Doing NaBloPoMo makes me really appreciate those weekend bloggers--Blackbird, Ree, and Kat at Seeking Sanity. It's good to try it once in a while, like getting the flu, to make you appreciate what's all involved in regular life.
Mr. D took to the deep northern woods in chase of the elusive white-tailed buck. I took Team Testosterone to the Twin Cities to visit my folks. The bonus of this journey has been a side trip to visit my good friend Mary (of gorgeous scarf-knitting fame) who treats me like a queen. This woman treats cooking like an art form and I do not take her skills for granted. Her good company (and her family's), hospitality and brunch is taking the edge off of my biannual visit to my family and I feel very thankful for that.
Come to think of it, visiting family a couple times a year is a bit like the flu, too. It makes me really appreciate my regular life back at the ranch. Eighteen hours to go, people.