So it's been quite awhile since I've last blogged! The aftermath of Super Storm Sandy came and went and I intended on blogging after my "big" trip to NH, but then as we all know Sandy Hook happened...and I didn't feel like it...I didn't feel like writing, didn't feel like being funny, didn't feel much...after that!! Being a teacher it hit me pretty hard. You can bet I have now scoped out the hiding spots in my library, (there's not really one in my Tech Lab), and contemplated over and over how I would handle such a situation. I, like many others was glued to my T.V. following the tragedy, and then I thought to myself...I can't do it anymore! Time has passed, but I don't believe any of those families will ever move on and I don't think as a nation, we will ever forget! I know I won't! CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN!!
I am trying to think back to my trip to New Hampshire and it is quite a blur...but I will try to muster up a few tidbits. I will tell ya...it is a hell of a ride to just go over night!!! But it was worth it to see my cousin graduate from the OT Program at UNH.
When I originally planned on going, I thought I would just hop in the car with my aunt, uncle and cousin and head on up for the weekend! Then as time passed, I discovered we were making a stop on the way. We would head into Boston and visit my Aunt Bee* (names have been changed to protect identity)...in a nursing home...that she was just admitted to!! I kinda freaked out but I was a big person about it and said "sure...can't wait!" While in the back of my mind, I'm thinking , "will we have time to shower and change before the graduation because I am certain I was going to smell like nursing home and old folks and I SOOOOOOO do not want that!" (When my grandmother was in a nursing home, I hated going there because if the aroma of old people and pee, so I hardly ever went....then I was there at the end with her, which I am sure was punishment for never visiting....but that is a blog for another day!)
Back to Aunt Bee*... we were to leave for the weekend early Saturday morning. Tuesday night my mom called to inform me that Aunt Bee* had passed away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought she was kidding!!!! Then I thought....NO NURSING HOME?????!!!!! YES!!!! I know you may think me horrible after reading this but Aunt Bee* was 94 and lived one helluva life!! She stayed in her home, continued going up and down the stairs to her bedroom each night and spent her days watching out the window as the buses went by on her street (her favorite thing to do) up until like 10 days before her death! (I think what we should be worrying about here is this country's Nursing Homes!!!) And I know this is awful of me, but when someone older dies, I think, they are better off! She's now in heaven partying with my Nanny, Poppy and the rest of her family...while the rest of us are stuck here...this is surely HELL on earth, people!! And don't get me wrong, I loved Aunt Bee*! My cousin (the graduate) and I spent a week with her in the summer of '07 and it really was the best time!! We toured Boston and her old homesteads around town, from birth to now! And who wouldn't love a woman, who when we arrived, had a 3-course meal ready for us and a case of Sam Summer in the fridge!! GOOD TIMES! GOOD TIMES!!
So the graduation went well and we got up early the next morning to head home! Took the ferry...not a smart idea, as the weather was bad and we all ended up seasick!!! Needless to say, I was useless that Sunday and the day after for that matter!!
The Christmas and New Year holidays seem like such a blur at this point. But it's always a fun time filled with lots of laughs with my family. Living in my apartment now I have my own tree and decorated a bit. It looked good...even if it was only me who saw it most of the time!! LOL
Now it's almost the middle of January...ugh....the winter is so awful...it's so cold (I don't care if it's been mild these last few days, it's still COLD), my skin is dry and my hands are splitting!! I'm tired all the time (thank you dad for telling me to take vitamins, I have been...here's to hoping washing them down with martinis and wine won't deplete their benefits!!!) And I never want to go out and do anything because it's so dark and dreary!! SO basically, I'm a hermit (no one would want see this face anyway...who ever said acne was a teenage thing LIESSSSSS!!) And I talk to no one (hence the blogging...because yes, I have a lot of shit in my head!!)
Well, I think I've rambled enough!! I wish you all a Happy New Year!! Hope 2013 is better than 2012, because it sure was a doozy, huh???
I've resolved to BLOG more!! :) I hope I can keep it!! :)
Thanks so much for taking the time to read!! Until next time...