Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: The Back 15 Meme  

15) How do you vent your anger? Screaming and slamming and fixating. Not the most productive method, but mine own.

16) Favourite toy as a child? Lassie, as shown above. How I loved you, Girl!

17) Favourite season? Fall

18) Do you ever get letters delivered by the post office? Yes. My cousin Rose and I still correspond through snail-mail. And I got a nice, long letter from a friend of my mother's recently.

19) When was the last time you laughed hard? During Book of Mormon

20) What is on the floor of your closet? Crap

21) Are you any good at drawing? No

22) What did you do last night? Gabbed on the phone and watched Prosecuting Casey Anthony on Lifetime. 

23) What are you most afraid of? A plane crash

24) Plain,cheese or spicy hamburger? Last night I made my own burger and it was plain. Not even a bun! (Carbs, dontchaknow)

25) Favourite dog breed? Mutt. Heinz 57. Shelter rescues will love you just as much as those with pedigrees.

26) Favorite day of the week? Friday

27) How many states / provinces / countries have you lived in? One state, no provinces and one country

28) Diamond or pearl? Pearls! I wonder if Marilyn would have sung about diamonds if she knew how corrupt and torturous that industry is.

29) What is your wish for this new year? Serenity

30) New year resolutions To save money by brown bagging it at least once a week. Every year I resolve to watch my pennies more closely but never before have I done it in a way that's measurable. This year I am.


The not-so-happy call

Spoke for about an hour last night with my friend from the Keys. One of his dear friends, Ted, is in the hospital in Miami, because the local facilities are not sophisticated enough to treat him. Ted had a mini-stroke because of tumors pressing upon his brain. My friend doesn't know if the tumors are malignant or benign but, since Ted just turned 75 and has other health problems, that point may be moot.

My friend wants to take off right away and go to Miami but he can't. He's very broke right now, underemployed by the local newspaper and because of the nature of the news business, his schedule changes and he doesn't work typical Mon-Fri/9-5 workweeks. So his schedule isn't always conducive and he can't afford unpaid time off.

I have been helping my friend in small ways -- $20 here, a Shell gift card there, and I paid for everything when I was visited him last month -- but that is all I can wisely afford to do until I know for certain how my mother's affairs will shake out. Plus I am not sure what impact the CDE situation will have on me at work and considering that I could find myself out of work at age 55 in a young person's profession, it just doesn't make sense for me to say, "Here's $500, go to Miami!" as much as I may wish to.

So I have to remember that there is also consolation and value in listening to and loving him when he calls, and praying that Ted's saga has a peaceful resolution.