Saturday, May 26, 2018

Philly.

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Friday - quick trip to Philly and back to see my friend Vidya.  Left at 7 am, got home at 10 pm.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Nat & Edda & Vince.

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I'm up too late!  Both Jeremy and I had evening plans and our regular Thurs caregiver needed to call out, so Nat came over and pinch hit.  Vince cooked his favorite no-parents around dinner - Japanese curry with carrots and potatoes.  I told Nat that I was going to be late coming home and that once Edda was in bed, she could let Vince know that Edda was tucked in and she could head on home because tomorrow is a work day and all, but I came home at 9:15 to find her and Vince watching YouTube videos in Edda's darkened bedroom.  Then we sat around and chatted for a little while - Vince climbed into Edda bed to snuggle with her as we finished our conversation and finally I had to shoo Nat home...  We all got to go to bed!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Chicago.

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Hello loves, I have no pictures of my own surroundings today, so I give you a beautiful day in Chicago.  Jeremy texted these photos of Chicago from his business trip - he gave a keynote speech today to some people around noon and then headed back home to me.  He's home now which makes me happy.  I always, always feel that when he is away craziness ensues.  Vince is sick and is in full standardized state mandated testing mode and so it's been tricky keeping him feeling good enough to go through hours of testing everyday though really he is feeling pretty lousy. My side gig job is going crazy with my photo ping-ing all the time with various unsolvable problems related to aging & family members. Edda's is well, but I'm following up on various insurance snafus and her transitional meeting to HS is next week.  Various other things are happening which make me feel left out, unsure,  rudderless, blah, blah, blah. 

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Houseplants, death, Chicago, sleep app.

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With the arrival of Memorial Day, I moved the houseplants out onto our deck.  One year I moved them out too early when a warm burst of air gave me spring fever and then a cold spell hit and they all suffered terribly all being evolutionarily ill equipped to handle anything below 50F.  So I've now implemented a strict summer only deck residency.  Memorial Day to Labor Day.  I take poor care of my houseplants during the winter and the natural light is terrible in the house, so I can actually hear the plants sigh with relief and see each plant cell reinvigorate with regular summer rain and sunlight.  Turgid.  The plants are happily turgid and not flaccid like they are throughout winter.

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My side gig nursing job?  Today was the first day that one of my clients passed away.  I learned first thing this morning and I took it harder than I thought I would.  Threw me off most of the day.

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Jeremy is in Chicago for two days, one night.  He left the house before I woke up this morning.  By lunchtime he was having a deep dish.

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The family got me a new running watch for Mother's Day.  I have not been running much because I'm still working on my hamstring, but I'm enjoying the watch more than I thought I would.  It's not just a running watch, it's a smart watch, so it texts me and counts how many flights of stairs I do in a day. 

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It measures how much I sleep.  I average about 7.5 hours a night, I'm trying to nudge it up to 8.  If I want it to be a full 8 hours, I'll need to have lights out at 9:30.  I think that is impossible.  The one day I made it to 8 hours is the night before the royal wedding when I was having a sleepover at Vickey's house.  But my watch tells me I was awake at midnight for 20 minutes?  I don't remember that at all. 

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Backtrack. Table, ice cream, bike to work day.

Jeremy's camera on his phone is better than my phone.  His photo are way nicer than mine. He does send me the links to his photos, but it takes me a while to get them on the blog.  They are time-delayed.  Here's our newly refinished table.

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I think it looks more beautiful than it did before.

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One day this past month, we snuck out of the house to get ice cream without Vince.  Shhhhh.....hardly every happens.  Ben & Jerry's.

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Last friday was bike to work day.  They had a to-do in Rockville Town square.  Jeremy rustled Vince up early to get to the festivities.  Both the boys bike to their respective day jobs.  Vince won a pair of socks. 

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Woods.

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Vince and I went into the woods today. It was hot and muggy.  Saw a frog. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

This is water.

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Edda slept so well in her couch crib - from 9pm to 6:30am.  When Edda was ready for bed,  we shoved the back of one couch against the other couch to create a little nest so she wouldn't fall out and I brought all of Edda's sheets from home so she have a familiar smell & feel.  This way we didn't have to carry her up/down the stairs for her to sleep.  Vickey - true to form - started watching the wedding at 5 am (she often is up at 5 am on a regular day) in her basement as to not disturb sleeping Edda.  I went to the basement at 6:15, tiptoeing past a sleeping Edda on the first floor.  When Edda woke up, we moved to the first floor.  Vickey and Bert look way more put together than either me or Edda.

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Wedding!

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I brought over our keyboard because we aren't using it and Bert has recently shown interest in learning the piano - so I assembled it during lulls in the ceremony.

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Vickey cooked so much delicious food and I brought it home to a hungry Vince.  He went straight for the tub of cheeseballs.

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Then I went to Nat's graduation in College Park.  She's graduating with a degree in accounting.  I realized that I don't care very much for my own graduation ceremonies, but these graduation ceremonies that I get to go - not quite as a mother figure, but something like an auntie figure - are fun and meaningful to me (even though they are long.  oh so long...) .  When Edda was born, I didn't realize how many caregivers would become an important part of my life.  I've listened to stories about their loves, families, schooling, friends.  I've given advice when asked for it, I've seen them grow up and change and figure stuff out for themselves and I'm happy to be part of it.  I like thinking that when they tell their life story, there will be a part where they say - and I worked for a year or a couple of years for this family in Maryland and they had this special needs daughter and it was (fill in the blank here).

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Congrats!

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