How Do You Spell Stress?
We have been very busy here on the mountain. My 17 year old started the term at highschool on Wednesday. New school stress of epic proportions. My Step-Daughter was in finals for college summer term. She took quite a load for her first semester, pre-calculus was a booger. She continues with her freshman year in a couple weeks.
My Step-Son bought a scooter for economical transportation to and from work and college. He starts his senior year in a couple weeks. He had a bit of a fender bender seconds into his first ride. The incident was horrific to witness and scared the life outta me. Then I had to act all cool and take care of business.
My middle daughter is finishing up her summer of working in Florida for a camp program as staff member. She will go to NC and stay with my oldest daughter. Oldest Daughter is preggers with first child while her husband, a marine, is in the desert. Yes, between my partner and I we have five children: 23 F; 21 M; 21F; 17F; 17M and a son-in-law. One child married; three in college and one in his Jr year of Highschool.
I am basically between day jobs. I dropped out of grad school when I lost my job and moved. So, rather than finish grad school in a dead end profession. I am returning to junior college to do a quick degree to qualify me in computer systems administration. It is proving harder to get into this junior college than it was to get into grad school. I roll my eyes and wonder if there is intelligent life here at times.
My mother has gone through a bout of breast cancer. She is near us in a senior retirement apartment. She is not overly happy, not living with me anymore. However, it was a wonderful decision for my sanity and for the kids. Still I am her caregiver. I have to handle all her finances and pay her bills, get her to the doctors.
My partner and I just moved in with each other in May. I moved me, mom and one child up from Florida. Three of our kids are here. The fourth will join us in November.As I said, she will be helping her sister until my SIL returns home to my oldest and their baby (due in August). Everytime the phone rings I jump. She’s due in about 18 days. Several of my clan wern’t thrilled about the move. They are settling.
We are setting up our house, finding our routines, integrating the children, everyone’s temperment/personalities. She had just brought her 17 year old home in Feb from living with her father. That is a whole nuther story.
We have as ghost who likes to move things and hide them. She just does it for attention. Once we search and search for the item…like the TV remote. If I ask nice, she will usually slip it where we can find it. Yes, of course, it is always in a place several of us have already looked several times. Then poof, it is there.
So we have good days and bad. Everyone has baggage. Such is life. With love anything is possible. We have lots of love and a dedication to make this crazy kinda family work. No one ever said it would be easy. We both know it is worth it.
Today the two of us went and got manicures and pedicures. If you haven’t done that to pamper yourself, go right out and DO IT. It was WONDERFUL. *See the trill of singing notes* The guy massaged my calves and feet, my arms and hands, hot towels on my legs, hands in warming pads, massaging chair, whirlpool water to soak my feet. I felt like a puddle of relaxation when he was finished.
If I were a movie critic I would give it 3 sins of deliciousness…right after #1 screaming good sex, 2 all over erotic body massage, 3 Manicure / Pedicure treatment. Oh yes, yes, yes. Those are my top three of Sinfully Delicious! experiences.