In the past few weeks, my mood has turned on the dark and negative side. I don’t know if it is the lack of sunshine (no Vitamin D3) or the political climate. However, I am attempting to break out of my funk. I am planning on going to a couple of events in the next few months that I am very excited about.
It is January 2017, and time for another Virtual Coffee Date. Go ahead and grab a hot beverage, and I will tell you what has been happening.
It is the holiday season 2016. I am not sure what is wrong with me. I am definitely not in the Christmas spirit.
I don’t go out and enjoy various holiday events in my city. I spend my time in front of my computer. I am responding to emails from students, grading papers, and planning classes. Most of the stories that I have to tell are about my students.
Once again I have booked my flight to see my family. I thought I would purchase a book in anticipation of any flight delays. Since I have flown the past couple of years, I don’t expect any problems and know what to do.
My mood is anything but joyful. My mind is completely focused on doing what is needed to complete end-of-the-semester details before my flight leaves. That is probably understandable, but I have not even gone Christmas shopping yet. Simply put, I feel exhausted.
Many people I know plan trips when they go on vacations. They make meticulous plans, spend hours packing, then fly or drive somewhere. All of that sounds kind of stressful in my opinion. I had a few days off between my summer and fall semester. What did I do?
I flew yesterday to see my family for Christmas. I woke up tired from all of the end of the semester grading. I did not start packing until the day of my flight.
The flight itself was typical. Children were throwing tantrums when I wanted to sleep. The food at the airport was expensive. On my layover, I had to walk at least 30 minutes to get to the next gate. Despite all that, I made it to my destination (hotel) without any problems.
Today, I will meet up with one of my sisters and go see my family. It was only just this morning that I realized I forgot a lot of things. I guess that is what happens when you leave packing to the last minute.
Yes it is October and I am already talking about Christmas and the upcoming Holiday Season. Last year, in Christmas, Airplanes, & Epilepsy, I talked about making my annual trip to see my family.
I have just bought my tickets and am excited to go see my family once again! Some people may not always feel that way, but I feel a strong desire to be with family over Christmas. It has also been a whole year since I have seen them last. I would actually like to fly back and see them more often, but my current budget won’t allow that.
My trip last year was relatively uneventful, so I will attempt to prepare myself for this year’s flight in the same way. The mp3 player that I usually use to listen to music while flying has died since my last flight, so I will have to purchase a new one before my next trip. I will have to make sure that my Medic Alert information is current. I will also write down some useful information in a notebook for the flight attendant if something happens.
I am back from visiting my family. I didn’t have any problems with my seizures during the trip. I did manage to make it to all of my planes at the proper times, but plane delays prevented the airplanes from showing up when they should have. In the end, it all worked out and I got to spend time with my family.
I don’t really have any New Year’s Resolutions. I have a few things that I want to work on (listed in no particular order):
- My diet – I’m going to keep trying to lose that weight, and exercise a lot more.
- My health insurance – I had some problems finding health insurance that I could afford. I am in the process of applying for health insurance again. I hope that it goes better.
- Mind-body wellness – I want to work on this more so that I balance work and home life better.
- Family – I don’t get to see my family as much as I would like, and I can’t afford to fly there more than twice a year. I’m not sure what to do and am starting to feel out of touch.