Mwah. It's been a great day. Tennis early, followed by taking my one and only early to school so she can spend the next 3 days at Penn State competing in a science fair. So I drank coffee, had brunch, and played with the dogs on an 80 degree day in May. All in all, perfection.
happy mother's day, rundeep. it must have been at least 5 years ago when i sat at my kitchen table laughing a little too much like a lunatic at "fiascos". turns out i wasn't the only one. you are, as they say, a peach.
Thanks sweeits. A few months ago, I broke down, did the muppie (middle aged yuppie?) thing and bought an iphone. Recently acquired the This American Life app and promptly listened to Fiascoes. I just about got kicked off the quiet car of the train, I was snorffling so loudly. I could listen to that a minimum of once a week (which is my usual consumption time for The Big Lebowski). You can get every TAL show they've ever done, and it's wonderful. Through it, I recently got turned on to Dr. Horrible (on YouTube, with Neil Patrick Harris), a musical blog about superheroes and wannabe villains directed and written (including the music) by Joss Whedon. I don't know how I missed this before, but oh my god it's wonderful. You.Must.Watch. BTW, you've done your Mama proud.
Between peeks at Arsenio vs Clay - This Time It's Personal, I watched American Experience - The Amish last night, increasing my Amish knowledge by a factor of 10. As much as I admire their dedication (the smoke detector/building code violation thing was a hoot) I'm not sure I'd make a good Amish person. It's not that I have a problem with faith and family being the cornerstones, but they don't seem to be enjoying themselves very much.
"mind the english, lad."yeah, pbs is ruining my life. i've got carson's bio on american masters tonight up against the bachelorette and smash; then tomorrow i've got frontline's meth epidemic up against fashion star. jee wiz, pbs, show these things in the middle of the night when i can't sleep.
Carson: American Masters- 10 minutes. I can watch the White Sox another time. I loved Johnny.
Oh good, Carson doesn't come on until 9. I can watch some bezboll. That is weird, wild stuff...
My Caroline was in that same science fair 10 years ago. Her entry: which nail polish holds up the longest? She had two mannequin hands with fake nails. HELLO Everyone!!! I've. Been trying to post on here for months and cannot get through. Hope this one clears customs
happy mothers' day, topazz. forgive me, but i was wondering how your dad is doing.
topazz lol. Sara's was about the amount of force a bare foot endures as opposed to a sneaker when running. Force plates, modified shoes and a friend was all she wrote. And she won a first in the state! (And probably attended at least one frat party, but she's smart enough not to tell me. Being, of course, like switters kin, horribly deformed).
switters, thank you for asking. I am still living with my father, he is still alive and still as sharp mentally as he ever was. Physically however, it has been a very steady decline over the past 6 months since I moved in. Even though he still has a good appetite, pulmonary fibrosis uses up every ounce of energy and he's down to about 110 pounds. Two weeks ago, we added a nighttime caregiver because my siblings and I can no longer lift or move him at all, he is so weak that he can't even push out a bm (sorry, but that's a whole 'nother chapter of caregiving in itself) Having a nighttime person take care of him has made a major difference in my life because now I actually sleep at night. I no longer worry that I'll wake up and find that he died overnight. The person we have at night is like an angel, and she knows to wake me if death appears imminent. I think he's lasted this long because he comfortable and in his own home and surrounded by people who love him. Adding nighttime help doubled the cost of caregiving to $10k a month. I have to give my parents a lot of credit, they actually saved for their retirement (even with 8 kids!) they had great insurance coverage, and we've been paying all the bills from my dad's checking account. Come July, we will take out a home equity line of credit on his house to continue to pay for it. I never dreamed he would still be here in May, let alone July.
I'm not sure, as I get older, that there's anything more... important than doing right by one's parents. And I suspect that the nighttime nurse is more likely than not an actual angel.
She's a tall black woman from Kenya. She has this lovely presence about her, very calming - my father liked her immediately, and her name is Mary like my mother. You would be amazed at the range and level of "caretakers" we went through until finding the perfect combination of three. My eyes have been opened by this whole experience with my father. I look at each of my 4 children and wonder which one of them would do this for me, when I get old and/or sick. Hard thing to gauge, when they're all still in their early 20's. I've decided that when the time comes, I may just have to take a long walk into the ocean
topazz, so sorry to hear the status, so glad to know you at least have help and good help. Still looking forward to having you, someday, become my neighbor.
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