Questionable friendships

People sometimes look at me strange when I talk about taking notes in church.  Well, I do.  For me, it’s a way to pay attention and keep my mind from wandering during the 30-40 minutes that I have to sit still.  Plus it gives me something to reference and look back on.  Sometimes I take tons of notes, sometimes it’s only half a steno pad page.  Depends on who, what, etc.

This past Sunday was a big note taking day.  And for the first time I also pulled out a pen and wrote down questions as I went along.  I always have questions, I think they are healthy.  But this time I had a LOT of questions during the sermon, and I’m curious to know what others might think about it.  Continue reading

My eMailbox Overfloweth

Usually, when I check my email, I have to delete a ton of spam, then a bunch of emails from places like Target and Lowe’s that I don’t really care about to get down to the one or two really important things (like my checking account balance and something sarcastic from my brother). Today I go to check and I freaked–how on earth could I have so many?

Ah. The one person I called out in my very first post finally cleaned out her eMail box and found my blog.

Hi honey! I’ve missed you!

That’s it for today, but stay tuned for tomorrow’s weird news roundup as I found some bizarro stuff across my desk the last few days!

Now what do we do?

So four years ago there was this new show on TV.  It came on Sunday nights and it was total soap-opera material, but it was still a good show.  And the lead guy was darn good looking.  And it had some sassy supporting women in it as well.  So what if the main character was whiny and neurotic.  Gray’s Anatomy was still a good show.  B was over one night and got caught in it as well, and before I knew it every Sunday night we were making plans for dinner and to watch GA.  Double bonus for me, as I got to cook–something I don’t do that often for myself as it’s a bit boring to have leftovers for an entire week.

Well then, drat it, the people at ABC had to go mess things up.  They moved the show to a Thursday night slot.  Well B works on Thursday nights.  So Tivo, that blessed invention, once again saves the day and we still watch on Sundays.  Our party grew to three as she started seeing her high school sweetheart again, who is now her husband.  When he’s in town he joins in.  (And annoys us with ‘What happened to Burke?’ every ten minutes!) Continue reading

Friends are awesome

So today, I sat down and finally finished an email response to a friend who emailed me ten days ago.  Just trying to catch up, and then the wordy email reply.  In the email, I mentioned how I had read (again) the entire Harry Potter series and was looking for something to read that was decent, because everything I had read since just didn’t hold up.  And then on and on about other things.

So what do I find when I get home from work today?  Two boxes on the front step.  One of them was from my friend.  It was full of books.  She absolutely rocks.  I now have plenty of material to get me through the holiday weekend.  Ask and ye shall receive!

So thanks, my darling friend, and your thank you note will be in the mail tomorrow!

The bad with the good . . . and faith with it all

What is it with all these people getting sick lately? It’s the weirdest thing:

  • My former next door neighbor has stage 2 lung cancer, and when they went in to biopsy they found it had spread. They found what they thought was a clot behind the heart and when they went to remove it it disintegrated. Can’t take most pain meds, so he’s stuck. Finally at home, though, but still a horribly sick man. Still, he was in the hospital when they found the clot, which could have killed him within days.
  • Girl from church has a sister that had aneurysms on both sides of her brain. One burst, one did not. They were able, in two different surgeries, to remove the one and clean up the other. Remarkably, she has very little noticeable side effects and is doing very well. Continue reading

Sunday Evening Wrap up

While I sit here and try to find something to write about tonight (something every day since April 11, almost halfway to the 60 day goal!) I am not finding much that is topic worthy in the news or in general. So here is a wrap up of a few things that have been going on and then some results from surfing around WordPress for news: Continue reading

Divorce sucks.

So having dinner with H tonight I got to get the update on the divorce situation.  I was good friends with both her and C, and worked for C at several locations over the years.  But since the separation a few years ago I just haven’t had the desire to remain in close contact with him.  I love him like a brother, always have.  But every single time I have seen him since the split he has insulted me, offended me, made me cry, insulted my friends, my family, and my character.  I just cannot take it any more, so I don’t go to any efforts to speak to him any longer.  I have heard from him exactly once in the last two (three?) years, when he called my office at 530pm on a Saturday in a drunken stupor and left a long garbling message.  I know he has complained to his sister that I have been letting him down as a friend, but after the last encounter I just couldn’t bring myself to go through that any more.

And this is the clincher.  H and mother of child #3, J, are trying to prove that he is an unfit parent.  Two weeks ago they went to pick up the kids and were convinced that C had been drinking.  C, determined to prove that he was sober, called the cops himself to prove that he was sober.  J and H just found out the results this week.

He blew a 0.16 on the breathalyser–twice.  That’s 2x the legal limit.  And he flunked the eye exam.

So today, H had to tell the kids that they wouldn’t be seeing their father for awhile because he was sick.  And the youngest, S, asked if that was why daddy was shouting and so mad all the time.  It just breaks my heart.  And H, bless her heart, has really held it together well for the kids.  I’m not so sure I’d be that good in her shoes.

Divorce just sucks for kids that age.

Thunder, Lightning, and no Rain

I’m sitting in my recliner, typing away, and there is the most fantastic thunderstorm going on outside.  Only there is no rain.  Lightning, rumbling, heavy claps of thunder, and not a drop of water anywhere.  Still kind of cool, though!  Plus it made the temperature drop by several degrees, which I always like!  The thunder and lightning got heavy enough that I even had to get out of the hammock and come inside for the night.

So today I had to work up north at one of our satellite locations and lord almighty I was tired by 1pm.  Getting up at 6 just doesn’t agree with me.  Plus, I haven’t waited tables in about 3 years, and I have lost my legs!  I ran my rear off, trying to make sure that I was able to help as much as possible without getting in the way.  When things slowed down for a few minutes I realized exactly how much I hurt.  We had a good time, though, and L and I yapped the whole way home so that I wouldn’t fall asleep we were so tired!  I got home at 3, and thought I was going to pass out from exhaustion but I knew I was meeting H and the kids for dinner at that gastronomic delight, Cici’s Pizza.

We actually had a great time.  We were there for almost 2 hours, and each of the kids gave me a plant for my birthday.  I can’t wait to plant the lily in the front yard, but have no idea where to plant S’s zinnia that I won’t kill it.  And H gave me Othello, that great game from our childhood (and one I surprisingly don’t have).  The kids wanted to play, so I sat at the restaurant and played a game with each of them, to teach them the game.  Like I said, we had a great time.  Plus, hey, cheap date!

And if I don’t eat pizza for another six months, I think that would be just fine by me.