My Un-Visit

Well, this trip to Maryland has not turned out the way I expected.  I thought I may be in trouble when I woke up last Saturday morning with a sore throat.  That’s the day we were leaving for our trip out here.  I didn’t think anything about it at the time.  I thought my sore throat was due to the dry weather we were having in San Diego.  However, it is now Tuesday and my sore throat has not improved.  I decided to go to Urgent Care this morning to make sure it wasn’t strep throat.  I figured if it was strep, I should be on antibiotics.  The doctor examined me and gave me a prescription for antibiotics.  He didn’t tell me for sure that I had strep, and he didn’t do a strep test.  So, I am not sure what to think about the whole thing.  It is difficult to discern when you are away from home and all its comforts.

In the meantime, I have been away from my family and unable to visit with my in-laws.  My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments.  Since her immune system is low, it is not a good idea for sick, old me to be around her.  I spent the last two days at my sister-in-law’s house.  Today, I am cooped up in the hotel room while everyone is at my in-law’s house.  I am bummed that I cannot be with the family.  But, the good part is I get to catch up on some work I brought with me.  And, I am able to post to my blog.  I am enjoying a bowl of hot and sour soup I ordered from a local take-out Chinese restaurant.  It’s delicious and makes my throat feel good.

I am hoping that I will be feeling better in the next day or two.  I thought I read somewhere that I am no longer contagious 24 hours after taking antibiotics.  I will have to research that some more.  I hope to spend the last half of the week with my in-laws.  I guess it is best for me to rest and not make anyone else around me sick, too.  For now, I will enjoy the peace and quiet.

Out of My Element

We are visiting my in-laws in Ellicott City, MD.  As a Southern California girl, I am definitely out of my element.  However, I find myself battling with the elements.  I am talking about the cold weather and SNOW!  Here is the temperature at the time I am typing this.

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 I am not used to this.  When I left home, the weather was 80 degrees and sunny.  It’s a bit of a shock to my system.  I like warm, tropical weather.  However, I love seeing the snow piled up on the side of the road.  I love to see the snow on the rooftops.  It’s not something I am used to seeing everyday.

My kids are enjoying spending time with their cousins.  They spent the whole morning sledding on homemade jumps made in the backyard.  They would stay out there all day if we didn’t call them in to eat lunch.  They love it!  Don’t they look like they fit in here?  You would never guess that I had to drive to three different stores before we left to find snow boots!  I am glad we found them.  🙂

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This morning, I went for a short walk (short because I was freezing), around my sister-in-law’s neighborhood.  I am trying not to let the cold weather deter me from spending time outside.  It was early, so it was quiet.  I took my time to appreciate the scenery.  It’s amazing how the snow makes everything look pristine.  I was glad I had my sunglasses on, since the sun reflecting off the snow was bright.

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I tried to imagine what it would be like to live here.  When it snows, everything slows down.  I can’t picture it.  I need my beach and sunshine.  If I had to, I am sure I would get used to it.  For now, I am enjoying my visit here, but I am also thinking about the palm trees and warmer temperatures waiting for me back home.

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