Long time no see…

My goodness, it’s been quite a while since I blogged. Every time I thought about it, it seemed that there was so much to catch upon that I quickly excused my way out of updating…a procrastinator I have always been!

I had an amazing time traveling through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Vietnam was my favorite, and I enjoyed Thailand much more than I anticipated, in no small part due to having an opportunity to spend time with my college roommate, Tanya, and her family and the host of other really great people that the universe scattered along my Thailand path. I finally got to see tigers in northern Thailand, which has been on my life to do list for some time, so that was pretty epic, as was riding an elephant through hilly terrain and a relaxing ride on a bamboo raft along the Mae Taeng river.

I was super excited to get to Malaysia and back to Bali, which were the parts of the trip I was most excited for, but the day I got to Malaysia, my face became completely paralyzed on the right side. Yes, a completely random and incredibly scary kind of problem, I agree. I went to a hospital the following day and began seeing a neurologist the day after that, and began physical therapy and speech therapy the following week. All this meant that my plan to stay in Kuala Lumpur for three days before moving on to the Perhentian Islands kind of blew up, and I ended up staying in Kuala Lumpur until I was cleared by my neurologist to travel back home, weeks later. Trip, interrupted. I am super sad that I missed out on the second half of my carefully planned itinerary, but with that comes an incredible gratitude that I was able to get home to convalesce and continue care in the States where there are no language barriers, concerns about quality of care (well…) and everything is more familiar.

While they continue to try and figure me out, I am home sweet home, applying to jobs like it’s my job and substitute teaching at the wonderful Appomattox Regional Governor’s School. Available for playdates, phone calls and job opportunities as you wish!

Tiger and elephant pics below for your delight and laughter:

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