Tag Archives: Aunt Martha

Something to do, something to love, something to hope for

14 Apr

Well, folks — it’s been a long week, but I’m gearing up for an even longer weekend. For the first time since I moved to Miami, I will be leaving the city to visit family. I only wish it were under better circumstances.

As most everyone who reads this probably knows, about four years ago my mother had a lung transplant to combat the severe emphysema she had developed about three years prior. She grew up in a coal mining town and started smoking at a relatively young age, but while her sickness was not surprising, it was none-the-less devastating.

My father died of lung cancer when I was six, and the thought that my mom was dealing with similar issues caused me to break down. It’s been a hard couple of years, but somehow we’ve made it through, only slightly worse for ware.

The other night I got a call from my Aunt Martha telling me that my mom was having trouble breathing and had to be taken to the emergency room. She has Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which doctors think she most likely contracted from a child. After tons of X-rays, tests and IVs, it appeared she had a spot on her lung. Physicians had to perform a biopsy.

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“Salute Your Solution”

4 Jan

This post is coming to you a bit late today — partly because it was my long day at work and partly because I’ve been so busy lately that I needed to shut my mind off for a bit. After biking home I spent the majority of my evening watching movies and forgetting how to think. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Addam was off work yesterday, so when I came home I didn’t have to worry about how I would waste time while waiting for him to make it back to the apartment. He had stopped by the grocery store and brought me home all the ingredients I needed to cook some of the best, and healthiest, cheesy potato soup I’ve ever had in my life. (I know that “cheese” seems to negate “healthy,” but everything was either low-calorie or fat free, making it less than 250 calories per serving but just as rich and filling.)

I spent the evening peeling potatoes and slicing carrots. I threw everything in the crock pot and left it alone for the night, only to wake up to the smell of potatoes roasting in vegetable broth. I’ve never been much of a cook, but waking up this morning almost converted me. The smell may have convinced me to make cooking a habit if I didn’t have to wake up half an hour early to add in the finishing touches (a.k.a. — milk and cheese). Needless to say, I had a very yummy, very nutritious, lunch today.

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Everybody’s having fun out here

2 Jan

After a weekend of wrestling with my internet provider, I’ve finally rid myself of connectivity issues, leaving myself free to post an update on how I spent my New Year.

While I thought I was going to spend the night watching movies and waiting for Addam to get home, the Eve ended up being far better than I expected.

Addam had to work until about 12:30 a.m., so I rang in the New Year with Tati, who came over around 10:00 p.m. or so. We spent the evening drinking FourLocos and watching movie after funny movie. We were honestly not paying much attention to anything but each other and almost missed the countdown entirely. I had the ball drop streaming on my laptop and happened to look down when there was 45 seconds to go.

We were about halfway through Zack and Miri Make a Porno when Vicki showed up. We rewound the flick about a million times, but we were all so distracted that we had given up on following the plot when Addam finally got off work. Once he was home we basically just sat around shooting the breeze and watching movies until we all passed out in the living room. Addam woke everyone up at the end of Avatar, and we all waited together for Vicki and Tati’s bus to come. No one fell out of a tree this go around, so I’d say the night was a great success.

The rest of the weekend was pretty uneventful.  Addam pulled in more than 40 hours this week, so I’ve spent most of my time alone in the apartment, with a sweet little puppy to keep me company. Addam’s actually at work right now, and it’s looking like I’ll be able to fit in a few more movies before he gets home.

In other news —

My Aunt Martha is sounding better each time I talk to her, so thank you to everyone who has been keeping her in your thoughts and prayers. She’s still in the hospital, but she’s starting to walk more and knows what signs to look for in case anything were to happen in the future. I’ll make sure to update everyone as soon as there are any new developments, but I’m really hoping that everything just keeps improving.

I’m still planning a wedding update — I just need to secure all the dress photos before I post. I know that a bunch of my bridesmaids have been waiting to see what I’m considering and I promise, promise, promise — they’re coming soon! Trust that I have not forgotten about you!

And lastly — my little sista, Emily Ann, starts her second quarter at Ohio University tomorrow!  Good luck my love, even though last quarter has shown that you definitely do not need it. I know that you’ll be just as successful this go around and, as always, I am here if you ever need me. I always keep you close.

“Everybody’s having fun out here. They drinking, they fighting, they pissing in the streets. It’s New Year’s Eve. They loving the ladies.” — Disco Cabbie, 200 Cigarettes, 1999.