Saturday, May 23, 2009

Heavy Burden Upends Holiday

Memorial Day - perfect for celebrating the unofficial start of the summer season by getting away, visiting family and friends, or just staying home with a barbecue grill. Yes, Memorial Day is great - most of the time.

This year, we've decided to get caught-up on a lot of the repairs and other tasks that have been neglected for some time. Actually, a long time. I'm realizing that I'm getting older and slower, getting reminded every time I lift what once was a reasonably manageable box of no-longer-wanted stuff. Now it's a major challenge to carry the load. Strength is one thing. Flexibility also disappears with age. My body makes a different noise for every kind of physical movement. It sounds like a hinge in need of WD40.
I'm really not complaining, just feeling sorry for myself. This is the price I'm paying for putting off my unwelcome tasks for too many evenings and Saturdays. I really have no excuse, living in Southern California. It almost never rains, and it's generally pleasant as far as the temperature goes. So, while everyone enjoys the fruits of their labors, I'm just laboring.
And now my computer has decided to give up the ghost. I'm doing CPR on it as I'm writing this post on my work laptop. It's terrible how much we depend on complicated things (like cars, cell phones, and computers) to function reliably.
Anyway, for now I'll get back to the drudgery of home maintenance and the anxiety of trying to save a dying P.C. I just want to wish everyone a very nice Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, May 15, 2009

When Life Gets In The Way


Yes, that's an actual picture of my brain. At times I need to look at it to reassure myself I still have one in my head. Once again, months have gone by since my last post. I have been lagging on everything important: remembering birthdays, paying bills, and just plain taking the time to enjoy life. The reason is, back in February, a rather large lay-off was announced at work, affecting in particular my area of activity. Since that announcement I have been in Anxietyville. Days of relentless work and nightly insomnia made me a wreck.


Well, I've finally (three months later) been informed that I have a job - they're just not sure what it's going to be. I have resolved to become as teachable as possible. It's going to be somewhat challenging at my age, learning new job skills and technical knowledge, but that's what life is really about- learning to survive whatever comes your way.


So, I am writing this by way of apologizing to all those who may have wondered what edge of the earth I fell off of. I am just living the fulfillment of the saying, "May you live in interesting times."


Speaking of interesting times, I got a nice invitation recently to attend Paige's baptism in June. The tickets are already paid for, though I never seem to have the time to stay as long as I would like in Utah, it will be a timely opportunity to put things in their proper perspective. Thanks Paige, I owe you one.


And finally, I'm very proud to say that Mindy rean a 10K marathon earlier this month. She's living proof of the resilience of the human spirit. To think where things were just six months ago...


Well , I'm going to get back to reading the daughterblogs to see what else I've been missing. I promise to stay up-to-date on this particular blog... with the hope of living in times that aren't so interesting, at least not in the same way. And my brain? Don't worry, it's normal.