So I haven't posted in a while. Basically because life has just really sucked since February.
I've gotten over Spongebob. I try not to think about it. My buddy Rick at cakelava is still cranking out awesome cakes, and he gets better and better with every one he puts out. My hat's off to him because he's really driven to succeed. He just got his first teaching gig in Ontario for next year. Visit his website won't you?
Just when I thought life was getting back to normal, Mom broke her hip on the last day of February. And get this: she just fell out of bed and that's all it took to fracture it. That's how bad osteoporosis can be. She spent 6 weeks in a nursing home and I was afraid she'd still be in the wheelchair when it was time for her to come home. Luckily though the doc gave her the ok to put full weight on the bad hip by the time she was discharged so I brought her home with a walker which she still has to use. Her balance is really bad and she limps when she walks.
I had to live with her 24/7 after she came home and had to stay for about 5 weeks. I really missed my home and family and it was really hard. Now I can come home Friday through Mondays and stay with Mom Tuesdays through Fridays like I was doing before she broke her hip, but this whole traveling back and forth and living in two places is really getting old for me. I want to get Mom into assisted living but she says it would be "traumatic" if she had to give up her house. Traumatic? All she does is sit and watch TV or sleep. What difference does it make where she is? In assisted living at least they have activities planned and it's much more social. And believe me she needs socialization. I'm really stuck between a rock and hard place. I don't quite know what to do at this point.
Anyway, that's the major reason my life sucks. Mom-sitting is a royal drag. I want to spend my time at home and help Mark get a lot of projects done this summer. We have to fix or work on a lot of things around the house. Just thinking about sitting around with Mom watching TV when I could be doing something productive makes me crazy.
We also just finished a major technological upgrade in our house too. Mark and I both got new computers, because our old ones were just so obsolete (10 years old is obsolete now). Actually it all started with the launch of the iPhone 4. We both just had to have one and we were eligible for the upgrade price. We stood in line on launch day at the Bellevue Square Apple store and enjoyed free coffee drinks and danish courtesy of Apple, which was nice. We loved our new phones. Could hardly wait to get home and sync them to our computers. But Mark got home and found out our computers couldn't handle the new iPhone and we couldn't sync them! So the only answer? New computers!
So we got new iMacs. They're cool, but so different from my old one, that I'm having a hard time adjusting. Even the keyboard is different. The way you navigate around the computer is different too, and I don't know where anything is! I'm an old dog who doesn't want to learn new tricks. But I want to keep my brain active, and learning new things is the way to do it, so I guess I'll have to. At least I know enough to post on my blog........for now.
I miss pastry! When this saga with my mom is over, maybe I can get back into it. I hope so. For now, it's life in the geriatric ward. Now that I've seen 6 weeks worth of nursing home and being with my mom all the time, I've gotten sort of a wake-up call to take better care of myself. I don't want to end up old and infirm. I want to end up old and still giving people crap like I do now. I think everyone should visit a nursing home and take it all in. Maybe we'd all take better care of ourselves, huh? Not that everything is preventable, but I saw a lot of people in there that had preventable ills, so I'm in "preventing" mode. I eat less, I walk when I can (at least a mile and a half a day 3-4 days a week) and I'm keeping my brain active. More or less.
Today is July 4th, which means summer will start tomorrow here in Western Washington. Today is cloudy and gray and only about 60 degrees. Yay.
My next post will be a much happier post because somehow everything will come out rainbows. I just know it. Happens after every storm.