Sinbad has been rather quiet lately. I’d love to say that it’s because I’ve been so full of things going on that I haven’t had time to write. But sadly, the reality has been a little more sobering than that. I’ve been battling a lot of challenges – physical, spiritual, emotional, the whole gamut – over the past 6 months or so. Work has definitely been difficult, a black hole that seems to suck up all of my time, energy, and emotions. I’m sure that my official diagnosis of sleep apnea with a side order of a cardiac arrhythmia has not helped matters – there are many many days when it feels like it’s all I can do to drag myself out of bed, go to work, put in my time, and then come home and go to sleep. But after lots of expensive sleep studies and doctor’s appointments and discussions of various equally pricey treatment options, I’ve finally started getting it treated. Hopefully I am on the road to recovery…I have not seen any real impact yet, but I am cautiously optimistic.
But it hasn’t been all bad. I was spoiled by getting to go to the Fox Theater not once, not twice, but THREE times over the past 6 months with various amalgamations of the Meeks’ family. I went with Michael and his parents to see Wicked, with Michael and his brother and brother’s girlfriend to see the comedian Bryan Regan, and then I had Michael all to myself when we went to see the Blue Man Group. They were all excellent performances and I enjoyed them all a lot…but Michael and I both decided after the last one that we would take a break from the Fox for a while, lol.
And of course, I would be remiss indeed if I did not mention April 10th. That was the day that Michael, my best friend and confidant, asked for my hand in marriage. He sent me on a scavenger hunt all over town, leaving clues and letters from friends all over the world at various significant places in our relationship. While he wasn’t with me for most of it, he did make sure that 2 of my best friends in Atlanta, Amy and Elizabeth, were with me to keep me company. After lunch, he met up with us and together the two of us went down to Albany to finish the scavenger hunt. We ended at my folks’ place, where he popped the question with all of my family there looking on. Of course I said yes…the big day is September 27th! 🙂 It was a beautiful, surreal day that I am not likely to forget any time soon. What with all of the preparation that Michael had put into the proposal, I cannot exactly say that I was surprised…but I still felt like I was walking on water.
On the whole, however, other than that obvious glaring exception, my life over the past few months has been one of largely treading water rather than walking on it. It really has been quite hard on me. I am constantly amazed that Michael still wanted to marry me, even after all of the emotional breakdowns I’ve had over the past year. I guess that just shows what a keeper he is :). I did go on a big trip to Australia and New Zealand last week (more on that in the next update), which was amazing. I am praying that that trip will mark a shift to better things this year. There are definitely lots of big changes ahead in my life over the next few months! Stayed tuned for more updates from “Down Under”…