Tuesday, December 9, 2014


I'm copying this format from Christy at Planes, Trains and Running Shoes.  I always like
 her posts like this so I'm going to copy!


Feeling...all over the place.  Mosty sad.  My brother is in the hospital pretty sick.  I'm
putting this out there as he could use all the positive thoughts and prayers you want to
send. He was supposed to have surgery today but now it is next Tuesday.  Please please
please don't let him get pneumonia in the meantime. 

Feeling... extremely grateful for the wonderful people I work with.  Last Monday when my brother
 was first admitted to ICU colleagues IMMEDIATELY took over my classroom so I could leave.
 No time spent making plans- just left!  Everyone is willing to help anytime I need to go.

Feeling... even more grateful for my son and all his support. He lives near the hospital and is going
to be able to go visit while  I fight this nasty cold during the coming storm.

Reading... Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde. . She is a favorite author and I needed
 a light book.

Eating... everything....  I'm having a hard time getting my eating under control.  After the
 New Year?

Watching... I recently finished Nashville Season 2.  Love that series.  Love it!  I love
 Declan and Reena.

Working on... getting gifts ready to mail across the country. It's going to be my first
 Christmas without Emily.  Another reason tears are near the surface ready to spill out at a
 moment's notice.  I love Christmas.  Love it.  This year it is going to be so different.

Anticipating... next week when Dennis can have his surgery and move on.

Sorry this isn't a more positive post.

On a lighter note I did the Santa 5K this weekend and that was fun.  It was also fun to drive
to the hospital and walk in in my Santa costume.  I wasn't the only one. There were 1500
Santas around that day!


Fran said...

I'm so sorry for your brother. Hope the surgery goes well and he has a speedy recovery after that.

middleagedrunner said...

Thinking of you and your family and sending positive thoughts! I hope your brother makes a quick recovery.

Pahla said...

So sorry about your brother - sending LOTS of positive thoughts his way!! My kids are only in high school, but every time I think about how, in the not too distant future, I may not be able to spend Christmases or birthdays with them it makes me so sad! My heart goes out to you missing Emily.

Darlene said...

Sending healing thoughts to your brother. I love Nashville too! I'll have to check out that author.

Kathy McGroddy-Goetz said...

Sending positive thoughts to your brother, hope he recovers quickly....and hoping you can find new ways to enjoy the holidays, it is hard when the kids grow up and suddenly aren't around as much or on occasions when they normally would have been...bittersweet, bjut an opportunity to make new traditions (visit to Maine? bike trip somewhere warm?) - make sure you take care of yourself while you are carrying this extra stress...

Christy Ashley said...

I'm so sorry about your brother. I'll keep him in my prayers that he gets better soon! And I'm so sorry Emily won't be home for Christmas! Thank goodness for the days of the internet though, when you can Skype her into the Christmas festivities!

EB said...

Sending you positive vibes. What wonderful colleagues you have! I need a light book so I might check that one out. Hope your week improves.

Teamarcia said...

Many speedy healing thoughts and prayers coming your way. So sorry your bro is sick. Bummer Emily won't be with you for Christmas too. I totally get how sad that is. Hugs.

Kate Geisen said...

If I wasn't halfway across the country I'd come over and give you a hug, cold or no cold. I'll keep your brother in my prayers.

My Nathan is supposed to be home for Christmas, but that won't be for sure until he's actually home. If he isn't, it'll be my first Christmas without him. And Daniel's wife is looking at grad schools all over the country (one of them in Eugene, as it happens), so it's likely that they won't be home next Christmas, making this one somewhat bittersweet. So I get how you're feeling, compounded in your case by worry about your brother and being sick too. Hang in there!

Char said...

Oh Andrea, you're going through such a tough time at the moment. It really feel for you. I hope your brother gets through his surgery well on Tuesday and then makes a good recovery. I'm so glad that you've got your son to lean on and that your colleagues just took over when you needed the help.

Ransick said...

Sending prayers your way. I hope Dennis gets the surgery and recovers quickly.

I haven't read the pay it forward book but when I go through drive throughout, I like buying for whoever is behind me.

Amy said...

So sorry to hear about your brother - I hope things go well for him and that he recovers from his surgery. Hang in there, Andrea! Hugs

Johann said...

Prayers and thoughts to your brother and all of you in general. This is such a difficult time of the year for something like this. I love this post and should also do a copy of it. Yay for all the Santas!

Giorgio said...

Sorry for your brother!
I Hope the surgery will go well and the recovery will be good.