A Few Random Thoughts

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It is just after 4:00 am and I am up early to get some things done for a few clients.  I do a lot of the creative ads for any campaigns I run digitally and my mind sometimes wakes me up with ideas.  So here I am; wide awake and typing when I might be better off sleeping.  Nonetheless here are a few of the things going on in my mind…

  1. I am currently working my way through all the season of The Big Bang Theory.  Currently I am in season 5 and so far it is hilarious.  I highly recommend it to anyone.
  2. Vacation for Evelina and I begins in 6 days!  I need this trip to recharge a little and Naples, Florida is just what the doctor ordered!
  3. I had a huge client sign with my company yesterday.  My coworker and I have worked on this for nearly a month and we got the word yesterday that they signed with us for all of their digital advertising.  When I close deals like this it is so completely satisfying.
  4. I haven’t been as active lately in my reading of other blogs, but that is going to change.  I need to refocus my energies and come up with a better plan.  Last time I looked there are approximately 6,700 blogger who follow my page, which makes it nearly impossible to get to every single follower.  I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do if I’m being honest.
  5. I went to the hospital yesterday evening and had an MRI on my shoulder.  In October 2015 I had a little stumble on the staircase and the pain in my shoulder has gotten progressively worse ever since.  The specialist thinks I either have a torn bicep muscle or a torn rotator cuff.  Either way surgery appears imminent which doesn’t please me, but I’ll be happy to have a functioning shoulder again.
  6. In preparation for Naples I have been lying out in the sun for 20 minutes each day.  It seems that I have developed an allergy to the sun!  Each day my back, chest and legs develop hives from the exposure so I think it best I get a UV shirt for my trip.

That’s all for now.  Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!!

 

It’s the Simple Things In Life That Make Living More Enjoyable

I like getting something new every now-and-again; it’s exciting.  There is something about getting that package delivered to the house and unpacking it to see the surprise.  I don’t buy a lot of things, but when I do I am like a kid waiting for Christmas morning.

I believe it’s the simple things in life that make living more enjoyable.  And it is the simple things that many take for granted.  I try to be aware of these small moments and breath them in; savor them if you will.

dreambig3Some of my favorite small moments are the silence of the world early in the morning. The sound of water running.  Laying in the grass and watching the clouds.  Noticing how blue the sky can be on certain days.  That moment at the beach when my feet touch the sand for the first time in months.  The refreshing feeling of taking a cool shower in the summer when the heat spikes past 95.

If you blink you might miss some of these moments so be sure to practice awareness and give yourself time to experience them.  What are some of your favorite small moments?

I Love the Anticipation of Vacation!

One of my favorite things in the world is the excitement that comes along with anticipating a vacation.  I have spent the last week watching videos on YouTube about Naples, Florida.  I have found several unique restaurants we will visit and many shopping areas Evelina will enjoy.   Our condo is right on the beach with a courtyard which is only feet from the sand.  We haven’t been to the condo in a couple of years and it will be nice to see the renovations completed.

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I am currently building a territory at my job which requires a lot of hours and a lot more effort than managing an existing territory.  It will be a nice break to recharge the batteries for a week.

Needless to say I am as excited as a kid at Christmas!

The Year of Last Holidays

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Sunrise, Atlantic Ocean. Photograph, Ann Fisher. Sunrise, Atlantic Ocean. Photograph, Ann Fisher.

If you were dying, but still felt healthy now, what would you do with the time you had left?

This question is the premise for two films entitled Last Holiday.

In the 1950 version of the story, Alec Guinness plays George Bird, a salesperson of modest means and ambitions. During a routine physical, his doctor delivers a terminal diagnosis: he has Lampington’s disease, rare and very deadly — and he will die soon.

Bird wanders into the street in a daze, winds up in a second-hand shop where he purchases a Duke’s wardrobe, then takes himself off to a posh seaside resort. No longer hampered by his “keep-my-head-down attitude,” Bird starts to say exactly what he thinks.

Alec Guinness played George Bird in the original version of Last Holiday (1950). Alec Guinness played George Bird in the original version of Last Holiday (1950).

The wealthy are charmed. A captain of industry seeks his advice. Bird finds himself the center…

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Oops At The Beach!

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A few days ago, we were at the beach (picture above is walking down to the beach from the house).  We stay at a house that is not ocean front, so we have to walk a couple of blocks to the beach.  We were having a great time and had been on the beach about 2 hours.  Kate came to tell me “I have to pee pee.”  This is a part of the beach that does not have restrooms – its just “the beach.”  So I told her we would have to go walk back to the house for that.

Kate said she didn’t want to leave the beach yet and scurried off to play some more.  I was sitting in a chair, talking to a friend when I suddenly look up and see this scene: Kate is standing at the edge of the water with her bathing suit bottom…

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Luggage Drawing for Email Subscribers

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I’m pleased to announce a second quarter give-away for my email subscribers in the USA and Canada. Thank you for following my travels and my writing! 

My July 2017 drawing will be for a Travelpro Platinum Magna 21 inch Spinner suitcase. Travelpro has a great reputation for making quality luggage, and I’ve chosen it because, hey, I’d enjoy having it this bag.

What do you need to do to enter?

Simply be an email subscriber to my blog: either via the Mail Chimp pop-up that opens when you visit my site, or by clicking Follow Ann Via Email in the sidebar to the right. What’s the difference between the two email lists? I’ll email the Mail-Chimp list once a month. Follow Ann Via Email automatically gets an email whenever I post a new article.

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5 Things I learned from my trip to Florida, as a person with a chronic illness

Tripping Through Treacle!

Tripping Through Treacle

Some of my regular readers will know that I have recently been on a two week holiday to Florida with my family – my two kids, my husband and my parents.  It was a long awaited trip (the kids have been asking every week, ‘how many days is it until Disney?’, for the past year), with the plan being that we would stay two hours from Orlando on the beach and take a few days out for the Parks.  I had been looking forward to the trip with a mixture of excitement (my first long haul trip since my wedding 11 years ago!) and trepidation (how will it be for me, as a relatively newly-disabled person?).

Well, the holiday was fab; I am now one shade darker than milk-bottle white and had a lovely, relaxing time (for the most part).  Watching our kids have fun, spending most of their time…

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Getting away is good for my soul.

Lucky Otter’s Haven!

Lucky Otters Haven

pine_islandI couldn’t have asked for better weather since I’ve been here in Florida.    Everything about this trip has been perfect.  I have so many pictures, but I won’t upload them all here right now because it takes so long.   Most of them have been posted on my Facebook, but when I return home I might share the rest here.   Today is my last day.  I’ll be leaving very early tomorrow and spending most of the day driving.

The pictures posted here were taken yesterday evening in Pine Island — I can’t get over the beauty of the sunsets I’ve been seeing.

There’s an additional benefit to going on vacation.  I haven’t followed the news AT ALL!   In fact, I’m oblivious to what’s been going on in politics this week — and I’m fine with that.    This is not only a vacation from the daily grind…

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Cruising with Wind Surf: Yachtsman’s Caribbean

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White sand beach at Savannah Bay in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. iStock Photos.

Private yachts flock to the smaller British Virgin Islands and St. Barth’s. There’s a reason for this: they are home to some of the most beautiful beaches and water in the Caribbean. Floating in crystalline water and watching the clouds pass overhead is deeply relaxing.

Windstar's Wind Surf yacht at sunset. Photograph courtesy of Windstar. Windstar’s Wind Surf yacht at sunset. Photograph courtesy of Windstar.

I’ve just returned from St. Martin and a week-long cruise on Windstar’s Wind Surf on their Yachtsman’s Caribbean itinerary. It was perfect.

We spent seven days in small harbors the big ships cannot get to — how nice to be so spoiled!

On the larger islands of Antigua and Tortola, the ship dropped anchor in Falmouth and Soper’s Hole — far from the madding crowd at the cruise terminals.

At Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, and St. Barth’s there were only…

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At the beach

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We’re having a mini family vacation at Emerald Isle North Carolina. We are celebrating my niece’s 20th birthday and my mother’s 90th.  The niece that is came with my mother and I is my younger brother’s daughter. My older brother’s daughter and her family received the vacation voucher from her husband’s work.  My older brother, his wife, and his daughter and her family are with us as well.

It is right on the beach and just a few steps to the ocean. However, there are stairs down to the beach and then a sand dune to climb up and then over and down to the beach by the ocean. Since I am not able  to navigate that path, I won’t be going to the ocean.

However, I hope you enjoyed the pictures.   It was very foggy this morning, and the waves were crashing into the…

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