Meg - it's called "Nothing Daunted" by Dorothy Wickenden. It's about the author's grandmother who was a socialite in the early 1900's and moved to Colorado for a year to teach school. Very good book. A bit dry but very good.
Sorry about the BIL situation. I can imagine that it is hurtful and frustrating at the same time. Some people don't realize the importance of family.
I am sorry you have such an inconsiderate BIL.
Jenni - I wish your friend never would have even told you about the radio show thing. As I get older, I definitely get wiser and think of what I tell people before I do it. Of course, I am not perfect - but I think I have chosen to keep it to myself just because of "what good can come of this?" But I deal with people fractured by life all day.
I am exhausted and I have the weekend off which is a good thing. I've got a patient who is confused, debilitated and just told their family he has stage IV lung cancer. They are still thinking chemo. They are meeting with the oncologist this morning in 20 minutes. I put them up to asking tough questions like how much good do they think it will do.. and whether or not they think his debilitation is going to get better so he can go back to the things he enjoys since I am not brave enough to go toe-to-toe with the attendings here. That will come though. I need more experience to get the confidence I need. People think I could go into administration because I am very eloquent and a doer, but I make enemies.
Alright... headed to Ikea and Pei Wei which is a chain chinese restaurant we have in Dallas. I guess I am just missing home. MIL said she would join us but then decided not to at the last minute. Ah well, I can be flighty sometimes too. Should be a good afternoon.
We are back from our weekend in Mpls. We stayed the first night at the waterpark hotel by MOA and moved to a different hotel yesterday. It's too expensive to spend both nights at the waterpark. We did some shopping at the MOA but not as much as years past. I already have some shopping done and have ideas so nothing really caught my eye. I also think I'm becoming less tolerant to crowds than I was in the past so it's not worth it to me to stand in a huge line to pay for something. We still had a fun weekend and did buy some things. Last night we ate at Ruth's Chris in downtown. We drove past our exit that we took to our RE and it brought back some emotions. Idk how I made that 3+ hr (one way) drive every other day while being monitored. But I did it because I had to. Thankfully I had ppl that rode along with me.
Tiffany...we were so close to IKEA this morning. Drove right past it. We did IKEA a few years ago. We did buy lots of desk/study furniture that time. Did you find anything? I'm sure your job can be exhausting in many ways.
Yeah, we found some things we had been planning on buying for a few months. I got some fabric boxes and shelves that we are going to decorate. I am actually really excited about that. It has been a long time since I had time for a craft project.
It has been a good weekend, but I am looking forward to work tomorrow. It is amazing what 2 days off can do for the soul.
We love RC's steakhouse. Glad you had fun shopping. My son loves the theme park at the MOA. I personally enjoy the shopping in the northern suburbs better. Nordstrom Rack at the MOA is pretty awesome. As is the crepe place. Did you feel exhiliration at not going back to the REs office or a sense of sadness or both?
Next time you are in MSP for the weekend there is this place Hell's Kitchen that we should meet you at. Best lemon ricotta pancakes ever. Oh, and the migas are good too. Its kind of a funky place teens would enjoy. Plus the food is good. And they have live music for brunch on the weekends.
Tiffany...Hell's Kitchen sounds really good. Those pancakes sound heavenly. What are migas? Never heard of that before. Children mentioned...I did the theme park when it was Camp Snoopy when we were little but we've never taken the girls. We walked through there yesterday and there were so many ppl. They were having a Halloween thing going on there. I had a little bit of sadness as we drove by the exit to our clinic. Idk why since I'm glad we aren't in that place in our lives anymore. Maybe it was just all the emotions and feeling of hope we had when we went there. But as I was driving home it was relief that I no longer had to do that long boring drive.
So I got all the stats and saw the pic of my niece on facebook. I found out more on facebook then DH did by talking to his brother. She was a big baby. 9lb 12oz and 22in long. She doesn't even look like a newborn. I bought a 0-3 month onesie before knowing her wt, then exchanged it for a bigger size. DH talked to his brother again tonight and he practically invited himself to our New Year's Eve get together and tried inviting himself to Thanksgiving. I'm sorry, but if you are wanting to know what our Thanksgiving plans are, ask us further in advance if you want in on them. I really hope he doesn't visit for NYE because DH's sister and her family are going to be here and she really doesn't get along with her brother. Plus, he'll make the visit all about him. We usually go to a winery on NYE by our lake house but this year decided to take a year off from that and just hang out at home and play board games. I just wanted a fun, relaxing night. He will always irritate me.
Do you think DH could just tell him that you really don't have room and wish he had asked earlier. If he is so wonderful, why can't he come up with his own plans? No one in my family is thrilled about my BIL, but my sister loves him and she is not going to leave him for now - so we constantly have to make nice. And he has done worse things than simply make an a%& of himself at events. For example, he cheated on her when the kids were little... refused to help with them at all... purposely pushed her to get pregnant with the second even though she was overwhelmed with the first... doesn't want her to get any kind of education (he is worried she will leave him). Anyway, he is actually trying to work things out with her so even though having him around is painful, it is what my sister needs.
I am kind of mad at MIL for not helping us at Ikea yesterday like she said she would because she was HUNGOVER. I had contractions all yesterday evening and last night from all the heavy lifting. I even attended a church event because it is something DH felt like we needed to do. Anyway, I hate when people offer to do things and then back out. I know I shouldn't hold her to a higher standard than other people, but she hasn't apologized and I am probably blowing this out of proportions but still. Then she keeps bringing up Nascar which she knows I hate (and has been indoctrinating Luke) constantly... as if to rub it in. So, even though DS normally goes over there Tuesday nights when she asked if he was coming over, I said we'll see. I know it is catty but I need her to listen when it comes to the few things that I care about when it comes to raising DS. And, I need her to keep her promises when it comes to helping out with certain important things - or at least apologize. And being hungover from a Halloween party in your late 50s when we didn't even head down until nearly noon is not cool.
Tiffany...I agree that being hungover until noon is not cool. That was actually my first thought. Even if she was hungover, she could've made up a different excuse. Hopefully she is not always like this since I'm sure you are going to be needing her help a lot after the babies are here. You need someone more reliable.
DH did tell his brother that we already have plans for Thanksgiving since we are going to my parent's house. My mom did say they are welcome to come there but it wouldn't work out anyways since DH and the girls will be leaving Thanksgiving day around 4:00pm. DH will be going to work and the girls go to their aunt and uncles house. I'm planning on spending the night at my parent's house to get up early to shop so I don't really want to have to change those plans to have to go home and entertain them by myself. His brother thinks it's so important that Elise meets her cousins early in life but really, she's not going to remember and it's not like our girls are throwing a fit to meet her. It's their 12th cousin on that side so it's kind of become not that big of deal to them and all of their cousins live far away. He's so self-centered he thinks that the girls are dying to meet her. I'll have to call SIL and warn her that they might be coming their way for Thanksgiving. He always does this, just invites himself. As far as New Year's I really need to think of a way to not have them come. I'm sure they will because DH's parents and his sister will be here also. But he made the comment that he didn't know if his wife would be up to that many trips so soon. Just stay home!
Does anyone have anyone affected by the hurricane? DH's brother lives in VA so is experiencing them. My younger sister is out in VA Beach right now so is experiencing her first hurricane. She's supposed to come home tomorrow afternoon, so we'll see if that happens. She is staying with her boyfriend's mom and she lives a few blocks from the beach.
I really need to go do some exercising today. With all the yummy food we ate the weekend while gone I feel the need to do something physical but just need to work up the energy/motivation. It's too cold to do anything outside and I really should've gone to yoga. Maybe I'll go do a Wii workout.
Welcome back Meg! Glad you had fun. Hope you are able to be as productive as you want to be today ;)
I've never been to Ikea but want to. There's one in my hometown. I think I'll need a day there though. My BFF shops there all the time.
Thinking of everyone affected by the storms. Nothing here - just very windy and raining.
Starting week two of lifestyle change. I'm feeling much better about it - like it's managable now. DH has lost a little under 10lbs and I've lost 6.5lbs. I have a little over 5lbs left to lose until I'm back to pre-IF weight (like 4 years ago). I had apparently gained 25lbs and had already lost about 10 since our loss in April.
When I go to IKEA I feel like I'm a cow being herded through to the slaughter house. It's just the way the store is set up. You go for a few things and end up with a ton because you can't just go in quick and grab something. You have to go through the whole store to get to the check out. So we don't go unless we have something we absolutely need.
Way to go Jenni!!! I'm sure the wt. loss gives you lots of motivation.
DH and I have been raking our yard this morning. It's neverending. I bought a new rake with some padding on the handle. Last time I got blisters with our old rake. We are hosting a Halloween/Fall party on Saturday so I've started making my lists for it. We make chili and chicken noodle soup, then the guests bring something. I'm also going to make a monster cookie dough dip because I bought a cute little witch's hat bowl with a spreader this weekend. So it's a good excuse to make something yummy so I have something to go in it. child mentioned...I'm also going to make Luna Lovegood pudding since DD3 is dressing up at Luna Lovegood.