Sunday, June 28, 2009

Back from Vakay...So?

My vacation was great. It was so healing and helpful because I really tried to stay in the moment while I was there. It took me about three days to stop obsessing about work and problems and brain injuries. (The packing was only a tiny bit less hellish aided by little cards I made with items written on them so I could literally move the cards from one side of their pocket holder to the other as soon as the item was packed. Only problem was I forgot to put a couple of items on the cards so... I bought a toothbrush and a paperback novel in JFK. No biggie! Way too many dresses and sweaters. Too hot for either of those.)

Here is some more good news. I read TWO whole books on my trip. That is twice as many books as I have finished in the two years since my surgery. I was very proud of me. The first was the airport purchase: The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. I got into it and felt really spiritual and good. It helped me let go a little. Then I read The Pact by Jodi Picoult which I purchased at the school street fair for a buck. It was a great page turner and I was riveted. So neither was about math or TBI related stuff. I was really on vacation. I stopped having obsessive thoughts of inflicting serious damage on whatever was ailing me and started to just relax.

I watercolored my favorite rusty pier. I photographed my favorite rusty pier (as evidenced above). I pieced together a fabric interpretation of my favorite rusty pier and began embellishing it with found objects. I also taught myself how to crochet round medallions that sort of look like the pictures in the book. I might need some help with that one.

Bri and I snorkeled almost every day. We ate delicious desserts prepared by the same chef we met last year Aaron. Strawberries, whipped cream, and meringue. Heaven! We danced until sweat poured from our bodies and our clothes were soaked. We played ping pong, never breaking our early record of a rally of 33. I guess I picked up some mad skills in that mad house.

I was randomly assigned to the group that has to wait three months for my TBI research group to begin so that kind of sucks. I will work on my art and post more pics soon.

I woke this morning back at home screaming and angry at something in a nightmare.


Entrepreneur Chick said...

What a lovely post! Where did you go? Your art is incredible.
Now I want to read those books too.

Insane said...

Ah, there you are! The time away from routine sounds fantastic. You've apparently visited this location before considering the "fav" pier. You're so creative. I'll have to look into The Shack, I haven't heard of it. Jodi Picoult, however, has become one of my favorite authors. I don't have The Pact, though, so it's off shopping for me at some point soon. I don't know how long you've been on vacation but reading TWO books while being busy with everything else in something indeed. I didn't know you were having issues it a concentration thing or memory? (I could probably read back through blog entries,right?) Anyway, it's good to have you back writing but I'm glad you got a break and DIDN'T think of work,etc. continuously. Kudos to you. :) Have a great week, Aly.

Anonymous said...

I'm always amazed by your creativity--and I'm your mom.