First off, I have a prayer request. My son's fiancée, Taylor, started RCIA classes yesterday. Please pray for her. I know this won't be easy, while going to school and holding down a job, but she is willing. Please pray that she stays interested and the classes, and the instructors, continue to make her feel this is worth her time. She is very interested in the Catholic Church, and has said she feels closer to God at Mass, but she is not as connected to us as she once was, when Joshua lived at home, when she was coming over several times a week (and attending Mass with us!). But, she has asked me to be her sponsor, and I feel great about that. The campus RCIA program, however (at the Newman Center), gives the students a secondary sponsor, whom they meet with more regularly than the primary sponsor (me). I guess they know students often choose a sponsor who is out of town and won't be able to make weekly meetings. I am hopeful I can sit in on some of those meetings, however, just to hear what is being said.
The college boys came home for dinner yesterday. I took them both grocery shopping, then they dropped me off at home, and went to get haircuts. I was disappointed that I did not get a "before" especially of Geoffrey because he shaved before he left home and then after his haircut, well, let's say it was a big change.
When I mentioned that I had forgotten to get a "before" he said he had one.
Voilà...my hairy son:
Joshua is on the right. The hairy one (Geoff) is on the left. I have no idea why he making such a face. I am thinking I didn't get my money's worth from the cut, whadya think? Maggie was very pleased to have her boys home. Lotsa good smells. ;-)
My day yesterday just flew by, and when I got home around 8:30 from taking them back to campus, I barely had the energy to paint my nails (but I did, you'll be glad to know). They (my nails) went to Mass with nothing but a fresh coat of Nail Envy and they felt quiet naked, and happy to get their standard coat of Imported Bubbly and on top of that Bubble Bath (with a coat of OPI Top Coat my manicure lasts a whole week). I'm glad we had this talk. It certainly wasn't on the list of things I thought I'd chat about today, but hey, this is "streaming." At least I'm blogging, right?
My day (yesterday) went like this:
Wake, make coffee
Read morning reading material
Make breakfast (waffles)
Iron a few clothes for Mass
Get a shower, dress
Do Faith's hair (she's in a "making little braids while it's wet so she can wake up and have wild hair" phase)
Wake Noah for shower, wake Noah for shower, wake Noah for shower (not a typo)
Go to Mass
Come home from Mass
Make BLTs for everyone
Drive 25 minutes to campus; pick up two sons from two different apartments
Take two sons to grocery store
Pay for groceries (ugh!)
Go home and start dessert and dinner
Serve dinner and dessert (chicken fingers, Cain's sauce, creamed corn -- yum! -- baked butternut squash and loaded M&M Oreo cookie Bars -- yum!)
Clean up the dishes
Drive boys back to campus
Now, aren't you exhausted? Please tell me you would be exhausted, because I am concerned about the level of exhaustion I feel some days, primarily weekend days, I have noticed. I am so very grateful Mondays.
Today I had a follow-up with the hematologist I saw after my last DVT. He took me off of Coumadin the last two months so he could do some testing for genetic clotting factors. The good news is (for my children), I don't have any. The bad news is (not really bad, but frustrating), I am one of the 70% of people who get clots and have no idea why. I will have to go back on blood thinners, but this time he's trying me on Xarelto, which means I don't have to watch what I eat (I do on Coumadin -- especially Vitamin K veggies), and I don't have to get my INR checked. Unfortunately, I will have to stay on it forever, and buy one of those pretty med-alert bracelets so that if I'm in a car accident I hopefully won't bleed out before they get me to a hospital.
That's all for now. I have to go start the potatoes for Potato Eggs (have you had these? they look delightful). I'm putting the sausage links on the side, but --yum -- they would make a great meatless meal without the sausage.