Last year around this time I was able to soothe away the rising infertility-induced panic by repeatedly telling myself that by this Christmas I would either be pregnant or we'd be well on our way to adopting a child.
What a silly, stupid girl I was.
I've been awakened on and off during the last few nights by a sneezing cat and a snoring husband. Fall allergies are making them both very noisy in the night.
They're lucky they're so cute.
Yesterday I bought a personalized memorial Christmas wreath for Thomas to go on his grave. It really bothers me that when snow covers his marker no one knows he's there. This will remedy that little problem.
I told My Beloved it made me happy because there's nothing else I can do for him at Christmas but buy stuff like this.
"Well maybe if you took him more places..." was his reply.
The morbid jokes never get old. We're sick bastards, the two of us.
The other day My Beloved and I spent two hours wandering up and down the main street of our town window shopping. It was the perfect way to spend a sunny, Fall afternoon.
It would have been even more perfect if we hadn't kept alternately passing and trailing a pregnant woman and her husband. The last straw was when she came out of the chocolate shop and stuffed her face full of it as I passed by.
Come on, not chocolate AND a baby!!
I'm not bitter. I'm just drawn that way.
On Sunday I wrote down the names of my angels and my grandparents in the Book of Remembrance after Mass, as I do on the first Sunday in November every year.
I don't think people who haven't had losses like this realize how gratifyingly soul soothing it is to have the opportunity to say "I had children and these are their names."
They lived. That's all I want people to know. They lived.
The Lotto 6/49 jackpot is 35 million tomorrow.
Wouldn't that be a humdinger? I know money can't buy happiness, but it would still be very nice not to have a mortgage. I think the universe owes us that at least.
We're going away for a few days in a few weeks and I'm terrified that something is going to happen to my sneezing, sleep-disrupting cat.
We certainly don't think of her as a surrogate child, but we're both very attached to the hairy little beast just the same.
I'm sure she'll be just fine - we have a plan in place for feeding and watering and attention-getting - but I worry just the same. I think I'll spend the rest of my life fixated on some sort of irrational worry.
It's what I do.
I have no upper body strength. It's a fact.
When I told someone recently that My Beloved says I have "decorative arms" she awwwwed and isn't-he-sweeted like crazy. That is, until I clarified that it isn't that he thinks my arms are pretty, it's that he thinks they're functionally useless.
Oh how we laughed, me and my decorative arms.
I'm addicted to 90210 reruns.
Why is it that getting lost in the 80s and early 90s is so soothing?
If it wasn't for pornaments and 90210...