and, as such, I’m out on the couch watching episodes of Dirty Jobs, hoping that maybe I’ll drift off again in a few. I have this horrible habit of cracking my knuckles in bed when I can’t get to sleep…popping any joint that I can get to pop, actually, and rather than driving Joey nuts (or at least cause him to have some horrible dream), I’d come out to the living room and give him some peace and quiet. He’s had a hard time getting enough sleep too.
My friend Angela lost her dog yesterday. She found out at work and had to leave to go be with her family. He was 17 and had been with her through so many significant times in her life. I cried off and on all day because I was so sad for her and because it threw me back into memories of Puss and then brought to mind the fact that Shelli is four already. In just a couple more years, she’ll be considered a senior cat. I almost can’t bear the thought of it. And, because I’m sick like that, I Googled “memorial poems for pets” and read them and cried and cried. I’m not sure why I did that…it seems a little twisted in retrospect.
I know that a lot of this is hormones…honestly, guys, my hormones have been so jacked up after the mental apocalypse that was the last six months that I don’t know whether I’m coming or going emotionally. I’m going back to my PCP in the fall (so I can lose some more weight and he won’t tell me how fat I am) to try to get everything straightened out. One thing I do appreciate about the first part of the year is that it’s renewed my motivation to take control of my own health and pay attention to myself rather than simply trying to get out of bed in the morning.
Over the past two weeks, I’ve been going back and reading my previous blogs, and I noticed that the past several ones have been pretty superficial…I’m sorry for that. Honestly, I’ve done a pretty good job of pretending that I was doing okay…half of me didn’t want to be seen as weak and the other half didn’t want to burden others since most of my acquaintances didn’t really care about my situation anyway. This whole ordeal has given me a new perspective on my friends at work and has made me appreciate so much how they really do care about me. Even though I’m not thrilled about being in the cubicle world all day, I’m pretty blessed with coworkers who are really my friends and who worry about how I’m doing.
Chris and Daisy, I’ve been clinging to you every day. It’s been a great help to have your blogs to read first thing in the mornings.
My bridesmaid dress fitting is on Thursday and I’m totally dreading it like it’s a trip to the dentist or a pap smear or something. I’ve only lost about twenty pounds, and I was aiming for fifty or sixty. I don’t even know if it’s really going to make a difference in the size of the dress. I’m going to keep working on it, though, and I’ll probably go back toward the end of September to get fitted again.
I’m back on the thesis horse. I feel like I can do it now that I’m more mentally stable, so I’m going to get that sucker done and graduate in December. It’ll be taking an extra semester, but I’m okay with that.
Phil is hanging in there. He’s got some more chemo and then a scan on the 31st that’ll dictate whether or not he can have the surgery to remove the diseased part of his pancreas. If so, the surgery will happen on September 14th. He and his family are so amazing and so strong.
So, that’s the heavy part of my life-update. Here’s what I’m looking forward to now that I’m not an emotional basket case:
- knitting again!! I’ve got two patterns and pretty yarn for some excellent frocks for Miss Daisy the Curly Cat :).
- writing, both academically and personally. Blogging has always been theraputic for me, and I really appreciate that there are a precious few people out there who, for some ungodly reason, are interested in what I have to say. I love each and every one of you.
- frugality. Since we bought the camper last month, we’re going to have to be much more prudent with our funds to be able to handle paying for it. I’m looking forward to having frugal challenges again and seeing just how much we can do with our funds.
- Fall! Summer isn’t really fun for me now that I’m not in school and don’t get any time off. And now that it’s so freaking hot here now. I don’t remember it being quite so hot when I was younger. Fall is the time of year when I really thrive and I’m at my best. There’s something about the crisp air, pumpkins, spices, the changing leaves, fall camping. It makes me feel alive.
Well, that’s all of the inner monologue that I have tonight, folks. I’m going to kick back on the couch, start another episode of Dirty Jobs, and hope that I’ll be able to doze off for a while before my alarm goes off at 6:15.