Oh, by the way...
Aug. 13th, 2010
02:26 am - New news
It is official. Maria now has her very first, he actually asked her (twice) to be his girlfriend, boyfriend. He's about four years older than she, which at 20 and 24 really isn't that big a deal. They have shared interests - they met at an Anime convention this summer. He has called or texted or called and texted her every single day since she came home.
She's very nervous, though. She has been in therapy for almost four years now, but she's still not really comfortable with the idea of an adult-type relationship. And while I beat myself up over it each and every day, I did get her out when I could. I just couldn't do it soon enough.
But... he's well dressed, and soft-spoken, and he respects her and wants to make something of his life. And he really does seem to want to get to know her better. I've got to give him credit for that, as well as for hanging in there when she initially told him she wasn't interested. (In a nice way, of course.)
However, I have informed her that there will be no dreads at the wedding. (Not that she's planning one, but still...)
May. 16th, 2010
08:02 pm - Round, round, get around...
visited 36 states (72%)
Create your own visited map of The United States
May. 15th, 2010
A year ago my little girl was getting ready to be graduated from high school. Yesterday she arrived home from her first year in college. What a difference a year makes!!
I left here on the 22nd of April and drove out there to pick her up and move her things out of the dorm. She'll be in an apartment with two other girls next year, but I have no doubt that she's ready.
She has learned to live with others, to set good priorities (B averages both semesters), to take good care of her health, and to set aside time for fun. I can't think of anything more I would want for her first year.
We stopped in Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, Dallas and New Orleans on the way home to Ohio...where we will be off and on until mid-August when it will be time to take her back to her new home.
Apr. 21st, 2010
06:02 am - Happy Birthday, Maria
Twenty years ago today you came into this world... with a bad attitude! You were pissed off at the way my body was treating you, and by golly, you were going to let me know about it. I'll never forget your glare from across the room as I entered the nursery, and your insistence on holding your breath whenever someone pulled a shirt over your head. Just had to make all the bells and whistles go off to let us know you were in charge.
Three pounds even (we all know Dr. Paul gave you that quarter ounce by putting his finger on the scale with you) and mad as a wet hen! You were a survivor then, and you are a survivor now.
You have grown into a lovely and talented young lady. Yes, you have your flaws (we all do) and no, you aren't the most reliable speller in the world, but you are intelligent, warm, loving and the very best daughter anyone could ever want.
I hope this year will bring you all the joy in the world, and that you will embrace every new experience with the zest you have shown for so many others. (Except the whole Ohio thing... you didn't embrace that one very well)
I love you.
Mar. 10th, 2010
Update on me:
The gluten-free thing is going much better. I'm almost to the point of actually accepting it, and have finally managed to clean out all my cupboards. Now it is just a matter of getting used to cooking again. I've lived on cheap tv dinners for too long.
Bernie(my therapist) has been saying for years that I need to get involved with something - this could be it. I am planning to attend at least one convention this year, and will do more as time and money allow. Cooking and medicine... two former great interests.
Filled out Maria's financial aid stuff this week. We're not going to be taking any expensive vacations this year! Just the trips to and from California. (And perhaps a short stint in Florida for the new Harry Potter stuff at Universal)
Mar. 2nd, 2010
12:18 pm - Happy Birthday, Serista!
Hope you are having a wonderful time, and being waited on hand and foot, as is your due. At least today!
Feb. 18th, 2010
I need a little advice. You see, my debit card was compromised this week, and I wound up with several charges (including one for $518.00) showing up on my account.
I've spoken with the companies involved, and they are reversing the charges, and the bank is rush shipping me a new card (ugh... now I have to change everything I have on auto-pay.)
However, I need to know how to avoid having this happen again with the new card. I've only gone to one new place in the past two weeks, but that is the one and only shop in the area that caries gluten-free flour, pasta, bread and all that jazz. So I'm kind of stuck shopping there. And while I know it might not have happened there, I've not had this problem in the three years I've lived here and gone to all the other places I shop/visit the doctor/pay the hospital, etc.
So... what to do? Do I start looking for another store, or just hope it doesn't happen again?
Feb. 13th, 2010
03:05 pm - Happy Birthday, hooloovooo !
Hope your day will be incredible, and your year to come... even better.
Feb. 8th, 2010
One of the many internet places I call home:
Visit Gluten-Free Faces
Feb. 7th, 2010
03:03 am - CONGRATULATIONS, FIRESTARTER9!!!!!
Hope your day was incredible, that everything went according to plan, and that you will have a magnificent and very long life together.
(Posting for the future... when you get back from the honeymoon and have time for LJ again)
Feb. 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm - celiac sprue
Okay, body. Now I'm just mad. Enough of this stupid shit. Get over yourself.
Just exactly when does it get to be too much? Too much to handle? Too much effort? Too much trouble to even try to keep up with the nonsense?
Biopsy results came back today. Thank goodness I love rice and potatoes, but I hate, hate, hate the idea of giving up my snaps pretzels, my eggs benedict, my girl scout cookies. Not to mention all the other things that contain wheat, or some other obscure source of gluten.
I know it is going to take some time to process this new "thing" that's happened. And I know that eventually I will do so, and will take advantage of all the resources available to me to help make this easier. But today? Today I want to hit every fast food place within fifty miles, shove two, three, four or six pans of brownies, cakes, pies down my throat, and follow it all up with a case of beer. And I don't even like beer.
Feb. 1st, 2010
07:57 am - Perception
In my mind's eye, I see you. As I read your journals, and vicariously enjoy/sympathize with your lives, I picture you. You are young, outgoing, intelligent and beautiful.
All of you.
You have seen and done things I can only imagine. You have people in your lives I would love to meet, get to know, have as friends. You constantly amaze me with your resiliency and your zest for life.
Jan. 31st, 2010
I'm feeling restless again. Guess it is time to start planning another trip! I have to make the plans for bringing Maria home from college in May... I'll probably be leaving here on the 22nd of April to make sure I'm there in time to get her things into storage before the dorm closes on May 1st.
After that, I'm considering visiting a number of people on the way home - I want to bring her home via the south, as she has never seen the any of the wonderful things the southwest has to offer, and I've never really seen the southern states either. Not to mention, we've got friends in Texas, Mississippi (I hope, anyway), Florida and Tennessee.
It may be a short trip - just getting us home - or we might take most of a month to do it, so I have to plan for both options while making sure she does get to see at least the best sights along the way.
Jan. 7th, 2010
While watching Celebrity Rehab this evening (yes, I know... but my daughter got me hooked on it) a thought occurred to me. Unlike several of the people on there this season who turn to drugs to combat lonliness, I turn to food. (And nicotine, but that's another story entirely)
I've been lonely so long it feels normal to me now. And that, my friends, is just sad.
Jan. 1st, 2010
12:16 am - Happy New Year!!!
Hope all of you have a wonderful new year and that all your wishes will come true.
Me? I'm just glad 2009 is finally over. I think my resolution for this year will be not to repeat last year.
Dec. 30th, 2009
09:24 am - Happy Birthday Julia!!
Hope you will have a great day, and will get some time to yourself!!
Dec. 5th, 2009
Mom is gone.
They had started her on morphine a couple of days ago, and evidently once she was out of pain and able to rest, she decided it was time.
Dec. 2nd, 2009
I've been watching a friend (yet another!) support a spouse with terminal cancer. They thought they had longer to prepare for hospice and funeral expenses but as Mactavish put it, " the schedule sort of shifted away from their
plans -- Money's needed sooner rather than later ...
Please have a look if you've got a handful of bucks to... spare. Paypal's even waiving fees for a minute or two."
Can you even imagine having to plan all of this while he's still alive? It's fucking heartbreaking and feels just plain bad.
Please feel free to boost the signal.
Nov. 12th, 2009
So I'm bleeding internally. Obviously not very much, but still... Three weeks ago I called the doctor's office to try to make an appointment. Told them he had seen me in the hospital this summer, and asked them to call me back.
Two weeks ago I went to my regular doc's office and asked if they could try to reach this guy for me.
Today I got a call. He wants to see me for an office visit. In December.
Why do I get the feeling that he's going to be another one who doesn't listen - just tells me what he wants me to do and gives me no reasons for it?
I miss my California doctors. Almost worth the price of the airline ticket to see people who are willing to work with me.
Oct. 25th, 2009
Ishtar Fool: My thoughts are with dianakalt right now: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=28053623
TMF: CameraNerd is gone / Queen D's Musings
CameraNerd died today. He had a seizure this morning about 5 minutes after I arrived at the hospital to see him, and then went code blue. He was taken to the hospital but they were unable to revive him.
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