I trust everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. It was 7:39 PM when my flight landed at DCA last night. It was such sorrow and delight to feel the chilly 32 degrees, while my system adjusted back to the cold weather here. As soon as I got out of the airport to catch my train home, my two weeks in Hawaii felt like a dream. As I rode the train, my mind raised through memories of warm weather, wearing slippers, the white sandy beaches, light t-shirts/shorts, swimming at Ewa Beach, playing with my dog, hunting for stranded seaweeds, the sweet taste of malasadas and so much more. It was a wonderful two-week vacation.
I really feel like a zombie today, as I'm trying to catch up on paperwork. I should have taken another day-off to get my system adjusted to the five hour difference, but I did miss working "a little bit." We're quite busy as we prepare for Mr. Obama's Inauguration. It's a bit of a hustle, as the city's closing roads and blocking parking lots. Secret Service issued maps and announcements about procedures, and it feels like a jungle trying to figure out the city with its new routes, as if DC isn't already a jungle. So if you or someone you know is attending the Inauguration, BE PREPARED TO WALK and BRING A MAP.
I just wanted to let everyone know that I am back and that I am grateful to everything that has happened in 2008. 2009 will be remarkable as we set off to another year of adventure. I didn't make any resolutions this year, but I only have one wish - TO BE HAPPY AND GRATEFUL.
I'll be posting photos from Hawaii soon.