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Recent thoughts:

1. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is an amazing amazing thing. Seriously. The amount of scrubbing that has been removed from my life is a source of great happiness.

2. Lucy's theme song is officially "Tubthumping" by Chumbawumba. The chorus describes her quite well:

I get knocked down
but I get up again.
You're never gonna keep me down.
I get knocked down
but I get up again.
You're never gonna keep me down.
I get knocked down
but I get up again.
You're never gonna keep me down.

This is especially true when I sit at Shannon's desk for a while, and the repetitiveness of the chorus is extremely appropriate.

3. I'm finally being forced to update to Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6), because Chrome has decided that I could no longer use any future updates. I hate software updates, especially updates to operating systems. As a result, I'm experiencing some minor Computer Anxiety leading up to the dreaded event. Now if only people didn't bitch and whine so much in comments on pretty much all operating system updates. The sky is not falling, people!

4. I'm feeling much better, at nearly 100%. I walked a few miles today, then also biked a few miles with Shannon to/from the grocery store. It's nice to have my life back.

5. I've been thinking about my dad a lot this last week. I wrote about him in writing group today, and ended up crying and crying in front of everyone. I explained that things actually turned out really well between us, but it's certain memories that make me cry, like how he didn't want to tell me that he was going in for brain surgery in 2006, but when his friend Lon told me and I came to his bedside in the hospital, Dad just kept staring at me and smiling and holding my hand and telling everyone who would listen -- all the nurses and doctors -- about how his daughter was here and he was getting to spend time with her, how he urged people doing tests to hurry up so he could get back to me. There was a very sweet vulnerability to him which I was aware of my whole life, but which became more pronounced in that last year before he died. I'm glad I got to reconnect with him at the end & be there for him when he needed a hand to hold.

6. Tomorrow Shannon & I have a date. We're going to Golden Gate Park to visit the De Young Museum and the Conservatory of Flowers, as well as having a picnic lunch in the Music Concourse. The weather should be great, and it will be nice to have an enjoyable outing together.

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