miscellaneous updates

Here are some random miscellaneous updates, bullet point style:

- First, I'd like to thank you all for your kind words of encouragement! I am happy to report that my mom is much better this week. She's still in pain, however, she's slowly feeling better each day. My mom and I have not been particularly close in the last 15 years, but when I took her to the doctors last week, we actually had a good time and even laughed {which thankfully took her mind off the pain}. I can't remember the last time I actually laughed with my mom. I'm really happy she's back in San Diego recovering. I hope she stays strong and continues to heal and live a healthy life. I want nothing more than to have a great relationship with my mom again. There was a time when I was growing up that I would say she was my best friend.

- I can't believe my summer vacation is almost over! With the class I'm taking at CSULB and the craziness of the last few weeks, I feel like I've not even come close to accomplishing what I set out to accomplish at the start of my summer vacation. My chore to-do list grows each day, but I'm appreciating the lack of Virgo-ness at the moment with completing that to-do list. I think what's most important right now, is cherishing the opportunity to relax and enjoy my time off {in between homework}. The wall cleaning, fireplace painting, CD organizing, and other mundane chores will still be there when the cold icky weather arrives. On the other hand, my fun to-do list includes more scrapbooking, organizing my closet, buying new plants for our balcony, reading at the park or beach, visiting with friends, and riding my Julius cruiser {I've had her a couple of years now and believe it or not, I'm struggling with finding the perfect name for her. Any suggestions?}. Riding my bike brings me tons of joy, mostly because I think the bike brings others joy. I get so many smiles and compliments when I'm on the road.
- To help with the relaxing, Rob and I are heading to Dana Point tonight to stay at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott. Rob is speaking on a panel tomorrow morning and the company offered us a hotel room, so I get to enjoy the fruits of Rob's hard work. While I'll need to do some homework, there's nothing wrong with doing it while lounging by the pool, or after a massage, if I'm really lucky {and Rob's feeling generous}.

- I received an email this morning from a friend who is newly engaged and she asked me to be a bridesmaid! Her intent was not to ask me via email. In fact she has beautiful card that was supposed to be mailed to me, but it was returned to her {actually, I think I neglected to give her our unit number}. I am so thrilled and completely honored! Jen has been waiting for her prince charming for way too long and I'm so happy she found him {or him her}. I can't wait for all the wedding festivities to begin! The big day is January 17th. They have a really romantic story that I look forward to sharing at some point.

- We got my first AT&T bill...turns out I like to text message now that I have a real keyboard on my phone. I guess we didn't think I'd send/receive more that 200 text messages when we created my plan. I went over by 428 texts! This seriously increases the charges! Yikes! Must switch to unlimited texting ASAP!

- Seriously, I know it doesn't matter at this point, but I haven't completed blogging about our road trip. Our family time in Arizona is what is missing. For some reason, it's important to me to complete that. Perhaps next week...

- As posted on Nanette's blog, Kay's baby shower was a huge success! I loved helping Jolene plan the day. Anytime planning a party is involved, I'm there! Especially when it centers around pink and honoring a really great person! Check Nanette's blog for photos...Jolene and I were so busy we didn't take a single photo.

- I just want to thank you again for your kind comments and emails over the last couple of weeks. It's really awesome knowing I have a community of supporters via blogging!


WeezerMonkey said...

Love your bike! I have the sky blue one!

Leslie said...

I can see why people smile when they see your bike. It's so happy. :)

Nanette said...

I have the red Paul Frank bike, and I get tons o' compliments on mine, too! Kids especially love it.

You should call yours "Hulia" - a hyrid of the "hula" motif and "Julius" and "Julia" (since it's a girl). :)

dapotato said...

hahaha. LOVE nanette's name for your bike.

glad to hear your mom's doing better!

wan-nabe said...

okay, after reading nanette's comment, i so want you to call her "julia goolia."

That Girl said...

You're going to love the Laguna Cliffs Marriott! It's the perfect time of year for it too. We came thisclose to getting married there!

R said...

Happy to hear the news about your mom. I hope you guys can find a renewed relationship through this all.

Yay for the fab room and Rob's hard work!

You bike makes me smile. You should name her Ryder. I want one.

The shower looked like fun!

amber said...

i'm glad your mom is doing better. you guys are still in my thoughts and prayers.

you're going to love that marriott. i had a girl's day there a few months ago and it was fabulous. the food you can order from the spa is really yummy. i highly recommend the shrimp and crab salad. mmm!

your bike is so cute!

the shower looked like a great time. excellent job!

Winnie said...

I'm glad to hear that your mom isdoing better!

Lo said...

It might be a little harder to get used to than the other suggestions, but I like the name Kaila (pronounced "kah ee lah"), which is Hawaiian for style. You could call her Kay for short. :) But honestly the first name that came to mind when I saw your bike was Madeline.

Enjoy your last days of summer vacation!