Just left Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. A little piece of heaven on earth, and exactly what I needed. Driving in the car now from JFK back to West Chester, staring at the dirty snow I close my eyes and picture the caribbean sea instead. I can't wait to walk in the door so I can be greeted by two four-legged furry dogs who will both I insist on hugs & kisses before I even have a chance to put my bags down. Sydney will softly whimper and bury her face in my lap while Piper's teeth chatter and she bounces in place waiting anxiously for her chin rub and peanut butter treat. I would take them with me everywhere if I could. Tomorrow I'll have to sort through post-vacation stuff, topping the list will be to saturate my hair with a WEN re- moist mask. Beach hair looks fabulous on super models- not on me! It typically takes me about 3 days to completely unpack. Aside from ironing, unpacking is my least favorite thing to do. I can't wait to Skype my niece. She did a charity run for her school in North Carolina and to help families in Haiti. She ran the most laps of anyone in her class and raised a lot of money. So proud of her. Hopefully I'll get to see Finn & Collin this weekend since they're here in Pennsylvania. I haven't seen my parents in a while and miss them terribly. My Mom's birthday is this Sunday. She's still recouping from shoulder surgery last week. She said that my Dad is trying so hard to be helpful, but the house is a mess and it's driving her crazy! I have to laugh at that because growing up my Mom was the Super Mom who did it all: cooked, cleaned, car pooled, you name it. My Dad traveled so much I'm pretty sure he's been under the impression that dishes really do clean themselves, lol! Love you Dad:). Anyway, I'm grateful I had a few days to get away and simply relax. No agenda, glancing at my watch, making phone calls, or cleaning. Nice. Back to reality now, but definitely feeling recharged and less anxious. I hope you all reward yourselves every now and then, either with a vacation, a night out with your friends or even a hot bubble bath. It helps.