December 9th, 2001

Family May 2012

She's back...with a long, long, long, long entry

So I've been gone for a while. Not really gone, per se. But I've been in communicado.
I have had zero time to email anyone, and even less time to update my journal, comment on anyone else's journal, or even look at other people's journal entries. Last night I started looking through journal entries. After being gone for 2 1/2 weeks, I had over 75 entries to read. I'll hope you'll all forgive that I didn't comment on many.

So what's been going on with me? Heck if I know. I can't remember what happened yesterday! Well, Seth's job sucks. That's point number one. But he's posted about that. So I'll leave that to him. Well, no I won't. I'll just say it. His job sucks, his managers are assholes, his HR Managers suck even worse, and I think they're treading a very thin legal line with religious discrimination. Fortunately, today he started working at a new store with a new schedule. Unfortunately, he doesn't have enough hours at the store, so he's going to end up banging up against the same issues when they start trying to put him at other stores to make up the hours. So that sucks.

Point number two: I've got a basic wedding website working. And since it looks like our cable modem isn't likely to die anytime soon, the website will probably work for a while. It's pretty simplistic and doesn't have a lot of useful information on it yet, but it's a work in progress as are most things in my life. Bearing in mind that I basically learned HTML for the expressed purpose of building this website and I know nothing about how to do this, I'm very much open to suggestions.
Click here for our Wedding website

Point number three: We got a new dining room table and chairs. :) I'm very pleased. It's quite cool. It's a small-ish rectangular table, but when you pull out the leaf, which is hidden inside, it becomes a big square. How cool is that? I love it. It fits much better in our dining room, even with the leaf extended, than our previous table. I even went out and bought new place mats and napkins AND (for the first time ever) napkin rings. :-D This is so nifty I'm bursting at the seams. It's the first real piece of furniture I've ever bought new. I'm very pleased.

Point number four: I've really got to stop numbering these points.

Seth and I went to a "new member havdalah service and dinner" for our synagogue last night. It was kind of a meet-n-greet schmoozey kind of thing. We had a great time, though it was kind of funny because most of our schmoozing was with people we know and see regularly. Isn't that always the way? But I did get to meet some new people, which is really the point, and I got to see some new faces, and put some names to faces I've seen before. So it's all good. We did enjoy ourselves and spent a lot more time than we anticipated and that was just fine.

In other, not so happy news, my grandfather was diagnosed with stage three alzheimer's disease. It's the final stage in which his brain will stop being able to tell his body how to swallow and breathe. He's refusing to eat and he's losing about 1 1/2 lbs. per week. Since he's only 140 pounds, that's pretty significant. My grandmother has declined any heroic measures be taken to save his life, and I don't blame her. No sense in dragging out the inevitable, and it's as he would want it. He still has a lot of cognition left and he's miserable. He has a hard time communicating, but you know he comprehends what's going on. He has trouble finding words for thoughts, but he pantomimes a lot. There's no point in making him suffer. I just am sorry that he has to leave us in such a way. My father told me that he used to think that the two worst ways to die were leukemia and ALS (sometimes called Lou Gerhig's disease); he now says he will add alzheimer's to the list. Sorry for the bummer. He is almost ninety years old and has lived a fuller life than I could hope for. As an architect, he got to work in such places as Cairo and Athens, and he had the joy of seeing his two boys grow up, marry, have children and even got to see one of his great grandchildren born (not the actual birth). He traveled across the world to Europe, Asia, (I think Australia) and throughout North America. He lived through the depression, several wars, up- and down-turning economies, several pets and numerous changes in technology. He built his own house in Annapolis, lived there for years, and upon retirement, sailed his own boat to his retirement community in Florida. How many of us will be able to say such things? I pray that he leaves this world peacefully and with dignity as he has always lived his life.

And now, I shall end my long-overdue journal entry. I must finish some holiday shopping. Chanukah is upon us (this evening) I have two sleeping kitties near me (what more can a girl as for??). Seth will be home from work in just a few hours and I haven't wrapped his remaining presents (he got one present on Friday because it was a game that we could play when we had company over for Shabbat dinner...I'll say more about dinner in an entry later, this one's long enough). Tonight we shall head to his mother's after lighting the first of the Chanukah candles for latkes (yum).

Happy Holidays to all.
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