Had I second blog, I would now have a title for it as well :).
While at work today, I was muttering to the screen of my computer... One of my coworkers was in my area mid-mutter and asked if I was talking to her or to myself... A second coworker, and incidentally the same who inspired the name for this blog, said rather than talking to myself...I must be talking to the giant, invisible, pink elephant in my office...
...my response was that if I had an invisible elephant, it wouldn't be pink. Thus, I would name my blog:
If I Had an Invisible Elephant, it Wouldn't be Pink.
So guess who left the nursing home...and went HOME today? Correct! Though...she's the only person I've been talking about in a nursing home...so... At any rate, Ms. Betty is indeed back at home and happy as a clam.
Aside: "Happy as a clam" just rolled out of my brain, but as I wrote it...I realized I have no idea what it means. Where did this come from and how do you know a clam is happy? Are the curves of their shells constant and natural smiles? I looked it up and prefer this Brit's take.
Back to Betty. She's at home and, per usual upon release from hospital, she'll receive care from a home health nurse & physical therapist. There may be additional arrangements/care; I'm not sure. She is in...fair condition. I'm happy for her that she is in her own home, her own chair, her own bed, surrounded by her own things, and with her husband. Sadly, I don't think she'll be home for long; I don't believe she will remain well enough...and I don't think we can provide the level of care she needs. ...Not on a daily...or hourly basis. ...And not while maintaining our jobs, etc... She's there for now :).
Numero dos... The Weight Loss Challenge!!! Upon the weigh in this Saturday, we are all losers again (cue Beck song, "Loser"...). WOO-HOO!!! The numbers (for this week only)...
Brenda.... minus 2 (pounds)
Max... - minus 3
Teresa... minus 4
Mike... minus 3
Kimmey... minus 3
Daryl... minus 3
Amanda... minus 5
And finally... Football season is merely DAYS away now...ROLL TIDE ROLL!!! I can taste it and couldn't be more excited. Our season opener is against Clemson (reminder: I live in South Carolina)...and will be played in the GA Dome @ 7pm CST.
Let's go BAMA, clap clap...clapclap!!!
I have had this on my mind for a few weeks now and I'm excited to be getting around to it :). I'll count it as my second Request & Dedication (minus "Request" since it's not applicable - I have yet to come up with a clever name).
In 1995...through colorguard at Bama...I met Patricia. I remember one of our first conversations sitting out on the field...we'll say - near the 20 yard line - and just talking; fiddling with the grass. At the time...it (the conversation) was about a boy. I'm sure it often was.
She was a constant in my Tuscaloosa experience...and someone whom I learned so much from. Much of it came to light later for me, but it did eventually come. Though a student of social work, I think it's fair/honest to say...that I majored in colorguard. Most of my memories certainly include her...we traveled together, practiced and performed together, drove through looking at Christmas lights (woo-hoo!), attended and hosted parties, shared holidays & music...and laughed. Her family welcomed me into their home for a lovely Christmas (?) one year; her mother gifted me baby muffin pans - which I still have a crush on :). Baby muffins...what's not to adore? ...And each time I returned to Tuscaloosa before the dorms re-opened from the holidays (typically to prepare for a bowl game peformance), she allowed me a place to crash.
I helped her move to Jacksonville, FL...and was honored to be a part of her wedding. We drifted apart during what I unaffectionately term the "year from hell' in Charlotte. I'm quite sure the drifting was mine to claim, as I was remarkably unhappy. However...a bright and very special event during that time...was an unexpected gift from a thoughtful, generous, and expecting-nothing-in-return Patricia. There was a necklace of hers which I had admired for YEARS. Patricia sent it to me while living in Charlotte...to help me through that time. It reached my heart in a way - and through a path - which I certain was closed for extended renovations. To this day, it (the necklace) is one of my most prized positions and also remains one of the best unexpected gifts I've received. I'm certain that people come in and out of our lives - leaving their distinctive impression - for specific reasons/periods of time. To that end, she educated me as only she could...and was someone I looked up to (and still do) in terms of ambition, discipline, and continued growth.
I've missed her...and we've written a bit recently. I am hopeful...and prayerful...in our rekindling...and hope to fill the place in my heart earned & reserved specifically for this special friendship.
Rather than a song...I am dedicating a (1) a favorite video of ours, and (2) a favorite commerical. Hope you love them, Pattywak!
We all weighed in Sunday...and each lost weight!
However...between Monday and yesterday (Sunday)...there were 4 sets of scales involved. The numbers were inconsistent, and though all numbers reflect that we all lost...we've decided (as a group) to to use yesterday's numbers as our new starting point. We're also using one set of scales...which were purchased Friday. Same set for each person, for each weigh in.
Additionally...there are 2 amendments to the Terms & Conditions.
a) Each member, except when ill, is allowed one "free pass". One week...where they may choose not to weigh, and not be penalized.
b) Any other forfeit of weigh-in (team member is in good health and not using free pass) - results in automatic $5.00 pot-payment.
So...here we go with week # 1...which is August 17th-August 23rd!
The pot currently (theoretically...since we don't have an actual "pot" yet) $175.00.
GO TEAMS, GO!!!
The birthday boy! (...ever the smiler.)
Granddaddy & Brenda
II. Members will weigh in each Sunday; one member of
Slight change up in the teams!!!
♦ Team Meigs♦
Teresa & Mike
My aunt & uncle (Brenda & Max)...stated Saturday that they would begin Weight Watchers today (Monday...the 11th); I said, "cool....I'll do it as well".
So...now...it's really on.
Hope everyone has a great first day (!)...trash talk to begin
Team Meigs (Teresa, Mike, and Daryl)
TEAM ROSE!!! (Amanda & Kimmey)
I've been dying to try it out and was stoked that the coworker - whose name I had drawn in our drawing-of-names-for-birthday-treats - had requested fruit for his birthday. Alas (!), an occasion to use the slicer!
I am giddy to report that it works exactly as advertised, and think my red cutting board provides a particularly lovely contrast. Lisa did the honors...check it out...
In an unrelated story... I had a solo (singing) once in our Christmas choral performance at school (we were living in Mississippi at the time). We sang I song called "I Want", and the lyric I was meant to sing by myself was..."I want a camera". I was terrified and barely whispered the words into the mic during the performance. My step-mother at the time told me after the performance...that I might as well have sung "pineapple, pineapple, pineapple"...no one would have known the difference. I thought of that when trying to come up with a title for this post. Put me on a field (with a flag to spin) in front of thousands & thousands of people - I'm okay (ROLL TIDE!). Put me on a stage in front of 200 people and ask me to speak or sing - I shut down. Go figure.
She (Grandmama) is doing okay, by the way. Fair, I'd say. Here's a bit of post-pampering video. It shows up a bit...off-center, but it works. You can also go here to see it and other clips.
...No...wait. She's going to the emergency room with chest pains.
She's been admitted to the hospital.
She has improved and is moving back to Select Specialty Hospital...
No, wait. Not better...staying at University Hospital.
Going to Select.
Nevermind. Going to NHC (nursing home). Keeping PEG.
WTH?! My head is spinning...and is also exhausted.
She doesn't know where she is half the time...who can blame her?!
...And Granddaddy... He hasn't quite lost his marbles...but they are rolling all over the floor. He's doing his best to stoop down...scrape & collect them in his arthritic arms.
Let me break this down...just for fun.
March 19th-28...admitted to and stayed @ Trinity Hospital.
March 28th...home...and also her birthday!!!
April 8th...EMT to house.
April 12th-28th...admitted to University Hospital; home on the 28th.
May 7th-May 28th...admitted to University Hospital.
May 29th...moved to Select Specialty Hospital.
May 29th-July 1st...stayed @ Select.
July 2nd...moved to NHC (nursing home).
June 2nd-July 28th...stayed @ NHC.
July 28th...to e.r. with chest pains...admitted.
July 28th-July 3st...in University Hospital.
August 1st...back to NHC.
Love, love, love her.