Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Conference That Wasn't

I have had a rather horrible two days.

No, I'm not in Atlanta. I missed my 5:50 a.m. flight this morning - I was sleeping...because I was up until all hours of the night last night. No conference for me this year.

We had a family medical emergency - and in the interest of keeping some of my personal life "personal" (hard to do in blogland!), let's just say that a close family member ended up in the emergency room last night - and I had no choice but to stay home.

Funny - the last few days, I kept having this niggling feeling that I wasn't going to Atlanta. I tried to ignore it when I got sick with my allergies or cold or whatever it is (and I'm still breathing through a half-open sinus right now and I have another headache). I also tried to ignore it when I myself had to make an urgent visit to my own doctor.

But last night's ER visit pretty much confirmed that I wasn't meant to go.

Strangely enough, I'm not devastated. Disappointed, yes. But I'm not tearing my hair out and screaming in frustration. Things happen. And that's just how life is.

I decided to still take these days off for my vacation - partly because I need to recover from the emotional trauma of the whole ER thing and partly because I need a break from work. My daughter and I went shopping tonight at the mall to get away for awhile and we had a great time. I'm also happy to report that the family member is hopefully on the mend - we should have some more answers soon.

I'm eager to read everyone's comments on Nationals - and I hope to make it next year!

But I now have an opportunity to get some great work done on my novel. Onward!


  1. I'm sorry, Melissa. I hope everything is okay.

  2. I'm so sorry, Melissa! Hugs, and I hope your family member gets better soon. Hang in there, okay?

  3. OMG, I can't believe it! Look me up if you get a chance.

  4. Sorry to hear about your troubles, Melissa. I hope your family member is okay.
    Good attitude, btw!

  5. Big hugs, Melissa. Hope your dear one is better soon. And glad you're taking the week off anyway - sounds like you need the time.

    More hugs.

  6. Hugs to you and your family, Melissa. I hope all is well soon. I can imagine how you would feel missing the conference. Take care and try to get some rest on your vacation.

  7. Sorry to hear about the ER and not being able to go.

    I'm a selfish B*$^@. I would have still made my flight. But that's just me. Again, I'm selfish. Just ask my husband.

  8. My thoughts are with you and your family, melissa.
    I hope everything works out well for you.
    You have a commendable attitude. Family should always come first.
    Good luck with everything.

  9. (((Melissa))) I how they are OK. Use the time to chill. Literally!!!!

  10. Thanks so much for the good wishes, everyone. I really do appreciate it. :-)

  11. Big hugs, Melissa! So sorry about your trip. This life isn't for wimps, is it?

  12. Sorry about your family member, but isn't life amazing when it gives you subtle hints that no indeed something will not be happening?

  13. Oh no, so sorry to hear about the family member and your trip! Hope they get better soon.

  14. Mel, I hope your family member is doing better and on the mend. Hugs to you and your love ones.

  15. Anonymous6:15 AM

    Enjoyed a lot! »


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