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Thanksgiving was a very good day. I went home to mom's and my dad and Casey both came home. Casey and I both had guests... Eric, who is like our extended family once again joined us for the day. His parents tend to always leave on the holidays so he's spent the last few with us. And Kate, who had plans which suddenly changed, also joined us. It was such a wonderful day... we all talked... and played... and hung out. And it was just such a natural and wonderful combination of people. There was much laughter and ton of conversation.  

And I needed this... I needed the lightness. I needed the connection.  I needed the people. And it was truely, a good day. 

In the evening, all of us but mom went out to the rainbow bar (the antithisis of a gay bar btw...misleading as the name may be) and were joined by many of Casey's friends from high school, including Bob and Craig, and Dadra also came out to play. :) After the bar, we went to a movie and saw August Rush which was really a good movie. Light hearted and beautiful. The joy that the boy was able to express... and his facial expressions were amazing... It was just a delight to see the joy... in music, that he felt.  I highly recommend it. :)

Tonight is D&D. Yay!  And in the end... I'm doing ok. I'm... doing ok. *smile*  I don't feel quite so alone anymore... and I'm starting to maybe... believe... that I'm not.


Oct. 26th, 2007 11:38 am
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I listened to the phone messages today... there were two. The first irrelevant... the second:

"Paula, This is Bob Ambrose. David (my uncle) is dead. Please call (phone number)."

I don't like David. I have a personal issue with him. However... this was just too much.

I called Bob and spoke to him briefly. I asked when David died. response "Oh, he's not dead."


Apparently he was given a year to live a few months ago... and currently thinks he's on his way out... THIS I CAN HANDLE! But calling and leaving THAT message! TODAY!!!

I just... can't handle this.
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Ok...since I know I'm not gonna have a moment to do this later when I actually get home, I realized I should update tonight at my Aunt's house.

Friday we flew out of Detroit at 10:20 am and had a pretty smooth flight out to Raleigh. Dawn, the organizer, picked us up at the airport. She was quite nice, as she's saved us the cost to rent a car, even though Greenville had an airport but we chose to fly to Raleigh. (She even offered to take us to Greensboro, two hours (RT) out of her way above & beyond the hours' drive to Raleigh.) We met Susan, who was our other contact and had inititated the process for us to come to Greenville. We basically met briefly and got our equipment set (we had 4 *large* bags). We were then directed across the street to our hotel. :)

It was honestly THE easiest seminar we've ever done. I was amazed at how easy and hospital they were. Dawn took charge of All the logistics and made life amazingly easy. I was beyond myself because I'm so used to doing all the organisation AND the seminar. Dawn took care of everything from supplying the projector, copying all the material for the seminar and assembling packets and providing the certificates at the end. Plus, the attendees were awesome. They all wanted to be there and were so excited about the program and method. We couldn't get them enough information on the first day. The second day I think we wiped them out a bit, but it was still really good. Overall, I think it went really well and people were very happy and satisfied with the program. Mom and I did really well with the energy but nearly collapsed around 8pm.

We found a wonderful place to eat on Friday and had an Amazing Dinner at an Italian place and had 2 glasses of wine each...all were different and wonderful! Saturday dinner (pizza & beer) and Sunday lunch (pasta & a coffee drink) were also at the same place. We never explored beyond that one place, but neither of us really felt the need to, since we both loved it. We share the mentality that if you find a really wonderful place and have *very* limited time (nor other appealing options) why change a good thing. We were happy with our decision.

Sunday night we drove back to Raleigh, curtesy of Dawn and rented a car to drive to Greensboro. We were both so completely brain dead and tired by the time we got there. Auleen & Gerry had wine awaiting us, along with cheese, hummus, soy & rice cake crackers, olives and a mozzarella/tomato/basil dish awaiting us when we arrived at 9pm. It was so wonderful. Auleen is an amazing hostess.

Monday we relaxed in the morning and then went for a long walk in the wood near a lake. It was really isolated and the trees here are taller than I've ever seen... Literally twice as tall as trees in Michigan... Just beautiful woods. We then drove around and saw some of the downtown area (really cute) and then hit RCI for a moment to check out the bags. We didn't get any, but it was good cause mom & I were able to try them all and make decisions on which ones we would consider. I'm still planning on going back in Michigan to get a day pack, and to look at clothes and more shoes. We went to a wine restaurant and all had a flight of 3 wines...all which were very good. The restaurant also had a complementary wine tasting on the front patio which was a surprise to us all... more free wine! :) We came back to Auleen's and mom packed while I helped make dinner. I also had a good chance to talk to Gerry about my plans for the whole Ph.D thing... and he said I'm on the right track. So far... my thesis is something like this...

How macroeconomic (international or national?) policy has historically affected small business enterprise and entrepreneurship today in the United States...

I don't have it clarified much beyond that. I know that's a really broad topic and that I need to work on it more...but its a start in a direction that I really am interested in. Plus it incorporates several topics/study areas that interest me... I will be meeting with a friend/former professor eventually to dicuss this more to find ways to make me even more marketable to professors and universities.

I realized once again how much I enjoy spending time with Auleen. There are parts of her I still just have to laugh off... because she such a control freak. *smile* But... I enjoyed seeing her and spending time with Gerry. Tomorrow we are on our way home. And I'm really glad that I'll be going home... I stil have a therapy apt and won't get home until late... but I'm ok with that. Wednesday I have no therapy apts but I leave work early to take Sue to see her mom. I have to get her there before her mom goes to bed at 7pm... so I'm thinking that leaving around 3:30 or 4:00 will suffice. Thursday & Friday I'm both in the office with a therapy visit to Chelsea in the middle of the day...Satruday morning is a StrideGlide event from 11-12:30 in some rural village between Grand Rapids & Lansing, followed immediately by a trip back to Owosso for Shayla & Erin's baby shower. Sunday is RCI and IKEA shopping.

And now I'm off to bed...seeing as I have to get up at 4:30am tomorrow ;)

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I spent the weekend in Kanasa City for a wedding of a very old friend that I haven't seen since I was around 12 or 13 years old. It was an amazing time. I caught up with old friends and made so many new that it was just awesome.

Friday... 'twas a rough start to the weekend as I got to the airport to find out there was a complication with my reservation... I didn't have one. Apparently there was a problem with my credit card (I'd lost my wallet the day after the reservation and apprently they tried to charge it after I'd closed the acct.) I never received any notice that my reservation had been canceled... so 3 hours and an additional $285 later I was a on a flight to Kansas... Let's just say that 2.5 hours of sleep, an hour of "holding" while Orbitz tried to help me. (They didn't... the offered me a $25 voucher to make up for the "inconvenience".) And trying to figure out how I was gonna get to Kansas... that's fun. (But I didn't bit my nails. So yay for something.) Mom later called Orbitz and got farther than I did... as my boss... because I'd missed a business meeting because of all that... love my mummy! ;) The thing was...yes I should have verified my flight 24 hours in advance, which I didn't... but I never received ANY notification that there was a problem. So that just... sucked... But thankfully, that was the only bad part of the trip... so it was good to get it over with. :)

I did miss going to the gardens where the wedding was being held to scope out the place for the video... but ended up wandering the city for a while, and just decompressed... I just needed to release the emotional stress of the day, not to mention just the 9 hours of travel/airport hell. Eventually I found my way to the location of Farrel's Loft where the BBQ was to be held. (there was no rehersal dinner...instead they just had a bbq for family & friends...about 100 ppl on the roof of the loft building.) I walked out on the door to the roof and Caskey yelled "Tera!" and jumped up and gave me a hug. That was just awesome. He was just fun. I hung out with Caskey and a small group of his friends for several hours before the rest of the guest arrived. Caskey has been teaching English in Taiwan for 4 years and comes home this January... he did all that, just to learn Chinese and wants to eventually become an ex-patriot in China for some major company... and he could do it. It's funny because neither Farrel or Caskey have changed much since I knew them so many years ago. I felt like family... and I haven't felt that welcome in a long time...

Phyllis, Farrel & Caskey's mom arrived on the rooftop. She came up to me and stuck out her hand and said "I'm Phyllis." I laughed and said, "I know." Caskey just said... "Mom... LOOK at her!" She laughed in recognition and hugged me. Later I met up with Farrel & Loring (Orange). Farrel recognized me immeditely while Orange took second. It was such a nice... casual... and truely welcome, reunion.

The wedding on Saturday was at 10am in Paole (sp) Gardens outside of Kansas City. It was an amazing day. The chapel was all glass (which unfortunately did make the lighting difficult) and showed out across a small pond and tons of green... it was stunning. After the wedding the weather, which has been cool (cold in my world), cleared up and was absolutely *perfect* for the pictures... tons of flowers and adorable pictures were taken...including one of the Bride & Groom running from T-Rex...who was in the garden!

We finished the photos/video at around 3pm... I was SO tired and my feet are NOT accustomed to heels... Yes... I went trecking through gardens in heels... not wise. Dad & I stopped at a winery on the way home (didn't really like anything there...) and I got back to the hotel, preped for the evening... and crashed/napped for a few hours.

The reception format was unlike any wedding I'd been to. They had an open buffet from 7-midnight and top shelf liquor and alcohol during the whole time... I stayed sober til about 10:30-11:00 and then (when I knew my job was completely over) had lots of Corona. ;) I talked to several people, including Erinch, another adopted family member and amazing artist. I may see about some sort of commissioned work from her...she's amazingly abstract and surrealist. I also spent a lot of time talking to a older couple who were into scuba diving... like 720 dives worth of diving! Wow! They were so cute... and had Tons of stories to tell about their adventures all over the world! I realized that even though Leon, Iowa was a really small town... (like twice the size of Hillman...maybe) the people there are not always what you expact... Farrel & Michelle were awesome, and a really cute couple. Orange said the Michelle is the first person, male or female, who could control Ferrel. *smile* He was really toasted by the end of the party... oh yeah... and he totally traumatized my dad! He kissed him! My dad was freaking out and saying.. there was tongue! It was hilarious!

After the party, Phyllis, Orange, Dad, Caskey, a few others & I all sat down at a table and just chilled. We then went up for a night cap (or glass of wine in my case) at Orange/Phyllis' room. It was just... like family... or maybe even better... because they aren't...which makes it all the more special.

The next day we got up and watched the present opening and then met Gammie for brunch. She locked her keys in her house so it was a bit later. I really wasn't put out at all... but she was so self-critical about it all... right as dad & I had successfully broken into her window and I was about to climb in, the maintenance guy arrived. So I didn't have to get dirty (the window area was wicked dusty) but also didn't get to commit breaking and entering... *sigh*

We also loaded a ton of stuff from her place... old antiques ane memoirs... dad & I are gonna go through all that this weekend on Saturday. We drove through the night and arrived home at 5am this morning.


Jun. 22nd, 2007 09:12 am
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Yesterday I spent the evening with Mom, Casey, Lindsay and Dad. We took my parents out to the Red Cedar Grill in Williamston to celebrate father's day and my mom's birthday. It was a really nice evening. Dad brought his camera (no surprise really....) and got some cute shots, and a group shot which was really nice. 

I also got a CD from Ginger. I think Ginger and Leora talked awhile ago... and I'd both seen and been in communication with Leora via email...  Ginger's CD was...... well, best listened to "alone and with a bottle of wine" (as she suggested).  Since I'd had wine with dinner I counted that. ;)  It was intended... and was... a journey. I just sat and listened to the first 6 songs... and cried.  It was both intense... and healing. I honestly was near to tears even before the CD began... I don't get emotional very often... but it was time to let some of it go. And it was good. Because it wasn't like I was upset... I was letting go. And it felt good in the end. 

I really need to get to know Ginger more... spend more time with her... I need to spend more time with my family in general. My extended family... Like Leora and Ginger. I have learned a great deal in recent months about what my family means to me... how much they are there for me... even without me asking or saying a word. It is amazing... to be reached out to... to be offered help... and to be able to accept that help... by doing something as simple as listen to a CD. 

Yes... yesterday was a good day.


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