« July 2005 | Main | September 2005 »

August 2005 Archives

August 2, 2005

Life really sucks sometimes

The picture above is of one of my favorite people (my cousin Trent) and his wife, Jen. Jen is new to our family, having married Trent last year after meeting him while they were in the Army. She finished her Army career a couple of months ago and set about making a home for them in the house they just bought and were so proud of.

Jen died today in a traffic accident. She was too young to be taken and Trent is too young to have to deal with such a loss. I feel so helpless. There just aren't words to comfort someone in a time like this. Trent, I love you buddy.

August 9, 2005

Life is a journey

I wish I had time to write in great detail here and get it all out of my head but I don't. It's been a week filled with sadness, anger, gratitude, hopefulness, fear, pride, and joy. The short version:

Jen was buried on Saturday. Due to financial and time constraints, we were not able to attend and for this I am deeply saddened. I have left a lot of family matters in the dust of my busy life but this was one time when I should've been able to put on the brakes and be there for those who need me.

I cannot discuss the anger here or anywhere actually. I can only pray that I am able to manage it in the best way that I can until the drama is over.

C's babysitter has not left for Brazil yet as her Visa has not arrived. While she is disappointed, this is a good thing as it gives us time to wrap up the financial matters for her. We still lack $300 emergency money that she is supposed to carry with her so there is still time if you weren't able to donate before.

One of my closest friends is waiting on the arrival of his first baby. I waited over ten years for him to find the perfect woman without much agony but this last week of her pregnancy is killing me.

His brother is serving in Iraq and will be for several more months. With the uptick in the US casualities, this is causing me to have actual panic attacks when I read that we've been ambushed again.

Little Ben had tubes put in his ears and tonsils and adenoids removed a week and a half ago. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the day with him before, during and after his surgery. He was such a trooper. I'm thankful that it's finally behind us and that he is fine.

Finally, this weekend my "other" daughter gets married. Fear and joy. Weddings are always joyous occasions but the fear is overwhelming for the hobbyist photographer taking the pictures. That'd be me. Despite months of pleading my case and her parents trying to find someone more suitable to the job, she insists that I will take her wedding photos. I am honored beyond words that she trusts me that much but holy crap... anyone have tips on taking good photos in less than ideal lighting conditions?

Continue reading "Life is a journey" »

August 17, 2005

Another summer almost gone

Another round of good intentions circling the drain. ugh.

August 25, 2005

First Day of School

First day of school and I'm the one who couldn't sleep. I took yesterday off to spend one last day with the kids. We had planned to hang out at the pool but it was too cold so we went to Des Moines and ran around in the mall. I should've slept like a baby but I doubt I got even an hour sleep last night. I think my head is still reeling from the fact that it took $53 to fill the truck even though it already had a quarter tank of gas. We won't be able to survive long at that rate. Anyway, gotta tell a funny story...

For years I've wanted a VS bra but have never had the courage to be fitted nor have I wanted to spend that much money on such a stupid thing. Yesterday I got up the courage to be fitted and to my surprise, I've been buying the right size all along. Whew. What a relief that is. /sarcasm.

Going into Victoria's with Ben is highly recommended. Last time we ventured in with all the kids in tow and Ben immediately looked up under the nightie of a mannequin and said "Dad! You gotta see this! She has nothing on under here!" Todd about died on the spot, of course. Yesterday was no different. We walked in and he's checking out the mannequin's attire. Eva pointed this out to me and I said "Just ignore him. It's what he does and if you don't pay attention, he'll stop." I rushed off to a fitting room before I chickened out yet again.

Sorry, but there's just something in my brain that tells me getting professionally fitted for a bra is wrong. Anyway, I'm in the fitting room with a box full of overpriced bras when I hear this TAP, TAP, TAP on the door. It's Eva whispering "Are you in this one? Ben just broke a butt." Now normally I also have a thing against other females in a changing room with me but I let her right in so I could A.) hide her in there with me and B.) hear the details.

It seems that someone stuck a penny into one of the clear butts that model panties. If you've not seen one of the clear butts, then you are missing out. They are just that... molded plastic butts that you can see through and they line them up atop the panty bins to model the various selections. So, there's a penny in the butt and Ben says "That's not supposed to be there" and proceeds to fish around in the thong to try and remove the penny. Butt falls from it's perch atop the panty bin and breaks. Part of me is glad I was tucked away in the back of the store but another part wishes I'd have been there to see it. Later, I'm telling my "other mother" about it and she said "Ha! No big deal. It already had a crack in it!" Comedy gold.

I almost fell onto my own butt as we were walking out past the checkout and I heard the cashier say "That'll be $198 today." Whatever it was fit into a very small bag. One of the bras I tried on was $55 so I guess maybe she bought three or four bras. That is ridiculous. Hanes Her Way. Ten bucks tops. That's where it's at.

Bargain of the day scored by Ben. Old Navy sunglasses for 97 cents.

I'd like to tell you about the work call I took on my cellphone while trying to have a pleasant day with my children. Unfortunately, you'll have to miss a great story as I do not talk about my job here and if I did type it all out, I'd end up outraged all over again. Some professionals should not be allowed to speak to others.

About August 2005

This page contains all entries posted to JustLisa in August 2005. They are listed from oldest to newest.

July 2005 is the previous archive.

September 2005 is the next archive.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Powered by
Movable Type 3.34