we leave to decide.  That's how we roll.  One day at a time, literally.  It's more adventurous that way. We will definitely keep doing that.

Amanda & Justin ~ Nov. 2010
I hardly slept the night before the kids got here on Thanksgiving.  I knew they were coming for 5 months and didn't allow myself to think too much about it until right before they arrived, or I would have lost a lot more sleep than one night. It's a necessary skill I've learned over the last decade. I used to wear holes in my sheets from tossing & turning while worrying instead of sleeping. I love this quote:

"Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about 
what may never happen. 
Keep in the sunlight"  ~ Benjamin Franklin

So, wrapping up the 3-part list, things that made me cry, laugh & lose sleep and connecting them all together, I'd have to say the things I need to keep doing are travel, be more patient, answer my phone when friends call, make plans but don't plan the outcome, visit family, and hit the beach once or twice a year.

love, Susan


  1. My favorite quote that says the same thing as yours:

    Some of my hurts you have cured, and the sharpest you have yet survived; but what torments of grief you've endured, from evils that never arise. Ralph Waldo Emerson

  2. Oh yeah, that's a great quote Kathy!


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