I had big plans for this weekend, involving festivities and relaxing, and then getting back to blogging on Monday with a clear mind and a lot of thoughtful things to say.
One thing that’s funny about blogging is how much personal stuff I do share, how much I can say about the bumpy parts of my relationship with my wife and finding balances with my family, how much detail I am willing to go into about dealing with depression and therapy and medications and even sex. Well, the funny thing is when and how I am able to share all that: after the fact is fine, after I can parse it out and look back on it and it’s already a story.
I know I wrote a post called “the short version” last week, but this version is that I am feeling a lot and I don’t know how to say any of it. I spent a lot of last weekend visiting my dad in the hospital. Don’t worry, folks! He made his escape, we returned his dog, and all seems to be returning to normal (though he declined our offer – nay, our plea – for him to take Daphne home with him tonight). But this weekend my grandfather went to the doctor and was in quadruple bypass surgery within 24 hours of that visit. Will you, internet people, please send my family healing thoughts? I would really appreciate it.
Anyway… here’s what else happened this weekend: on Sunday we picked out our Christmas tree and it is naked in the corner of our living room except for the one ornament that we found and couldn’t not buy.
Really. How could we leave that at the store? We couldn’t. It needed us almost as much as we needed it.
Our other purchase was the stocking to complete our little family. Piper has always had a stocking and Daphne got hers last year. Look, folks, I know the pets don’t care, but I felt guilty not having one for Jake, so I bought this:
What’s that you say? It looks a little like Jake but has too many eyes?
Ahem. Problem solved with a pair of scissors and some sheer brute force (yes, they sewed AND glued those eyes on!). Also, my sewing skills require some work, but I think it’s pretty clear that the fish says “Jake” (and hopefully is not read as “Jaxe”, which I was worried about).
Are you starting any holiday decorating or festivities? Weekend highlights? Please share!