I very much enjoyed the slow pace of this year’s winter break. This is the first time that I have been home for Christmas for a while, where we have not had guests or loads of appointments to squeeze in. So I ended up with days that I could fill however I wanted.
I did make an appointment with my mom’s physio because one of the frustrations I have with living overseas is the lack of relationships with medical staff. It took me nearly five years in the UK to develop some. The thing about these relationships is the more you have with medical professionals the more likely they are to not have to keep explaining injuries that are years old like they are new. Then listen to them tell you to take two weeks of anti-inflammatories and come back. This is what it is like every new doctor in every new city. The great thing about seeing the physios at Pittman’s and Collierville is that I didn’t have to spend three weeks doing nothing physical! Well at least my glutes didn’t! I had nine great sessions with the physios to work on figuring out what is wrong with my back. Turns out that back spasm I had back in 2012, was a bit more than a spasm! Now at least I am pretty sure I know what the problem is.
During my relaxed break I was only able to squeeze in my mandatory McGhee family sleepover! I try to spend time with Amanda and family each time I’m home and this trip was no different! It was great to catch up with friends when I can. I also manage lunch with my “boss” Courtenay who for some reason will always be “my boss” in my mind it seems! I was even able to squeeze in dinner with my old travel buddy Ashley. On my last lunch outing at my favorite restaurant, Wolf River Cafe, I ran into one of the guys I graduated with and several old family friend! All of these led to many southern-style goodbyes.
I also managed to attend three hunts including one in a new territory. That was awesome to see a new place. The Holly Springs National Forest is a well maintained gem in North Mississippi. I would love to do some more exploring either on horseback or on foot. It was great to watch the hounds work the new land and still come home though a couple later than they should have! We even managed black eyed peas on New Years day!
All in all it was another great trip home cementing more relationships and catching up with loved ones and friends I’m glad that it was slow and easy this year as well.