On My Mind

November 06, 2017

This post is going to have absolutely no direction, you should probably know that in advance.  I'm just going to ramble a bit, because this past week has been a whirlwind and there's so many thoughts swirling in my mind.

We're supposed to be on vacation right now, John and I.  We're not.  The original plan was to leave Saturday the 4th and take a train to Salt Lake City, rent a car, and drive the rest of the way to Las Vegas, stay until Friday the 10th and then make the same trip back.  We even had it all booked!  But lots of stuff came up so we had to cancel.  First of all, John's grandpa took a turn for the worse, health-wise.  He's 95 and a strong old man, but it's just one of those things where we sort of know the end is imminent.  We didn't want something to happen when we're all the way out in Vegas when we'd have to try to book last minute flights home.  So we were sort of considering cancelling, weighing the options, and then Friday morning my mom texted me and said she was taking my dad to the emergency room.  John and I decided by noon on Friday to cancel our plans.

Long story short, my dad is doing much better now, but he was in the ICU from Friday until today.  His sodium levels were dangerously low, and then there were a host of other problems, like dehydration, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, all things that needed time to sort out.  He's on the mend now, but it was pretty scary there for a few hours.  Tough being the strong one for my mom, it's not something that comes naturally to me, but things are looking up at least.  He will, of course, be better for his own trip to Vegas next week.  I had to laugh about that one.

My aunt was also hospitalized at the same time, though she's home recovering now.  It's not something I blog about and I don't plan to, but my aunt (my mom's sister) was diagnosed with stage 4 oral cancer in July, maybe early August.  She's done one six week round of chemo and radiation and it's been brutal.  And then she got the flu and had to be hospitalized.  Woof.

There's no way we could have enjoyed ourselves with all that going on, so I'm glad we cancelled.  Too much stress and everything else, we would have been miserable.  But John is still on furlough and I still have the week off from work, so we decided we wanted to do something.  A shorter trip, driving distance so we could hightail it back if something happens.  We decided on Kentucky since it's one of my favorite places (not to mention comforting to me.)  We're going to drive down on Wednesday to Louisville and gamble at the casino just over the border in Indiana, do part of the Bourbon Trail, try some restaurants and bars, and generally just relax.  Possibly visit our horses in Lexington, if we want to make the drive over.  And then come back home on Saturday.  So just a few days, but at least it's still getting away.

Does sort of mess with my blog plans for the month, I gotta say!  I was planning on getting a ton of writing done on the train rides (33 hours-ish, each way) and was going to plan some content around that vacation but clearly that won't be happening.  So I'm not sure what you'll be seeing on this space this week - maybe nothing.  Part of me wants to relax and clear my head, but part of me knows that writing and consistency is therapeutic to me.  Not to mention how awfully close I am to making it to the end of 2017 having gotten a post up 5 days a week.  It's like the perfect attendance records I really liked getting back in school.

I am strangely excited for these next two days, today and Tuesday.  It's so odd to be at home for so long without having to go to work, and I plan on making the most of it - by decluttering and organizing and cleaning.  John keeps questioning how that's fun for me or a vacation, but just wait until he sees the smile on my face while I help him clean out the garage tomorrow.  I have weird hobbies, what can I say!  (Also at the height of my stress on Friday night, I cleaned out the fridge from top to bottom, all the shelves and everything.  It sparkles.  It's glorious.)

So that's what's on my mind at the moment.  Bit of a stressful week/weekend, but we're coming out the other side now, hopefully.


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