Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Back to the grind

I'm back home. I have to admit that I shed tears at the airport (after 8 hours in airports, anybody might). I finished a book waiting on my flight from Dallas to Waco (which was about an hour late), and just sat there and cried.

Fortunately for me, I have great friends in Waco! Despite the fact that my flight landed at 9:55 p.m., I had a welcoming party in the terminal! My good friends, family really, were there with balloons, cards, posters, and chocolate! My little brother even came to meet me! (Sorry, teachers, that he was sleepy today in school!)

I spent my first full day back in Waco by returning to my old construction crew. We were rebuilding a warehouse room for a non-profit food and emergency funds organization. They had a fire several years ago and were just getting around to repairs.

It was bittersweet to be back outside exerting myself. I got a little too much sun today and am a little pink, but I didn't need any Vitamin D pills, did I?

I also hit the snooze button today and had a diet soda (with caffeine) for lunch. I hadn't been able to do that in two weeks. Also bittersweet. I'd rather be head down in a fishbowl.

Ah well. The earth keeps spinning and I have to buck up and move on. There are folks out there who have been diagnosed with cancer or who lost all their possessions or who lost their jobs. I got to have a really fantastic two week paid vacation.

Forgive me for complaining. My life is good.


  1. Hi, this is Nasa space subject 9314, hahaha do u remember me? We got to play a few games of Monopoly:) I wanted to say I was sad when you left, I dont know why but some people are soo much fun to be around and your one of them!

    I got the staff her real good with an April Fools Day joke.....I black najic markered my big toe black, put my sock on....and awaited my first victom:) One by one they would come in, I would casually mention my toes had been feeling numb like lately, hahaha, naturally being great care providers they would want to take my sock off to check it out. Then WHAMO, they would be shocked to see a black toe there, HAHA April fools! Some of their expressions were priceless. Though this might have been a cruel joke as they really take their job serious about making sure everyone is healthy.

    Well just wanted to say HI, and your missed.

  2. 9314! That's freaking awesome! I wish I had been there for that! Who freaked out the most? Did you get a monitor in on it, too? I miss you all so much! Vertical life sucks compared to what I had there! You're getting close to 30 days down, right? How are you feeling? Do you need a phone call or a present or anything?

    Thanks for writing.