A $350 Flounder, the Boston Marathon, and Other Good Things

So happy to be back at my desk after a longer than expected trip out of town!  As is often the case, not every part of our vacation went smoothly.  In the end, everything worked out fine, if only after a bit of rocky road...

At one point our decision was between springing $17 for a surf fishing license or paying for a seat on a fishing boat with an experienced fisherman.  We opted for the "sure thing" as we were unfamiliar with fishing in that area.  

As luck would have it, it was the worst day the captain had ever had fishing.  We might have chalked this up as a fish tale if several people hadn't limited out just two days before with the same boat captain.  We caught a very respectable flounder, which we catch at our own home this time of year.  As you probably guessed, we spent over $350 on that fishing trip, including the hotel or pizza we ordered for dinner.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SURE THING.

We had wacky weather - rain, wind, clouds and cold, especially for Florida.  But, we had warm clothes packed.  We had our hearts set on frog legs, but didn't end up with them.  We missed our plane home and had to stay overnight in another hotel and rent yet another car, reschedule our Monday workday, and eat food we never would at home.

But, we had a great time the last few days seeing familiar relatives and meeting "new" ones.  We flew home yesterday, seated behind a family with young kids who had just come from Disney world who were eating Easter candy.  

THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME

While in the air over 30,000 men and women finished the BOSTON MARATHON - unbelievable! So many dedicated and brave people worked hard over the last year to be BOSTON STRONG.  One young woman, who lost her leg in last year's bombing had recovered enough to join in for the last half mile - others "took back" the finish they didn't have last year. 

For me, things usually look mostly rosey - the glass typically half full.  But, it is hard to keep perspective sometimes when we are in the midst of our own problems.  If you are struggling look around.  It is likely that there is someone nearby to remind you that our problems will pass as they always do and we will somehow be better for it. 

IT'S YOUR LIFE AND IT'S IN YOUR HANDS