Sunday, April 20, 2008

Miscellaneous thoughts

(written over the course of a few days)
My aunt is in the hospital with unexplained "lesions" on her brain, behind her lung, and on her spleen. At first they thought she had a stroke...but the MRI turned out normal. They apparently keep asking if she's been to the southwest or Mexico recently. We're not close, but I can't help but worry about her. Weird infections seem to enjoy having their way with our family.
For so long, my office was filled with the muffled sounds of my own crying. These days I can't help but smile because my office is filled with the scream-to-the-rooftops sound of my son's voice. Sure, there are days when I wish he would nap so I could get work done. But I will never never wish the sound away. I've been there...and this is much better.
There is little in my job responsibilities that I care about as much as the work I do for Adult Protective Services. As with child services, however, it can be very frustrating work. Reluctantly, I attended a conference this morning with Paul Greenwood as the keynote speaker. It was life-changing. I'm ready to start some real work helping people instead of preparing for nuisance trials that never happen. I am most excited about the prospect of working more closely with another colleague in the criminal division of my office on elder abuse cases. I think we could be a good team and really create some change. I'll keep you posted if anything exciting happens on that front.
A horse has FOUR feet. So when I ask how the horses' feet is implied that I mean ALL FOUR feet...on each horse. OK? OK.
My mom had a lovely bottle of soft red wine at the holidays that I just loved. I'm not much of a wine connoisseur, so when I find something I like, I tend to take note. Oliver Winery, just outside of Bloomington, Indiana has quite a wine list. And though they don't ship mail order out of state, you can find some of their wines through out of state distributors. Thankfully, the Ohio distributor sells to Super Walmart. I'm a happy happy girl tonight.
PS2 Lego Star Wars is a great way to bond with your five year old son. I'm just saying.
ABC's series Eli Stone is beautiful and fabulous and wonderful. Lawyers, George Michael, and God...what could be better? I really hope they renew it for next season.
Personal avatars...why are they so much fun to play around with?
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Up many many times last night. So tired today. Cranky. Really really cranky. Don't want to clean or cook. Hung up the bathroom shade. Hung up the curtains in Myles' room and made the room somewhat usable (as opposed to storage space). Indians lost. Played PS2 with Sam. Going to have grilled cheese and beer and then go to bed early. It was a good day.


Julia said...

Ugh... sorry about your aunt. It sounds pretty scary.

Woohoo though for new directions at work. It's a great feeling to be excited about your work.

Rosepetal said...

I hope they find out what's caused your aunt's brain lesions and that they have a treatment.

I was thinking that last night as Beanie was awake for the whole night - the perspective that it is infinitely preferable than never being awake at all.

The Cartoonist's Wife said...

I LOVE Oliver Winery! I went to IU (B.A. '93) and it's so unfortunate it's off a highway and not really accessible on foot from anywhere. I haven't been back there in at least a year but plan to be this summer (my old roommate, now living in SF, comes back frequently to visit family nearby). I have fond memories of lying on their pier with a bottle, watching the clouds go by. (They've since expanded and so I don't know what, if anything, became of their pier.)

I seem to recall that the Soft Red tastes very much like Concord grapes. Yummy, although I'm more a Shiraz and Riesling person.

Trivia: Oliver Winery was the first alcohol distributor permitted to sell on Sundays. The owner is/was a lawyer and found some loophole. Unfortunately, there are no such workarounds to Indiana's archaic wine shipping laws.

If not for the price of gas I'd drive there right now...


I'd be remiss not to express sympathy over your aunt's situation. I hope it's just a really bad misdiagnosis of some shadows (bad lighting?) and that she'll be back feeling better soon... perhaps enjoying a bottle of said wine!

Holley said...

Actually, I believe that it is illegal to have wine shipped directly to any Ohio resident. Must double check with Hubby who knows Ohio alcohol laws (hey everyone must have a hobby).

I think it has something to do with encouraging Ohio's wine industry.

I'm still anticipating meeting Myles. How about this weekend?

I, of course, love Star Wars Lego. I'm so glad my mom purchased it for my nephew and keeps it at her house.

Per hubby: It is not illegal to have wine delivered, but you do have to fill out forms and the state makes it very difficult.

Julie said...

Hope your aunt's diagnosis is favorable - and soon - so that everyone can breathe a sigh of relief.
Grilled cheese and beer. My kinda woman!