The Last Seven Pages

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The last week, or last seven pages, of my life have been quite interesting. On Monday I heard about a new job opportunity. On Wednesday I had my first interview, on Thursday I had my second interview and was offered the job. On Friday, I gave my two week notice to my current boss. I've been in the same job and with the same boss for over 17 years. On March 3, 2008, not only will I start employment with a new firm and a new boss, but will also start a new path in my career. After all this time of doing plaintiff's work, I will begin working in defense. I am totally psyched and ready for the challenge. It will feel a little wierd to be the new girl on the block though. I have been ready for a change for a while now and well, this was all like a sign from Heaven above.

Last Sunday I spent time with my godchildren. My god-daughter has an AVM on her brainstem. She has been dealing with this for the past almost 2 years now. She is 13 yrs. old, marvelously smart, kind, caring and beautiful. She's been dealt a totally unfair set back from gamma knife surgery which has made her brain swell and taken away her coordination, ability to speak clearly, her eyelids are swollen shut and the steroids she has to take has swollen her face to the point she is almost unrecognizable. She has been out of school since before Christmas and misses the stimulation of learning and the companionship of her friends. I wrote to a doctor at Johns Hopkins last week only to be told that what she is going through is normal following gamma knife surgery, but if I sent her films they'd take a look at them. How incredibly caring and kind of them. Tell me, how can any of what she is going through be considered normal for a 13 year old or anyone for that matter?!

My mother had her sixth and final treatment in this round of her bladder cancer protocol last Tuesday. She's like a new woman...for the time being any way. She'll have to have a cystoscopy in May for the doctor to see if the tumors are growing back. With the type of cancer she has, this is a possibility. In the meantime, she can breath a bit though.

Just found out yesterday that all my aunts and their husbands will be able to join us in Las Vegas in May for my parents 50th anniversary! It will be a miracle if we can all keep this a secret until then. The "sister network" is always very busy and there is not much that is kept quiet among them. ;)

I finished Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men the other night. Now that was a great read. Chigurh, the bad guy, may be the most inheritently evil man I've ever read about. He is totally void of emotion and functions like a machine with one purpose. Llewellyn Moss may be the most tragic man I've ever read about, since he is Chigurh's purpose. What tragedy dirty money brings about in this book, is too close to what is really going on in the real world with drugs, murder and mayhem. I haven't seen the movie and now don't know if I really want to. The book was wonderful though and I'd highly recommend it.

What Goes Down Must Go Up!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

After a rather stressful week so far, good news came today in the form of a telephone call that involved NO's! NO INFECTIONS and NO BLADDER CANCER!!!! CJ, my sister... this day has been a long time coming! I just have to yell a heartfelt HALLELUJAH and whoop a loud WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!

Yesterday we buried a family member. She turned 90 years old just a few weeks ago and I had the pleasure of joining her for her birthday. She was worn and drawn and shrunk down to almost a skeleton. I have to honestly say that she looked wonderful yesterday. No stress. No pain. Just peaceful. My heart aches for her son, his wife and their children, but they all realize that her pain is at an end and she truly is in a better place.

Forced my DS to leave the funeral going on's and go to a doctor yesterday. He has pneumonia! He works so many long hours every week, doesn't take care of himself and never gets enough rest. I'm just thankful he listened to me and got things taken care of. He's not happy about being out of work, but work will be there. His health is the priority. It's terrible though. He's 25 and I still want to be able to baby him and take care of him when he's sick. So far he hasn't let me though. ;)

Finished a fun trashy romance last night. The Wizard's Daughter by Catherine Coulter. After the last two books I read, I needed something light and okay, was hoping for a little well described sex. Don't ever believe a woman who tells you she loves to read trashy romance but doesn't like the sex scenes. ;) LOL! Wizard's Daughter is part of the Sherbrooke series by Coulter. I've read a few of them, but not all. In this chapter of the family Sherbrooke, Ryder has saved a little girl who was found almost beaten to death and eventually adopts her as her ward. Rosalind has no memory before her beating and details slowly unfold when she is 18 and falls head over heels in love. Rosalind/Isabella and Nicholas/Egan are the main characters who fall in love and go on a journey into the mystical world of the Pale. Yes, love, marriage, sex (but not enough of it! LOL), a strange book, ghosts, witches, wizards and feuding family members make Wizard's Daughter a light, fun, quick read. Just what I needed. :)

Tonight is Lost! Tomorrow is Friday and the last day in my week from Hell hopefully. My boss has some surgery and has been out all week, so I get to do both his job and my own. It's really fun! NOT!! Anyways, I've almost made it and I'm still in one piece. :)

Voting History and Geraldine Brooks

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I took part in history today. I walked into a voting booth and cast my vote for a woman presidential candidate. No matter what happens with the future outcome of this election, history has been made merely by the presence of the Democractic candidates. For the first time, in a long time, I have hope for my country and I am terribly excited about the future.

Now let's talk books a bit. I just finished Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks. This is the second of Ms. Brooks books that have crossed my path and she has quickly become a favorite author. I have several other books of hers on order at the present. Nine Parts is the story of Muslim women. Ms. Brooks puts forth the stories of the liberal Muslim women and what they are fighting for, to the traditional Muslim women that accept the ties that bind them. Imagine, in some Muslim countries today I could not have voted. Not having that right is foreign to me. Of course not dressing the way I want, or thinking the way I want, or driving where I want are also foreign concepts to me. But the strength of the Muslim women interviewed for the book are as universal as words and numbers. Different lands, different tongues, different religions, but a woman's strength is the same the world over. Some of the cruel traditions endured by Muslim women would be unimagineable to an American woman. Would you stand up for having your clitoris removed by a dull knife in unsanitary conditions? Would you stand for your husband beating you and it is he that is looked upon as the victim because you forced him to beat you? Yet, Ms. Brooks also brings to light some wonderful things about the teachings of the Koran and many positive occurrences in traditionally Muslim countries. In ways, Muslim women are protected and extended power in areas that maybe "we" take for granted. They say the meek (not that I think women of any religion or race are meek) shall inherit the earth and maybe it will be a Muslim woman that will lead the way.

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