Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Year Of Intermittent Sorrow



The Rollercoaster of Stress has been ricocheting around the twisted track at full speed this year.

It started with a fire at Ro's house in the early hours of New Year's Day, and continued when back problems, and car problems threw a big ol' wrench into the mix. Losing two dogs of our own, plus Harley the barn dog, a dear friend's medical issues, her dear friends freak accidental death, and this morning the passing of Mr. Slave Driver's father have labeled 2010 as "The Year That Couldn't End Fast E-Freakin' Nough."

I like it when the pendulum of my life swings in a low, slow, methodical arc. We don't win the Lottery, but nobody falls off a donkey on the way down the Grand Canyon. Literary Agents don't knock each other over to sign me for representation, but nobody's says, "Quit now. Take up golf. Or croquet."

At least not yet. There's still three months to go…

So today, in honor of The Year That Sucks Ass, I'm showing you my happy place. I love it there. It's a beautiful, spiritual place, ethereal with quiet grace and stunning vistas.

Moab.



The original Moab, according to Wikipedia, is "the historical name for a mountainous strip of land in modern-day Jordan, running along the eastern shore of the Dead Sea."

Our Moab is in Utah, south of I-70, close to the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers.

So if your year has been anything like mine, take a deep breath, have a relaxing beverage, and enjoy.













5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm very sorry it's been so tough. Thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and your friends.

Stacey said...

Beautiful pics! Hope you enjoyed every minute of that trip!

Lou said...

Hey SD - I love the country around Moab also. In fact, I recognize the scenery in all those pics. I thought Landscape Arch had collapsed??

A GF and I went on a journey through the Southwest many years ago. Canyonlands and Arches had just been made National Parks (or whatever term they are using) the previous year. Neither were developed... at all... I had two rather spooky experiences in the back country at Arches. When we visited there they were not letting people walk out to Delicate Arch (shows you how long ago it was!). Great pics!!

So very sorry about this year.

Slave Driver said...

Lou,

Landscape arch had a partial fall quite a number of years ago. Wall arch collapsed all the way in 2008. That's one of the arches you pass on the way to Navajo arch.

Stacey,

We enjoyed most of it, the part where we were informed of all the impending doom wasn't a shitload of giggles.

Anonymous,

Thank you. I appreciate it.

michelleblackler said...

My Very Dear Friend,

You cannot know great joy without knowing great sorrow as well, but it still sucks nonetheless.

With all my affection because you make my life less ordinary: keep kickin the bad ass.