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When It Rains on Vacation

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rainvacationI am grateful, but I’m not always so lucky. I certainly don’t mean to sound whiny or ungrateful – just so you’re clear. My husband and I are truly blessed with four grandparents who are willing to take care of our children so that we can go on vacation without them. Oh, and let’s not forget taking care of our 90-pound, furry, four-legged teddy bear of a shedding dog. So yes, I’m grateful, we’re healthy, we have an awesome family, and we’re on vacation. We got a great deal post-Olympics to go to Whistler, Canada. We’ve been looking forward to this for the last couple of months and working on getting back into skiing shape.

We arrived yesterday after a five-hour drive from Seattle, taking the slow route through Vancouver (instead of around it – did I mention how great I am with maps?), to arrive in a drizzly, rainy Whistler. That’s okay, it wasn’t really raining and we expected to start skiing the next day anyway – today, that is.

When we woke up today, it wasn’t drizzling, I swear, cats and dogs falling from the sky. I heard a loud boom and thought, great, now it’s thundering too. Oops, no thunder, just blasting to control avalanches (something we don’t worry about back East). The only skiing to be had today is from mid-mountain down, in the pouring rain.

Back in my younger, hard-core days, we used to put a garbage bag on top of our ski jackets because in the Northeast, the rain meant that the snow was soft and there’d be no blue ice. But, I’m 44 now and I think I lost my hard-core when I delivered my second child without any drugs (I’m not proud of this; it wasn’t by choice). So, we’re relaxing inside, reading, watching, and waiting for the rain to stop.

I think when I’m done posting this blog, I’ll head off to the gym and sit in the hot tub in the rain. The cold rain falling on my head will be exhilarating in the heat of a hot tub… So, yes, there’s always a bright side. My family is awesome and I’m relaxing with my husband… Enjoy your day, I will be enjoying mine!

Mompreneur Musings & The Quest For Balance talks about the challenges I faced while running Zoe Foods for 10 years, and my current search for a new career that will also allow me the time to focus on being a mom to two little girls, a wife, a friend, and a daughter. I am trying to create more balance in my life, knowing now that balance among career, family, and self occurs over one’s lifetime rather than in each day. Please join me on my journey and share your own experiences.

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