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21.75 Hours

That was last week’s schedule at the PT job … Wednesday & Friday night my shift ended at 11pm. On Wednesday after work, I came home to bake chicken as I had taken it out of the freezer on the weekend and it needed to cook or get thrown away. This was especially great as I had roasted veggies to eat.

I brought my lunch in on Friday, then was tempted by a coworker going for sushi. Later I went into the fridge and my lunch was gone. My container no where to be found. I think it was mistakenly taken by a particular coworker who has done this before as we have the same sets of containers.

When I was in Maryland in October, I ordered some items from Amazon and they were scheduled to be delivered before my Aunt came to visit. It did not arrive before she left. No big deal as it was not anything urgent, just workout DVDs and Tubshrooms. My Aunt who lives in town, went to visit and came back with my purchases.

You know how I love my 20 minute workouts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next week I am working Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. I will be getting up early to workout. These videos will be part of the lineup. I am determined to take control of my schedule and my health.

Other than that … I threatened my kids with eviction. On Sunday, our kitchen sink stopped draining. Of course it happens when there are way too many dirty dishes piled up. The super came and determined the blockage was in my unit. I still don’t believe it was but whatever. He offered to snake the drain for me “as a favour”. In doing so, a hole was created in the U joint of pipe … Not impressed, but not the end of the world.

On Monday, the plumber came and I am still not sure what exactly transpired as my kids were home dealing with him. When I got home the pipe was fixed but the kitchen was a hot mess. Since he had to weld, he removed the batteries from the smoke detectors. I asked my kids to replace and put them back on the ceiling … they are still taken apart.

To add insult to injury, I asked both of them repeatedly to clean up the kitchen as I was busy and tired. Ask me how my kitchen was looking …

To top it off, my sister is losing her cool over the fact that our mother asked her to pay to fix the gutters on the house. The long texts of ungratefulness grated my nerves. My sister does not pay rent. She works full time. She has no debt. My mother is retired. I am beyond annoyed.

Calgon take me away.

 

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Been busy

I didn’t lie … I really am trying to be back.

The past few weeks have been filled with work. We are doing the forecast and budget for the remainder of the year and the next. I will be the first to say I had no clue what I was doing or what was expected of me. ย It has been a learning experience to say the least.

Couple that with more get togethers and outings and you get one tired girl.

One of my many cousins is getting married next month. We had her bachelorette over the past weekend. It started Friday night at a hotel party. The entire party was late, so my BFF & I had a bite to eat. I capped it off with this lovely plate of Angel Food cake.

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Saturday morning, we met for brunch, where the majority of the lot were late again. It was a lovely brunch and by chance I ran into an old coworker I haven’t seen in at least 15 years.

After that we were headed to an obstacle course which I am sure would have hurt me seriously but the bride’s sister had a bit of an emergency and I agreed to take her home. I actually don’t think they thought I would do the obstacle course so I was volunteered.

Maybe it was a good thing I didn’t go as I came home and fell asleep on the couch for 2.5 glorious hours.

The earliest I have been home this week was tonight at 7:30. Not work related at all. My Dad gifted me a vehicle so he were getting it ready for me so we could do the transfer before he leaves on Saturday to visit my Grandfather for 3 weeks. The urgency was heightened as we needed to get it fully transfered before his birthday next week when his plates expire.

While I am not in love with my new car, it was a free and in better condition than my current car so it’s a big win and I thanked him for this gift. It is all completed now and ready for me to make my annual trip to Maryland in 2 weeks.

I am so looking forward to the change of scenery. I need a break from the every day grind. Plus I now have a bigger car … ๐Ÿ™‚ There may be some shopping in my future.

 

Long weekend!!

We were sent home 3 hours early yesterday. Gotta love that long weekend policy of leaving early the day before a holiday. ๐Ÿ˜€

I have a full weekend planned of cleaning and tidying up. I know you are jealous. I can feel it.

My Aunt & her friend are coming to visit for 5 days, so I need to get my place in tip top shape. They will be staying in Diva’s room, so I am grateful for the long weekend to tackle that jungle. Even though Diva was away most of August her room is still a hot mess. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

I hope we can get this done over the next 2 days and then relax on Monday.

While I was out I realized that my entire next week might be thrown for a loop and I really need to figure out when I am going to put exercising in my day. Somehow I doubt my Aunt wants to see me sweating and jumping around in my living room. So I should go to the pawn shop today and get another DVD player.

Maybe putting a DVD player in my room will inspire me to get up and work out in the morning.๐Ÿ˜œ

 

The latest

It’s been a whirlwind two weeks. I have been meaning to come on here but with everything that’s been going on something had to give. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

2 weeks ago, my Aunt from MD was passing through on her way home from visiting my Grandfather in Antigua. Since her 50th birthday was last weekend, her older sister (also my Aunt ;)) decided to throw her a impromptu birthday lunch. It was a great event except for the huge shock I got walking into my Aunt’s house and seeing her head tied up with a scarf as she has no hair.

My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in March, just before her trip to Antigua to help my Grandmother since my Grandfather had fallen and broken his hip. In between this trip and the one in May for my Grandmother’s funeral, my Aunt had a lumpectomy. Initially her diagnosis was good and it still is but her doctors have prescribed 4 rounds of chemo. When I saw her, she was at the half way point.

I had no idea. My Aunt thought either one of her daughters or my Dad would have told me. I spent the entire visit watching my Aunt. I was in shock.

2.5 weeks ago the father of one of my good friends suddenly passed away. He had a heart attack at work and just like that he was gone. She has not been dealing well with it at all. Yesterday was the funeral and it was hard.

With all of this, I have still managed to work out 6 days a week for the past 3 weeks. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hence why this blog has been quiet.

Life is slowly returning to “normal”.

As glimpse of things to come

My youngest, Diva, has agreed to babysit her younger sister for the month of August so she has been staying at her father’s house since the beginning of the month.

She is the one who has been gunning to move out. I’m okay with her moving as her only option at this time is her father’s house. I can’t be the only one to have all the “fun”. ๐Ÿ˜‰ She was not on board before now. Maybe this month will change her mind.

Granted he does not live close enough to her current school that it would make sense to move now. Given this is her last year of high school, she should stay put.

It’s been an interesting time without her. Princess has stepped up a little. She is still slow (by my standards) to react to my requests but it’s getting better. My major complaint was the dish drainer which she is now emptying without any nagging. ๐Ÿ™‚ A win in my book.

I miss my little one as she is the one most likely to go for a walk with me which is very nice as we got one on one time and I heard all about her day. I text her now but it’s not the same. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I saw her yesterday when I picked her up from work to bring her home so she could change and then she was gone again.

I’m glad Divaย is getting this time with her father’s side of the family. I gently poked Princess to do the same but she was not having it. Guess she was telling the truth when she said she’s not leaving me. *sigh*

More bad news

The bad news just keeps on coming.

Last night, one of my cousins on my Dad’s side sent out a text message to our family group chat requesting our email addresses as she had “important” family business to tell.

I sent her a text to see what was up as I had a feeling. A bad feeling.

It was confirmed that her wife lost their baby that was due mid-September. He had died in utero Thursday evening and was delivered early Saturday morning. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

She also sent me a couple of pictures of him and his teeny tiny foot.

Broke my heart … again.

Unfortunately this cousin lives on the other side of the country so it’s not as easy to help out.

She sent her mass email this evening and as of 10 pm no one had responded, so I hit reply all and expressed all the sentiments I had sent her last night in our texting session. This prompted my Dad to reply.

I hope she gets the support she needs from my very unemotional family who all live on the East coast.

I know I’ve said it at least once already but I am so over death.

It can stop now

Okay 2016 you can stop taking my loved ones. I am going to count Prince in the mix even though we never crossed paths. He was on my bucket list to see perform and I’m a little peeved that it will not come to fruition.

On a more personal note, my Grandmother passed away on Saturday and while we were not particularly close I still feel incredibly sad. She lives in the Caribbeanย and I am grateful that 3 of her 6 children & my Grandfather were by her side so she didn’t die alone. She was 87 and was admitted into hospital on Thursday, slipped into a coma on Saturday and passed away an hour later. I hope she didn’t suffer.

My Dad arrived today and I am waiting to hear funeral details. Depending on when the funeral is will dictate if I go. Right now I don’t feel a pull to go like I did with my cousin and her aunt.

My Aunts and Uncles “seem” okay but time will tell. Most of my cousins are also “okay”. Like all things this too shall pass.