I had been doing pretty well, I thought, in terms of coping with being away from my wife and puppies and friends in Indiana.  Until today.  I’ve never been away for this long, and so I didn’t really know what to expect.  It sucks.

I miss Leslie and the dogs so much it almost physically hurts.  This is definitely a new experience, and not a pleasant one at all.  I really just wanted to go back to bed today and try to sleep the day away.

Leslie and I got to have coffee together, via Skype, which was totally awesome.  It was a lot of fun, and we got to just chit chat and talk about the normal mundane routine life stuff that we normally would.  It was great, but as soon as it was over I missed her more than ever.  I hope she is doing better than I am today.

I think that one way we are going to manage to get through this is going to be through the use of modern technology.  Things like texting, IM, and video calls through Skype allow us to stay more connected than would have been possible just a few years ago.  I’m thankful for every single time I get to see her smiling face 🙂

Scot, Amy, and I took the dogs to the park and went for a walk.  I really, really wanted to stay home by myself and wallow in self pity, but I managed to force myself to go with them.  I’m glad I did, it’s a beautiful day and I think the walk raised my spirits a little bit.

On the “Pet Project” front, we are really making some good progress and I think by the end of this week some significant steps will have been made.  There is still a ton of things to work out, consider, learn, decide, etc. but each step we take forward feels good.  I have determined that I really need to have a place to go that isn’t “home” in order to be optimally effective.  I can do a little work at home, but I am more productive in a different environment, for whatever reason.  One aspect is getting away the snacks and fridge, I apparently have some willpower issues (not really a surprise, that’s why Les and I would rarely buy a bag of potato chips) 🙂  I am trying to shed a few pounds before I get back to Indiana, but so far I don’t think I’m making great progress…

I am very thankful to the generosity and companionship that I’m receiving from Scot and Amy.  Especially for the coffee.  Most especially for the coffee.

Thanks for reading!

Shrapnel

PS  I am setting a goal for this week of trying to get some practice in a dry suit.  I haven’t done that yet, and it looks like it’s going to be an interesting experience, so I’ll try to post something about that once I manage to “get wet/dry” 😉

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