It’s amazing how good I feel after each workout. And I’m happy to report that my sister-in-law’s sister, Vicky, joins me for BodyPump! Having her there forces me to challenge myself more (why are all of these old ladies lifting twice as much as me?) and makes the workout even more fun.
And that gym membership came in handy this summer, when a horrid storm swept across the East Cost. We lost power for a few days, which means showering at the gym if you have an electric well pump. But in the grand scheme, we were lucky. The storm claimed quite a few lives. It even downed an ancient tree in my 94-year-old grandmother’s yard, spanning three properties when it fell.
Another east coast storm left me stranded in Albuquerque, New Mexico over Halloween. I was visiting one of my best friends, Deborah, when I found out I wouldn’t be able to make it home. But Deborah and her roommates are some of the most hospitable people I’ve met and the “Girlcation #2” turned out to be a great success. Chris and I were lucky enough to share a less dramatic storm-free vacation when we embarked on our third Disney Cruise, this time to Canada. Do you think our kids are going to be mad if Chris and I tire of Mickey by the time they arrive?
This year Chris and I had a reminder that these vacations, these stolen moments when we’re required to pay attention to each other and our friends, are the most important moments of all. In April Chris lost his 24-year-old cousin, Alex, in a car accident. Alex was the youngest of four cousins – all boys – on the Neigh side of the family. All the boys were very close in age and Alex’s passing is a tremendous loss for the family. It was a sobering reminder that every day is precious and there is nothing more important than our families and friends.
And I think that reminder is something we’ve held onto during this past year. Both of us have opened our hearts and our minds to making new friends and reenergizing friendships from the past. Sometimes I’m a little surprised; in spite of the frequent over-sharing I subjected our readers to during the Year of Living Unofficially, I can actually be quite shy and introverted. But I think that’s one of the wonderful things that came out of our project – the ability to share our lives with others, no matter how ridiculous or pensive or honest or nerdy we may be.