Shots done… and other random news

For the last three weeks I’ve been getting shots of goo in my knees and yesterday was my last shot.  Now I just have to go back for a final check up.  I’ve noticed a decrease of pain in my knees though I still have pain and problems but it is a decided improvement.

Last weekend we went to Vicki’s place in Indiana and Gin and Stephanie came there from Georgia.  My nephew and our friend also joined us so we had seven in Vicki’s apartment.  Considering there were so many we did really well.  The time flew by but I think we all had a good time.  Except maybe Sasha who was not happy that Moo shoo from Georgia (Gin and Steph’s cat) came to visit too.  He was all about love me and she was all about get the hell away from me.  By Monday when they were getting ready to leave she was not having hissy fits every time she saw him.

Circle Magazine has one of my articles in it.  I was pleased to see they printed one after they had contacted me for a few to use.  This is the next thing on my list – get back to writing.  I’m supposed to take it easy this weekend (because of the shots) so I’ll work on the grad gift I still have to make.  However, once this weekend is done I’m going to switch to writing mode.  I, of course, have a to-do list.  There is a grant to write, articles for Circle, a contest, and a few other things I want to work on.

I have vacation to use up so I’ll likely be taking a few days – after my department moves – to have writing time at home ALONE.  I’m very much looking forward to having this time and being very productive.  One thing I have to tackle is cleaning my office.  It is a wreck and I need to handle it – sooner rather than later.

No kids and no pets – it has been nice in the house with just Ken and I.  I have my moments where I miss my kids but mostly, I’m quite content to be without extra people in my house.  Ken and I are figuring out how to deal with each other which is always interesting.  At least there hasn’t been any bloodshed – yet…

End of Semester Craze Plus….

Vicki is moved and settled in to her new place.  She will start her new job Monday.  It was a long weekend of a lot of stress and work.  She has organizational things to do with her books and dishes but I think everything (or nearly) is unpacked.
This week has been crazy with move stuff at work and end of semester work stuff in addition to the culmination of my own classes.  Tuesday after a long work day I came home and finished off my last chapter of science.  I just have the last exam to do.  Wednesday I read part of the book and picked out stylistic things to write my paper on.  I wrote the rough draft and put it away.  Thursday morning I asked my chair if he had time to read it – he took the time.  He gave me GREAT feedback that I was able to use to refine my writing.  I turned in the paper on Thursday.  Now I just have to do my final project, which is a ten-page paper. 
This weekend will be working on that paper, bills, and sleeping.  I also have to finish a baby gift and work on the afghan for the grad gift.  I’m hoping to have a rough draft by mid-day on Sunday and then revise, revise, revise until Thursday when I have to go to class and turn it in. 
Once my classes are done, I’ll turn my free time to self-publishing the romance and meditations book.  I’ll also go back to working on my novel.  However, this summer I have a long list of things to crochet and write. 
If you’ve read my blog before you know my to-do list always outreaches my ability to get stuff done.  I plan to get a lot done including rearranging the house now that we no longer have kids or pets.  (pause to enjoy the thought)  I’m looking forward to having a quiet peaceful house.  No idea whether I’ll actually get that or not. 
I just have to get through the end of semester stuff and the move at work – then some of my sanity will return (if I had any to begin with). 

B U S Y!

Our house is a chaotic jungle of possessions.  Vicki is packing, organizing, stressing, and prepping for the move.  Ken and I are doing our best to help her; unfortunately, most of it she has to handle herself.
In addition to all the prep for moving, she is making appointments with moving companies, trying to buy a car, and in disbelief that she got her dream job.  The disbelief will go away once she signs her paperwork on Friday and completely disappear when she is working long hours to get the new library up and going. 
This means Ken and I will be alone again.  It is odd when people say to me “Aren’t you going to be sad?”  My answer is how can I be sad that my daughters who are all three brilliant amazing women in their own ways have done exactly what I raised them to do.  They have gone out and grabbed their lives and are living them. 
It amazes me when I talk to them and hear about their lives.  I may not be involved in their daily life.  I may not talk to them daily or even every week (depending on everyone’s schedule) but I know if they need me or have news – Ken or I are their first call.  I’m so proud of who they are and what they have accomplished. 
We have a lot going on in the next ten days.  Vicki, her godmother, and I went  Indiana to look at apartments.  We looked at four apartments and went to five complexes.  The first apartment was small and very much like her college apartment – a bit shabby and old.  The second one was a viable option even though it was small and the bathroom had an odd setup.  The third one they took her to one I couldn’t get into and when she was about to walk away they said well they might have one that was accessible and took us to that.  It had a great layout with full size washer / dryer and place for her laundry but even though it was a new complex the cabinets and counters were very old looking (i.e. something from the 60s).  The other thing was the one they showed us they weren’t sure it was in a cat building.  Vicki’s concern was that she would have to choose between having her cat (not a choice there) or being in a place I could visit (not a choice there either in her mind).  The fourth place was just a fiasco.  We had an appointment with them and had talked at length about her needs before we set up an appointment but when we got there – they weren’t sure they had anything.  Then the woman said well I have two that might work and of course of the two the more expensive one was the better option which was nearly $50 over her budget.  We walked away.  
The last place we went to is the one she was most excited about.  We were two hours early and walked through the apartment.  It was nearly perfect!  There were lots of closets, a wood burning fireplace, washer/dryer hookup, fenced patio, end unit, and just a nice layout.  It is a two bedroom, one bath with a nice sized living dining room.  The bathroom is a normal layout.  The kitchen is a typical galley kitchen for an apartment, however, it has a gas stove.  There is lots of light, room, and a good feeling to the apartment.  The two drawbacks, it has plush carpet and no good place for cat litter box and there are two steps to get into the building.  These were concerns for Vicki.  I told her not to be worried about the steps because even though we had walked around so many apartments I managed the two steps.  Also Ken (today) suggested we get a chair mat to put under the litter box to protect the carpet.  This addresses the problem for the carpeting.  
The woman who showed us the apartment kept asking Beth if we liked the apartment.  She also was the most helpful when we called.  She went and took pictures of the actual apartment so Vicki could see it before she put money into her application.  Also we spent some time with this woman and she would be one of the people Vicki would be dealing with.  She is also a cat person and was very fun to be around.  We took the apartment.  She has a place to live and the utilities are set up.  We haven’t nailed down some of the details.
Next weekend we will move her to Indiana with the help of some wonderful people.  Up here Alex and one of my student workers is going to help with loading the truck on Friday.  Then when we get to Indiana, Kelly and Dominic and their families are going to help with the unloading.  This week it will be finishing packing up and finalizing details.  My goal for next weekend is to get her settled into her apartment – boxes unpacked and furniture placed and items put in something of order. 
Will there be tears? Oh hell yes!  I’m happy for her but it will be sad to leave her in Indiana.  Just as I cried when Virginia and Stephanie moved to Georgia – it isn’t sadness though – it is more happy tears to see them move forward with their lives and know that my role in their lives is changing.  I welcome that change.  Afterall, I raised my daughters to be strong, independent, self-sufficient women, which they all are.