Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year's Happiness and the scare that followed.

Hello 2012! Wow, I can't believe that it's already 2012. 2011 just seems like it went by way too fast and so much happened that it's hard to digest everything. I feel very lucky to have the life that I do, and the friends that I've made in the past year. But this New Year wasn't filled with all joy and happiness.

On Monday, my mother had a heart attack. Mild, by some standards, but nonetheless scary. I don't care how mild one is, I don't like it. I think as children we always think that our parents will be around forever. I should know that isn't always the case. Volunteering at The Healing Center has brought me into contact with children of all ages who have lost a parent or loved one at their young age. It's really opened my eyes to how precious life really, truly is. We all go through our days irritated at the little things and hang up the phone maybe on a bad note...never knowing if it's the last time you'll ever speak to the person on the other end of the line.

Mike and I are flying to Arizona on Saturday morning to spend a few days with my mother. Again, I feel very fortunate to have the life I do. I am afforded the ability to do many things that were not accessible to me before. Mike is such an amazing person, and wanted to go with me to be there for my mother. I also love the fact that he's able to answer any questions for me and my mom when it comes to all of this...since heart issues, strokes and other things like that are what he deals with on a daily basis. It really does provide some comfort during this time. That's not to say that I haven't had my moments. I felt like I was being over emotional on Monday night, but Mike told me that it's only natural to be scared and cry.

I'm looking forward to a few days away from my life as well as being able to spend some time with my mother and step-dad. The dogs get to go to The Dog Spot while we are gone. I think Cooper already has his toys and doggie dish packed. Puck on the other hand couldn't care less what is going on so I'll probably end up having to do all his shit for him. Lazy dog...I swear he's a cat!

In other news, I purchased video editing software finally! So I edited and put together my video on how to make Pear Butter! :) Enjoy!!

Now all I have left is to finish editing my video on how to make Julia Childs' Beouff Bourgignon! :) I'm about half way through it, so hopefully it'll be up by the end of next week. By the way, I've not gotten much, if any, feedback on any of my videos! Do you guys like them? Do you want to see more? Do you have something you want me to make, and make a video of it? Let me know...shoot me an email or a comment of even hit me up on facebook.
Well, dinner is simmering away on the stove. I am making "Friendship Soup" for dinner, it was a Christmas gift from our friends Heather and Jill! Smells so good in the house right now! Well I hope that all of you are having a great New Year, and I want to thank all of you who have been keeping my mom and our family in your thoughts and prayers(if you pray). It means a lot to me, and my mother as well.
Happy New Year! Be well!

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