so last week I was on a business trip to Portland Maine — the first time in our married life we’d been apart longer than a long weekend, and of course the first time I’ve been apart from the kids. overall, I really really didnt like being gone. it would have helped if the business part of the trip was better (I wont go into details, but let’s just say it could have been better). I get along well with the folks from my department, so it was nice going out to eat with them and getting to know eachother better. and we found some good places for good beer and such in Portland (Norm’s, Gritty’s, Ri Ra) and got to check out the cool downtown area. and it was fun to see lots of snow on the ground. and we stopped by a famous lighthouse and enjoyed the view. and it was kinda nice to not have to do dishes or anything else for that matter.
I did try to take advantage of all the down time by bringing my instrument and digital recorder and trying to work on some of my simple instrumental songs. and I did get a good handful recorded, so I’m glad for that. if you’d care to take a listen, here’s Portland Waltz, Cabin 10, SoPo, Midnight and Missing. (more details at my music journal)
but I missed the family terribly. I found that I’m totally not myself when I’m taken out of my element, and I think that’s fine. I brought back the requisite lobster-themed trinkets for the kids. slightly ironic that I didnt really like being there and I bring back things to remember it. but they loved the lobster gummy candy and went to bed with their stuffed lobsters.
so I’m very very glad to be home. I’m very thankful for Michelle and the kids and the joy they bring to me each day. I really do feel like if I dont have someone to love and serve each day that I can’t be who I’m supposed to be.