Best Laid Plans...  

helga_hansen 50F
3122 posts
3/17/2006 3:06 pm

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Best Laid Plans...

I had it all planned. It was going to be such fun. Travelling to Holland, and meeting up with people I had come to know over the past year, through the chat rooms and Blogville. My bag was virtually packed from the day it was suggested to have a Euro-based Bloggers Convention. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice and men...

It started in late October. My back was going out more than I was at the time, and I spent weeks in excrutiating agony, high on pills, low on morale and wondering if I was ever going to see the end of this terrible time.

That time also kick-started another life-changing moment... losing weight. Now, only if you had met me before October, would you know that I have actually lost a lot of weight. Lol, we're not talking "half the girl I once was" to coin a phrase my dad used, but losing almost a third of my body weight is and was going to have a serious impact on my life. To say that it has changed my life is a serious understatement. It has. End of story. Well, not quite "end of story". Losing weight has helped with my medical woes, to a certain degree, but not completely.

This past week I went to have my *major medical moment*... an MRI, and now I wait. And while I wait, I cry inside, because I have to unpack my suitcase, and put away my clogs and tulips. Sadly, I am no longer able to commit myself to travelling to Leiden, and next weekend, while friends and fellow bloggers meet and greet, talk, drink and party the night away, I will be curled up on my sofa, feeling very sorry for myself. Sometimes a person just has to bite the bullet, and admit defeat, and I am doing that now.

It's just too much to cope with, right now, and my wallet is also feeling the pinch of cars breaking down at inopportune moments, tyres being shredded and needing replacement, and sadly, when you drive expensive cars, you pay expensive prices to have them repaired.

To say I am disappointed would be a total understatement. However, I hope that everyone going to Leiden next weekend has a wonderful time, and I hope I get to read all about your Dutch adventures in your blogs once you get back home!

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

rm_shrew_33 61M

3/17/2006 3:57 pm

Getting back to full health should be your priority. Trips will come round again. Health problems always dominate your life but you must stay focused on the positive side. You will be fine ,you will be travelling again and always be blogging.

rm_DaphneR 59F
8023 posts
3/17/2006 4:04 pm

Ah, sorry you can't go Helga. I hope the whole back thing works out okay. Let us know what's going on.

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.

wantonwill 61M

3/17/2006 4:06 pm

ahhh...Helga....been ther...done that....etc...I empathize with ya darlin....dont stay in the pity pot too long next weekend....I'll be around....drop me a note...or an IM...or sumthin...we can commmiserate together!



UnpinAfireFaust 58M

3/17/2006 9:15 pm

A huge and heavy sigh Helga....I'm right there with you........

oldman1776 79M
3164 posts
3/17/2006 11:05 pm

Sorry you can't make the meet. Your health is more important.

Let us know how the back thing goes.

Green_Tea_Boy 51M
1064 posts
3/18/2006 1:40 am

oh Helga...I'm so sorry... but your health is more important than anything else...and hopefully there will be more meeting in the future..


freetime648 53F

3/18/2006 2:00 am

Helga, I say we grab some ApfelKorn and hit the chatroom half pissed.....LOL I cannot go either... But, there is always the BBQ....

xx FREETIME648 xx

HBowt2 60F

3/18/2006 2:49 am

Take care of yourself sitting at home too waiting to see how it went....

GoddessOfTheDawn 106F
11240 posts
3/18/2006 6:38 am


dutchpete 55M
563 posts
3/18/2006 4:17 pm

Hope that from waiting there will be no cancelling forever.
And if you need a comfortable taxi to the dutch fields of tulips let me know.

Take care.

TheQuietGuy2005 55M
2386 posts
3/20/2006 3:22 pm

I know that feeling Helga ... my desperation to go was squashed by rather less nasty issues but even so ...

Free's idea sounds good to me ... I don't have any apfelkorn left but I do still have a half bottle of akvavit crying out to be drunk!

Next time we shall both go ...

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