Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"...it's just a moment of change..."

Hello, my name is Lynn, and I write this blog. You wouldn’t know it, given my 2-week absence, but life got (and still is) really crazy. Let me catch you up.
Two weeks ago I went back to Minnesota to catch up on my brother’s health. Marty is still recovering from the series of seizures he had June 23, which left him with short-term and working memory loss. Caring for Marty was the purpose of my visit. Caring for me happened in the spaces in between.

 My care came from, in no particular order:

 Jack, who is BFF Pam’s 8-year-old son and the one who gives up his Vikings bed when I stay overnight. Since he learned to talk, Jack has asked the most *interesting* questions. My favorite one from this visit: Lynn, do you have handcuffs?

  The fire pit at Pam and Mike’s.
   Sand cranes. There were two standing near a swamp early Sunday morning when Pam took me to the airport.
  John, my high school boyfriend. Our friendship has endured for 33 years. My daughter Cassie calls him her “Should-be Daddy.”
  Time alone with my mom.
  Time alone with my dad.
  Dinner with Mom and Dad. It was fun to hear them talk about their Hawaii years. Dad was stationed at Pearl. They were married there, and Marty was born at Tripler.
  The fabulous grilled veggie sandwich at TJ’s. (Thank you, Adele and Jackie, for taking me there!)
  My brother Matthew’s home-grown tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers and poblano peppers.
  Lunch with my niece Michaela.
Yana, from Israel, whom I’d never met before I walked into the JC Penney’s salon in Maple Grove. She cut my hair and waxed my eyebrows and made me feel pretty again.
The two pairs of jeans I bought at NordstromRack. Not only were they 70 percent off, they fit perfectly. Unheard of!
The kind man who sat next to me on the flight out who talked me through take off (my least favorite part of flying).
 Listening to JT Hodges at 6:30 a.m. while getting ready to go home. Click on this link and listen to “Hunt You Down.” That man is seriously yummy *smile*
Having the entire row to myself on the flight home.

Lunch with Cassie after I landed. It’s the first time in 4 years (since Claire was born) that I’ve had her alone for more than an hour. We went to Mad Mex, where she ordered fried ice cream for dessert. (Here she is sawing through the deep-fried tortilla. She had 700 calories to spend after spin class that morning.)
Finding – 30,000 feet above Lake Michigan – my desire to write again. I thought I’d lost it this summer. Now that I’m back in school full time, I might not write a blog as frequently, but at least I know I still have the desire *grin*

13 comments:

  1. Lynn, Love it! Great to hear what you've been up to and the changes that stay with you for a moment or forever. :)

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  2. I'm so glad that you enjoyed our great state of Minnesota. The weather has been beautiful! I must have missed your posts about school and your full-time program. Share with us again, will you... It sounds exciting. I love going to school--so stimulating and it often means new endeavors and adventures.

    Your comment about losing the desire to write was of great interest to me. I have been struggling with that all year, due to mother's illness and death, serious accident and fracture of humerus (also tendon and muscle damage), and in addition, a family crisis that occurred recently. I guess it's always something, as "Rosanna Danna" always said. Anyway, writing has been on the back burner, and I have had a hard time picking it up. Your experience gives me hope, because writing is a great love for me. I hope all is well with you. Take care...

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  3. Welcome back! I hope you will keep sharing. I want to attend school vicariously through you this year!

    Jane~
    Keepingthepoundsoff.com

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  4. Well, DO you? Have handcuffs, I mean. ;)

    And hey, I was born at Tripler!

    Good to hear from you - your life sounds busy AND fulfilling, which is most awesome, my friend. :)

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  5. Well THERE you are! So glad to hear from you again, and to hear of all the blessings and insights you had on this trip. How is your brother doing?

    (LOL'ing--I was going to make Shelley's comment but she beat me to it!)

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  6. So glad to hear things are going well with you and that you had a good trip to Minnesota. Life sounds good for you!

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  7. I've missed you guys, too! E. Jane, I'm sorry you've gone through so much this year. I do hope you find the desire to write again, even if it's just to journal.

    Shelley, I...um...well...don't have handcuffs exactly... :)

    I started school on Tuesday. I'm in a two-years associate's program to become a dietary technician. Most of my classes are online except for a Foods lab. I'm not so much concerned about the book work, but learning all the technology involved with an online class is making me feel ancient! I'm sure my 4-year-old granddaughter would understand it faster than me! LOL

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  8. Always love reading your posts :) Looks like you had a wonderful time for sure.

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  9. I can totally relate to needing a break from the blog...I took a little hiatus myself. I finally felt like I had something to post this evening, and I was glad to see I wasn't the only one who needed a break.

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  10. Lynn, this might sound weird, but our beloved oldest labrador has had lifelong epilepsy. She's 13 and going strong. When we completely removed WHEAT (and of course other processed foods) from her diet - - she got her life back.

    She went from sezures all the time to almost never.

    We love her, and our other two, fiercely.

    I know you're working with your brother on food... Please keep this in mind. :)

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  11. what a lovely tribute to those who love you & support you.

    glad you are writing again. best wishes with school!

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  12. Oh my! I'm so impressed on all the efforts you've taken up and the results we're actually great!

    You totally overcome any hindrances that made you are today! Beautiful, fit, healthy and happy. Keep on inspiring other people like me!

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  13. Lynn, so nice to hear from you again. I hope your brothers health is improving. It is nice to hear you have a supportive network of family and friends around you.

    I am a big fan and follower, look forward to your next post

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