Hi all! There's not much news really...my best friend should be in Australia by now, I think. It's going to be so weird to be opposite on the time difference. She used to be 9 hours behind me, now she'll be either 8 or 10 hours AHEAD of me, depending on the time of year. (daylight savings, etc) I am afraid we might not get to chat as much, but I'm sure we'll find a way.
Feel free to skip this next bit as I am mostly just having a rant about family drama.
My brother-in-law is still having issues. He's had to have more fluid removed from behind his lungs, and he's having a very hard time breathing because of the pressure from the build up of fluid and from the pneumonia, which also makes him cough. He's not in as much pain as he was Monday, but he's not feeling good. And his poor son is being passed off to my ex-SIL's parents because my SIL doesn't feel like having the responsibility for her child and she just wants attention because she can't stand my BIL having attention instead of her, so she's going to the doctor every other day saying she's sick, but they can't find anything wrong with her. So my poor nephew is kind of abandoned by his narcissistic mom and doesn't get to see much of his sick dad. Hubs said when he was leaving, he met my nephew and his grandparents just coming in to visit, and my nephew really really wanted to play with our kids so he promised we'd go to his grandparents' house this weekend so the kids can play, even though my BIL will still be in the hospital. At least my BIL has a good relationship with his ex-in-laws. When my ex-SIL dumps my nephew off there during the week, they call him so he can come over and spend time with his son. My ex- SIL got mad when she found out and told them to stop, but her dad told her it was his house and she had no right to tell him who he could and couldn't invite to it. And she told them she just wouldn't bring him over anymore then and they called her bluff because if she didn't bring him over, she'd have to take responsibility for him herself, which they knew she wouldn't do. But the good thing is that now that my BIL is in the hospital, he still gets to see his son because they bring him to the hospital, which my ex-SIL wouldn't do. It's such a messy situation, but it could be a whole lot worse! Sorry...probably TMI, but I just need to vent.
Sean, has the weather warmed back up now?
Sarah, I can't believe they only gave them one week notice the the store was going to close! I don't know how they can get away with that!
I know what you mean about Christmas...it feels like it was AGES ago! I got all my stuff cleaned up and put everything away last weekend and it's so nice to have my house back. And it's nice to be on a normal schedule again, too, without having to go to a bunch of parties, or school functions, etc.
Lynne, how was the planetarium? Where I grew up, one of the schools in the bigger town next to us (65 km away) had a planetarium in it and we went there every year for school on a field trip. It was the highlight of the year...the trip to the planetarium, and Mr. Williams. (he was the one who ran it. He was the science teacher at the school) Bug would really love it. She's into the stars and such right now. She's reading a book about the constellation and the stories behind the mythology. She's quite proud of herself because she got the book out of the "youth" section, which is meant for kids who are 10-13 or something and she's only 7 and can read it all by herself. But she is LOVING it. She informed me today that daddy's star sign is the Ram and that the story said he had golden fleece.
You never know about those contests. I usually don't win stuff either, so I don't always pay attention to the winners lists, but I won the $50 dollar Amazon gift card from a book giveaway and I was SHOCKED. If you want to check out the series, though, start with Moon Called. It's the first one in the series and according to my other author friend, the latest one was not quite as good as the rest. Still good, but slightly less.
Oh, looks like we were both posting, Lynne! You beat me to it. Glad the planetarium was a success!
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