Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Bird Without Wings - Celtic Thunder

My favorite song - this kid is incredible!

Another busy day! I worked from home again today so that I could get an extra two hours of work in (my commute downtown is one hour each way). Work done, I've now settled in to watch American Idol.

For the next two weeks we'll be having some inside painting done (mainly in the color Golden Biscuit). The painters, a gay couple we know, started this morning. Tim and Rob will be painting the living room, kitchen and den.

Needless to say the front of the house is more or less off-limits right now as everything is in boxes. Fortunately Casey, our housekeeper, came over on Sunday evening and packed everything up for us! Thank goodness for Casey - neither Tom nor I wanted to mess with it! I tried to stay in the study (out of the way) as much as possible today but I did go outside with Rusty a few times to get some fresh air.

Tom has a list of home projects that he has been wanting to get done but I've been resistant until recently. I had a change of heart and have let Tom know that I'm OK with one home project per quarter. The painting will count as a 1Q project (barely). Now we just have to decide what is next on the list for 2Q. Decisions,decisions!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Update on Daddy. He had a consultation with the doctor today in Temple. The doctor gave Daddy two options: a) begin chemotherapy immediately or b) schedule surgery to try to remove remainder of tumor. Daddy opted for the surgery, which will be 4/7. Due to the tumor's proximity to the brain and spinal cord, it's very serious. We're praying for you Daddy.

Today was a very long day. I worked VO (from home) and began around 8am. It is now 9pm and I just wrapped up work for the day. We are facing a potential work stoppage on Sunday evening (4/4/09) when the company/union contract expires. This is the main reason I had to work late. I've received a barrage of work requests recently as everyone is trying to get as much done as possible this week - just in case. I expect to continue to be extremely busy all week.

BTW, as a management employee I would be expected to report to work in one of our call centers - in the event of a work stoppage.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tom and I slept in until after 7 this morning. I think we both needed the extra sleep. Yesterday we drove to Goldthwaite (G'waite) to see Tom's family. We had a nice visit but I think it wore us out. We refer to some of our trips to G'waite as the 3-3-3 (3 hours down, 3 hours there, 3 hours back). This was a 3-3-3 trip.

I wish we would have been able to spend more time in G'waite yesterday, especially after the news we got on Thursday evening. Daddy, Tom's dad, was supposed to have "routine" surgery on Thursday to remove a tumor on the back of his neck, near the top of the spine. The tumor however turned out to be much larger than the doctor anticipated. Not only that but it was cancerous and the doctor was only able to remove part of it. Daddy will have to go to the hospital in Temple this week to have the rest of it removed.

At first Tom and I took the news hard on Thursday evening but then we both decided to remain upbeat and try not to worry too much unnecessarily - especially since there is still much we don't know. We called and spoke to Daddy Thursday evening and he seemed in good spirits, which was comforting.

A bit about "Daddy" (as he is affectionately known by everyone in the family): Daddy is truly one of the kindest and most caring men I have ever known.

I'll never forgot how nervous I was 11 years when I was on my way to G'waite for the first time. Golthwaite is a small town of about 2,000 people located three hours SW of Dallas. Although Tom and I had shared quite a bit about our families, and he had described his hometown, I still had no idea what to expect. All my nervousness though was gone in the first minute upon meeting his family. They all, especially his dad, made me feel so welcome! Daddy is so down to earth and has such a pleasant disposition that one can't help but feel relaxed around him.

Fast forward nine years to the death of my father. In the days and weeks after my father's death, Daddy, being the compassionate man he is, called me frequently to see how I was doing. That is just the way he is. I'll always be grateful for the care he showed me in what was the most difficult time of my life.

While we are optimistic that his surgery will go well, Daddy is top of mind in our thoughts and prayers right now.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

NOW I'll turn the lights out

It is 9:38pm CT and the lights at our home are just now going out.

In response to the silly "Earth Hour" nonsense, I made my own statement tonight. During the 8:30-9:30pm time frame, we had most every light in the house on, as well as the washer and dryer, pool light, TVs, computers, cell phone charger, etc.

Take that you America hating socialists with your diabolical "climate change" plan to take down America!