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11 August 2017 @ 02:05 pm
From Terminal B...  
We're at the Sacramento airport, waiting to fly out to DC to visit our daughter for a week. Yesterday was a frenzy of packing and-- mainly-- trying to finish something up for work before I left. I spent all day reworking that code up through midnight, and it felt SoClose, but no. Got it into a state where others can take it over, though.

The early part of the week was a howl-fest at home, as our son was at UCLA orientation and the cat didn't know what to do with herself. Poor thing-- her boy came home for half a day, but now the whole family is leaving!

Idol news: we're down to the Top 8 of the season, so the end is closing in! My entry is here, with a link to the poll and all other stories. Not crack this week, because I couldn't make the prompt work toward that, but a good story of a different genre. :)

Last weekend was busy. We were gone all day Saturday, traveling for a birthday celebration for my husband's oldest sister. It was bittersweet-- something we wanted to go to, and absolutely needed to, but that sister has early-onset Alzheimer's. She enjoyed having the celebration and seeing everyone, and felt very loved, but there are so many difficulties and frustrations for her that it was also a struggle. She can still walk with assistance, but is unsteady (her balance is increasingly compromised). She struggles with finding words, and people just wait patiently, but for someone who used to be so sharp and conversational, that is hard for her. Processing multiple conversations at once is also hard (so, crowded gatherings stress her), and eating is very difficult. It's just so unfair, and everyone fears the eventual stage where she starts forgetting who we are. So, it was an absolutely must-attend event and was wonderful in many senses, but there was a lot of sorrow toward the future.

With the busy summer (meaning, my office's virtual moratorium on most vacation time), I still haven't gone up to see my family, and need to do that. It may not be until this Fall, after our son goes to college, but I wish I could squeeze it in sooner. I also mourn the missing of blackberry season up in Oregon yet again. I haven't been there for August blackberries in more than 15 years. *sigh*

Well, better turn this thing off soon. I'll check back later this weekend, and find out what you've all been up to!

Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on August 11th, 2017 09:47 pm (UTC)
Hugs on your sister-in-law's struggle with Alzheimer's. My mom had it, and it is agonizing for everyone. My heart goes out to all of you.

Hope your time with your daughter is wonderful. ;-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 12th, 2017 01:01 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry your Mom went through this. It's a cruel, cruel condition, and the "early" version is much more rapid. It's just so sad.

We're looking forward to seeing our daughter, in and around her hours of her internship. And seeing some sights!
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on August 11th, 2017 09:52 pm (UTC)
Have a great time with your daughter.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 12th, 2017 01:03 am (UTC)
Thank you! We'll be getting some immersion in the Metro system, that's for sure. :)
passing_throughpassing_through on August 12th, 2017 01:19 am (UTC)
Have a safe trip and enjoy visiting with your daughter.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 13th, 2017 11:54 pm (UTC)
It's been nice so far. Her birthday is tomorrow, so we'll get to spend that with her. :)
bleodsweanbleodswean on August 12th, 2017 03:33 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful visit!!!

Sorry to hear about G's sister. It's a cruelty that seems so pointless. Terrible.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 13th, 2017 11:57 pm (UTC)
It is very sad, and came just at the time her husband was retiring and they'd planned to spend years together traveling and having a good time. :(

I'm worried about Idol, but I guess what will be will be. \o?
Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on August 18th, 2017 08:26 am (UTC)
have a brilliant time with your daughter!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2017 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's been great so far. :)