Thursday, May 31, 2007
A friend of mine recently sent me an e-mail asking if life was just constantly busy now, or if I got time to relax. I haven't had a chance to get back to her because life really is constantly busy. On Friday I found myself thinking how much I was looking forward to getting some rest over the long holiday weekend. Unfortunately the rest never came.
I'm very glad that I did the things that kept me busy over the weekend, I just tend to forget that I can't go at my old pace anymore. However, I got to visit with old friends who I haven't seen in many years. We had dinner with the Cindy and Marty Carpenter, who live in North Carolina, on Friday night. (When I was in the hospital, really drugged up, I thought there was a bomb in my room and wanted Marty to use his Pentagon connections to save me.) Cindy and Marty were a huge part of my childhood and a tremendous help to Mom and dad after the accident.
Saturday morning I had the Pilate's benefit class, which raised $1000.00, and left me sore for the remainder of the weekend. Saturday afternoon I went to see Pirate's of the Caribbean with some friends.
Sunday morning I intended to sleep in because we weren't going to church that morning. Work put a stop to my plans to sleep in and woke me early with a question. I then tried to spend the rest of the day relaxing and getting caught up on household chores. This, unfortunately, was interrupted frequently throughout the day by calls from work. On Monday I tried to sleep in again but, to no avail, as work once again intruded on my dreams, at an early hour, with phone calls.
Monday night we had a cook out with Kenyon and Paula, who live in Florida. Kenyon is one of my Godfathers and Paula is his wife. Kenyon, like Cindy and Marty, was an important part of my childhood as well. He was also a huge support to my parents after the accident. If I'm lucky I get to see them once a year.
On Tuesday night we had Dinner with Jan and Rene, from Switzerland. Jan has been friends with Mom and Dad since their IU days, and Rene is her husband. Jan wrote the letter about the miracle that I live, that is used in the cookbook. I haven't seen Rene since I was about 5 years old. He doesn't speak much english, but (as the story goes) when I was 5 I sat on his lap and we talked for hours and seemed to understand each other. This time around I didn't sit on his lap but, even though I couldn't understand the language, I was still able to understand a lot of what he was trying to say. Strange huh?
The point about trying to sleep in is that, ever since the accident, I have a hard time sleeping. I wake up frequently throughout the night to change positions, which isn't easy without legs. Due to the long commute to work I'm not getting to spend much time at home and frequently don't get enough sleep. So, I'm tired a lot of the time. I realize that this is the price I pay for trying to be as active, if not more active, as I was before the accident. Just don't be surprised if I decide to be lazy for a while, at some point, somewhere in the future...
We had a good Memorial Day, too. Spent the day at Mom & Dad's with all the kids, just relaxing and eating. Heather made one of the recipes from your cookbook called "Can't Leave Alone Bars" (p. 240) -- they were great and they lived up to their name. ;-) Last week, Rachel made "Hot Fudge Sundae Cake" (p. 179). It was wonderful, and we followed the recommendation and had it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I'm going to try the "Mozzarella Chicken" next (p. 110). I'll let you know how that goes.
We have really enjoyed that cookbook and appreciate all the effort that went into putting it together.
Mick and I thought of you the other day, Jeremy. We were watching 20/20 and they did a story about a 30-something woman who lost both of her legs in a work-related accident (she worked on a fishing boat). It looked like her legs were amputated in about the same spots as yours. The difference was, this woman had just found out she was pregnant at the time of the accident. So, while she was recovering and going through therapy and rehabilitation to get used to her prosthetic legs, they had to constantly make adjustments because of the way her body changed as the baby grew. It was a pretty inspiring story ... and the baby ended up being fine. :-)
OK, better close this book/comment and get the day started. Hope to see you soon!
Besides, who are you kidding with this "I'm busy stuff" you have been busy since the day I met you.
If we slow down now Jeremy we will miss something so, go live life to the fullest my friend, sleep will come when your 6ft under. Besides, you have been given a 2nd chance at life, if you slow down now what will you do? Take a nap?
Ok, I'm tired...I'll talk to you later,
I agree with Marsha...you should sneak into a free room for a nap while you're at work! Although knowing hotels you probably dont get any free time while you're there.
As always my parents also send their love. I definately want to meet up next time Im in Indy (probably Oct....I know, such a long way away!)...I'm rubbish about meeting up with people when I'm there, just ask Marsha! But we will definately in Oct!
Take care, loadsa love
Princess Annie ;) xx