Sophia-age 12

Sophia: Mom, do you love Muhammad Ali?

Me: I’m a fan, but I don’t know him personally, so I’d have to say “no”.

Sophia: You are no longer my mother.

My Monday mug was full of yogurt, berries, kale and fresh squeezed tangelo juice this morning. My New Year’s resolution is to make a little more time for the people in my phone. I hope you all have a wonderful 2014. I miss your faces!

Sometimes family is the only remedy. #family #love

Sometimes family is the only remedy. #family #love

Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.

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The Little Prince

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Lobster curry at The Cannery

Lobster curry at The Cannery

Ugh, guys. This is my sister and her fiancé. They were traveling in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico for his 40th birthday last week, when he started having signs of what he thought with the stomach flu. He was admitted to a Puerto Rican hospital on Friday evening. A very long story short, he ended up dying of pancreatitis on Monday morning. It should have a 90% survival rate, and he had just gotten a clean bill of health from his doctor three weeks before. Because of a recent outbreak of dengue fever and a bacteria which killed 10 ICU patients in Puerto Rico recently, the hospital was taking extra precautions. Because of this, Elliot was not allowed to have a pillow and a blanket or sheets on his bed. Hannah, my sister, was not allowed to visit him longer than 230 minute sessions a day. He was not allowed to call her on the phone. Her last text from him Sunday night said that he was nervous because he couldn’t breathe. He called her but then said, “They’re fighting me,” and they took the phone away from him.

When she arrived for her visit at 1:30 PM Monday afternoon, she found them cleaning out his empty room. He had died alone for hours earlier, and they hadn’t even called her.

Luckily, my sister Sarah was able to get a ticket to Puerto Rico and has been with her since Wednesday morning. She is finally back in the States today, and I’m on my way to help her clean up his apartment to make it palatable for his parents. There is so much more to the story, but I have hardly been able to bring myself to talk about it. I am broken hearted for both of them. If you’re the praying type, please say a prayer for my sister Hannah.

Mugshot Monday in a bathroom.  Sorry to keep posting my face, but it is close to hand. ;). I’ve had one full week on the job now, and the department’s biggest event of the year is this Thursday (up to 1500 attending). In addition to being sick, I hosted a sleepover this weekend for my just-turned 12 year old and took a bunch of junior high girls to play laser tag. Lots of fun and then hours and hours of a sleeping-me, not the kids. :). Hopefully after this next weekend I can be around more.

Mugshot Monday in a bathroom. Sorry to keep posting my face, but it is close to hand. ;). I’ve had one full week on the job now, and the department’s biggest event of the year is this Thursday (up to 1500 attending). In addition to being sick, I hosted a sleepover this weekend for my just-turned 12 year old and took a bunch of junior high girls to play laser tag. Lots of fun and then hours and hours of a sleeping-me, not the kids. :). Hopefully after this next weekend I can be around more.

No full update, because I was felled by a nasty cold all weekend, but this is my building, small office and the boardroom where we had an annual Board of Directors meeting in my second day. I was given the office key on Day One and asked to sign time cards on Day Three. I have been introduced to about 56 people, and I am trying to figure it all out. Finally got campus login abilities today and now waiting on my computer. Unfortunately, it seems that I may be the one who has to issue the request forms, so I’d better work that out soon. I am a bit terrified but loving it!

Job update

Sorry about the multiple posts. Clearly I don’t know how to do tumblr anymore. But I can’t quit you guys. I have tried to catch up in my limited spare time, but I haven’t even come close. Hopefully this weekend I can do better.

Because I got the job, and I start tomorrow! I just found out for sure last night around 5:30, and I’ve been in a panic preparing to be a working mom. Thanks for the good wishes! I will fill in the details soon. We all got sick this week, so I am taking NyQuil and heading to bed now, so I can hopefully face the new job with a fresh brain in the morning-maybe even my own.

Thank you again!

I know I’ve been completely MIA around here, but, after months of fruitless and frustrating looking for work, I have an interview for a challenging position with lots of potential. You guys have always been so supportive, so I’m asking for good thoughts, and I promise I’ll be back soon. Finding a job has really taken its toll.

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"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- Of cabbages--and kings-- And why the sea is boiling hot-- And whether pigs have wings."


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