Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Long time, no see!

I know, I know: I'm lazy right? No, I've been very busy "changing the way I think so I can change the way I feel." And it is exhausting me!

Catching up: the last time I posted was right before my oldest's 14th birthday (April 10th) and so this weekend we had six boys over for a movie, cake and pizza, and then 3 of them spent the night. The boys saw Superhero Movie. Nate took them as I really didn't want to see that movie and I get very anxious around other people's kids. Then they came back for pizza, chocolate cake and rollicking good fun. I had a glass of wine while they rollicked outside. Along with an "I'm-about-to-have-a-panic-attack" Klonopin. After a while Nate and I retired to the bedroom so the kids could take over the living room. They played piano, Wii, and sprinkled snack crumbs all over the floor as if for some bizarre teenaged boy ritual commemorating the Gods of Snacks. Nate made them blueberry pancakes and bacon for breakfast. I slept in as I was unable to fall asleep until well after the last waking sounds emanated from the horde. I told you: I get nervous with other people's kids!

Sunday we had a soccer game after the boys all went home, then my niece's 2nd birthday party right after that. (She was born on Tax Day, and her arrival was, indeed, taxing on my poor SIL.)

This is Syd Vicious on Easter morn:


After the festivities at my brother's house--45 minutes away--we came home. I was exhausted from the long week and weekend and the stress of it all so I put on my sweats and settled in on the couch.
And then my cell phone rang.

As an Obama volunteer I was invited to see him speak at the Steelworker's Union Hall in Steelton for Bob Casey, Jr.'s birthday party.

So I threw my clothes back on and went. The speech was great and has made the rounds in the press and blogosphere. This is most of the speech:

I got a few *okay* pictures afterwards, but did not get to shake the man's hand, get an autograph or speak to him. This are my two favorite pictures from that night (both taken blindly over a group of people):

This one:

And this one:

But I did get to shake Bob Casey, Jr.'s, hand. It wasn't cold, slimy or scaly like I thought it might be. I said to him, "I've never been a fan of yours..." He laughed here, so at least he has a sense of humor, but I wasn't actually joking. "...but I really appreciate what your endorsement will do for Obama in Pennsylvania. Thank you." Photographic evidence of meeting here:

It felt gooooooood to "speak truth to power!" ;-)
The past three days I've still been in PHP. It's all review for me, but the reminders are helping me to remember to do the things I was supposed to have been doing for the past 15-20 years. The things I knew I was supposed to have been doing, but haven't been. I am a little skeptical of CBT. To put it mildly. But I will go through the motions a suggested. I hope to be done tomorrow or Friday at which time I will again post more regularly.
Or maybe after the election... Wish PA luck please!! (I view it as a good sign that Primary Day and Earth Day coincide. And also that my BFF will be travelling to Hburg to visit me, drink in bars--I mean attend Primary Results Watching Parties in bars, and then staying up until the results are in. Approximately.)


Vicki said...

4/22 is also the 8th anniversary of my first date with Ethan. Truly an auspicious day. The stars are aligned in our favor!

Historical Wit said...

sounds killa! I am watching with much curiosity the PA primary. I hope it goes BO's way and ends this race.

Give the CBT a chance. I found with my kids, the ones that were under the watch of a psychologist coped better with life than the kids who had psychiatric visits. Plus you have the benefit of wine.

Enjoy the process, both of them. Good to see you writing again.

Historical Wit said...

Hold on a second, is Bob stoned in that picture? Just what exactly were you guys talking about?

Anonymous said...

Cool! I guess I haven't talked to you since then, but I thought I did......So glad you got to see Obama in person, even if you didn't get to shake his hand.
LOL...a pic with Bob THAT's a keeper, LOL. Glad you were honest with him!

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