30 Day Challenge

So much is going on right now that this blog hasn’t been a priority for me. I’m going to change that.

I’m undertaking a 30-day challenge to write every day for 30 days – starting today. Again, I love the contrast between me and Vanessa. She’s focusing on dream yoga; I’m trying to get through each day and keep a positive attitude. It’s a struggle sometimes.

I’m supposed to be doing one of two things this time of year. I’m either counting down the days until I’m on vacation (usually to Hawai’i), or I’m already there. Facebook memories is a daily reminder of not being in my happy place right now.

There was no way to book a vacation in advance this year. Martin’s dad is in his 90’s. We moved him here this fall after his wife of 30 years passed away in the spring. We knew we couldn’t plan a vacation because we weren’t sure how his dad would settle in. We decided we’d wait until a week or two before the scheduled vacation time and book a “sell-off vacation”. It sounded like fun. We’d get away but wouldn’t know where until almost the week before.

That changed a month ago when his dad fell, broke his hip, and required surgery. Since then, there have been two more trips to emergency and one more hospitalization. We can’t leave the country. We wouldn’t be able to relax and enjoy ourselves because we’d be worried about him.

So, instead, we’re taking the three weeks Martin booked off and staying home. We’re going to focus on healthy eating by following the Whole 30 eating plan. We’re getting memberships to the leisure centers in Calgary so we can make use of their pools, weight rooms, and drop-in classes. I’ve already bought mine so will be checking out some of the facilities in the days to come. Martin is currently at work for 11 days so he’ll start when he’s back.

We’re also going to spend three weeks together at home. I know this doesn’t sound like much, but we’ve never done this. Martin’s work takes him away 7-21 days at a time. Sometimes he’s home for a week between sets; sometimes it’s 48 hours. He’s usually gone 7 days at a time, but more often than not it’s 10, 11, or 21 days. Three weeks together, at home, will be a first for us in the 3.5 years we’ve been together.

We will get a small get-away. Friends of mine have a home in Canmore, AB and they’ve offered it to us for 4 days. It’s not the tropics, but they have a hot tub, so there’s that.

All in all, it’s a good time to start a 30-day blogging challenge.

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