It's been awhile. I haven't felt like saying much lately. This year started out quite sad when my grandmother died. It left me feeling melancholy for longer than I expected. I guess that contemplating mortality is not something I do often.
I started seeing glimpses of my former self as Aves birthday approached. It was definitely the highlight of those first few months for me!
But then, sadly, my colleague and friend, Derek Miller, lost his battle with cancer and passed away on May 3rd. Devastating. Derek was only 41 years old.
So, I've sort of retreated this spring and tried to spend alot of quality time with my family. I think I've really needed this time to reflect and appreciate what I have around me. Especially on the eve of my 40th birthday.
Little did I know late in 2010, when I got together with my friends from UW and we decided to celebrate our 40th birthdays together in Vegas in June - that it would be so perfectly timed!
I'm not going to get into details about the weekend because, quite frankly, it's true that what goes on in Vegas needs to stay in Vegas! All I know is that I have come home feeling re-energized. It's weird to think 15 hours of sleep over 4 nights wouldn't make me feel like a zombie (reminiscent of having a newborn!). But there is something that needs to be said about re-connecting with friends of 20 years and finding that you can pick up right where you left off 20 years ago!
Oh, and I need to mention that when I arrived home, Bri gave me an early birthday present. My husband is the best - first, a Vegas trip all to myself and then an iPad 2! Seriously?!