Monday, June 16, 2008

Back to Reality

My immune system is getting a good test. I spent 8 hours on our trip home sitting beside a young woman who obviously had a fresh cold. I could almost sense the presence of lots of germs in the recycled air I was breathing as she sneezed, blew her nose, and coughed.

Maybe this is the time to be dosing myself with Airborne. But instead I’m just relying on nature and hoping a month of rest will be my best protection against infection.

My poor body doesn’t know what time it really is. I was up at 6:30 after a short night of sleep. I just plowed through month of e-mail and now will move on to the piles of laundry waiting to be washed.

The food and gas prices are all higher than when we left home. Other than that, it’s a little warmer, but everything is much the same.

Maybe it was the Maypole that watched over our house when the tornado came through, who knows?


Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Airborne would be a really good idea. If you get a cold how will we go for a ride on the little boats this week? (whine whine whine).

On the bright side, it won't take 3 hours to do a load of laundry, eh?

Welcome home!

8:20 AM  
Blogger GEWELS said...

Welcome Home guys!

Although, it's kind of bittersweet as we have to say goodbye to Jake.
Simone will be very upset.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Reya -- I'll get out the Airborne. I have been so looking forward to paddling around the Tidal Basin with you in the little boats.

I already treasure my washing machine as I throw in load #2 for the day.

I found an Italian espresso pot in the back of my china cabinet. If I sip my coffee and close my eyes, I can almost see the Amalfi Coast.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Gewels -- We will just have to arrange play dates for S & J. He loves being around people and other dogs. I can't wait to give him a hug later today!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Welcome home! I'm glad to read that you made it back safe and sound, if a little overexposed to germs. Take care of yourself and welcome back.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Kellyann Brown said...

I'm sure your immune system is relaxed and happy after all that great Italian sun and food. Welcome back to the real world.

1:04 PM  
Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

along with airborne ....fresh air! that's the problem with airplanes the air is not fresh.

best of luck catching up on laundry and's the mail that always does me in when I'm away for extended periods.

I'm sure jake is ecstatic to be home with mama and papa

11:30 PM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

WOW! Just finished getting caught up on your trip! How fabulous! And how lucky you are to be able to travel as much as you do. You realy get a lot out of life. Welcome home. Jake will be so glad to see you!

We've had some wicked storms but no tornadoes.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

Glad to see you back, even if you're jet-lagged and harboring sneezes. And I wouldn't take down that Maypole until summer storms have passed into autumn!

6:13 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Drink orange juice! Glad you're back safely...

11:14 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

What a fantastic experience you had! I sat looking at your pictures in awe of the beauty of the landscape and architecture you captured. Thanks for sharing your journey as it unfolded.

I only ever got sick once after a flight, coming back from California, and since then I always drink the Airbourne tablets dissolved in water. Hopefully the holiday will be all you need to keep you on the sunny side of health.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Thanks everyone for the wonderful welcome home! So far no sniffles, just a headache from jetlag.

Jake is home again and is a little sad not to have his pals around.

We have our power back after almost 24 hours following yesterday's killer storm.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Knock on wood, you don't get it. I was around people with this particular germ and silently cursing the exposure. And yes, I got it.

7:41 PM  

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