Day Five of the conference couldn't go fast enough. I hadn't slept well the night before and I woke up feeling completely achey and horrible.
I've had a cough and raspy throat for a couple of days, and just attributed it to allergies and something about the Florida humidity. I thought maybe, since it was an older hotel, perhaps there was something in the room (mold or something) and was bothering me. The raspy throat and cough was worse in the morning.
Not a big deal, I was practically on my way home. The morning dragged, and sometime after lunch I think I really did fall asleep for a moment or two during "Project Management".
As I thought about leaving and the trip back home, I began to get very anxious again. (I shouldn't have wasted my energy, in the long run. The return trip home was very smooth. Everything went well.)
I was able to spend a few more minutes on the beach, and out in the sun before I left. Thankfully, the class ended about a half hour earlier than it was scheduled to. I said goodbye to the new friends I'd made and waited for the shuttle back to the airport.
The trip home was unremarkable, and for that I was very glad. I was still feeling awful, and ended sleeping for most of the flight. Hubby was waiting for me when I arrived home, the kids were already in bed.
I was so glad to be home. It was such a long day, and I was so very tired. I may or may not have cried as I hugged him hello. A short time later, I took something to help the aches and help me sleep. There is NOTHING like being back home in your own bed after time away.
Unfortunately, I woke this morning with the same raspy throat and headache... and the dawning realization that I'm sick. Dammit.
Today has been a good day so far. The kids had stored up a bunch of hugs for me while I was away. Buddy has been a great cuddler today. I've even unpacked already (so Buddy could play in the suitcase), and started some laundry. I've straightened up a bit, and fallen right back into routine.
I'll work on getting all the pictures I took formatted and posted this weekend. I took SO MANY pictures. I'll post some on my blog and make an online album of the rest.
The kids are eating lunch and watching Cinderella. I think I'll warm up some chicken noodle soup and try not to do so much -- sort of ease back into this circus life as much as I can.