We went to Florida for Memorial Weekend to attend my good friend, Allison's wedding (gorgeous) and visit with my family. Allison had an 11:00 am wedding in Orlando, otherwise we wouldn't have been able to go at all. But, we got to see the ceremony and we stayed at the reception long enough to eat (delicious food) and congratulate the newlyweds.
I can tell from pictures that we missed a good party, but we had to get on the road to St. Pete to visit with Memere before it got too late. I wasn't sure if I'd see Memere again, so that was definitely a tearful goodbye. Back story - the doctors have said that once Memere stops dialysis, she'll only live for a few days. And, she's over it. She's not improving like she should and although she still has good days, she absolutely dreads going to dialysis and it completely wipes her out. She developed emphysema, and she gets winded just walking from her bedroom back to the couch and is on oxygen for as long as she lives. Despite all that, it's still hard to believe she could be gone that quickly. Anyway, I will see her again in this life, because when she decides to stop going to dialysis, I am heading down there to be with her. I know it might seem morbid to some, but I want to be there when she leaves this world for a better place. I've always held a very minuscule grudge that I was not with my father when he passed away... I was babysitting across the street and my mom asked the family to make up an excuse to keep me there when they got home. She regrets that, too. In any case, I want to be by Memere's side. I just pray that everything is quick and painless and she just goes to sleep. Now, enough of the sad stuff! We also got to spend a lot of time with my other amazing grandmother, Gram. I seriously have the coolest Grandmothers ever. I could talk to Gram for hours and listen to stories of their travels (Gramps was a retired lieutenant colonel and they lived all over the US and world), of her childhood, and just her general beliefs.
On Sunday, we spent the day out on the boat with Matt's good friend, Jason. Although I caught the most fish of the day (Jason was a wonderful captain), Matt wins the award for the biggest. I also snagged a seagull and Matt snagged a pelican! Ha, that's what we get for casting into baitfish being chased by mackerel with birds diving in for some dinner, too!
Yes, that is an eyeball... of a fish. So, Matt lands the fish and it comes off the hook in the boat... we then notice that the fish is bleeding pretty good... and then I see that it's left eye socket is completely void of anything. And, this is what we found on the hook. I'm not sure if a fish can survive with one eye, but hopefully our friend is thriving.
We looked at some houses last weekend, and we may have found "the one." But, I don't want to jinx it yet. We haven't put in an offer, because Matt wants to go back and see it one more time, and he's gone until next weekend. It needs a little updating, but it's immaculate and 100% livable, as is. I'm meeting with our realtor tonight to look at a few houses we haven't seen yet, but really only one of them is promising. Plus, we've already redecorated "the one" in our heads. :)
I was in NY for work the last two days. I love it. I especially love Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chelsea and the West Village. That's a lot of neighborhoods, but I love that general area... so much quieter than Midtown and Downtown. We ate at one of Mario Batali's restuarants, Lupa. It was pretty good... didn't knock my socks off, but it was a good meal for the price! I had gnocchi for the very first time, and it was delish!
I'm "working from home" tomorrow and heading down to the burbs because one of my bestest friends, Kelly, is coming in town, and we're going to hang out with Jenn and play with Madelyn! Kelly doesn't even like babies, but she is so excited to meet her "niece"! I love it. Until next time...
P.S. I thought it was going to be short, but then I got going... haha!