Ten Years Ago Today

On the morning of October 13, 2001, I left my sister's apartment in Boston. I gassed up my black Cabrio convertible and headed west.

Ten years ago today, I started my cross-country road trip -- the one that followed the end of my marriage and kickstarted the rest of my life.

I couldn't, didn't, foresee where I'd be a decade later. Here, on October 13, sitting in a darkened home office in my house in Napa, barely able to keep my eyes open long enough to cobble two sentences together. My husband is downstairs watching ESPN and doing dishes. Both of my kids are asleep. I have just closed my work email for the night.

I am utterly exhausted, but that's okay. Because I'm bone tired from living -- really living -- a life I couldn't even picture ten years ago.

I'm really happy to be here.


  1. This is so great. Good for you sweetie :)

  2. What a "long, strange trip" it's been, hasn't it? I am so glad it has turned out for you the way it has, and I am so happy for you!


  3. Shiree in Salt Lake City7:30 AM, October 14, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your stories with us! We are so glad you're here too!

  4. Congrats on a great 10 years. Isn't it cool how life can turn out way better than we could imagine?

  5. That's what makes life so sweet - the surprises and possibilities.

  6. I just found your blog and I've spent the morning enjoying it immensely. I look forward to more.

  7. You know what I like about this? I've been reading since the Best of Craiglist post a million years ago, and every time I poke around here your life is amazingly different than the last. And then I realize how much different MY life is, and I am just really glad that you shared so much of yourself all this time! Thanks.

  8. I just found your blog and I'm where you were 10 years ago. I can only hope to be as happy and content as you are now, 10 years from now.


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