Road Trip…

An eight hour drive is long enough when you have company.

It’s even longer when you’re doing the trip solo. I spent yesterday on the road to the mother-in-law’s house, where I am spending a week or two helping her out after her surgery tomorrow.

I was debating on leaving yesterday or today, but considering how tired I am today, I am glad that I made the choice to come out a day early.

In addition to helping out Carol, this is a working trip as well. I have a couple meetings to cover remotely for the paper, as well as a couple more articles to write for the Bashaw paper and studying.

During a time when the economy is trashed and so many are out of work, I feel grateful that my work, though changed and somewhat slowed down, hasn’t come to a complete stop. The mental stimulation by doing the job is definitely an important part of my mental health recovery.

Aside from feeling the fatigue of the trip yesterday, mentally I am feeling good. I’m feeling focused. I’m feeling grateful that I was able to make it out here to be here for Lynn’s mom during this time. I’m also grateful that at long lost her surgery is finally happening! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the surgery which was scheduled for last year was pushed back, and back, until she got the call a couple weeks ago.

What’s amazing to me is that as busy as my schedule tends to be work and school, that my schedule was flexible enough to get away to do this trip. I think the trip will be good for me, for a few reasons. It will break up my routine. Despite it being a working trip, it will also be an opportunity to rest a bit. The trip will give me the opportunity to do some studying too, though I can’t lose sight of why I am here: helping Carol.

Still, I think this is going to be a good few days.


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