Friday, August 25, 2017

Shhhh... It's a Secret

Look at this! Two blog posts in two days! (I didn't realize it was that cold out...)

Anyway, I told you I had a secret. Maybe it isn't really a secret as much as it is a plan. Here it is:

I'm going on a trip! 

Last spring I told the Stern German, who does not want to use his vacation time to travel... but to hunt, that if I found a reasonable airfare to somewhere that I would buy it. Where did I want to go? I almost didn't care. I just wanted something to look forward to and to plan. I love planning adventures.

Over the course of a couple of weeks I tracked different fares and eded up seeing a red hot deal from Chicago to Amsterdam. So, I bought it! The flight was close to $325. Then I bought a cheap round trip ticket from Minneapolis to Chicago a few weeks later.

I am going to Amster...DAM! I will also take the train to Paris and Brussels before flying back out of Amster...DAM!

Now I'm working out where I am staying... trying to keep this trip from being expensive. Thinking of staying in hostels and also using Couchsurfing and Airbnb.

If you have any advice for me, I'll take it. I'm packing lightly and heading out in October!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Back to Blogging... yeah, right...

Well, my intentions were good in stating that I was "back to blogging"... however... here it is over two month later and I haven't posted again!

Life is (maybe, possibly) finally feeling a little bit less crazy. But, as I type that, I realize that tomorrow holds two out-of-town doctor appointments with my mom and four grandkids coming over for the evening... so... maybe it will always be this crazy! (Damn.)

Last night I was able to attend a monthly cooking club that I started going to nearly four years ago. This is what we made:

Clockwise from bottom right:
Cabbage Kale Slaw, Tomato Olive Tart, Bacon Wrapped Pork Bites

The Cabbage Kale Slaw had a sweet onion dressing. It was delicious! I'll try to get you the recipe, if you're interested.

Tomorrow I will post again... really! Well, at least I'll try to... because... I've got a secret to tell you!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Back to Blogging!

Hello! (I'm not even sure to whom I am saying "hello!"... is anyone still out there?)

Last year brought four HUGE life events my way and, of course, all that day-to-day life entails kept me hopping, as well. Here is a brief recap of those cRaZy life events in chronological order:

 1. My dad, the geriatric, bariatric, blind guy, passed away a little over a year ago. The last few years had been overwhelming dealing with all of his health and care issues. (So, not the worst thing that could have happened.) My mom is doing well... I would even say she is thriving! Yay!

2. The Angsty Teen graduated from high school! Senior year activities and festivities inundated our lives. And... then we had to get her off to college in the fall...

3. Kati got married! So, this happened three weeks after the Angsty Teen graduated from high school. The wedding and reception were so much fun! I have never been the Mother of the Bride before.... only the SOB... (we are going to assume that means Step-Mother of the Bride).

4. My father-in-law passed away. He had been in a memory care facility and didn't know his family at all. So, not the worst thing to happen, but still a stressor!

So, after surviving the past couple of years, I am back to blogging... and reading blogs. Haven't done any of those things for a long, long time.

How are you?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

He's Gone to a Better Place

Remember my dad? The diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy? Well, he's gone to a better place.

Yep, he's gone to the other side.

The other side of town, that is.

He had been in the nursing home since July. He hated it… and I can't say that I blame him. The facility is 50 years old and has never been updated. He shared a bathroom with another resident… and the bathroom was almost too small for his walker to fit into it.

Not a great place for him. But the option to go back and live with my mom didn't seem like it was in the cards either. He just needed too much care.

Then I heard that the three-year-old memory care facility on the other side of town takes people without memory issues. (Well, I mean he has basic 84 year old memory issues, but he's not Alzy… so that's good. Is that an offensive term? Can I say that?)

Anyway, he moved in there about a month ago. He is soooooo much happier. And my mom is glad he is there if he can't be with her.

I'm exhausted from running back and forth to the two places… and from running my mom back and forth every day for a visit… but for the moment… Going to the other side of town has been good.

Maybe I'll eventually find time to blog again regularly… but probably not. :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

So Far, So Good

The Angsty Teen is surviving band camp! She's at school for 13-15 hours a day this week… tired child.

People ask me if she's been having headaches… I say, "I don't know."

She hasn't complained of a headache… and I've learned not to ask if I don't have to ask. If she has a bad headache I'm pretty sure she will tell me… loudly and in no uncertain terms, actually. (You know that's right.)

I actually don't know if it is a direct result of the acupuncture treatment she had last week… or if it's a result of good food from the Farmers Market.

And, no, I don't mean all the wonderful veggies… I'm talking about the cotton candy.
Sugar is her Love Language
Any acupuncture believers out there?

Friday, August 1, 2014

That Girl

The Angsty Teen is dying from marching band workouts… specifically her abs, her buns, and her quads are dying. She was kind of bragging about this plank thing they had to do for a long, long, time…

So the Stern German, after being at a physically demanding job for an exhausting 12 hour day, challenged the Angsty Teen to a Plank Off.

An old, tired, 58 year old v. an athletic, spastic 16 year old… hmmm… Would love to hear how you think this will go...

This is the craziness that defines my life:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

No Wonder...

In looking back at my calendar for the past two months, it's easy to see why life feels unmanageable.

During the month of June:

  • My mom was in the Emergency Room.
  • My dad, a.k.a. the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy, was in the Emergency Room.
  • There were 16 different appointments… doctor, dentist, Physical Therapy, & blood draw. 

In July:

  • The diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy went to the ER twice, 
  • The diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy went into the hospital for a few days
  • The diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy went to the nursing home. 
  • The Angsty Teen and I spent three hours in the ER due to a migraine she couldn't shake.
  • There were 17 different appointments… doctor, dentist, Physical Therapy, & blood draw.
Some of these appointments are in our town… others are:
  • 20 miles east
  • 60 miles east
  • 30 miles west 

The diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy is still in the nursing home and doing pretty well. He may get a chance to get home again…

Add all of this to just trying to do regular life, and I can see why I'm weary beyond belief…

...but at least I'm staying well-hydrated…