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Monday Mutterings

October 12, 2010

I updated this blog — I tweaked the layout a bit and changed the categories and tags. I also reworked the menu at the top and added a directory of book reviews by genre, age group, or medium. I thought this would work better than my old system of categories, which was getting kind of clunky. In the midst of all this, someone told me my old posts were popping up on her feed reader. To everyone who uses a feed reader, I apologize for this. I didn’t mean for that to happen.

This has been an eventful weekend. Sunday, I learned that an old friend of mine — whom I hadn’t seen in years — — had just died. This came as a shock. I met her through my first job as a counselor. She was a bit older than I, in her late 40s, and was one of the smartest, most witty people I’ve ever known.

She unexpectedly learned she had stage 4 pancreatic cancer which had spread to her liver. She realized the prognosis wasn’t good, and she was making plans to do everything she still hoped to do — like visit friends and travel to Italy — as soon as possible. Then she went downhill incredibly quickly. Her best friend, who has been amazing through all this, wrote to tell us that she was gone. On a comforting note, he said she is out of pain and was surrounded by family and friends at the end of her life. He also said she is now with her father, who was never able to express his feelings when he was alive, and she now knows she was always a princess in his eyes.

I also had a lot of fun this weekend. Friday I went apple picking with the kids. Friday night was Mom’s Night Out, which involved margaritas, a movie, and chocolate, more or less in that order. The Social Network was a fun movie for a date with the girls — I’m quickly becoming a Jesse Eisenberg fan. Saturday we had some good friends over for a cookout. And in the last two days, we’ve been to two kids’ birthday parties, a movie date, and soccer practice. It’s strange how, in the midst of everything, life just keeps rapidly tumbling forward. And I maintain my position as Chief Chauffeur for the monkey house, squandering fossil fuels — and consuming hours of my life — at an alarming rate. 😀

11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2010 12:58 am

    I’m so sorry to hear the news about your friend. 😦

  2. givingreadingachance permalink
    October 12, 2010 1:19 am

    Nice job! I am sorry, but it seems it was just me who was getting the old posts (Google Reader). Sorry to hear about your friend, cancer scares me a lot.
    Last Sunday at 1:30 AM one of my Dad’s close friends son died in a car accident, he was just 26 returning from his birthday bash…. it was so heart-breaking to see his parents, couldn’t take it at all… I could not say a thing to comfort them…

  3. October 12, 2010 1:57 am

    So sorry about your friend! I’ve had a string of unexpected deaths in the past two years. People much too young dieing in completely unexpected ways. It’s a tough thing to deal with.

  4. October 12, 2010 3:35 am

    My condolences about the loss of your friend. Death is never easy, and unexpected death can be especially hard. All we can do is live well and make sure we let people know we appreciate them now.

    I saw your old posts too, but I appreciated getting a second chance to see some of them and remember books that I had forgotten to put on my to read list! Thanks for reminding me!

    Peace and Laughter!

  5. October 12, 2010 12:39 pm

    I’m so sorry about your friend! Unexpected deaths are so hard.

    Our town was rocked last week. Three teens crashed into a tree, and their car caught on fire. They died on impact. They all went to a private school K-12 with only 800 students, so that students and staff were in shock last week. It is sometimes hard to fathom God in times like that!

  6. October 12, 2010 2:21 pm

    How awful about your friend getting such a virulent cancer. And all those other events on your weekend – what an emotional ride you must have been having!

  7. October 12, 2010 2:56 pm

    I’m very sorry to hear about your friend.

  8. October 12, 2010 7:34 pm

    I’m so so sorry for your loss 😦

  9. October 13, 2010 12:32 am

    Life – it does keep rolling along. Sometimes I feel guilty for that when it has stopped or is near stopping for someone close to me. But there is nothing you can do – either join in or slip away. Driving monkeys around is a nice reminder of why you live and who you live for. But it is nice to hear that you are also carving out some you time.

    P.S. – I think the directory is very helpful.

  10. She permalink
    October 13, 2010 2:24 am

    I’m sorry about your friend– it’s definitely shocking to hear something like that about someone you’ve loved.

    Yay for apple picking! ! ! ! Did you get any apple cider donuts?!?!

  11. October 13, 2010 12:32 pm

    I’m so sorry about your friend. Pancreatic cancer is awful. 😦

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