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- Coco Chanel

Monday, April 18, 2011

Everything But The Kitchen Sink

I have to apologize again for the lapse.  Life, it seems, has gone nuts.  The trip to San Francisco went well. I had more fun with Sue than I thought imaginable.  She fed me, entertained me, and we yakked for hours. So good for the soul.  And, if that weren't enough, when husband Dave got home he took us both out to dinner at a wonderful little local Italian restaurant.  I heart both of them for such kindness, and can't wait for them to come here so I can reciprocate!  I felt rested and ready for the next day: Interview Day.
Dave and I drove into the city where he escorted me and my too-big suitcase over to my interview office, wished me well, and strode off the two blocks to his own office.  I was almost 3 hours early so I had a lot of sitting time.  At last it was time, and the interviews went well.  Out the door, caught a cab, and off to the airport.  Again, about a 3 hour wait, but I was starving so it was good to have plenty of time to grab something to eat.  And I had my Kindle so I could read.  My eyes were fried, and I was a little head achey, but finally it was time to board and head home.    And it was SO GOOD to see L and get home.  I couldn't get into bed fast enough that night!
And, since then, I feel like everything has been non-stop, and it's hard to feel rested.  Saturday was spent fetching boxes, a file cabinet, a chair, and my printer from work.  Hauling it all upstairs and trying to find places to stuff everything took most of the evening.  I'm still having a hard time remembering where I put everything!  And Sunday...oooooh, the aching back from all the lifting and bending!  (I need to toughen up)
Back to work today but it was so sad.  Half of the office folk have moved out already and offices and much of the space is empty and lonely.  It's not a place I want to be anymore, and it'll be good when the week is over and we can get out of there.
On the way home I called my aunt to see if I could come visit her and my grandma.  I was told that Grandma took a bad turn last night and isn't doing well.  Hospice had been called.  She is having trouble breathing.  L and I went over there together as soon as we got home.  My mom and dad were there, and soon one of my brothers and his wife came also.  L and my dad gave my grandma a blessing, and I think she will rest easier tonight.  A hospital bed arrived and when we left Grandma was tucked into it, propped up, and was breathing easier.  She seemed more alert.  Earlier, she was really going in and out, and seemed to be looking at things beyond that only she could see.  It was heartbreaking to see her laboring so hard to breathe, and not being able to get comfortable, so it was a relief to get her into the hospital bed where she felt better.  I'm trying not to be selfish and will her to stay, although it makes me really sad to think of her not here.  Hopefully she has a few more lives left yet, and will feel better tomorrow.
Andrew has taken a manic turn for the worse and had to be hospitalized again.  They're having a hard time getting him to take his meds this time.  He's normally very compliant so this is something new.  L will fly back up to Utah on Friday to see him and encourage him to cooperate with the doctors.  The lesson learned this time is that he really cannot handle too much stress.  He was finishing the semester at school and was looking forward to moving to a "normal" complex.  Too much stress and change -  and it triggered a manic episode.  A hard lesson.  Slower changes next time, and one at a time.  It's hard to see him like this, and it's hard to see L coping with him like this.  I don't know who I feel worse for.
So it's been a roller coaster.  You can see why I haven't written - I didn't know where to start.  This week will be a busy one with Andrew, Grandma, closing the office and L traveling and coming back for Easter dinner.  And cooking Easter dinner.
Lexi turns 5 this weekend, and we've sent her a 4 Disney Princess and Prince dolls for her enjoyment.  Seems she likes having the Princesses, but has been annoyed that she didn't have the Princes as well.  I had quite a conversation with her on the phone Sunday. She told me she wanted a "human Ariel doll."  ??? Translate that to an Ariel doll that has *feet* instead of *fins*  Done.   She sounded so grown up that I missed her tremendously.  I so wish I could be at her party - maybe next year, as well as a visit sooner rather than later.
Katie, Mia and Hayden are home from Puerto Rico.  Planning Mia's 5th birthday and packing for Boston.  A good time was had by all in PR.  I'll end by attaching some pictures Katie took of their vacation.  They are enough to help me relax in the midst of all of life's current chaos.

The whole family

I love this one of Mia - looks like a print ad

If I could be on a Puerto Rican beach right now, I'd jump for joy too!


And finally, Hayden with a big smile. She loved the beach!


  1. Those pictures of the girls are darling!

    I can imagine how hard it must be to go to work in a ghost office. I'm sure, a this point, that you'll just be glad to get out of there.

    So sorry to hear about your grandma. Like you, I hope she rallies and sticks around for awhile.

    I'll keep her in my prayers...and Andrew, too.


    PS. Glad you enjoyed yourself at our house!

  2. First I have to tell you that Mia and Hayden are sooo incredibly beautiful - those pictures are breathtaking!! What angels.

    I am so glad that all went well for you in San Francisco - I had been wondering. I hope you hear back soon and the news is good!

    Happy Easter to you and your family. I hope you get a little relaxation time :-D

  3. You DO have a LOT on your plate right now!! I can identify with some of that....it's been a long winter here with my daughter who's going through a terrible divorce and my hubby and in-laws with health problems. But you have job issues too and it can all feel loike the world is caving in sometimes. Glad you got to get away with a good friend. Nothing like that to fix the soul!
    When my grandmother had a stroke, I did a laying on of hands (with my mother) oil prayer and two months later she was good as new and lived another three years wonderfully!! I hope that for your grandmother too!!
    I'm sure you'll be glad to get out of your office. Hope the interviews get your a dream job for Easter!
    Hope Andrew is better by now...such a worry, I'm sure.
    I don't know how you have the time to blog at all girlfriend but am glad you keep us updated! It's hard to do sometimes but cathartic too. Don't work too hard with all the packing etc!!
    On a bright note, the pictures of the kids in PR are indeed a vacation just to look at them. all three are gorgeous kids!! And those dreamy eyes!! wow
    Happy Easter Karen to you and all your family!!


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