I intended to write this blog post sometime last week.
But as many of you know, my life these days looks something like this…
Here’s an update for all you curious readers.
Dad went back into the hospital this week in excruciating pain. After some heavy-duty meds (none of which worked), imaging was ordered, and the results showed severe spinal cord compression. Dad was sent to downtown Houston where his surgeon was waiting to take him into surgery around 9:30 that evening. Bone spurs and bone fragments were pressing on dad’s neck causing severe nerve pain. As scary and as stressful as those few days were, Dad woke up from surgery with zero to minimal nerve pain! Hallelujah! Of course, he’s having some general post-op pain, but being able to call and check on him and not hearing him scream in agony in the background is beyond nice. It’s a miracle.
Gus Gus is on the mend! He gave us quite a scare and quite a ding to our bank account (sob), but he’s still with us, cuddly as ever. Yesterday he had his staples removed and did just fine.
Our house, oh our f-ing house. Well, for starters, finding a contractor is hard. Harder than I thought. Since our home is basically unlivable, we wanted to get started on the work the day before ASAP. But it, unfortunately, has not gone that way. The leak happened two weeks ago and we’ve yet to start any demo or remodel. Most of this is due to the drying process and waiting for contractor bids. OH, AND ONE MORE THING. Asbestos was found in the adhesive that was used to place our original hardwoods, so now an asbestos abatement team needs to come out and remove it. That, of course, pushes us back even further to one day re-inhabiting our home.
Blah. It’s ok. Everything’s ok. But the process is frustrating and stressful. As of Friday, we do believe we have a contractor, and we’re both ready to get to work. We just need to get the all-clear from the asbestos team. Safety first and all that crap.
After I drowned myself in several bottles of (not even that great tasting, because, well, we’re poor) wine, I put on my big girl pants and dove head first into the rewrites required for my book. Thank you to my Hive (writing group) for the intense brainstorming session and allowing me to cuss and cry. I’m still mourning the old story, but I’m pretty excited about the changes I’ve made so far.
SO. What does this all mean? Well, for starters, I’m a hot mess. If I ever wondered before, it has been solidified in the past two weeks.
Secondly, the dam of Kelly’s life is full. Close to spilling over, (that’s hilarious, it broke. Who am I kidding?) and something’s got to give. Unfortunately, for the time being, and the next two weeks around the holidays, that means this blog.
I have very little free time in my life as it is right now, and if I’m going to be 100% transparent, I don’t want to spend that time stressing about getting a blog post up. I want to watch Hallmark movies and do some Christmas shopping and baking. I want to text my mom and sister and say “Ooh, the guy in Magical Christmas Ornaments is cuuuuttteeee.”
^True story. And before you judge, it was actually one of their better ones.
That’s where I’m at. I WILL be back. Soon. I just need to get over this bitch of a mountain standing in my way first.
I hope you all have a FANTABULOUS Christmas and New Year. Hold on tight to the ones you love. Bask in giving. Drink hot cocoa and go look at lights. Believe in the magic of Christmas.
It’s the most wonderful time of year after all.
“See” all you beautiful readers soon!