Saturday, December 31, 2011
Today, being New Year's Eve, is naturally a bittersweet day. Thinking about this past year and having high hopes for the new year always does that to me. But I will also be leaving my daughter in Alabama. As hard as I try, it's always difficult to say goodbye to my daughters. I know I will see both of them in April, and I try to concentrate on that. But...goodbys are always so hard for me. I love my daughters more than anything in the whole world. I have the most fantastic daughters ever. I realize I'm partial, but I can honestly say that people than know them tell me the same thing. Just being a proud momma. I will try my best to have a stiff upper lip when I leave and concentrate on getting organized in the new year and look forward to April.
Friday, December 30, 2011
It's been a quiet, peaceful, wonderful week. I got a lot of quality time with my daughter, I got a break from a routine that I definitely needed a break from, and I got to do some new things.
My daughter, son-in-law and I drove up to Nashville yesterday so I could see the Opryland Hotel. What a ginormous, gorgeous hotel! The holiday decorations were exquisit! There were lights and enormous Christmas trees everywhere. Live plants of all kinds were all over the place, mostly placed among waterfalls. There were some red and white (the colors together) ponsettias that I had never seen before and some red ones that were the deepest shade of red imaginable! We could have taken a boat tour inside the place, but, like all the other prices I did see, was probably more than I would have wanted to spend. I was so turned around as to where I was that I would never have been able to find the door that we came in at! My daughter took pictures for me, as she has a better camera and has promised to email them to me. I will have to post some of the pictures.
Today is my last full day here. I will make the most of every minute with my daughter. I know I will see her again in April - which really isn't too far off. But I'm already getting a little melancholy about leaving. Gotta stop that!
It has only been a year and a half since I left Alabama, but I've found myself already unsure of how to get to places I was once comfortable getting to. It struck me as odd, because I never lost that sense of direction in Michigan, although I lived in Alabama for 14 years. Maybe the bad memories of the last few years here somehow come into play.
My baby daughter and I have already talked. Next Christmas, no matter what, the three of us will somehow be together. No matter how many other relatives and loved ones we have, it's just not the same if the three of us are not together. So, I've got something to shoot for in the coming year.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I've been talking about setting goals for myself for the new year, but i have yet to come up with any concrete ones. I've been doing some reading of articles on goal setting and others' blogs about goals. I read a couple this morning that really hit home and made me realize why I haven't really been able to come up with some.
I need to choose goals that are important to me. To do this, I must think about and be honest about what I want. I haven't done that. I must remember to make things happen. Stop letting things happen to me. I must be positive and set priorities. I need to choose how I respond emotionally to people. I must curtail taking everything so personally. And, most importantly, I must dare to dream. What would I really like to happen in the coming year? If I spend some time thinking about these, I should be able to come up with some manageable goals.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I was sitting at my daughter's computer this morning on Spark People. Her puppy came in and out of the room with her new Christmas bone. I wasn't paying that much attention to her. Big mistake! She had gotten into my suitcase and got hold of my thyroid medicine that I had just gotten refilled on the 20th. I found the lid and the chewed bottle, but no pills. So, I got to wake up my daughter and son-in-law.
First plan of attack was call the vet. The poor puppy had to be given hydrogen peroxide to make her throw up. We didn't see any pills in what she had thrown up, but don't know if they dissolved or not. Good things about it, though, is first that it is a medicine prescribed for dogs and second it wan't one of my stronger medicines.
Then to call the health care company. I was told that although I have a refill on the prescription, I have to get another prescription from the doctor called in and will have to pay the full price.
I am on hold with the doctor's office right now. (A pet peeve of mine with the office is the hold time - no pun intended!) So, instead of going bargain shopping with my daughter, it looks like I will be spending my money on the needed prescription.
Note to self: remember that puppies are quicker and craftier than two-year-olds - which I had really known but temporarily forgotten about. My daughter's already jokingly told me that she's changed her mind about letting me puppy-sit. I really feel badly that the puppy had to go through that and that my daughter had to be woken up early.
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