Friday, November 21, 2008

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Pictured: The Swing by Jean-Honore Fragonard, 1767.

Admittedly, I took longer to adjust being home from vacation than my boys (including the one with autism) took adjusting to my being home. My older one (should I call him C1?) had a meltdown on the way from the airport and another one the next day. We think it had to do with him trying to get control of the situation. My five year old (C2) proceeded to be my shadow for two days before going back to playing with his brother more. My husband was just glad to see me again.

As for me, I slept from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Friday night to Saturday morning and felt much better. It took me 35 hours to get home (a combination of layovers at airports and flights) and I only was able to sleep for about for of those hours. Further, there is a five hour time difference between Ireland and Mid-Michigan (Eastern Standard Time). Now that a week has gone by since my arrival I feel much more rested.

While I was catching up with my rest there were duties to be done besides cooking and cleaning. I had an appointment to pay for new blinds on Monday, a parent-teacher conference for little C2 on Tuesday, and a dentist appointment for C1 on Thursday. All of those activities went fairly well--even the dentist appointment.

Next Up? Now that I've caught up with the type of housecleaning that only the head house cleaner (me) does, I have to work at putting up photos from Ireland on my Facebook site and also work to catch up with some autism work before Thanksgiving festivities take over next week. In terms of autism duties I have to figure out what topics to address next on this blog, help schedule a Max's Place field trip for December (it looks like we'll be roller skating), and check in with the executive board for Central Michigan Autism Society of America to see what needs to be done next.

Am hoping to do some more autism-related rather than personal type of posts in the near future. Does anyone out there have a suggestion? If you have a autism-related question, I will do my best to answer it. Hope to hear from you soon.


Anonymous said...

I have never traveled out of country. I can't imagine so long of a trip! Looking forward to seeing your pictures.

Casdok said...

Great to hear you are getting back into the swing of things. Ive just come back from a weekend at my sisters and feel jet lagged and she only lives 3 hours away!!
But it was proberly down to too much wine and chatting into the small hours!

DJ Kirkby said...

There is an 8 hour time diff between England and BC where some of my family live, it is a hellish trip. Bet you are glad your first week home is over.

J said...

To Marla: I had trouble imagining that long of a trip too, but it all worked out.

To Casdok: Too much wine and chatting into the night will do that! ; ) Sounds like you had a great time.

To DJ Kirkby: That does sound like a difficult trip. Yes, I'm to have had some time now to adjust to all the factors that comes with returning from a long trip. : )