June 23, 2009

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After three wonderful weeks on the west coast – an amazing, awesome, transformative trip – I’ve returned home to Snowstorm region, where I belong. Although I often take short trips to attend conferences or visit friends or go camping, this three-week trip is the longest I’ve been away from home in 26 years. Yes, I was a college student last time I left Snowstorm region for more than a couple of weeks.

I didn’t have my computer with me – and I didn’t have cell phone service most of the trip either, since I spent the first week in the Country to the North and the second week hiking in national parks. When my husband and I drove to the coast, and I called my mother to let her know I had cell phone service again, she said to me, “This is the longest we’ve gone without contact – since you were born.”

I realize that the Friendly Green Conference in Five Minutes post was filled with inside jokes that you wouldn’t get unless you’d been at the conference, but hey, I was a friend’s computer and writing fast. And to be fair, half the jokes are ones you probably wouldn’t get even if you were at the conference. You’d really have to have the same sense of humor as me, and that’s a pretty small audience. The post was hilariously funny inside my head. You’ll just have to take my word for that.

Being away from my computer for three weeks felt wonderfully healthy, but I did miss writing on my blog. It’s amazing how many times I said to myself, “Oh, I have to tell my blog friends this.” I’m not sure whether or not those ideas made it into my journal, but at the very least, I’m going to take some of the photos off my camera and throw them onto the blog. The photo above is me taken at the top of a mountain, with my obliging husband acting as tripod. (“Stand here. Hold the camera at this height. Now press that button when I say so.”)

And I won't be surprised if it's a dream

18 comments:

heidi said...

Welcome home!

Busymomma66 said...

Missed you!! Glad you had a great time and hey what's with you not being naked for the first picture in 3 weeks?? ;)

jo(e) said...

Oh, don't worry. I brought home some naked photos. I just figured I'd announce that I was back before springing them on unsuspecting readers ....

Rana said...

Welcome back!

Excellent use of the husband as tripod - I was having to make do with things like stumps, car roof, etc.

Janice said...

Welcome back, we missed you!

I was just thinking on Sunday, shouldn't jo(e) be back soon -- it's been a while since we heard from her. Nice to know it all went well.

Lomagirl said...

Great to see you again. I enjoyed your post about green conference, too- mostly wishing I had been there.
This picture is giving me vertigo...

Leslie F. Miller said...

I totally missed you.

kathy a. said...

looking forward to all the upcoming posts! glad you had a great time. where was that photo taken?

Songbird said...

Love this! All you need is a little dog and you have the beginning of a photographic Tarot deck.

Queen of West Procrastination said...

Welcome back! That's a great picture, and I can't wait to hear about your adventures.

Magpie said...

Welcome home! YourFireAnt & I were talking about you today - she thought you'd be back this week, and here you are. (Thrilled to have met her, thanks, obliquely, to you.)

Mike said...

3 weeks without a PC must have been like a detox, painful but good. Love the photo!

Lizzie said...

Good to have you back!

jane dark said...

Gosh, I thought the conference post WAS amazingly funny. And the photo of you is great -- a nice counterpart to the Caspar David Friedrich painting, with your own added pizazz.

Welcome back! Glad you had a good time.

bsouth said...

Yippee!! So glad you're back.

Three weeks without technology was probably very healthy and I should think you're feeling nice and re-vitalised now.

comebacknikki said...

Welcome back! Yay!

liz said...

Totally missed you!!!

readersguide said...

What a great picture!