This year of travel has surprised us with the amount of time spent with family. By the end of the year we will have spent about 6 months living with family. We are blessed by their support, and will be so happy to start our own home.
Though all will miss Grandma Lois, it was nice to see extended family and work together to clean her home in Virgina. Stu and I now have storage units bi-coastal, just waiting for us to select a place to move to.
The last few months progressed slowly with my shoulder. Healing comes in waves with me feeling so great that I over do it, and then soreness for a while. I’m so happy to not have to wear a sling anymore and be able to move my arm. I’m still not allowed to carry heavy things beyond a cup of tea and no weight bearing. I can’t wait til I’m strong enough to get on a bike again, or just lean on my L arm!
Even though we’ve been mostly in Irvine, we still have had a few get-aways.
We spent a week in Seattle attending the National Cooperative Business Association Annual Conference on Scholarship! We were known as Crashers (as in young people crashing the conference of older business folks). I’m front and center on the scholarship recipient page. Not only did we have the opportunity to hear stimulating sessions regarding cooperative business development, governance, growth, planning and member engagement, we met cream of the crop cooperators from around the country. The meals and networking events were phenomenal, especially the five course meal with wine pairings hosted by the Seattle Chefs Collaborative all locally sourced. We left feeling inspired and empowered to make progress on our businesses.
We are enjoying the benefits of warm sunny So Cal. We looked at some real estate to see what’s available and visited a farm in Carlsbad. We also attended a worker cooperative incubator workshop at the LA Eco-Village. We love to see how the OCCUPY movement has grown up and now provides educational programs that promote democracy and create vehicles for change.
We check out Irvine Global Village Festival, which is a big food and cultural performance festival at Irvine City Hall.
We spent a relaxing weekend in Del Mar, CA to celebrate Lisa Satin’s birthday. We are so lucky to have such good friends and beautiful beaches close by.
I had the fortune of hanging out with Renee, who gives the most amazing massages. If you are in LA, don’t miss out on her therapeutic healing touch. She works as a massage therapist at the Crescent Heights and 3rd St. Healing Hands Wellness Center. If I could, I would get massages from her every week.
The last week or two, we have been scrambling to get business and trip planning before we leave again this Saturday. We take the train cross-county to New York, visiting East Coast family, farms, and cities we might move to. We can’t wait to check out Detroit and the Northeast!