.....Tracy silently sneaks in the back window of the HH House keeping fingers crossed that she hasn't been disowned by her siblings, and hopes they still live at this address
I have zero excuses for not posting in what seems like forever, other than being busy with real life stuff. I've lurked here almost daily and thought of each of you fondly and hope everyone is well. I just couldn't seem to muster up the energy (or time) to respond appropriately to everyone's messages with a megapost of my own. I reacclimated to the regular routine of my mundane life and recovered from our relaxing beach vacation, as well as the amazing HH Con in Chicago. Since then, I've been immersed in family time with my nephew's baptism and my in-laws' visit, along with the hectic but festive activities and games that were a part of my daughter's nearly week-long AAU National Basketball Tournament. Fortunately, the tournament games were local and within a twenty minute drive of our house, which was a good thing considering her team played seven games in five days. I know I've probably mentioned this team ad nauseum and I apologize in advance.... but we were so proud of this fine group of young ladies who placed eighth out of forty eight teams in the nation at the AAU Division II level, which was a tremendous accomplishment for a team who has only played together since February. Let's just say that they were a surprise to many people at the tournament (myself included). Lynne~
I'm sure Little Man has enjoyed having you all to himself these past two weeks, but I know how nice it is to get back into the regular routines. That's great that he enjoyed his first day back to school, and it's always nice to get over the hump, so the speak. I'll pray that some of your rain will be sent our
way instead, as we're in desperate need of rain...and sunny skies would obviously be better for your business.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Little Ashes. I haven't had the chance to see it but have heard great things about Rob's performance, especially considering how relatively inexperienced he was as an actor when it was filmed (before Twilight, I think?)Amy~
I'm so glad you enjoyed a fun trip with hubs. Those "sans kids" evenings and trips are pretty rejuvenating to a marriage in many ways, aren't they? Missp~
This hot weather is killing me, hon. I can't ever remember a time when we've had so many days of 100+ degree days in a row, and it's not even August! I heard that Magic Mike was kind of a difficult movie to watch, and a little more dramatic and sad than some people expected, in spite of the delicious eye candy. I'm sorry to hear you and Detective Mike have parted ways, but know that you know your own heart best. The right man is somewhere waiting in the wings for you; he just doesn't know it yet.
I hope you enjoyed your relaxing weekend and were able to catch up on a little fanfic reading and writing. I'm sure you'll be a wonderful inspiration to others as you take the reins to lead one of these life-changing groups of which you've been a part.Sean~
I hope you feel better and that you had a good beginning to your work week. Maybe your area will manage to get more rain than we did yesterday, although we were finally blessed with some showers today and the possibilty of rain forecasted the rest of this week.Marielle~
I know it has been rather quiet around here and am sure this is the longest I've
gone without making a megapost (since before my vacation in mid-June
). Jackson most certainly is one sexy baby Daddy. Congrats on the purchase of your MacBook; I'm sure you'll enjoy it and make the most of your purchase. That's good news that your intake interview went so well and things seem to be moving along in a postive direction for seeking new employment. I could also envision you as a coaching manager, and I found you extremely open, approachable, and very
easy to talk to in Chicago. I enjoyed the Robcrack you shared today and hope your leg recovers quickly.Songbird~
You're so right about much of the U.S. desperately needing rain right now to help with the drought conditions. Are your brother and his family safe, and what about their home? Do you have any other family in the potential path of those tragic wildfires?Suzan~
Good luck on your upcoming exam and presentation. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book Cosmopolis
. I have yet to attempt reading it even though it's been sitting on my bookshelf for months, but I'll definitely give it a try before the movie is released locally. The Bad Mother's Handbook
is one of my faves too, and I wish we could have seen an epilogue of sorts, if only to discover what those characters were up to a couple of months (or years) down the road. I hope your roommate situation is under control and not too stressful for you now. That would be wonderful if some of you across the pond could organize a European HH Con for Breaking Dawn Part 2. Jaclyn~
Did you have a nice weekend visiting your sister in Aberdeen, in spite of the predicted rain? You seem to be adjusting very well to your new job, and to married life. Brenda~
I'm glad your AC was finally fixed and sorry you had to deal with that in this heat. We've actually had record breaking temps in Nashville and middle Tennessee ever since I returned from Chicago, even reaching as high as 109 degrees. I'm ready for Fall! Good for you for standing your ground with your supervisor, and don't let them take advantage of your superior talent and skills. It sounds like you and the family made the best of the 4th, in spite of the rain. We'll keep your niece in our thoughts and prayers as she deals with these difficult issues, but good for her for accepting and admitting that she has a problem and that she needs help. She's very fortunate to have your unwavering support and I'm sure it means a great deal to her. How old is she, if you don't mind me asking? I, too see similarites between Johnny Depp and Rob, as far as their performances and career trajectories. Rob seems to be on the right path to reinventing himself for a variety of upcoming roles, the way Johnny has managed to do so successfully in his career.Caryn~
I'm sorry you had a rather rough time at the soccer tourney over the weekend and hope you recovered well with a cool shower, good nutrition, and some indoor AC. This heat is just crazy, and I can't remember ever
having this many days of consecutive triple digit temps, especially in June and July! Have you heard any more about the proposed cutbacks at your work, or is it pretty much a done deal? I hope they find some way of compensating you fairly for the tremendous amount of work I know you'll accomplish, in an even shorter amount of time. I'll check out those must-watch Twilight Saga retrospectives you mentioned over at Robsessed. I can't fathom the fact that just over four months from now....all this will be over.
I hope we can all manage to particpate in some sort of regional or even local Halfway House Conventions for a viewing of Breaking Dawn Part 2, as I know I'll need the emotional support of my siblings to muddle through and survive.
I'm keeping fingers crossed that we do
hear Rob make the Oscar acceptance speech just as you described at the Academy Awards in the not too distant future. Good call on the comparison of Rob's future career to that of Daniel Day Lewis....we should be so lucky if we're fortunate enough to continue watching Rob in interesting and varied indie roles in the years to come. Susie~
I'm so sorry you (and your parents) have had to deal with your SIL's unacceptable behaviour and the callous way she's trampled on their feelings. It's very sad that she treated them (and you) so disrespectfully, and was downright rude, even to their faces! I wish I had an answer as to why she is the way she is, and maybe it has to do with some sort of self-esteem issues or difficulties she's experienced in relationships with her own immediate family? Whatever the reasons....I'm sorry you've all had to deal with the consequences. I can imagine the "loss" of these cabins and the natural evolution and changes in the family dynamics as your parents age is stressful enough, and adding your sister's selfish and disrespectful behavior on top of that is just the icing on the cake. Remember that we're always here with a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, and when all else fails.... Robcrack for distraction.