Tuesday, December 20, 2011

10 on Tuesday... the Final Push

Today's 10 is "10 things to get done by the weekend"--- timely b/c this weekend is solstice, Christmas and Hanukkah.  My list looks fairly tame considering that for the past 2.5 weeks, I've been running to and from a hospital. My mom got very sick, it complicated her COPD and we are in the midst of a very long exacerbation, currently  at rehab, but started December on a ventilator and with prayers. Needless to say, my normal, exuberant Christmas spirit went right out the window. Even now, we have the tree up and decorated, some of the decor done, but honestly? I kind of just want to get through the weekend (and perhaps a 1 day pass for my mom on Christmas Day, so my brother and SIL can bring up the only grandkid for a few hours to see his Nana). PC and I host Christmas dinner, so there is that to attend to, but he's handling 90% of that task.  And, friends? PC has been a godsend through this. As happily unmarried as we are, you know that you have a true partner in life when he's taking care of everything in the house, so when you get home at 10pm from the ICU, you can eat, cry and sleep.

But, for now... I still have a wee list of things to get done:
1. buy asparagus and Brussels sprouts for dinner
2. clean the bathroom and kitchen. Again.
3. finish wrapping... i have one gift left to wrap. Oh, no... three. Whoops
4. pick up a gift for my dad from my mom (and a few card options too)-- yup, she's a sneaky Santa even when sick.
5. make dinner plans with friends for next week (Sylvie, this is you)
6. buy thank you cards 
7. find something for my brother's kind of girlfriend (??)--- i never know what to get her, and she's sorta kinda still with him.... it's all very complicated.  
8. get my second wreath up on the door
9. make fudge. two small batches, unlike the 12 or so I normally do.
10. finish up a thousand and one little things at work. 


  1. I hope you are able to those things on your list which will make you feel accomplished... but since you're taking care of your mama - I think you get a "pass" this holiday. I hope your mother is back to better health soon.. and be sure to hug PC and give him a great big thank you so he knows he's so deeply loved as much as we know it.

  2. Good luck. I hope your mom is better soon.

  3. I'm glad you shared about your mom here on the blog and I'm glad she's making progress. It will be a strange Christmas for all of you, no doubt. What about a gift card to a restaurant that your brother and his (sorta) girlfriend like? That way he benefits, too.