I am SO tired today! We got back last night from three days in the Sacramento and Placerville areas to celebrate my grandmother’s 90th birthday. What an event! My aunt Susan has spent months gathering photos; the objective was to have a picture from each birthday. She ended up only missing 12. It was awesome to see my grandmother’s life like that. It was a fabulous trip with several emotional moments. Saturday evening we congregated at my aunt and uncle’s house in Pollock Pines and scattered my dad’s ashes. Sunday was the party for my grandmother, Clara. The amazing thing is that her older brother, Howard, was there. He lives in Los Gatos and will be 96 in August. He is in assisted living right now and needs a walker to get around but his mental faculties are still intact and he’s doing pretty darn well! My grandmother still lives on her own, though she does use a cane now. She is an amazing woman and the most prominent role model in my life. I took a bunch of pictures and some of them are up on my flickr account. I’m too busy right now to put them in the post but they can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jillejones
Archive for May, 2007
Last night I finished Noah’s Sampler Reborn by Just Nan. It is for my mom as a belated gift for Mother’s Day. Here it is:
I thought I’d include a cute picture of Luke, too, from the Padres game last month. That’s my brother, the Dodger fan, next to him.
That’s all I’ve got for today; my grandmother’s 90th birthday is on Monday so we’re flying up to Sacramento for the party on Sunday, and to scatter my dad’s ashes on Saturday (at my aunt and uncle’s property in the mountains of Pollock Pines). It should be an emotional weekend but I am really looking forward to seeing everyone.
Well since Melissa (http://missycor.u.yuku.com/) and Christine (http://mtrlgirl.blogspot.com/) have both tagged me now I guess I’d better get this posted! I’m always so bad about waiting awhile to do these and then there’s no one left to tag; I’m pretty sure that’s the case again here. Oh well! Here goes:
8 Random Things – The Rules
1. Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves
2. People who are tagged write a blog post about their own 8 random things and post these rules
3. At the end of your blog you need to tag 8 people and post their names
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
My 8 random things:
1. I love spoilers and I always read them. If I watch a show (like The Amazing Race) I will actually go online to find out who won as soon as it’s aired on the East Coast. I also flip to the end of a book well before I’m done reading it; I just can’t stand not knowing the outcome!
2. I am very particular about food (ie, I will only eat lettuce in a salad, not on a sandwich, taco or burger, and the only time I’ll eat ketchup is with mustard on a hot dog. Mayonnaise is horrifying to me).
3. I don’t like to swim in natural bodies of water because the plants and fish freak me out.
4. I want to visit all 50 states someday but so far I’m only up to 15.
5. I was in Girl Scouts for 12 years and got to do amazing things because of it (a month in Alaska and 3.5 weeks in Sweden, they were called “Wider Opportunities” back then).
6. I was a band nerd in high school (played flute and trumpet and the quads in drumline).
7. Hiking and camping are two of my most favorite things to do and I hope to visit every National Park someday.
8. Despite the fact that they’re totally cheesy, I love ABBA. My cellphone plays “The Dancing Queen” when one of my best friends calls.
In other news I’ve been frantically stitching on Just Nan’s “Noah’s Sampler Reborn”. It’s a gift for my mom for Mother’s Day. Yes I’m aware that was two days ago. I won’t see her until this weekend, though, so I’m hopeful that I can finish it before then. I’ll be going home for lunch most days this week to get it finished.
I’m also busy planning a trip for July. We originally wanted to go to Europe but it’s too expensive right now (since I’m not paying for it I certainly am in no position to complain! I’m just happy to get to go somewhere this summer.). We’re planning to go up to the Banff/Jasper/Lake Louise area for a week. Unfortunately the original dates we were considering coincide with the Calgary Stampede so we may adjust our plans a bit. We’re planning to go to the Columbia Icefields, do some river rafting, and hike as much as possible! That should get us in good shape for backpacking in August (though I’m still waiting to see if we got a wilderness permit or not).
So things are going pretty well here. I have Luke signed up for summer activities and he’s doing really well in school. He’d already finished this week’s math homework when I picked him up from ESS yesterday.
Oh, the other big news I have is that my middle brother, Matt, asked his girlfriend’s parent’s permission to get married and they said yes (well, first her dad asked if he had a choice or not, but I’m pretty sure he was joking since her parents like him for some crazy reason). I’m so excited! I really like her and I think they’re good together. She doesn’t put up with his crap which is definitely a good thing. He said they’re planning to pick out a ring and make the engagement official next month and they’re looking around Easter of next year. I can’t wait!
Yesterday morning I woke up and I actually felt okay. I’ve had good days and bad days this past year, some more extreme than others. But yesterday was the first day that I woke up and felt good and “normal,” like I was doing more than just barely existing. I don’t remember the last time I truly felt that way. I’ve felt for a long time like I’m barely keeping my head above water and I’m just hanging on waiting to be sucked under completely. I don’t feel that way right now. I’ve been so preoccupied with what the future will hold that I’ve been forgetting to enjoy the present. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop planning ahead; I am a planner and I don’t think I can change that about myself. I do think I can work on not worrying so much, though. Life is too short and precious to be spent worrying about what might or might not happen.
My home is still computer-less, though all of my data has been rescued. Tom has been running diagnostics on my machine and can’t figure out what’s wrong with it. I have sporadic internet access at his house and at work but it would be nice to get it back at home! I can access my flickr account from work again so I’ll try to take some stitching pictures soon and upload them.
The next big thing I’m going to obsess about is how to get out of debt. I have a TON of debt, mostly due to the divorce. I haven’t made headway since I am stretched pretty thin but I’m thinking it’s time to start making a plan to eradicate it. I’m not sure how, exactly; I may have to get creative. I’m inventorying my stitching supplies so maybe I’ll see what I can part with.
I can’t tell how many times I was told that it would “take time” to feel better. I’m not saying that I’m suddenly “better.” It’s been a traumatic year! But I’m hanging in there and I’m healing and I think I just might actually be okay in the end.
So another quick recap post while I wait for my computer to work again. My mom and one of my brothers came down Sunday for the Padres/Dodgers game. It went 17 innings! We didn’t stay for the whole game but we had to watch the rest as soon as we got back to my place. It was the first time I’d been to the new ballpark downtown; it’s fabulous! Oh and I got to cross of another “101 things” item since attending a game at the new ballpark was on the list. Yay!
The only bad part about the day (well, except for being underdressed since it was very hot the day before) was thinking about how much my dad would have loved to be there. That was pretty damn awful; it was the first professional baseball game I’d been to since the family day at Dodger Stadium with Luke, my dad, and the same brother a couple years ago. I teared up a bit at a couple points during the game because I missed my dad so much. There’s no crying in baseball, I know…
On a very positive note my other brother found out yesterday that he got in to UC Berkeley so he’s 4 for 4 and has a big decision to make this month! I think he’d have the best time at Berkeley.
I’ve been stitching some; I haven’t finished anything in awhile, not that I could post a picture if I had. I can’t even upload a picture from work because now the work firewall blocks “personal storage” sites (ie, photo sites like webshots and flickr). Do you know how much it sucks to go for a quick browse on the bb’s during a break and not be able to see 90% of the pictures?! Well it sucks immensely. But I have indeed been stitching and I’ll have pictures to share if my computer ever works again…