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I will be traveling by train from Southern-Central California to the Bay Area today.  I haven’t done that in a while, but I am somewhat looking forward to it.  That will start my Thursday Thumbs Up today!

Traveling by train.  I used to travel by train a lot more in college.  I haven’t done it in a while, but it just worked out to be convenient this time to get back to the Bay Area to help out my mom this weekend without having to make my husband and DD leave his parent’s house early.  I’m looking forward to it.  I love being able to get work done while traveling.  Trains have plenty of space (versus an airplane, where I often feel cramped and restricted).  I can work on my laptop, read, sleep, and enjoy the view at certain points.  If the prices were more reasonable and the schedule more friendly from my hometown, I would choose to travel by train all the time.  But, it is a little too expensive to do all the time (versus my hybrid car, especially for a family of three).  But, it will be a nice change of pace.

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I am literally on the train right now!  And it is extremely pleasant.  And productive.  So, serious thumbs up to traveling by train.  I just wish it were cheaper!  I also got a reply to my tweet from Amtrak:

Not bad!

Organ Donation.  Six years ago today, my DD was officially listed for a heart transplant.  She was one of thousands on the list, with 100s of children.  But, we waited less than one month.  She was listed on June 11 and received a heart on July 7.  It was truly a miracle.  She was not doing well health-wise and I’m not sure how much longer she would have lasted.  There was a Berlin Heart in the hospital for her (which required an FDA compassionate use exemption because they had not been approved for infants).  She had been moved from the PICU to the CVICU because she was doing so poorly.  Here she is six years ago, following a respiratory therapy treatment, right before we got confirmation that she would be listed:

June 11 - Day she was listedNo medical procedure is perfect, but this one saved our daughter’s life.  And because of that, the anonymous donor (who was also a child – we don’t know any information other than that) holds a special place in my heart.  And the organ donation system is definitely personal to me!

Summer storms.  We have had a few doozies in California lately.  But, I certainly didn’t expect one in Bakersfield in early June.  But here it was last night:

Awesome.  Cooling.  And just plain relaxing.  I felt like I could have sat out there listening to it and watching it fall for HOURS!  Unfortunately, some places had some flash flooding, but there were no injuries or serious damage that I heard of, so that is good.  I do love me a good summer storm though.

So, those are my Thursday Thumbs Up for this week.  What about you?  Anything you would give a Thumbs Up to this week?

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  1. What a great anniversary to celebrate for DD and family – it is almost like a new birthday. Well done. Enjoy your trip.

  2. Getting my own place. I own it and will live by myself for the first time in my 54 years! I’m so excited!!

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