By now you know on Tuesdays I do what I’m dubbing a #MomUpdate, or a longer post over at Medium detailing my mom’s recovery from her strokes and subsequent complications. You can read the newest one here. Maybe I’ll make a page with the posts too, but it will have to be later.
So, given the new schedule of visiting and the drive, it leaves me less time for us here, at least on Tuesdays.
Until I started doing the updates, I didn’t realize how much I linger over posts. I feel like this is our morning chat, a few minutes over coffee at the beginning of the day.
Well, the mid-morning of the day.
But now, by the time I’m done with the other post, I have to cram a lot in before missing the entire middle of the day.
My mom’s worth it though. I GUESS.
Just kidding. I may be a little punchy at this point.
I have something going on with my eye, I think I got some bathroom cleaner on the lid. I’m glad it was just the lid, but I’m strictly glasses right now, and you glasses wearers know it’s a challenge with the masks. I got a whole bunch of things that are supposed to help them not fog.
So far, not great, but I’ll keep trying.
That’s it for me today, I hope you have an amazing, lovely Tuesday.
First things first, here is the link for the latest update about my mom. It’s become a Tuesday ritual, really.
Today, like yesterday, is gray, though today, unlike yesterday, it’s not supposed to rain.
I don’t know that I believe the experts on this one. And a fellow Chicagoan mentioned the rain with her commute this morning so…
So today I guess it will be tough going getting there and getting home. Woo. Hoo.
But some wise philosopher once said you gotta do what you gotta do, and that’s what I gotta do.
Anyway, I have to get ready to do it, so I’m off. Have a great Tuesday.
This will be brief, I used up all my writing time this morning on the update about my mom. It’s tough finding a balance with the distance and the visits and the traffic.
And today, the weather. I think it’s raining.
It’s probably raining.
And I’m running, only not literally. Very figuratively, as I’ll be sitting in a car for an undetermined amount of time. The length of the trip is never predictable and never the same.
Have a great Tuesday.
First things first, if you’re looking for an update on my mom, you can read it here. The short version is the stress is taking its toll.
Today is sunny, and it might be warm or cooling off for Fall, I’m not really sure. Sitting here, right now, writing, I’m a little chilly.
But I don’t think I’m going to grab my sweatshirt. It seems far.
I’ve got quiet now, but I didn’t earlier, when I was doing the update. Upbeat, loud voices from the hallway as I tried to put this ordeal into words.
Incongruous, to put it mildly.
Lately my sleep has been packed with strange dreams, weird happenings that make sense at the time, but are ludicrous in the light of day. Perhaps that’s to be expected.
Regardless, they leave me unrested. Perhaps that’s also to be expected.
Anyway, that’s it for me this Tuesday. I hope you have a great one.
Things aren’t going well. In fact, they’re going disastrously. I am not ready to write about them in a longer format, and since that’s largely for me to think things out, I won’t be doing a Tuesday update today.
Life feels hard and then something comes along and makes it harder, I guess.
Anyway I hope you’re having a better Tuesday than I am.
If you’re following along with my mom’s progress after her stroke, the third part is up. It’s been a long three weeks.
I’m behind today, I’m not sure why or how, but I’m going separately to the hospital. I just knew I wouldn’t be ready and I didn’t want an artificial deadline.
See? Self care. I gave myself a break.
We’re so quick to judge ourselves and push ourselves and demand the impossible from ourselves. And for what?
Often, it doesn’t make an appreciable difference.
So give yourself a little extra time. Everything doesn’t have to be rushed. Just because the drum beats, it doesn’t mean you have to dance to it.
And that’s it for today. Have a great Tuesday.
I wrote an update about my mom, you can read it here.
Technology is against me today, I hope that doesn’t carry through beyond my current issues. I’d love it if we could just get on the same virtual page.
Stress is a constant right now, and even the small things are magnified a thousand times, again and again, little irritations insurmountable obstacles.
Even the phones seem to have it in for me. Phones.
You know it’s rough when they’ve turned on you.
Anyway, I don’t have much else for you today, I hope you have a great Tuesday.
I know I’ve been cagey. I know I’ve been nonspecific.
I know I’ve danced around it, and I did it deliberately.
It was too long to go into detail here, so I put it all down in an article on Medium.
Read it if you’d like. Or feel free not to, you’re not required to have that much interest in my life, not here where all you expect is a dollop of a quick read.
The short version is my Mom is in the hospital. She’s not great but she could be much worse.
Like so much of life.
And I’m all confessed out. I hope you have a lovely Tuesday.
The kind that blows air, rather than the adoring kind. Although maybe it adores me.
You never know.
It was rattling, it turned out the piece that is supposed to lock the blade into place had come loose and it wouldn’t tighten. And yet, through the magic of foil tape, I fixed it.
No more rattle.
It’s amazing what you can do with a little ingenuity.
Meanwhile, it’s a sunny hazy day and I couldn’t manage to make coffee properly. So you can see how that’s going.
I really want more but I was slow in making it, and I think it may be too late in the day. Oh the coffee dilemma.
Awake now, awake much much later.
Anyway, that’s it for me on this Tuesday. Have a wonderful day.
It’s a muggy, gray day today, and I’m not sure if the moisture in the air is rain or humidity. I’s just hanging there, it could be either.
Yesterday I had a horrendous experience at the euphemistically-named “Best Buy.” Here’s the story, in case you want a bit more to read:
And after my blood stopped boiling this morning (who am I kidding, I will be angry about this forever, especially since I’ve gotten no response) I got to thinking about the name. “Best Buy.”
Given the lack of service and the striking lack of product in the store, it’s extremely optimistic. “Mediocre Buy” might be closer. Or just “Buy.”
The pandemic has changed the face of the world. People learned to navigate without disinterested employees in sports casual shirts putting their greatest effort into not helping you. The asteroid is coming, oh dinosaurs. Evolution is on its way.
And you don’t see a thing.
Have a great Tuesday.