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beagley So, I’ve been trying to write a blog post for days now, but nothing’s coming. The problem is not that there’s nothing going on. The problem is that there’s too much going on and honestly, where do I freaking begin?

Some stuff I can’t discuss, namely the stuff at work. Work is completely ridiculous right now. Things are happening in upper management that are just drastically changing the face of how my company has always done things. Employees are nervous, scared, confused, upset, frustrated, angry—you name it. There is very little communication. Couple all of that with what’s going on with the economy and you have a pretty good idea of the chaotic mess we face daily. Not good.

Dad had quadruple bypass surgery 10 days ago at Rochester General and is doing great! He was discharged this past Monday and is happy to be back at the nursing home. I’m still having a really hard time balancing all this Dad stuff. It takes so much time from not just me, but Craig too. Finances, appointments, visits, needs, wants—it is definately alot. And then dealing with his sister, who’s been such a huge bitch, is just another headache. She called on Sunday around 7 or 8pm, the night before he was discharged, telling me she and her family were coming for a visit this coming weekend from PA & MD. Several times, I very patiently explained why I thought this was not a good idea. He’s just getting discharged, he needs recovery time, he will be very tired and not really up for an extended visit. She told me in no uncertain terms that she comes “now or not at all.” She also was intent on asking wildly inappropriate questions, such as how we’re paying for his care. *shakes her head*

She doesn’t understand. This is not about her. It’s about him. Let the man have some recovery time for crying out loud, before you come blasting your way up here, expecting all day visits. Saying you’re coming now or not at all, doesn’t punish me, it punishes him. I could give a shit whether you came or not. In fact, it would be one less headache for me if you stayed home. And it is absolutely none of her business how we’re paying for anything! Of course, I said none of this to her in the spirit of niceness, getting along and respecting one’s elders.

She didn’t hear a word I said the entire conversation, but rather competed by talking over me. Just like my dad does. I just let her do it. She was rude and classless, and bullied me for information, while I was nice to the Nth degree and tolerant, oh so tolerant. At the end of the conversation, I was left with the impression that she will do whatever the hell she wants to do, regardless. I think she thinks I am deterring her visit because she believes I’m hiding something from her and so now she’ll be more determined than ever to get up here this weekend. Grrrrrr. Let the poor man have some rest!!!!

I feel stressed. I feel like I have no control over my life. I feel like my life really isn’t even my own any more. It sucks. THIS SUCKS. And there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

There is some good stuff though. *sparklygrin* I’m enrolled in bellydance classes again-actually my 8 week course is almost over and it’s nearly time to sign up again. I took a hoopdance class as well this time around and absolutely loved it. I’m completely hooked now. As soon as my instructor posts her new class schedule, I’ll be signing up again for that as well and bringing a friend or two with me.

Thanks to Facebook, I’m back in touch with my cousin John (from my mom’s side) *grinwavies* as well as a few other people I’d kinda lost track of. Yay! I heart Facebook.

We saw Fleetwood Mac in March and had mad awesome seats!!!! Craig had gotten us tickets for my birthday the day they had gone on sale. Then a couple weeks before the concert, I won two more tickets, also pretty great seats, and gave those to a friend of mine and her boyfriend. It was such an AWESOME show. I loved it!!!!!! And I was sooo sad when it was over-I didn’t want it to ever end. Lindsay, Stevie and Mick all looked fantastic and performed as though they enjoyed every second of it. It was a magical night!

The nice weather is slowly starting to get here. Yay! I’m excited about doing gardening and flowers and vegetables again this year.

My inlaws are moving back to this area from TN. They close on their new house in May, so that’s pretty exciting. We’ll be glad to have them back.

I’m rereading the entire Laurell K. Hamilton “Anita Blake” collection and so I haven’t really read anything new, so to speak, in awhile. I’m on the 14th one right now-“Danse Macabre.” These later books are so full of the ardeur-it sometimes gets a little tiring, but I do still enjoy them. Once, I’m done with those, I wanna reread Charlaine Harris’ “Sookie Stackhouse” series, hopefully before the new season of True Blood starts! *happysigh* I lovelovelove that show. That alone is worth the cost of HBO, not to mention the Tudors and Big Love and all the other great series.

I’m also addicted to The United States of Tara on Showtime.

I guess that’s about it for now. Happy Hump Day! We’re almost to the weekend-yay! Now, if I can just make it though the rest of the day…..

Smoochies,
~TC

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oneday I know, I know. I start posting again only to just disappear without a warning. Didn’t you know that dropping off the face of the earth is one of my best things? Really. It’s true.

Actually, I had intended to just step away for a few days to enjoy the holidays, but as is the tradition in our family, drama-rama happens.

The Saturday after Xmas, we found our water heater had been dying a slow and agonizing death in the basement, probably for several days, as the basement floor was covered in a few inches of water. Luckily, we have a guy and he was able to come over pretty quickly to help take care of things. Craig and Bob popped over to Home Depot, picked up a new water heater, and within a matter of hours, we were all good.

That following Monday I got a call at work from my dad’s neighbor that the ambulance was there and my dad was on his way to the hospital. They weren’t sure what was wrong, other than he had fallen and cut his finger pretty badly. Turns out he had had a heart attack and a stroke, and had fallen twice, dislocating his shoulder as well as lacerating a finger pretty badly. I had taken Wednesday and Friday off to take advantage of the scheduled holiday, and so instead of enjoying a small vacation, I ended up driving in a panic down to Utica to care for my dad. I’ve been going down every weekend since.

His shoulder has been repaired and he’s had a pacemaker put in. He’s now in a stroke recovery facility where he will stay for about six weeks. After that it’s back to the hospital for a bypass. He’s in pretty good spirits for the most part, and seems a lot better since they’ve installed the pacemaker. He has none of the facial lameness that typically accompanies a stroke, though he does have some speech slurring and he’s having issues walking and keeping his balance.

I am exhausted, physically and emotionally just spent. I’m bummed because I have all these things I want to accomplish this year and I haven’t really been able to focus on anything except my dad and just getting through each day.

Prior to this happening, I was doing really well with eating healthy foods, counting my cals and exercising when I could. I’d lost quite a big chunk of weight and felt crazy motivated. That has all fallen to the wayside at this point, and I’m struggling to find my focus again. I’m really disappointed in myself, though I am not giving up the fight!

On the flip side, with all of this stress, I, surprisingly, am not flaring!!! Yay, Orencia!!!! It’s finally kicked in! *knocks on wood* I’ve even been walking about barefoot, something I could never do before—my feet would hurt too badly. All in all, I’m experiencing very little to no joint pain & swelling. I’m really excited and hope it continues! Kick-ass!!

I will try to post more often now that things are finally settling down a bit. I reallyreally need to get back to where I was before the holidays. I miss me. Oh, and I had a crappy birthday. So did my Dad.

Smoochies,
~TC

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sweet-1.png So much for Sunday being a day of rest. We busted our asses outside today working in the yard. While Craig took care of the leaves, and there are tons in the front yard, I cleaned out our garden & our window boxes & planters as well as trimmed all the shrubs in the front. It’s a very busy time, getting ready for the long winter ahead. All we have to do now really, is just take care of the backyard leaves. Then we can settle in for the long haul. *g*

Tomorrow’s another Monday, yay….but we’ve got a short week this week with the Thanksgiving holiday & then we both have Friday off as well. We’re not having Thanksgiving this year at our house. Instead, we’re going to Honeoye Lake and having dinner & hanging out with some close friends of ours. We’re really looking forward to it. Although, we’ll miss the Thanksgiving leftovers. *g*

Smoochies,
~TC

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no-brain-today.jpg I am literally exhausted. I hate daylight savings time. Yes, I know, we’ve actually gained an entire hour of extra sleep, and so I should not be grumpy, but yet, I’m still a little confused by that whole thing. How are we gaining, if we’re setting the clocks back?

Friday night we went out with some friends to Dinosaur BBQ for a late dinner, and then ended up hanging out in the bar, listening to the the musical stylings of the Dave Viterna Band. They were pretty good, played alot of older stuff that you could totally sing along to, and we had a great time. Because I’ve been sick for a couple weeks, and off my RA meds, we all (and by we all, I mean me and a handful of people already quite buzzed) decided it would prolly be okay for me to risk it and have a drink, something I haven’t done since the last time I was sick and off my meds. And by drink, I mean an alcoholic beverage. Namely a thick, yummy, full bodied, fluffy headed Guinness. (For those of you late to the game, I can’t drink alcohol usually as I’m on hardcore meds for RA and could severely damage my liver.) After the one beer, I felt I deserved another, and after promising Craig that I would drink HUGE amounts of water all weekend to flush it all out & get my blood tested on Friday, I drank about half of another. *wickedgrin* It was goooood. Anyway, we had an awesome time, didn’t get home ’til around 2am, and spent saturday and today just hanging around watching movies.

We have signed up with Netflix again, btw. Last week on our way out to dinner, we decided to drive by Blockbuster & pick up some movies. Apparently they’ve changed their late fee policy AGAIN. At the Blockbuster that we go to, you can now only rent a new release overnight, failing to return the movie on time will result in a late fee of $.99 per day. Needless to say, we decided then and there to end our Blockbuster patronage. It seemed alot of other customers had the same idea, as the store was pretty empty of people, and it looked like everything was in, something you don’t see very often in the New Releases. *smileshrugs* Honestly, I like Netflix better anyway.

Tomorrow’s Monday & back to work. *sigh* I am ashamed to admit it, but I have not even looked at my novel all weekend. Gotta play catch up this week. I think I’m at 2500 words or so.

Sleepy Smoochies,
~TC

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cutekit.jpg Well, I just got into work, and right now, I’m just trying to manage to function until the caffeine kicks in. I’ve been up since 5am. Though I usually get up sometime around 6am, and it’s really only a diff of an hour (and some change)-OMG. I feel like the walking dead.

I forgot to mention that I spoke with my dad Sunday night. It went ok. He assumed that we would be around for a visit Easter weekend, but that’s out of the question unfortunately as Craig will just be returning from Boston, and we want to enjoy our long weekend just the two of us. He did extend an offer to have Craig’s parents over for a visit next time they’re in town, and we could all go out to dinner, but honestly, there are so many reasons why this is not a good idea, though I do appreciate it. I know extending the invite was a huge step for him-he’s not usually like that.

I also got to hear way more details than I wanted about my father’s health issues. When Dad starts off the topic by saying “I probably shouldn’t be sharing this with you,” I know I’m going to really wish he hadn’t been so forthcoming. Yuck.

Tonight the plan is pizza, some Intervention episodes, and prolly a movie. I rented “The Holiday” & “Running With Scissors.” I’ll let you know what’s the what on ‘em as soon as I can. I really need to get caught up with my movie reviews-I’ve seen a ton of stuff over the last few weeks.

Have a great day!
Smoochies,
~TC

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