Not sure what to call this blog, but today must be documented.
Webster defines blog as: “a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer”
So….bear with me thru my personal journal entry with reflections on the day, comments on the world around me and a few hyperlinks, as always!
First of all, today, a Tuesday, felt like a Monday and a Friday and a busy weekend day all in one. I have done SO much in the 12 hours that I have been awake.
At 5:30 the alarm went off, at 6:30 I left the house, at 7 I picked up the first of four students that I drive to Bishop Ireton every few days. By 8 the four boys were at school well before the first bell. Rush home, prepare for my 9 a.m. client. Oh wait – now I am met at the front door by Lou Lou and his mom as they race out the door to make their flight to NYC for the next two days. I’m totally jealous, wishing I could join them. Lou Lou & his mother are here visiting Alexandria, Virginia from Caen, France. Caen is our Sister City and we are a host family for the delegation this week. Louis-Vincent and his mom Christelle are our guests and we are having a lot of fun having them & showing off Alexandria to them.
So, they’re off and I race off to my date with Imogene at 9 a.m. (I refuse to call it babysitting anymore. I have never sat on babies and she’s almost 3!) We got so much done in a short time. We went to the Post Office to mail two packages, we went to Starbucks for chocolate milk, no, make that apple juice, and a slice of pumpkin loaf, shopped for books “for my preschool” (You’d think they have NO books there as often as she wants to buy books “for my preschool”!) Then we drove around on “an adventure” and I dropped off some thank you notes, sympathy cards and even a reimbursement check to a friend.
Which brings me to title #2 for this entry. Twenty days ago I was on quite “an adventure” as I was having a procedure done on my little self. See, my cardiac ablation (who’s had one of those?) was on October 5. Today is October 25. So, twenty days ago I had my work done and in just 5 days we “celebrate” 26 years since my last open-heart surgery on October 30, 1985. Time sort of stands still in October these days. I am finding a lot of significance in dates lately. Every second counts. Count every second.
Hmmm…that sounds very political. I used to repeat the mantra “every vote counts, so count every vote” (wait, that was in 2000). Speaking of votes, I finished my date with Imogene at noon just in time to meet Adam Ebbin for lunch. (We’ll leave out the where since we’re discussing the ole ticker in the same blog entry!) Adam is about to be the first openly gay member of the Senate here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He will win on Election Day, two weeks from today, Tuesday, November 8th and be sworn in January of 2012. He wanted to meet to give me a campaign t-shirt and one for me to give a client as well.
Only I had QUITE the task to complete for this client. My favorite client, as I call all of them, had tasked me with a tall order while I was at Children’s, so tall in fact that I just simply ignored it while laying in the hospital bed. Well, once I was given a drop-dead-line, I was able to complete it finally. BUT – I couldn’t go from lunch, where I collected her t-shirt, straight to her house to deliver it…I had to return home to put the finishing touches on the task. Four hours later, I put the leash on Penny and we walked to her house.
A satisfied client, a happy Penny and an excercized LES and we almost have a complete day. Oh wait – I forgot to mention I shipped dress suits to my Uncle Jimmy in Costa Rica, made a deposit at the bank and wished a happy half-birthday and one month anniversary to the greatest guy in the world!!!
Now on to hosting Uncle Johnny for the night and catching’ up on the DVR.
Here are a few good quotes to get you thru the rest of today.
From Honest Tea lid: “The trouble with life isn’t that there is no answer, it’s that there are so many answers.” -Samuel Johnson
From Quotable Cards:
For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.
At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness.
Happiness is the way.
So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination…
Oh & P.S. – as I have gotten older, I have found Halloween decorations in yards and on homes even more disturbing! That is all.