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Home for the Holidays

I'm not sure what I think about all this blogging. I think it works for some people, but maybe not me. Apparently a bunch of people read along as I wrote from the road. I can't say I'm sold on the fact that I write anything interesting, but I have to at least write one more because Mom has my website as her home page, and she told me she was tired of reading that I was "Miserable in Seattle".

Perhaps first I should give an update on my health since I last wrote about my health woes. I did have a pretty rough week or so. I had a pretty bad headache until around Wednesday 22nd. I believe this was a spinal headache, which was caused by my spinal tap, and apparently can be prevented by using the correct technique (which obviously was not used in my case). Since Wednesday, I've been increasingly better, with fewer and less painful headaches... so, I'm pretty much back to normal at this point.

I should probably write a little about my increasing lack of faith in western medicine, and how my doctor totally ignored what I explained to him last Tuesday, misdiagnosed me, and gave me a medicine that made things worse... but I think the details would bore most people.

So what now? My car is in Seattle, and I'll need to go get it at some point. I think I'll stay on the East Coast until after the holidays, and probably until after Conor's & Clodagh's baby is born in January. I'm eager to get rolling on my software project that I spent May through September preparing for, and I suspect I'll get some work done on that before I return to Seattle to drive home.

I have a few extra people now to visit on the West Coast before I begin my journey East, but in general, I expect I'll spend about half the time coming home as I spent getting out there. Of course, when I try to figure out how I'm going to see the people I want to see, take the time I want to take enjoying the trip, etc., I'm not sure how I'll make it back in less than a month. I'm also thinking about (and I'm not sure how serious I am about it yet) looking for a new home out West.

So why hurry anyway? One reason is because I'd planned on living in Ireland next summer. If I'm going to get serious about working again, I'm not sure I can take all this time on the road trip, and still live in Ireland May through August next year. It just isn't realistic. It is time I started listening to the advice I've been giving to other people lately, which is you have to be flexible enough to let your dreams change. Yes, I want to spend some time living abroad sometime, but it doesn't have to be next year, and if doing something else is more important then so be it.

That wasn't so painful. I updated you on most things. I didn't mention the quality time I've spent with my parents. I'm still here in Mechanicsburg relaxing with them. We went to see Stranger Than Fiction tonight (that Maggie Gyllenhaal is damn attractive I might add, and if things don't work out with Mr. Sarsgaard, I'm available, and if it helps I'm willing to add an additional 'a' to make my last name Saandridge). I look forward to spending the next several weeks hanging out with friends I haven't seen in months now. Don't look for any more blog entries anytime soon (but who knows, I might keep it up).

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