Now I know when I set up this blog, I set up the expectations that I would blog weekly with postings on Wednesdays. This month, I failed, miserably. This little thing called life got in the way, and where they might (and probably do) sound like excuses, let me tell my tale of the last three weeks, and then you decide.
May 1st – my father-in-law (FIL) had chest pains and went to the urgent care. They sent him to the hospital where he spent the weekend.
May 4th – At about 6:45am, they cracked open his chest and performed a double bypass. If he had waited and hadn’t gone to the doctor, like most people, he would have died. Which wouldn’t have been good, for anyone.
May 5th – We’re one week out from my husband’s sister’s (SIL) wedding. I’m trying to keep the bride from flipping out and planning how we would get my FIL to my SIL’s wedding, without even knowing if the doctor would let him go or if my FIL would even feel up to it. Was I distracted – heck yes!
May12th – I’m packing and getting things together, and generally running around like a chicken with my head cut off so we can leave (hopefully) with my husband and in-laws to go to the wedding. Still no final answer from the doctors at this point, but we’re all optimistic.
May 13th – 9am – My FIL goes to the doctor and gets the ok to go. (YAY!) He can’t sit in the front seat (airbags after open hear surgery = DEATH which is BAD) and has to get out and walk around every 2 hours. We can do this. We start out on our 830 mile trek down to Magnolia Springs, AL. I should also mention that I’m the one driving, so I’m not on the computer.
May 15th – 6:30 pm – THIS is what made it all worth it (picture on the left). Getting a dad to the wedding so he could walk his youngest daughter down the aisle and give her away. Hard to believe that this man, not 11 days before was laying on an operating table with his rib cage cracked open. He had a lot of reasons to stick around; this wedding, and the next one is due in 6 weeks. Yes – the first grandchild. Amazing what the human body can do.
May 16th – After a brunch at the new in-laws house, and our good-byes, we start out on the 830 miles BACK to North Carolina. Got 4.5 hours away from home and decide to stop.
May 18 & 19 – I start unpacking and repacking for my trip to wedding #2 while trying to catch up and get ahead while I’m out. This time, I’m flying with my parents and little sister to my cousin’s wedding in South Bend, IN. Yes – she’s getting married at Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame.
May 20th – I left at 8am to head to the airport to catch a flight to Chicago and then rent a car to drive to South Bend. Thankfully, I’m not do any of the driving this time.
May 21st – I’m off and killing time before the rehearsal dinner. We head over to the Notre Dame outlet store and pick up some ND swag. Other than that – besides dodging rain drops, it was relatively uneventful
May 22nd – The day of the second wedding. It was 27 years since I was last in this church, for my aunt and uncle’s wedding. 27 years, 11 months, and 3 days according to my uncle. It’s beautiful. This is what I think every church should look like and is what it looked like from my seat, 4 pews back, on the brides side. The day started early and ended late. it was a beautiful ceremony, the reception was fun, the food decent, and I’ll remain mum on the cake.
May 23rd – We’re driving back to Chicago to catch a plane and head home. I’ve never been HAPPIER to walk in my own house and sleep in my own bed.
May 24th – I need to get my HD re-imaged and reinstall all the software,settings, etc. The joys of this week just keep on coming.
So three weeks later – I ponder what I can blog about… so I’m hijacking this post for personal reasons, but my next post… will be about something I saw a lot of in my travels – and no, I’m not talking about roadkill.