What a wild week this has been! I’m happy to say that things are finally settling down a bit on the grad school front, where I’m starting to get the hang of basic XML coding and also didn’t score as poorly as I thought I had on my copyright law quiz. Fortunately for myself and my other classmates, the professor agreed to throw out a couple questions that were inaccurately worded.
Nevertheless, I’m very glad to see the week draw to a close, mostly because Stephen and I are heading to our happy place, California, for a few quick days of visits with family and friends. Now, I’m usually not one to make travel plans during the semester, and may not have arranged this trip had I known just what a bear my classes would end up being this time around. But in the end, I'm glad I did, since this brief journey actually marks a very special occasion – the 90th birthday of Stephen’s grandfather.
|Grandpa Les at our wedding last year. Courtesy of Alex Neumann Photography.|
That alone is an exciting life milestone to celebrate, but the timing also works out so that my younger sister will turn 21 just a couple days later. So, after joining Stephen’s family in Dana Point for the weekend, we’ll head a couple hours north to my hometown, where we’re got plans to visit Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle for a fun evening of drinks, dinner and shows by several fabulous magicians. Though this venue is usually restricted to members only, Castle photographer Damien Smith – my friend and one of our wedding pros – was awesomely able to get us passes for the night. (Thanks, Damien!)
|Birthday girl & maid of honor Kellie. Courtesy of Alex Neumann Photography.|
|Image Source: magiccastle.com|
I know I’ll still have some work to do throughout the trip and some extra catch-up once I get back, but really, this mini-break is just what I need to help keep the important things – family, friends and sharing life’s big moments – in perspective. I hope you all have a great weekend, and I'll try to stop in with a post or two later next week once I have a chance to get settled in back at home!
What helps you unwind and keep things in perspective when things get stressful?