Funeral

Jan. 8th, 2011 09:57 am
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My grandmother died Wednesday morning. I flew into Texas yesterday afternoon and my sister & brother-in-law drove me out to the viewing at the funeral home last night. It was terrible hard, but the last chance to see her; the funeral today is closed-casket graveside. I'm alternating between distracted, numb and weepy.

I last saw my grandmother over 5 years ago, on my way out from Texas to North Carolina. And given her mental degradation, I don't even know if she remembered me at the end. I feel so guilty about being a bad grandson.

It didn't look like her.
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I know that at least some of you (should) already know this from my Facebook, but I was hospitalized yesterday for emergency gallbladder surgery. First off, I'm (relatively) fine. My vitals are stable, I'm in a room, and although I'm in pain, I'm able to walk around for short periods.

They weren't able to do it laparoscopically because, as the surgeon told me this morning, my gallbladder was so infected and inflamed that it was "rotten" and they were concerned that it would rupture. So, because they did it with an abdominal incision, I'm going to be inpatient at least through tomorrow and maybe through Friday, depending on how quickly I recover.

I have to say that the staff here at Rex have been outstanding with regards to Matt & my relationship. There's been no problem with his being with me at all stages and they're basically treating him as if we were legal spouses. For example: we spoke with the nurse in charge of me tonight and she said that Matt could stay as long as he wanted, despite official visiting hours ending at 8:30. They've also been really good about keeping him updated with my status when I was in surgery.

Also, Matt was keeping my parents and sisters updated and apparently they've already accepted him as an in-law. :-P

And if you're in the area and want to come visit, I'm in room 7030 at Rex Hospital off Lake Boone in Raleigh.
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To my sister Sara ([livejournal.com profile] lysariala);

Congratulations on this, your wedding day. May your marriage be full of happiness.

Your brother loves you, Mrs. Haight. :-D
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I'm going to try to get out holiday cards this year, so if you'd like one, please leave me your full name and address*, as well as what holiday you celebrate. If you'd like to send *ME* one, please also leave your email address and I'm send you my new address. All comments are screened for privacy, as usual.

*Yes, even if I've sent you cards in the past. When I moved I lost my address list.
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So it's that time of year again. The leaves are turning, the weather is getting chillier, the turkeys are running in fear of their lives... What better time to start gathering addresses for cards for the holidays?

I probably still have the addresses for a lot of y'all, but I'd rather be on the safe side. Therefore, if you'd like to get a Christmas, Channukah, Kwanzaa or Solstice card from me this year, please leave your full address in a comment below, along with which holiday you celebrate. I'm going to try to have all the cards out by December 15, but any latecomers will still get their cards sent out.

Happy (Early) Holidays, everyone!
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I am constantly surprised and disgusted by how much nasty the human body can produce when ill. Oh well... The coughing is NOT fun, but at least it's getting this crap out of my body.

In other news, I plan on doing quite a bit of online shopping today, since I called out sick. I'm doing charity donations in their names for my family, and I'm going to purchase my birthday gift for myself.
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So it's that time of year again: time to send Xmas cards (or Chanukah or Eid or Kwanzaa).

If you would like a card from me, please leave me a (automatically screened) comment with your address. I'm going to TRY to have them all out within 2 weeks.

Oh, and since this is a public post, I'm not including my address. That's going in the next, f-locked post.

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and may this holiday season be good to you all!

Turkey Day

Nov. 21st, 2007 08:29 am
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Happy Thanksgiving!



Well, I'm flying to Houston today to see my dad's side of the family for the first time in at least a year and a half. I'll be back on Saturday. You all better behave yourselves! :-)
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Well, Thanksgiving turned out pretty good for me and mine and I hope it did for all of you as well. Yesterday was our typical "eat-talk-play games" scenario and today we went over to the Kimball for lunch and art perusal. The food was good, the conversation was good, the art was good, and there was a delicious piece of trucker eye-candy there that was very good to look at as well. ;-P

Also, a final reminder: if you want Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other winter celebration cards from me, I need your address. I'm going to buy the cards either tomorrow or Sunday and I need to know how many to get.

Have a good weekend, everybody!
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I got the new glasses this morning, and I'm having the standard adjustment weirdness. It's nothing serious, but it's definitely throwing me off a little.

Yesterday, I took Katie over to the Fort Worth museum district and Botanical Gardens to take some senior photos for her. I'm still working on them and haven't had a chance to look at all of them yet, but I think that I have several good ones. I'm glad. :)

Apparently, my roommate's room is similar to a brick kiln. Yesterday, we had a cold front sweep through and drop the temps down into the high 30s. Well, last night at 10PM, I turn on the heat since my room was about 60 degrees and it's fricken COLD outside. The roommate almost immediately comes out and asks why I turned on the heat since "it's hot in my room". It's hot. At 10PM. When the outside temperature is around 40 degrees. Okay.....

I don't think I reported this yet, so here goes. Two Saturdays ago, I attended the wedding of [livejournal.com profile] disgruntledgrrl and [livejournal.com profile] koed at the Japanese Gardens in the FW Botanical Gardens. It was a lovely ceremony and reception and I'm glad I went. Well, on my way there, as I was turning to enter the FWBG main entrance, I accidentally hit someone's car. There were no injuries and minimal damage (a tow truck for him, but no wreckers), but it shook me up pretty badly. Thank goodness my brakes responded as hard as they did.

Speaking of which, I suspect that that braking may have even further depleted my brake pads, so I'm going to take the car in for the total brake job either Thursday or this weekend. I'm riding the edge as is and I'd rather not die. It would put such a crimp in my plans for the holidays.
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Well, today's been busy so far. The converted-for-evacuees rec center near my apartment is apparently housing 200 people. This morning, my parents, sister and I went over and found that they're in desperate need of hygeine supplies. So they went over to the Sam's/Wal-Mart to get diapers and feminine hygeine stuff and wet wipes and the like in bulk while I went to the office to get dental stuff. I don't know exactly how much stuff they got at Sam's, but I picked up and delivered 2 gross of adult toothbrushes, 1 gross of kids' brushes, around 300-400 tubes of toothpaste and I'm not sure how many things of floss. I also found out that, of the local evacuees, 250 have already been enrolled at my sister's high school alone, and the school district just north of here is going to start admitting evacuee students starting Tuesday.

After dropping stuff off, Katie and I went down to the Arlington Museum of Art to audition for the Texas Radio Theatre Company's next radio play. We think we did well, and should find out in the next day or two, since rehearsals start Tuesday evening.

While we were auditioning, my dad received a call from Mission Arlington, which is providing free emergency medical care for the local evacuees as well as coordinating food and clothing dispersal. They had a woman there who was having a dental emergency, so he picked her up and took her to the office for treatment. Well, just as Katie and I finished auditioning, Dad received another call from Mission Arlington about another emergency, so I picked up the patient and drove her up.

All in all, it's been a busy morning.
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Well, I'm back!

The drives down & back up were interminable, as usual, but nothing unbearable. Due to heavy rain and an accident on the highway, it took 8 hours to get down there and we rolled into the motel at 7:30. We were really glad that we decided to go on Friday instead of Saturday morning, as driving up that morning would've been stressful and maddening. As a side note, I experienced something new Friday night: my CPAP tube flooded. I forgot to adjust my built-in humidifier to account for the naturally high humidity, and my mother had turned the AC onto "glacial" in an attempt to mitigate the humidity, so I had a massive amount of condensation. I woke up twice during the night to pour the water back into the reservoir.

Saturday, Sara, Mikey, Katie and I went to the "Lord of the Rings" exhibit at the Houston science museum and thoroughly enjoyed it. They had conceptual artwork, original models, full original costumes and props and some live examples of how some of the CG effects were made, including the motion capture and size-modifiers. If you have a chance to go to the exhibit, I highly reccommend it.

The wedding was yesterday evening and it was... okay. The ceremony was generic and very short (les than 30 minutes, including processional and recessional) and it was outside, in the heat and humidity. Emily's (my cousin) dress was spectacular, however, as were the bridesmaids dresses and the groomsmen's tuxedos (I never got close enough to the groom to see his tux). As for the reception, I particularly enjoyed the white chocolate fountain that they had. I had no idea that chocolate covered potato chips could be so good. Overall, I probably enjoyed the reception best for the opportunity to visit with all the extended Wallace family. We rarely get to see them, and several were unable to make it to Sara's wedding back in April.

This morning was generally uneventful. We spent a few hours visiting some more with my grandparents our blood-aunts and a few of the cousins, then set out back for home. Amazing how, without rain or bad traffic, the trip only took 5.5 hours.

P.S. I finished Half-Blood Prince during the drives. Let's just say that there are several things I'm upset about.
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My date last night with Jim went well. We met up at Boston Market at 6, then went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at 6:40. We both enjoyed the movie, but were also both annoyed that the theater armrests didn't fold up. Snuggling over one of those things is a mite uncomfortable. I really like Jim.
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My tomato plant is thriving spectacularly; its tallest part is now as high as my forearm from elbow to fingertip and it has 5 different flowering branches. Most of the flowers have opened, but none have started to fruit yet.
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Tomorrow I'm heading down to Houston for a cousin's wedding. We're gonna leave sometime in the morning (hopefully no latter than 10) and come back on Sunday afternoon/evening. Aside from the wedding, we're planning on going to see a Lord of the Rings exhibit at one of the local museums.
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Oh god... I just threw up for no apparent reason. I hope that it was just food poisoning off my dinner; I don't want to be sick this weekend, especially since I'm going to be the one driving for umpteen hours.
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Last night was pretty fun. My mother and younger sister set up the house with tons of candles and Harry Potter signs and stuff. It was Mom, Katie, Sara & Mikey and me. We made Butterbeer (cream soda, vanilla ice cream, butterscotch flavoring and a dash of cinnamon), played a couple of games (I won a ger-nome!) and watched Philosopher's Stone. Our friend Greg called me and told me that the local comic/gaming shop was having a HUGE sourcebook, game and toy sale ($1 apiece or 75% off!) so we went over there around 9 to go "schoolbook shopping". :-P Mikey and Sara bought about $1500 worth of stuff for under $200. I only got 7 sourcebooks myself (for $7.48 including tax), but their cover price value was probably around $120-$140.

I didn't buy a copy of Half-blood Prince myself because I plan to read Katie's copy when she's done with it around midweek. Still, a fun night.
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Back from a full day! The family and I (including Liz [livejournal.com profile] lizziethered) went up to Grapevine Mills mall (45 minute drive) to see Howl's Moving Castle this afternoon. We missed the first showing so decided to mall-stomp until the next showing. Well, we ended up in Books-a-Million (about 2/3 - 3/4 the footprint of a Barnes&Noble, I think), which has a itty-bitty science fiction/fantasy section and a HUGE Christian Fiction section. I'm not making this up; the scifi/fantasy section was 1 side of 1 row and the ChristianFic section was 4 whole rows. Aside from the Left Behind books, what the hell (::snerk::) is "Christian Fiction"? ANYwho, I picked up a photography book and a couple of puzzle mags.

Howl's Moving Castle was very good, as Miazaki films tend to be. I preferred Spirited Away over this one, but this was still a highly enjoyable flick. If you're a fan of good and original animation, go see it. Bring the kids too; they'll enjoy it!
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Late update...

Mother's Day was very nice. We (me, my parents & Katie, Sara & Michael, and Michael's parents) were supposed to meet at Biraporetti's (Gods, I know I screwed up that spelling, but I don't care enough to look it up), but when the elder Salas and I arrived there at 10:45, there was a 2-hour waiting list. So we decided that we were going to go somewhere else. :-P

We eventually decided to go to the Kimbell for lunch and go through their (free) permanent collection afterwards. The elder Salas were a little non-plussed (I don't think they'd ever been over there before), but everyone had a really good time.

If any of you ever visit me, I'm taking you over there. You have been warned. :-P
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Hey all. All the digital wedding pictures are downloaded and I'm editing them now. Of course, with 250 of 'em, that's gonna take a while. :-p

So feel free to AIM me if you'd like, name = drewbeartx
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Well, the wedding went absolutely flawlessly. The weather was cool, clear and perfect; everything ran on time; Sean Roady (the other photographer) and I were able to get tons of shots (we'll see which ones are good later. ;-p ); and the reception was wonderful. Plus, one of Mikey's friends showed up in a kilt and full kit. Yum. It's too bad he's SMaK (Straight, Married and Kids).

In fact, the only thing I could point to as possible less than perfect was that the minister didn't project quite enough to reach all of those attending.

After the happy couple left in their car and everything was cleaned up at the reception, I brought Liz (one of the bridesmaids and my "Alternative Lifestyle Assistant" (TM [livejournal.com profile] booboobob)) over to the apartment so we could both change. I finally got out of those damned dress shoes and she reluctantly took off her dress.

...Not like that, you pervs! :-) She changed into street clothes and we went to see The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which was tons of fun. The opening song was hilarious, the special effects/CGI were excellent and appropriate and the casting was dead-on. I definitely want to see this again in theaters.

Anyhoo, I need to head to bed now. I'm going to breakfast with my Dad's relatives tomorrow and I have a couple of students starting at 11AM.

Love & kisses to you all!
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And in what is probably the last of my birthday updates, I have to report that the bad sad mad mood is gone. After running all my errands this morning, I went to lunch with my mom and dad at Souper Salad, which was very good. My mom got me THREE psuedo-risque cards with a man-loving theme, just because she couldn't choose just one. It's very, very odd to have your mother (your MOTHER) do that.

Anywho, familial present disbursement was at the office right after lunch (with the wedding, there's no time for anything else at the moment) and I got a nice set of bamboo placemats, some DVDs (What Dreams May Come, To Wong Foo: Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar and Mystery Men) and 2 Monty Python computer games. I'm prolly gonna load one up tonight or tomorrow and give it a test run. :-)

Work was, well, work. Nothing special to report except that I had a nice discussion of Footfall with a lesbian patient to whom I had lent my copy. We agreed that it was well written with nice descriptiveness and a well-thought-out plot, but that it ended too abruptly.

Also? [livejournal.com profile] disgruntledgrrl called and talked for a bit. It was nice to hear from her, although I always fins it a little strange the first time I actually HEAR someone I've only interacted with online.

And now I wait for my roommate to show up, after which I'm heading over to the parents' house to watch The Incredibles on their DVD player since mine is crap. Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] trollprincess, I'm taping TAR tonight for viewing tomorrow.

Enjoy your night, all!
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I'm home for lunch, so this is just a quick update.

The potential roommate is going to be coming by to check out the apartment tomorrow, at which point I'll interview him to see if I can get along with him. I therefore need to finish cleaning the apartment, but I'd say that's a less than 30 minute job at this point.

A woman is coming by this evening after I get off work to check out the Saturn and she's serious about buying, since she offered to pay in cash. Now I just need to find one of those "test for conterfeits" pens like the bank has. :-) If she falls through, I have 10 other messages on my answering machine I haven't had a chance to listen to yet, so I suspect that, one way or another, this thing'll be gone before the end of the week. Yay, money!!

Last night I went over to the parents' house to celebrate my Dad's birthday and watch Supervolcano with them on The Discovery Channel. It was co-produced by the BBC and Discovery, so unlike a lot of disaster movies, the science behind the movie was actually sound. Some of the acting was a little forced, but overall it was a good movie. I enjoyed it, even if I was going "You all so dead!" most of the movie.

I'm still looking for a new job, but aside from jobs that pay less than I'm getting right now, the market is really bad. Of course, I work two PT jobs instead of a full-time, so I'm willing to take a wage cut if I'm working FT. Based on my expenses and my desire to be able to sock away rainy-day money, I figure that I need to be making $10/hr or more. Wish me luck, people!

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