Monday, March 31, 2008
On Her Way
T and the group traveling to Egypt experienced some hiccups in their travel plans this week. They arrived at the Indianapolis airport by bus on Thursday afternoon, with plans to fly out in the early evening. Their itinerary called for them to leave Indy for Chicago in the early evening, spend many hours in Chicago, and fly through Amman to Cairo.
Unfortunately, issues at O'Hare put a wrench in those plans. After 7 hours at the Indy airport, we parents were called to pick up our disappointed and tired kids a little after 10pm. The teacher seemed optimistic that an alternative plan would materialize, but since they have around 20 in their group, I was worried.
Alas, a new plan was hatched in the middle of the day Friday. I got "confirmed" notice that T should arrive at school by 11am. I raced from work to pick her up, only to find out the alarm was false. T was battling a cold and not feeling well, so I stayed at home and we spent several hours lounging in my bed, watching TV, and wondering how things were going to work out. The call finally came and I dropped her off at school, to board a chartered bus, around 2:30pm. They drove to Chicago, where they eventually flew to Germany.
It's a little surreal getting a text message from your 16 year old daughter while she is in Germany. She was doing well, and their final leg would be Germany to Cairo, where they would arrive at 3:30am and begin sight-seeing at 8:30am. Better them than me!
On My Way
With T on an adventure in Germany, I think I'll take a little break of my own. I'm off to Florida, for a much-needed vacation and hopefully a dose of Vitamin D. If I can find good internet access, I'll post from from the sunshine state.
Hasta la vista.
Monday, March 24, 2008
For many months, I've been excited about T's spring break plans and have reported them to just about anyone who would listen. Now, her departure is just three days away and I'm getting nervous. I'm taking her to school Thursday morning and dropping her off with all of her luggage and supplies. In the afternoon, a bus will take her and over a dozen of her classmates to the airport to begin their journey.
Then it's Indianapolis to Chicago; Chicago to Amman, Jordan; and Amman to Cairo. Cairo! Isn't that amazing? My sixteen year old daughter is going to spend two weeks experiencing things like watching the Whirling Dervishes, visiting the Great Pyramids, traveling the Nile by felucca, and exploring Wadi Rum by jeep, foot, and camel.
I'm thrilled that she has this fantastic opportunity, especially at her age. Please say a prayer or send good wishes that T and her classmates and chaperones have a safe and successful trip.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Birthday dinner was delicious! I forwent (is that a word?) the popcorn shrimp, not because of the popcorn connection, but because I was trying not to go too overboard, which is easy to do at my favorite restaurant.
Case in point: the waiter enticed my folks into a "wine flight." They sampled the 3 wines, along with the help of my sisters, and then ordered a bottle of the one everyone liked best. Catch the catch there? They didn't order off the menu, so we had no idea the cost of the wine. Let's just say it was slightly more pricey (and then some!) than what they would typically order. Both bottles.
This situation was made even more hilarious by the fact that just to keep us on our toes (as though we needed it with the energetic Anna and Lily joining us), Pops pulled the ol' "I forgot my credit card" trick. Good thing I had mine with me! It was definitely the most expensive dinner I've ever bought. Lucky for me, my purchase was only temporary. Mama has already paid me back - I knew they were good for it!
We had a great time - thanks again to my fantastic family for helping me celebrate yet another birthday.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Matter of Interpretation
As you know, I've given up popcorn for Lent, to my great pain.
My wonderful parents are taking me and several members of "the fam" out to dinner tonight for my birthday - yay!
The dilemma? Do I have to abstain from the Cajun Popcorn Shrimp to maintain my perfect Lenten promise record?
I hope not!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I have a vague memory of a few installments around here of Thursday's Confessions. Either that, or I'm having bloglucinations. I gave up searching for a past example to link to after about 5 minutes - I got drawn into reading old blog posts, instead - there's a good use of time. Anyway, here's the latest edition of this on again off again feature.
1. I neglect friends. I don't do this on purpose, but I'm also not disclaiming my role in this embarrassing truth. I'm having trouble managing my time these days, and friendships often suffer as a result. Which isn't to suggest that I don't have any down time, but I get so little of it to myself these days that when the chance to relax and be alone arises, I want to do just that. I get this trait from my Mom - the need for alone time, not the neglect of friends. What it means for me is that on the rare occasion lately when I am not working or spending time with T, I use the time to recharge instead of reconnect.
2. I'm losing motivation. I'm losing the 'ganas,' as we say in my family, to bust my ass 24/7 for work. I've been pushing it pretty hard for well over 3 full months and a couple of days ago the tide began to turn. I'm not losing interest in my work - on the contrary, I like almost every single one of the matters in which I am involved. I'm just losing steam. Let's hope a vacation is the answer (I have one planned!), or else a year that began like gangbusters from a billable perspective is going to get ugly very quickly.
3. I'm a wimp. I almost made it to spring - less than 10 days to go! - without getting sick. And now I'm battling a cold. Yesterday morning, after showering, I got right back in bed and didn't drag my sorry ass into work until after 9:30 am. And last night it was lights out for me by 9:30 pm. Let's hope all this rest keeps the crud at bay.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I Think I Can, I Think I Can
I've almost made it to Easter. Did I tell you I gave up popcorn again this year for Lent? Well, I did, whether I told you or not. And last night I had a nightmare that friends were making batch after batch of popcorn and emptying their bowls of it all around me...and I gave in and ate a handful. I was so disappointed in myself.
I haven't had any popcorn at all since Ash Wednesday, not one kernel. And I was relieved to discover just the other day that Easter will arrive before my vacation......so I can spend plenty of time lounging in the sun, reading books, and eating popcorn. Heaven!
Monday, March 10, 2008
After filling up the tank in my car a few days ago, I took advantage of the gas station's automatic car wash because my poor little car was in desperate need of a wash. My car and I emerged from the garage-turned-car-wash looking and feeling fresh and new. Or so I thought.
Apparently, when the red "stop here" sign came on inside the car wash, I stopped a bit too soon. My entire car was sparkling clean with the exception of about a 5 inch wide strip of dirt and residue down the entire back end.
Monday, March 03, 2008
A couple of weeks ago, a partner invited me to attend last night's Pacers game in our firm's suite, at which we hosted a handful of folks who work for one of our firm's clients. (And the Pacers managed to win last night, so he picked a good game).
I asked (begged) T to join us when she finished with rehearsal for her school's musical, and she did. We'd briefly discussed that if she showed, I might let her leave early, like around 8 o'clock. She came, enjoyed some food, and sat to watch a little of the game. As 8pm neared, she let on that she was intending to leave. We hadn't made any final plans, and I'd been hoping she'd stay.
Me: I walked from work, so I was hoping you'd drive me back to my car.
T: (silently hoping she could just go home already)
Me: Well, seriously, just don't feel guilty for the rest of your life after I get mugged on my way back to my car because you leave me here and I have to walk back to my building in the dark. Really, just forgive yourself.
She stayed. What a sweet girl.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
It's Not You; It's Me
The elephant in the blog around here is that there hasn't been any blogging. I half expected some comments about my relatively extended absence to pop up on that poor post from Feb 18th that was tasked with holding down the fort.
In 2 days 3 people nudged me a bit about the lack of blogging. Over the past couple of weeks I thought about a quick post explaining how busy I was and apologizing for the lack of posting, but I refrained because those kind of posts are lame.
In case you were wondering, I am still alive. And the new posts are proof that your computers have not lost the ability to "refresh" this blog page. To say things have been busy for us would not come close to describing what the past month has been like. As you can see from the picture below, I sometimes get a little help, but keeping up has been a struggle nonetheless. I'm working on keeping things to a dull roar for March and April - it doesn't look good so far - wish me luck.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
According to my Outlook calendar and my handheld, it appears to be the month of March. This is theoretically good news, because March is my favorite month. It's a great month, bringing us spring, St. Patrick's Day, my birthday, (and Leslie's birthday!), and just in the last few years both of my nieces' birthdays, March Madness, which can be exciting even to those of us who aren't big college basketball fans, and of course, spring. And don't forget spring. Did I mention spring?
I'm having trouble appreciating that it's actually March, though, because I'm still stuck in the whirlwind that was February, dumbfounded and unable to let go of the month until I've processed precisely how I survived it with my job and sanity intact, assuming I did. Not even the rarely appearing extra day helped me with the transition.
I'm off to bed, holding out hope that March will soon begin to feel like, well, March. Tomorrow's birthday party for the sweet babies will be a good start to putting me in the March frame of mind.
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