Monday, January 16, 2012

Back to Reality

This is what I left behind in Florida
Sorry I have been  negligent in updating the blog, but I have been home in the U.S. for the past four weeks. Just got back Jan. 13, and what did I return to?? Snow! And this time, it's not melting!

A few weeks ago, I was enjoying the sun and warmth in Florida with Kristen and Scott. We had a great time at Universal Studios and Hollywood Studios at Disney World. If you want to see the pictures, here is the link:

I messed up my lower back right before I flew back to Finland. I was trying to lug a ping pong table up the driveway for the Kidney Foundation to pick up. Well, it fell over, and I tried to drag it up the rest of the way. I heard something crack, and it wasn't pleasant! After all that, the Kidney Foundation guys said they don't take ping pong tables! At least one of the guys helped me drag it back down the driveway.

And this is what I came back to in Finland!

Then, I had to deal with 24 hours of travel time to get back to Rauma: Charlotte to Philadelphia, Philly to Frankfurt, then Frankfurt to Helsinki. Then I had a lovely 4-hour bus ride to Rauma. Three days later, my body clock still isn't in sync. The older I get, the harder it is to adjust to these different time zone changes.

Even though it is snowing, I forced myself to go for a walk today, and it definitely helped my mental state, even though it didn't help my lower back. The ducks are still there, huddled in a small part of the canal that isn't frozen over. Of course, I had to go buy a loaf of bread and feed them. They went nuts! They were even snipping at one another to get out of the way. Now I'm sure I'm not the only person who feeds them, but they sure acted like they hadn't had a meal in days.

The ducks waiting for some free bread

Here's a link to the rest of the snow pictures I took today: