I know I haven't written in awhile which has been a combination of several things.  Between work, quick road trips and getting sick - time has flown.  November was blur and October was no different.  I had a tough, long week getting to work with an amazing lady - Producer Elaine Martone, but then rushed off to the Lou where i had a most amazing trip with my family - picked up Rick at the airport and drove home to the Nati.  Whew!  As if that wasn't enough, I burned the candle at both ends putting together edits on a strict deadline and masters for other clients.  PLUS! I had recordings booked solid last weekend with Rick and I both booked on Saturday.  And then came what I thought were hives - from stress.  But nope!  The rash spread all over my body, even in my ears.  Time to go to the doc.  Good thing I did - I contracted a bacterial staph skin infection, YUCK!  Seriously!  So now I am on a good strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, and they are just kicking in.

What have I learned from the past three weeks.  It's time for change.  This season so far has been a pubradio scheduling nightmare!  Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of projects I love but I don't get enough time to work on them - and they don't come around often enough.  The rest, well - I am exhausted.  Literally - my immune system can show for it.  A bacterial infection like this should have been a cinch for my immune system - but being sleep deprived and stressed to the max?! Well, that just doesn't cut it anymore.  Time for me to fight back.  If not for myself, for my family.  

I took a sick day today.  Did some much needed yoga (oi! pigeon pose, my hips love you so GOOD!) and thought.  Thought and cooked, thought and ate, thought and vegged (I have major blog reading issues) and thought and hung out with the coolest dude ever (Soren, of course - I think even Rick would agree) - all the while avoiding the burning itch ALL over my body.

I am making some changes.  I am centering myself, so that I can be a stable part of this family.  I know stress is a part of everyday life, but this stress - there is nothing normal about.  It's time.

I love this picture.  This is a pic of my Brother, Dad and I with the chitlins - Soren and Avery.  Lovin' on the horses out at Three Corners Ranch (My Dad and Shauna's - SO beautiful out there!).  Courtesy of my sis-in-law, Arica.  It says it all.