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living in the middle of nowhere (isn’t all it’s cracked up to be)

In case you’re wondering where I’ve been, well, blogging is difficult without Internet access. (And if you’re not wondering, then I’m talking to myself, which is par for the course lately.) Baby Brother and I moved in together at the end of April. My only requirements: high speed internet access and cell phone service. (Both of these things sound like a given until you realize that Baby Brother wanted to live in the country.) My cell phone works, most of the time.  The Internet…well, we’re a mile outside the city limits, so that shouldn’t be a problem. Except that the house is, apparently, at the bottom of a valley, surrounded by, let’s call them hills, and none of the three Internet companies we’ve tried have been able to get a signal from the tower. One claimed the large tree on the neighbors’ property was the problem and suggested a 100-foot pole in the back yard might do the trick. Um, no. So, we’re left with satellite Internet as our only option. (And if anyone has any recommendations, I’d be happy to hear them.)

As you can imagine, no Internet access made my summer classes a little bit tricky. Schlepping my laptop to my mother’s house and trying to focus while the two dogs and the mouthy cat vied for attention was…trying. I’m hoping, and praying, we get Internet before my fall classes start.

What else have I been up to, you ask? (Again, I could be talking to myself. In which case, I already know what I’ve been up to.) Well, there’s work. Which has been kind of stressful lately. Bit of an understatement there…especially since the Diva hasn’t been working with me. (Why must fate cruelly continue to tear us apart?) Then there are the numerous doctors’ appointments I’ve had. I had another minor incident at the beginning of May that resulted in an ER visit (nothing unusual was found). Subsequently, I’ve seen my PCP (twice), my neurologist, a neuro ENT, and a pulmonologist (still undergoing genetic testing with this one).

I went here at the beginning of May. It was amazing! Words cannot even do it justice, and I’m so glad I went!

And Super Mom and I are now training for The Dallas Half Marathon, in December, and the Rim to Rim hike of the Grand Canyon next May. Um, yeah. I might have forgotten my extreme fear of heights when I agreed to that last one….

So, what’s your summer looked like so far?

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