My weekend in review…

Normally by the Monday after Thanksgiving, I’ve got my house decorated for Christmas and my tree up and 95% of my shopping done.  Not this year.  This year, I’ve done none of those things.  Instead, my Thanksgiving weekend looked like this…

On Friday, I spent the day with my grandfather.  I took him to the doctor and to visit my dad.  Then we went to McDonald’s to eat…which wasn’t good for either of us…but it was oh so tasty.  Spending the day with my grandfather isn’t something I get to do very often and it was really nice.  When I got home, J and I debated for two hours about whether we wanted to drive to CT that night or the next morning.  By the time we decided we wanted to drive up that night, we were both too tired…so we went to bed instead.

On Saturday, our plan was to get up at 6AM and drive to CT early.  We had a lot to do up there and we wanted to have the whole day to do it.  Instead, we didn’t get out of bed until 10:30 and then we laid around the house in our pajamas until 2.  By the time we got to CT, it was practically dark outside.  So we rearranged the furniture in the den and then we spent the night shopping online.  Etsy and I are now best friends. 

Sunday was such a gorgeous day that we spent a few hours playing with the dogs in the yard and completely ignoring all the things we had to take care of.  Then we ate lunch and watched the Jets game, packed up the car and headed back to NY.  I went to visit my dad and then we ate take out and were in bed by 10.  Sometimes we’re so old!

Overall, the weekend wasn’t a total bust.  We rested a lot…which we needed because we’ve been running around non-stop for a week and a half.  I also got quite a bit of Christmas shopping done…and managed to stick to my plan to buy everyone handmade items from small businesses.  I’m sure I’m going to have to make a few purchases from larger stores, but I’m determined to buy everyone something that is handmade. 

There is a plan tonight to go through the Christmas decorations in the attic and divide them up between the two houses.  I’d also like to get both Christmas trees up and finish my shopping before the weekend.  It’s ambitious, but luckily I’m off work tomorrow and Wednesday, so I have high hopes for getting it done. 

I know some people are checking here for the updates on my dad…I’ve received a few complaints that I slacked off a little over the weekend…sorry about that.  The official update is…Dad had to be on a respirator for a few days, but he’s off it now.  He was awake and alert yesterday, but really restless.  He couldn’t really get comfortable and he’s sick of laying in bed all day.  They are going to get him up and into a chair sometime today and he’s really looking forward to it.  Unfortunately, he’s developed a slight case of pneumonia, so he’s on antibiotics and he has to wear an oxygen mask.  Hopefully, they will knock that out quickly and he can finally start to feel better.  Thank you all so much for your continued prayers.

A little bit of everything…

My dad’s accident has hijacked my posting schedule for the past few days.  I had so many things I wanted to talk about and I never got the chance.  So today…I’m going to take a few minutes and talk about things that have nothing to do with hospitals or injuries or illness.

First…Wicked.  Last Tuesday night my mom, Marisa and I went to see Wicked on Broadway.  IT WAS AMAZING!  Seriously.  The costumes were beautiful and the sets were gorgeous and the songs were fantastic.  It was magical in a way that is very difficult to experience as an adult.  I felt like I’d been transported to another world.  The only thing that I was a little sad about is that eight years ago I passed on the opportunity to see the show with Kristen Chenowith and Idina Menzel.  That would have been awesome.  As it was, it was completely wonderful…and if you have a chance to go see the show…take it!

Next…Twilight.  I know some of you think Twilight is the worst crap ever…but I love it.  I have enough reality on a daily basis…and sometimes I need an escape from that reality.  And Twilight is about as far from reality as one can get…the teen angst drama, the romance, the bloodsucking vampires.  I love it.  And Breaking Dawn was my favorite installment so far.  It also came at the perfect time.  Mom and I needed some distraction, so we went to see the sparkly vampires on Saturday night.  It was great.  If you are a fan and you haven’t seen it yet…go, now.  You’ll love it.

Lastly…Occupy Wall Street.  I haven’t really talked about this here, because I don’t want to offend anyone…but several people have asked my opinion recently so I thought I’d share it.  So here’s the thing…I don’t get it.  I have been watching the news and reading about this group for two months now and I still don’t know what it is that they are looking to accomplish…and I wonder if they know themselves.  I understand their anger and frustration, but I don’t see how what they are doing is going to make anything better.  And what they tried to do last Thursday…shutting down the subways and disrupting business on Wall Street itself…was ridiculous.  Because the people who are hurt by things like that aren’t the so-called “1%”…it’s the rest of us who are just trying to go to work and get around the city.  These people aren’t making any friends around the city and should really rethink their message…and their methods.

Ok…now that we’ve covered all of that…let’s move on to my dad.  He’s in surgery right now…they took him in about 8AM.  If all goes well, we expect him out around 2PM.  Then his healing can finally begin…and maybe he’ll get his wish of getting back to work soon.  Fingers crossed!  I know I’ve said this a thousand times…but I can’t say it enough…thank you so much for all the thoughts and prayers.  My dad is overwhelmed at the support he’s been getting and it’s so very appreciated.  You guys are the best!