Calgon. Take Me Away.


I am a crazy woman this week. Ok, well my husband and sons may argue I am a crazy woman all the time but of course that isn’t true, at least not according to me.

Do you ever have those times where everything is happening in one week? Every meeting every event, everything that can happen, happens all at once?

I find there are certain times of the year when this happens and this is one of those times.

 Spring seems to be a time of awakening. We all have come out of our caves where we hunkered down more than usual because we were buried in snow and cold. Now the sun is out and life is anew.

This is high school graduation week for my youngest son. Lots going on. Almost to busy to reflect on this milestone. Some of it is my own doing. I know I have a lot going on and I just agree to more. Why not throw in a dinner, a party and a vacation at the same time. The good news is the busier I am the more productive. But it is a juggling act and that crazy woman may surface at times. And some balls will drop and it is figuring out which ones can afford to drop. Sometimes I need to change direction along the way because it becomes too much.

My list is my friend. Without it, the “scatterbrain” will win out and nothing will be done.


Prom tux ordered, flowers ordered, tux returned, tux re-ordered (invited to another prom), corsage re-ordered, bow ties not used returned, oldest son returns from college, entire family dynamic in-house changes, rides needed, lunch and dinner menus requested, board meeting attended, volunteer obligations completed, side business attended to, car inspection done, graduation party planned, food/drink purchased and prepared, pre-graduation dinner planned, graduation events attended, blog written, vacation plans set, bags packed, dog sitter set. STOP. NO MORE. My heart is beating out of my chest. I am all over the place. BREATHE.

Maybe they were right and I am a crazy woman.

I am the CEO of the house. This is my life. Who can relate? What do you do when you feel this way?


I will not take a relaxing breath until I step on that plane on Monday night and I cannot do any more. At that point, I will reflect on the week and the all the good that has happened. As I reflect, a family member will ask me for his passport, where we are going to dinner, what hotel we are staying at, what the itinerary is. They board the plane and the trip appears seamless. Trip Advisor, Frommers, Fodors, Google, all my friends……

I am energized. I am blessed. Almost time to board that plane……

Note: this blog will also take a vacation and return shortly.

About Shari

I am a two-time cancer survivor and patient advocate. Diagnosed as a young adult, at age 25 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I had to quickly face the reality of life’s curveballs. My treatment offered a potential cure while at the same time, underestimated the long term side effects including a secondary cancer (breast cancer) nine years later. Shortly after my breast cancer treatment ended, my youthful, seemingly healthy mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and passed a year later. I have lived the cancer experience as a patient and a family member/ caregiver and understand both sides. Life after treatment is often challenging emotionally and physically and there is a gap in providing needed support. I don’t consider cancer a gift as it is not something I would ever want to give to someone. Rather, I view cancer as an opportunity; one I received at an early point in my life to live intentionally, understanding how things can change at any moment. I live without regrets, fully understanding the gift and fragility of life.
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3 Responses to Calgon. Take Me Away.

  1. Kathleen Horvath says:

    Shari………….you are the CEO, COO and………..frontline staff of your household!!!!!
    You deserve a raise (or bonus) for a job well-done!!! 🙂


  2. Shari says:

    You got it. I’ll pass your recommendations for a raise along to my family!


  3. Lisa Watkins says:

    Check out how NY Wall Street Wives are doing bonuses: and have a great time on vacation!


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