Happy 2008!

After a crazy-busy holiday season (more stories about our adventures to come), we’ve finally returned to a semblance of normalcy. In the weeks before and after Christmas, Jesse and I were both bombarded with projects at work. His still isn’t finished. Mine are, thankfully, coming to a close. At least for the foreseeable future, I will have time to do something besides edit 600-page manuscripts in my spare time. The fact that I now have spare time is more than enough incentive to rejoice this New Year.

Also cause for celebration: Charlie is no longer puking his guts out onto the living room couch (and floor, and bedroom, and kitchen). Poor kid had a bad stomach bug last week, but seems to have made it through no worse for wear. I don’t know how long he would have made it without bananas and yogurt anyway. (The doctor had told us no milk and no solids until he’d gone twelve hours without throwing up. When I came home from work on Friday, the first thing CW said was, “Mama. Nana? Nana?”)

For the rest of my family, the New Year has brought some challenges. Their stresses started just after the first, and have not let up yet. After we left the clan in LaGrange, my sister and her unborn baby were laid low by high blood pressure just as the need for continued work (and paychecks) reached its height. There was a ceiling that crashed in and repairs to be made. There was the camaraderie (read: craziness) of a family of four moving in, for a few weeks, with a family of three in a three-bedroom house. And just this Sunday, Nanny went to the ER with her own high blood pressure. Stress-related, the doctor said. Ya think? We’re wishing y’all well down there! (And, Nanny, I meant it about the daily glass of wine. Try it with dinner!)

With all of this, I’m just happy to be back online. I’ve got tons of photos, videos, and travel stories to share. I’m geared up for election year coverage with plenty of opinions, strongly held. And, as always, everyday tales of Charlie’s endeavors. It’s good to be back!

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