Because I can…..

I was asked the other day at work if I had any fun plans for the weekend. I said yes, we are going to Leavenworth. “Are you going for the Christmas lighting?” No. “Are you going for wine tasting?” No. I am going because I can.

My life has been on hold for the past year. Yes we squeezed in some fun things in between surgeries and treatments and naps. Yet it really feels like I have done nothing for a year. Living in a dark place, fighting to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel.

This trip was important to me. It was a way of defining the new me. The second chance at life. The beginning of a new beginning. The defining moment of forgetting the past 12 months.

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We have been there before so we hit all our favorite spots. Lunch at the Soup Cellar, salami from Cured and our favorite The Cheesemonger. Nothing spectacular. Found a few Christmas presents but all in all just an average tourist day for us. It was a fairly nice day, a little fog (which I LOVE) and crispness to the air.

When we decided to leave after hitting the ‘Ye Olde Starbucks’ (everything there has to be in old school German style to add to the tourist expectations) I asked my son if I could sit in the back so I could nap. I still don’t have my full stamina back and after working full-time this week I need all the naps I can get.

I rested my eyes and body. All the while listening to the music of Death Cab for Cutie playing in the background and my favorite sound of all my husband and son in full on conversation. Hearing them talk about anything and everything and making each other smile is my favorite sound. Always has been and always will be. Hearing them have a relationship that is easy like a friendship is wonderful. The top picture is the ceiling of my car. It is what I was staring at while thoroughly enjoying the moment. This is a beautiful place to start over.

When we arrived home we stopped for dinner at our favorite Mexican food restaurant.20161112_174405

I snapped this shot to remind me of how lucky I am to have these two. They love each other, they care about me and my well-being and they make me happy.

Also I took a picture of this parking spot. We think it means handicapped, pregnant women and people with canes. What do you think?20161112_181810

Today was the day that I feel like I am finally on the onward and upward side of this. Because I can.

PS: James I tried a new drink today. It was the Creme Brûlée Latte. Pretty tasty. And I should get points for mentioning the Death Cab for Cutie…if only I could remember the name of the song. Paula I know AJ gets tagged a lot in Leavenworth photos. Do you three go?


  1. neveradullbling · November 13, 2016

    Ummmm, forgive me but… what is Death Cab For Cutie? ;D Okay, I know it’s music… ask your child WTH was playing while you were sleeping. 😀

    I’m so glad you had fun in Leavenworth! Such a great outing! Gosh, it seems like James and I haven’t been there in ages, but at the same time, we pass through it always! AJ goes up with his bestest ever friend, so yeah, he goes up frequently. We’ll have to wait until spring now to make any plans…

    So very happy you are feeling an “onward and upward” feeling. While it may be onward and upward… it’s all downhill from here… I knew this day would come for you, and I’m so happy I get to rejoice with you!! ❤

    BTW… not a clue on the parking signs… I'm going with what you thought!! 😀

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    • breidengale · November 13, 2016

      The hubby and I like Death Cab for Cutie. We actually saw them in concert when they were here. They have had a couple of top 40 that still a thing? Leavenworth is a half way point hint hint 🙂 but I agree not until spring. ❤

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