I’ve been absentee for a few days. Guess I took an unplanned break. Then I realized I missed writing and missed reading all of your words and communicating with everyone through our blogs. So I realized it was time to come back. I’m afraid to look in my reader and see how far behind I am! And thanks for worrying about me, RC.
Last weekend didn’t go quite as planned. The bowling tournament was a complete loss. I ended up bowling under my average and didn’t even come close to competing. And then some friends of mine ended up struggling with some issues and, well… it was just so hard to see them hurting and feel so powerless to help them. It wasn’t the kick back and relax weekend I had envisioned. It was actually kind of a relief to get back to work on Tuesday.
So, since I wasn’t participating in blog activities, I did some real reading. Yes, I mean an actual book, with pages. I haven’t gotten lost in a book for a long time and it felt good to escape into the story. (Alright, if you must know, it’s one of those Twilight books; the ones all the 12-year olds and 25-year olds and…umm…40-year olds(?) are reading. I can’t help myself. I’m hooked.)
And I also got hooked on a television show. Yes. Me. The one who doesn’t watch t.v. There was a marathon on ABC Family on Labor Day. The television just happened to be on while I was cleaning, because someone walked away from it, and I started watching episodes of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Molly Ringwald is on this show and she looks TERRIBLE! Everyone on the show is beautiful (except Molly Ringwald.) And the premise of the show is terrible too. Molly Ringwald, mother of two teenagers, is pregnant while not yet divorced and the paternity is in question. It could be her soon-to-be ex-husband’s baby (who just happens to live in the house next door with one of their daughters.) It could be her new boyfriend’s baby. I didn’t watch enough to find out for sure. And her oldest teenage daughter has a baby because she got pregnant on her first day of high school. (So that would have made her…what? 14 years old? And having sex?) And all the parents talk to their teens about having sex, but in an almost encouraging manner. I absolutely questioned why this show was airing on ABC Family, but couldn’t tear myself away from it. Weird.
Last night, Gina and I bowled, just for fun. Of course, I bowled way ABOVE my average, getting a four-bagger (four strikes in a row) in my last game and a score of 192. Of course…when it doesn’t count. Oh, well. It was fun.
Today was a good day. I was checking out my work email from home this morning and saw something with the subject line, Saw this – thought you’d like it. Upon opening it, I found an attachment with this picture taken of Mark, me, Jake and Kacey at one of my company events a couple of years ago. We were at a St. Paul Saints baseball game and the weather was abnormally cold for baseball season, as you can see from our attire. My kids have matured so much in the two years since this picture was taken! I can’t believe it! The picture was sent to me by the woman in charge of our Communications department at work. She had recently been working on something that included a picture of every employee and must have stumbled across this one. Her email was short and sweet, saying, I love this picture of you – you are so beautiful. Enjoy. I was humbled and speechless. She made my day, and I sent her a thank you note telling her so.
I did my once-a-month volunteer gig at the high school today with my friend, Tammy. We always enjoy it. The freshmen look younger than ever. Guess that means I’m getting old. I’m always fascinated with all the personalities in high school. The clothing styles have changed, but the kids are the same as they’ve always been. There are the confident, outgoing kids, destined for popularity. There are the shy, scared kids and the geeky, oblivious kids. I’m kind of jealous of the geeky, oblivious ones. They’re comfortable in their own skin and don’t feel the need to conform. How much happier would we all be if we carried that same attitude?
But the best part of the day was lunch with my mom. My sister and I took Mom out for lunch and had a great time. Mom talked about what it was like for her growing up. I always knew there was quite a gap between her and her three sisters, but it was fascinating to hear her tell it first-hand. I never realized that my mom doesn’t remember her oldest sister living with the family. It seems that by the time my mom was old enough to start remembering such things, her sister was working and living on her own. She said all three of her sisters got jobs while they were still in high school, working for other families and actually living with them at the time. I had no idea! How strange that must have felt to her. Even though she had three sisters, her life was more like that of an only child. We talked about all kinds of family stuff while enjoying our lunch and shared a giant brownie sundae for dessert. I’m going to miss these parent-dates when Mom and Dad head back to Arizona in November.
So… that’s what’s been going on with me. And I’m looking forward to a more mellow weekend ahead.