Archive for September, 2008

It’s been a week and a half…

Posted in From My Brain on September 30, 2008 by TodaysAddiction

It’s been a week and a half, and I really haven’t had much to say.
I’m processing stuff, talking to Mom every couple of days to check in.

Working. We are changing a few things up at the shop, I have a love-hate relationship with projects. And maybe a little ADD because I’ll start projects with the best of intentions and run out of energy, funds, attention, passion prior to it being done.

I am happy with the progress from the house. The last tenant destroyed the basement, but the kids have everything ripped out, sealed and are ready to start replacing some of the beams, next is drywall, floors, ceilings and paint. In a few more weeks, it should done down there.
Oh, gutters… anyone know a good gutter guy? Did I tell you the last guy swiped the gutters off of the house, the window air conditioner and the blinds off of the windows? grrr….

Anyway, I don’t have much to share today, but when I get “funky” I tend to ignore you… but because I’m “funky” I didn’t want to…

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Downloads and inner thoughts…

Posted in Family, From My Brain on September 20, 2008 by TodaysAddiction

I made it home from Missouri.  As expected there were some sad things, but there were lots of good things too.  It was great to see my Aunties, Uncle and Cousin.  Mom seems to be handling her situation much better than I’d expected.  The Brother and Sister time was awesome… I feel like the three of us have settled into our “childhood roles” which is comforting in a weird way.

Last night I downloaded a couple of movies on i-tunes to watch on the plane, a couple that I’d wanted to see but hadn’t gotten around to yet.  I pulled the first one up and about 3/4 of the way through it I had to wonder what the hell I was thinking with my movie choice.  I’d downloaded “The Bucket List”.
(The Bucket list is a 2007 American film from Warner Bros. Pictures written by Justin Zackham, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Beverly Todd, and Rob Morrow. The story follows two terminally ill men (Nicholson and Freeman) on a road trip with a wish list of things to do before they die.)

I’m thinking a shrink would have a hey-day with my subconscious movie choice.

After the movie I was left with a few observations regarding my Mom:
She may not have always played by the rules, but at least she was an active player.
She’s had more life-experiences than most people ever will.
She made her life on her terms.
Sometimes she made the best of bad situations, and sometimes she made the worst of good ones… and that’s OK.
She always kept moving forward.
She lived a life that made some kind of sense for her (her bucket list) and it really doesn’t matter if some people don’t understand that, if one cannot live their lives for themselves, then what’s the point??

OK… enough thinking for one night, I’m tired and going to bed.

Genetics and Travel…

Posted in Family, From My Brain on September 17, 2008 by TodaysAddiction

So my Sister, Brother and I are headed to Missouri… To tell our Mom bye.  Things are not well with her at all.  Luckily we were all able to make the same trip at the same time so she can see all of us, but also so we can learn how sibling get through family things… We’ve never done this before.

More sad stuff later, we were talking about genetics in this post.

The plan was for my sister and I to fly to Kansas City, meet there, spend the night then drive a rental car down and meet our Brother at Mom’s.  I had a very short lay over in Fort Worth.  I got my boarding pass out, I’m at the gate, and I see that I’ve booked the flight to St. Louis rather than Kansas City.  A tearful stop at the ticket counter (and a credit card) and I was on the next flight from Fort Worth to Kansas City.  I tried calling my sister, but she was scheduled to land a couple of hours before me so she was in the air when I called.

I get to Kansas City, much relieved to be here, and feeling quite dumb for mis-booking my flight.  I call my Sister and you’ll never guess where she is….  Driving the rental car from St. Louis to Kansas City.  She did the exact same damn thing.

She should be here soon, and will likely kill me when she sees this… hopefully I’ll be home before she checks blogs.

More about the trip itself as it comes.

Driving Without A Map

Posted in From My Brain on September 14, 2008 by TodaysAddiction

I have become a person who likes to use a map when driving in unfamiliar places. I really want to know what’s ahead and how to navigate the terrain before I get there. And while I’m also a fan of ‘taking it as it comes’, having a basic idea of the general out-lay is ever so helpful.
I’m navigating a situation (more later about that) and I’m not sure at all about the terrain. I’ve never been here before. It’s really important to me that I successfully navigate this, however I don’t have a map, a compass, a clue. I don’t want to get “lost” on this journey as I will only have one opportunity to take this particular trip and while I know there is no “right” way to navigate this, I really don’t want to do it “wrong”.

Stork to Bring New Grand-Baby!

Posted in From My Brain on September 6, 2008 by TodaysAddiction

At about 12 weeks right now, this little package isn’t due to arrive until mid-March.