Thanks for your patience with this post. I have had a very active summer and, frankly, have been too exhausted in between visits and events to post. So, I've rolled it all into one summer blockbuster post to catch you up.
Tea at the Plaza Hotel
You will remember we had a visit from my step-daughter, son-in-law and grandson in May. My husband I took turns running them all over Manhattan, including eating in restaurants two to three times per day (no small feat with a two and a half year-old)! I say it all the time, but spending an entire Saturday with Troy reinforced my gratitude that my autoimmunity made me infertile. There is no way I could handle that kind of energy at my age, even if I were well!
Less than a week later, my father visited for a long Memorial Day weekend. He has been to Manhattan many times, but had not yet been to the 9-11 Museum. The museum is incredible, and we had fun trying to find my office and our buildings from One World Observatory. I did pretty well with all the standing and walking and even managed to tire out my 73 year-old dad. I was glad to hear no complaining from him when I napped every afternoon before dinner! I think Dad's favorite part of our trip was the Harbor Lights Cruise on the Circle Line.
Met these four Britneys in the audience.
Three weeks later, my husband took me for my first trip to Las Vegas. Confession: I've been asking him to take me to the Britney show ever since she started her residency at Planet Hollywood a few years ago. We had a great long weekend and the show was SO GREAT! My right knee had a dance hangover the next day and I was completely exhausted for 24 hours afterward, but it was worth it! Don't tease me, either. You know you love her!
Two weeks after that, we had my seventeen year-old nephew up to visit. Unfortunately, he would not consent to be photographed, so here is the view just outside One World Observatory. My nephew LOVES Manhattan, all the people, all the busy-ness, all the conveniences and all the food! Still unsure about what he'd like to study in college, I notice he always gravitates toward architecture. The 9-11 Museum was his favorite part of our trip. We also went to the One World Observatory, Top of the Rock and saw "Avenue Q", a funny and irreverent play off-Broadway. I turned a year older during his visit and it was extra special to have him with us.
This past weekend we traveled to Connecticut for my 30th high school reunion. I am still on a high as I write this. Out of a graduating class of 300, we had about 70 classmates and 30 guests attend. Not bad! Although many of my classmates still live in town, or nearby, it had been my first visit back to Connecticut in 27 years. It was wonderful to see everyone, meet their spouses, catch up with old friends, and get to know those I did not hang out with on a regular basis. Naugatuck High School, Class of 1986, you are the BEST! We were also able to sandwich the reunion in with visits with two of my college friends, which was so special! Seeing everyone after all this time was rejuvenating. Among them, I feel as young as the last time we saw each other. My body, of course, never does.
Now, I am back at work and feeling as if I may not fully awaken. My rheumatologist was kind enough to prescribe me a low dose of Prednisone to get through all my visits and trips, but now I am out of pills and have gained too much weight. There is always a trade-off with chronic illness, isn't there? Still, I am grateful to have accomplished so much and have the busiest summer I've had in many years. It really does take teamwork to make these things happen and I could never have done this without the support of my husband, my rheumatologist and Facebook (for helping me re-connect with my classmates and far-away friends after so many years).
Hope you've been staying happy and well this summer, too. Until next week.