Life has been rather interesting here of late. Loads of drama, and intensively busy moments, interspersed with acres of hanging time. Let's see where to start.......
Ok, first up third son's fiancee's (aka "wife to be") mom was flown to Anchorage from her little village, and placed straight into ICU. Her family was told, get everyone up here quickly we really don't think she will survive this. Third son drove to Anchorage, fiancee flew, and we were left babysitting their 5 month old puppy. I had forgotten how much work was involved with a puppy around. Between keeping him out of things, taking stuff outta his mouth, playing with him, and all the inning and outting a puppy has to do, there was little free time, or so it seemed at the time. Also compounding this was our sleep schedules were wildly different. Puppy goes to bed early, around 9-10 pm, and my sleepy time is around 2-3 am. He is ready to meet the day around 7 am! OMG! After only a few hours of sleep, there is no way I'm ready to play, especially at 7 am! Yikes! Thankfully, her mom is healing and the outlook is good for her making an almost total recovery.
Fiancee sweetly asked me this last Sunday if I had picked out my dress for the wedding yet. So, it looks as though I'm wearing a dress after all. Am I happy about it? No. Will I do it to make her and third son's day happy and stress free? Yes! I've become much more comfortable in my own skin lately, and am finding the triggers that upset me and cause me to lose my edges. I'm afraid that seeing myself in a dress, the most feminine article of clothing, will knock me off balance, and erase months of hard work.
After the puppy left, I realized just how bored I've been. So after casting around, have decided to attend our local uni starting this fall. Not really looking for a degree, and all of my past credits have expired. No, what I'm looking forward to is learning for the sake of learning. I'm a human sponge when it comes to knowledge, and am actually excited about being in a classroom again. What classes will I take? History, art, and possibly a language. Which one, I havent decided. TH (the husband) and I want to visit Europe and speaking at least one of the languages before going over would sure help. I took German in high school, and some of it is still in there rattling around, so might take that one. French drives me nuts to listen to, so wont be taking that. Italian is a pretty language, so thats a possibility.
Second son received a job offer to good to turn down, and so he left the state a few days ago for the twin cities. His wife leaves in August to begin her PH.D in linguistics in Wisconsin. The family had a going away dinner, and Dil (daughter in law, married to eldest son) was there. No, I wasnt allowed to play with the baby. It could have been worse I suppose, but the fact was we just ignored each other. Sat on opposite ends of the table, and I pretended she wasnt there. What I did find interesting, was that third son and fiancee were also ignored by Dil, and they ignored her as well. Youngest son told TH a few weeks ago that, "We had the best family around, until Dil came into our lives, and she broke our family."
Spring is finally here, we have water puddles everywhere. Rotten snow banks, and the first goose was sited a few days ago. It cant come soon enough for me. Am now awaiting the first buds on the trees, the smell of spring in the air, and the sight once again of the ground. Green up cant come soon enough for me.
Oh? You're wondering about the title and the header picture? Umm, I thought it looked like an alien being, and it was on the cutting board. So, alien supper!