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Monday, April 08, 2013

I only wish, with that kind of title, that I could post something exciting about a NASA mission or something. Instead, here we are settled in an 'economy' motel, which translated means cheap, in more ways than one. Oh, well, I am cheap, mostly because I have to be, but in this case, I had booked it before I found out that Danny's insurance will reimburse us for a nicer (but not super luxurious) place.

Yesterday, Danny went back to his bowling league and managed to bowl pretty well for one game. He pooped out in the middle of the second game, but that was OK. It was just wonderful that he wanted to try, and that we could have just a taste of 'normal' again.

After a brief rest at home, he then wanted to go to the Highland Games. So go we did. It brought back so many memories. For nine years his older brother was an Irish dancer, and his dance school always performs at the Highland Games. We watched their performance, and it was heart-wrenching for me. That was because Henry didn't quit dance because he wanted to; he quit simply because neither he nor I had the money to continue paying for the classes three times a week. He made a mature decision that what money he had needed to go towards paying for his college. But it still breaks my heart to think about how painful it was and still is for him.

In spite of quite a lot of walking around in dusty, pollen-y conditions, Danny lasted pretty much until the bitter end. Partly, I think, because many of the vendors were selling cool stuff - like knives, swords, and Sgian Dubh. We didn't actually watch any of the games, where big burly men in kilts heave gigantic logs up in the air, or throw big, heavy objects - although that's kind of fun, too. I was also very proud of myself for resisting buying any of the wonderful food offered for sale there. I did get one small sweet treat, but no shepherd's pie, haggis, mince and tatties, bangers and mash, etc., etc.

Today was the big day for the drive to Houston, where I currently am sitting and typing. I have never liked Houston much. The whole place is nothing but one huge toll road. I dislike toll roads greatly, but what bugs me even more than having to pay to drive on a road that is already funded by my taxes, is that they don't even have booths for you to pay and know how much you are paying. No, they just take pictures of your license plate and send you a bill. That, or you have to buy a stupid pass - which makes no sense for me (or hasn't until now, anyway) because they aren't used where I actually live.

Tomorrow is the long day of appointments and evaluations and form-filling. I have some of the forms in advance. Do they really need to know his head circumference at birth? Am I a bad mother because I don't have a clue? I figure I should get some brownie points just for remembering his birth weight, but the head circumference is a bit much.
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  • TLG71567
    I am so glad that you and Danny were able to do some fun and normal things together. Festivals are always so much fun. It is truly wonderful that he is recovering so quickly.
    Maybe you could switch to a little bit nicer hotel, so that you will both be a little bit more comfortable. That would make things a little bit more tolerable while you are there. Hopefully, he will get through his treatments in Houston well.
    My son just ran into those tolls in Florida. I don't like it because he didn't even know that he was on a toll road. Oh well.
    I hope that you are holding up alright. Take care of yourself. emoticon
    1896 days ago
    10.. his head circumference was 10. All babies head circumferences are 10s because that's what we dilate to when we let them out. You never hear a doctor or nurse say, "She's at a 15, she's ready to deliver." Or "She's at a 7 and ready to deliver." It's always 10. Therefore all babies must be 10s (except C-sections). How do you like my logic? emoticon

    Seriously though, glad you and Danny have been enjoying some fun! That's great that your older son did Irish dance. Don't regret that he had to quit due to financial limitations... Instead be happy that he had 9 long wonderful years to experience something great! Glad that you attended the games and are now safely in Houston. And I agree with you completely about tolls! You're lucky you don't have them in your hometown. Hang in there with Houston. Hopefully your time there will pass quickly! emoticon
    1897 days ago
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