WHERE'S   SANDY?

I wasn't on the balcony with the Queen when she celebrated her 90th birthday.

 LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Zara Tindall, Anne, Princess Royal, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Charles, Prince of Wales,

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Zara Tindall, Anne, Princess Royal, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Charles, Prince of Wales,

I didn't schlep along with Bernie when he visited the Vatican.

 Bernie Sanders and Pope Francis

Bernie Sanders and Pope Francis

 Pope Francis at the Vatican

Pope Francis at the Vatican

And I didn't perform in "Hamilton" at the Tonys.

 Cast of Hamilton

Cast of Hamilton

Nope. I was dealing with a bevy of physical afflictions which boggled my mind. Take for example getting ready to have cataract surgery on both eyes and learning that first I would have to endure having my corneas polished with a diamond-tipped scalpel. Let’s put it this way. My doctor said it would be a miserable procedure. And boy, was she right.

But first I needed to have a basel cell cancer removed from my lip!

So from December of 2015 until the end of June 2016, I have had one cancer surgery, two eyeballs ground, and two cataract surgeries.

I just couldn’t face my computer. In fact most of the time I couldn’t even see it.

So, mea culpa, nothing written.

But hey, it wasn’t all bad. You know that old joke that there has to be a pony in there somewhere? Well, in the middle of all these procedures, my husband and I and our family went to Maui. A dear friend of my husband graciously offered us the use of his Maui vacation home right on the  beach in Wailea.  Heaven, pure heaven.

 Maui house on the beach

Maui house on the beach

One look at the ocean and I decided that I would not open my computer for the whole stay. So, no Facebook, Instagram. Tweets, or Pinterest. To my surprise, I felt an amazing lightness of spirit. It’s not as though I don’t love social media but somehow when I took one look at the gorgeous ocean in front of me, I just wanted to wallow in the beauty of this tropical paradise.

 Anna, Matt and me in Hawaii

Anna, Matt and me in Hawaii

 Humuhumunukunukuapoa'a

Humuhumunukunukuapoa'a

Okay, let me hear you say, “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a” ten times. It’s a lot easier after a Mai Tai or two.

 mai tai drink

mai tai drink

Next year I hope to be on the balcony celebrating the Queen’s 91st birthday.

 Queen Elizabeth Waving

Queen Elizabeth Waving

I wouldn’t want to disappoint her again.

CHEERS, YOUR MAJESTY!

Queen Peeking: Dominic Lipinski / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM

Balcony: Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images

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