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03 April 2015 @ 12:53 am
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My dad's wake went well, with some 50-60 attendees—including old friends from his professional years. All of his siblings have passed away, as he was the baby of the family at 88, so only his immediate family could come. Good stories were told, both the funny kind and those of people he had helped. We sure miss him, though my mother is coping pretty well.

We visited more with family on Sunday, then three of us went to the coast on Monday (my son got some kind of 'tude about driving all the way there and back inside of the 8-hour trips to and from Oregon, which I can understand but think of as one of those "Yes it's a pain, but I'd regret missing out later" kind of decisions). Pretty nice weather overall, except for the all-day rain on Tuesday that subverted my running plans.

I went running today, instead—all 5 miles, for the first time in weeks. The weather has been getting warmer, which has worn me out before hitting the full distance. Then I did yard work that got out of hand, and finally got showered and ready to go shopping at... 5pm. Yay. I found some comfortable black flats that promise to stay on my feet. No sandals—I tried a nice-looking pair that was too high and therefore painful, and another where the shoes were security-tied backwards so that you could only try on one shoe at a time and never actually walk in them. Every single pair in the store was like that. Only that particular model. Weeks from now, someone will wonder why that shoe isn't selling. ;)

I looked at dresses, after failing to find anything new for my Dad's wake over the past several weeks. I even went on an emergency trip to Target the day before the wake, but almost everything is cheap fabrics and/or loud geometric/wacky prints (you know— the 70s). Today's trip was the same. :(

What did not happen: Rite Aid, to replace Easter Candy that has been eaten (don't ask) and check for cherry tomato plants. Probably tomorrow's plan, in addition to bicycling (today was too windy). When will the home decluttering happen? I wish I knew.

Hello new people who may have recently friended me. I swear I'm not normally this boring! Do you have any questions you want to ask? Please feel free!

Criminy, Firefox is running at a snail's pace after yesterday's upgrade, which is making me SOOOO glad I did THAT. o_O The frequency of "Important update available!" notifications and nags is starting to remind me of Microsoft... :O

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Kellykajel on April 3rd, 2015 01:27 pm (UTC)
It sounds like the wake was lovely. Hugs. It is good to hear that your Mom is holding up pretty well at this point.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 3rd, 2015 04:42 pm (UTC)
She kept telling me that she was sorry she didn't want to do much or go anywhere, which is very normal! I know she would understand someone else feeling that way, andy why, but somehow she thinks she isn't allowed those same concessions.

But she's doing a lot reading and such, and is in good spirits. Plus, all the kids call a lot, which helps. :)
bleodsweanbleodswean on April 3rd, 2015 02:17 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your father's service went well. What family lives where your mother lives?

You don't sound boring at all!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 3rd, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
My mother's cousin-- the spry 80-year-old who is a hoot-- lives one street over, and my sisters are two hours away. She has great support in the retirement community she lives in, though (very nice people, many who have been through this themselves), and almost all of her friends that are still living are in the same city. That really helps.

She needs emotional support but not much in the way of physical aid, even at 89. The genes on that side of the family are strong-- one uncle died of a heart-attack on his farm after fixing his fence in a blizzard. He was 94!
CaffieneKitty: smilecaffienekitty on April 3rd, 2015 08:27 pm (UTC)
Glad the wake went well, it's so important to celebrate the lives of people we've lost.

Browsers, fech. I don't use Firefox at home, I use an old version of Safari, but the other day it wouldn't let me access GoogleDocs for a heart-stopping hour.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2015 01:50 am (UTC)
I have Firefox loaded because a work application we're required to use does not really function on I.E., or on Firefox for Linux. Only Windows Firefox-- what's up with that?

It prevents more pop-ups than I.E., though, and for awhile it was behaving much better with LJ than I.E. As in, not failing to post comment replies. :O
CaffieneKitty: smilecaffienekitty on April 4th, 2015 03:58 am (UTC)
I.E. is incredibly buggy and has been sliding down a swift slope for years now. That big news splash a while back about the security flaw didn't help it. The office I've been working at has banned it entirely in favour of chrome or firefox.

I've been using Safari at home because that's the Mac default browser and I'm a Mac girl, but my current laptop's OS is too old to use the newer Safaris. It could upgrade, but upgrading this particular OS requires a complete hard drive wipe, and it's almost certain that the DTP program I use won't function at all on a newer OS, and the files don't port well to other DTP programs. I'll need a workaround for that before going to any newer OS as I've got a LOT of DTP files.
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on April 3rd, 2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
Glad the service went nicely. Take care. AW
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2015 01:52 am (UTC)
Thank you. It was both wrenching and rewarding, but we feel so much better for having done it.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on April 4th, 2015 05:57 am (UTC)
Welcome back!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2015 07:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad the traveling is over, and that there's a little time left before going back to work on Monday. :)
michelle: and it'll be all right (Liam and Zayn)certainthings on April 10th, 2015 04:38 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 10th, 2015 05:11 am (UTC)
Thank you. *hugs back*