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We were in Hawaii for our last post. Let’s jet over to Grand Cayman for tonight’s send-off. Sunsets are one of those ubiquitous things that always happen, whether we see them or not. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to see many beautiful sunsets (though no green flash) and always love thinking of the sun rising on the other side of the earth as I watch it sink into whatever horizon is before me.

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Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

I encountered an odd coincidence in the news today. A 54-year old man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in my hometown of Durham yesterday. A sad event indeed. The coincidence? That a 53-year old man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train yesterday in a town next to the one where my daughter is in college. Another sad event. Just kind of odd.

Quote of the day: “Meet me where the sky touches the sea. Wait for me where the world begins.” — Jennifer Donnelly

Daily gratitudes:
Cuddling
Ab workouts
Ocelet footie pajamas
Peyton Manning (regardless)
The Amazon commercial with the little pony

Because I was having sharp beach cravings today.

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Grand Cayman Island.

Quote of the day: “The scattering of light over a long distance creates a sunset. The crashing of ocean waves on a beach is created by tides, which are themselves the result of gravitational forces exerted by the sun and the moon and the rotation of the Earth. Those are causes.The mystery lies in how those things become beautiful.” — Matt Haig

Daily gratitudes:
That my daughter lives by a bay
MKL
Huge, character-filled old trees
Feeling summery even though it is autumn
The burly female security guard who passed me on the street today and murmured, “Be safe, Honey”

More words later…

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Little Cayman

I know I’m a little late, but that’s me. Yay me! It has been a very busy new year so far, and it hasn’t slowed at all. I do have a plane ticket which makes me feel much more content – though it’s for the Pacific Northwest in March to do a whirlwind two-state tour of colleges with my college-bound baby. We’ll have fun. Even if it’s not a trip to sunny somewhere, it feels good to know I’ll be going. Always need to be going. Especially to places like here.

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Bodden Town, Grand Cayman. (Off the reef there are at least half a dozen wrecks for diving. This was a beautiful spot.)

Quote of the day: “People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.” —  Audrey Hepburn

Daily gratitudes:
Slightly warmer weather
Broncos in the playoffs
Getting the dishes done
Sleeping in today (just a little bit)
Sloths

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Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

Quote of the day: “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”  — Joseph Addison

Daily gratitudes:
Looking at the holiday lights with K and J
That Downton Abbey starts so soon!
Three bouquets of baby’s breath on my kitchen table
Soft flannel nightgowns for night’s when MKL is not here to snuggle
Sore muscles from exercising

Daily words:
It is about to get very cold, but it has been a lovely holiday. The Christmas spirit only caught up with me on Christmas Eve, and was found in the delight of MKL in his gifts, and then furthered by laughter with my ex and his family and my daughter on Christmas morning, and then laughter with MKL and his family in the afternoon. And a snowy drive home, a Christmas snow. I have been doing things here and there since, and head back to work tomorrow. Oh, and I got the first bill from the hospital for my little visit to the ER. The initial bill was over $10,000. (I know it’s tacky to discuss money, but seriously???) I’m glad I have insurance, but between car insurance for myself and my 18-year old, flood insurance for my house, and doctor bills, it will be a tight January. If you see a woman bundled in rags selling matches on the corner of the dormant fountain at Union Station, stop and say hi.

I know I’ve been gone a while, and I’m sorry. My darling daughter had her 18th birthday on Monday. We held Thanksgiving at the Bungalow four days after we returned from our trip. So it’s been a little crazy. But the Bungalow is as clean as it has ever been (at least in several rooms). I was an Amazon in disposing of a fierce, terrifying mouse, with much assistance from MKL (I have a ridiculous fear of mice, no matter how cute or small). Mr. Man has been super snuggly since I got back. And we missed the -16 weather in Colorado during our days on Little Cayman (and one day on Grand Cayman).

I’m glad we went. We found the people to be the nicest we’ve met in all my trips to the Caribbean – lots of ex-pats and British folk – but neither Grand nor Little Cayman was “our” island. The beaches on Anegada and Great Exuma trump any we saw on either island. If we hadn’t gone, I would have always wondered, and it probably would have been a different experience were we divers, as I hear the diving is amazing. It was still wonderful to have a week to read, relax, pet iguanas, drink rum, and watch sunsets and just be together.

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Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.

Quote of the day: “Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” — William Goldman

Daily gratitudes:
Beach colors
Cold milk
Bookstores
Lunch with MKL
Good family

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