Monday, August 20, 2018


Life has been a blur lately. Not even sure where to begin. In the past 11 days, I've had 1 day where we were home in the evening. Otherwise, we've been on the go with family and kid activities. It's a bit hard to squeeze in anything other than standard chores at the Sanctuary. In the next 10 days, I'll be home 1 day without having to do extra running. No wonder I'm exhausted.

I don't want to overdue it either. I had to spend a couple of hours in the ER last Thursday and I don't want a repeat of that. Nothing to worry about but my doctor wanted me to be seen by someone else instead of diagnose me over the phone. I think it was a combination of things, including all the smoke that we've been dealing with. Luckily only Mike and I have been affected by the smoke that seems to be staying in the area from the Canadian fires.

We did go on vacation last week. It was a much needed vacation and is our annual vacation we go on every year.  I've missed it only once in the past few years and that was when my first was born. I think the only other time I missed it was that we as a family decided to head east instead of west (and that'll never happen again). We've been going to the Black Hills every year in August since I was 5. So almost 35 years of tradition and I'm a stickler for tradition. We go because it's tradition (and I need it and love it).

But it does mean a lot of extra work before that. I'll blog about that later because there is a bit of an irritant in me going on any vacation or doing anything "fun" as people seem to see us do.

Besides the constant running, poor health, vacations thrown in with all the extra prep work, I'm switching paying jobs. Even if I wasn't switching jobs, the current job has a huge review that's going to keep me busy until I officially transition at the end of September. But the new job has me hustling already on projects due by the end of this month. So I'm trying to juggle two jobs, taking care of kids, both kids going to school this year (and all their activities), planned vacations that have been on the books for years, and day-to-day care of the horses. Never mind that there's a few things I'd like to be working on but there's no time.

I need to be working on paperwork for the Sanctuary at night but I've been too exhausted in the evenings and if I don't take care of myself right now, I'll find myself back in the ER and then we'll really be in trouble because Mike only knows what needs to be done when I tell him. He went out last night to drop a bale into the drylot because the horses took down the pasture fence. It'll take a solid two hours to get everything repaired but we ran out of time yesterday before the flash flooding and storms rolled through.

I have so much I'd like to share but I can't seem to find the energy right now. Hopefully in another couple of weeks I'll be able to perk up and not have as many stresses. Fingers crossed.

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