May 032005


Well, I am back… and tanned and rested and relaxed.

For folks who don’t know, a bunch of my friends kicked in and made it possible for me to go to Kauai for 11 days.
There was me, and the woman, and two really good friends, who pretty much came up with the idea and engineered the whole thing.
Hooray for them.
It was swell.
It was amazing.
We snorkelled.
We swam with turtles.
We spent an afternoon with a Hawaiian monk seal on the beach in front of us.
We ate.
We read books.
We went to the wettest place on earth.
We camped on the edge of the Napali Coast for 5 days and watched the full moon light up our campsite every night.
We had a picnic on Honolulu Harbour between flights on the way home.
It was great.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make it happen.
Elaine and I are going to put up a page of photos and commentary just as soon as we catch up on all the things that we neglected for the last two weeks.

So, I had 11 days in paradise, came back, slept a bunch, and went back to work today.
It felt so much like a normal person’s life, it was all a bit odd.
I am now on the edge of being normal again. I am looking at the days of the week and saying, “I work these days and these days over here are my days off.” rather than saying, “I have to do bloodwork on Monday and then I have to see my GP. Tuesday I have an acupuncture appointment and then I see my oncologist.”
It’s kind of weird sliding back into real life.
I remember how very cranky I got last year when I realized that my entire existence was being defined by an illness.
Now I am coming out the other end of that, and sliding back into real life.
It’s weird. Kind of spooky, and ultimately good.

And since life is always a mixed bag, I feel really sad tonight that Cancerbaby has had a recurrence.
I think it’s a fear we all live with, and I am so sorry to hear that this has happened to her.
I am thinking good thoughts about how she will smite the bastard this time around.

Aloha and Mahalo

 Posted by at 9:06 pm

  3 Responses to “Back in the saddle”

  1. What a kewl trip! hey, we land 16 August–for good! Got a gig @ UBC starting in September.

    *does happy dance*

  2. Sounds like an amazing trip. And you look great. Swimming with turtles does you well! Welcome back to the edge of normal, I hope your stay is long.

  3. Welcome Back Spike!
    We can’t wait to see pics and hear all about it. Swimming with Turtles … that must have been amazing. I love the pic, tanned looks good on you.

    Take care.

    Fiona and Wayne

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