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I am a monster

My mother is crying.

I am sitting with my arms around her in a gesture meant to comfort, but it’s a perfunctory effort. My arms may as well be made of wood, and my heart, of stone.

It’s February and we are in Florida, attempting to celebrate my mother’s first birthday without Dad. Mom is raw and unsteady. As brittle and delicate as a fallen leaf. When I arrive at the airport, I hug her and try to find the right thing to say. Saying the wrong thing, even a sincere “how are you?” brings her to tears some days. But my own eyes stay dry.

I am a terrible daughter.

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Since you’ve been gone (Part 3)

First read Part 1 and Part 2.

This final installment is probably the most boring because I worked nearly non-stop.

Nearly. And then I went on vacation. More on that soon – honest.

Third stop: San Francisco

I packed for cool, rainy weather. Naturally neither condition materialized. But I’m not complaining.

While I was in SF, I met Tommy Lee. He was very nice and is, apparently, quite the foodie.*

Tommy Lee

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Clever post title TK

h/t to Jennifer Mendelsohn

I’ve been trying to draft some clever, thought-provoking posts. A post to make you laugh perhaps. Something that sums up the year in a witty way. And nothing to do with grief – for once.

But, nope! It just hasn’t happened.

I have lots of thoughts and, as usual, a desire to share them, but right now, everything in my head is a bit…scattered. Plus if I take the time to think, you might end up with more sad posts like this.

Plane view

Part of it has been my recent travel schedule–Sacramento, San Francisco/Walnut Creek, LA, DC and the Scranton area for Thanksgiving. Fortunately none of my Thanksgiving fears came true. Continue reading

The vacation after the vacation (but before the vacation)

I didn’t intend to take last week off from blogging – swear. But I got back from Florida and that’s what happened.

Siesta

I effectively took a blog vacation after this vacation and before an upcoming work trip to Los Angeles and then the Jamaican vacation when Candace and Jay get married.

So. What have I been doing? Lots. Tons and tons of important stuff. Continue reading

I went to Southwest Florida

I needed some R&R. That’s what I got in the Naples area of Florida. One day we visited family friends who spend winters Dr. Beach’s #1 beach in the US for 2011. Beach Siesta Key near Sarasota was indeed gorgeous. Continue reading