I will try to keep this short and sweet today as I’m tired, stressed and just don’t feel at my best today. Jury duty will continue tomorrow – we are now deliberating, but it’s not going to be quick or easy. I believe we may have a few more days to go before we can reach a verdict, so I’m not sure when things will return to normal on the blog.
My thoughts and prayers this morning are with Texas, and especially Houston and the Texas gulf coast. Hurricane Harvey was/is worse right now than what was predicted, and getting worse by the hour. Every time I check for updates it takes my breath away. I encourage everyone to help however they can – currently donations of money to relief organizations is what’s needed most; other donations, and volunteering can come later. Clean-up and recovery is going to be a long, long process after this catastrophe.
We’ve received other bad news as well this morning: Brett’s younger brother’s son, who is just two months older than our son, died suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage while he was at work. He has a wife and 10 year-old son. While Brett and his brother are not estranged, they’re not close either, but this still comes as huge, sad shock. And, to add insult to injury we got a message from Meiling this morning right about the same time that during the night someone had cut the brake lines on her bike. Because she doesn’t drive, she depends on her bike to get to work and classes. Who does these things and why?
I’m feeling sad today as well because WenYu leaves this coming week, and with the trial going on I really haven’t prepared myself for her departure. I have loved having her home this summer, and will miss her greatly, but I’m also so proud of her and what she is doing with her life, a part of which is going to college.
In a not very fun week I discovered one fun thing. I think I wrote on the blog year before last about finding online that my childhood home was for sale, and how other than some cosmetics and the addition of a swimming pool nothing had really been done to it since we lived there in the 1960s. Well, it’s on the market again, this time for over $3 million (My parents sold the house in 1968 for less than $60K), and it’s been completely renovated, remodeled and redone since the sale. It looks amazing! I wonder if there’s a for-sale sign out in front this time – back when we lived there no realty signs ever went up, and houses were sold by word-of-mouth; there was a waiting list to buy something on the street. My parents heard about our house before it was listed because friends were being transferred, and they decided to snap it up.
Anyway, this afternoon I am:
- Reading: I just downloaded Mother Daughter Me: A Memoir, by Katie Hafner onto my Kindle, and have barely started it, but so far it’s very engaging. The trial and all that has given me to think about has made it difficult to read most of the time – I have trouble concentrating.
- Listening to: We had an absolutely beautiful morning, nice and cool and breezy, but know it’s going to get warm (hot) later on. YaYu had to leave early to volunteer at the county fair, and WenYu drove her so she could go shopping on the way home for some thing she needs to take back to school. It should have been quiet around here but the washing machine is doing its thing. No rest for the wicked.
- Watching: Brett and I are watching the Rebus series on Hulu right now. The show switched actors after the first season, and the second actor (the whole ensemble, really) is a much, much better fit for the character than the first, so we’re enjoying it more. We’ll watch another episode of Endeavour tonight on PBS, but otherwise I’m not watching anything else right now – there’s just nothing I want to see, and I haven’t had the time or inclination to look for anything this past week.
- Cooking/baking: We’re going to have lumpia (Filipino spring rolls), rice and Asian-y coleslaw for dinner tonight. The lumpia is already made – I just have to fry it, and that won’t take long. It was cool-ish for a while this morning so I baked a pan of brownies for lunches/snacks next week.
- Happy I accomplished this past week: Heading off to jury duty every day this week has been a chore, but I made it on time and got through each day. I was unable to ride my exercise bike several day because of exhaustion, but I did study my language every day, and drank more than my daily allotment of water. I also reached the first goal every day with Swagbucks, and I’ve almost reached my second Swagbucks earnings goal (first was for Christmas).
- Looking forward to next week: I’m hoping we (the jury) can reach a verdict sooner rather than later.
- Thinking of good things that happened: Brett and the girls really stepped in to make sure everything got done around the house while I was gone for the day, and put up with me collapsing into a ball on the sofa when I got home each evening.
- Reporting gains and losses: I’ve lost another two pounds this month, which frankly surprised me, but maybe it’s because part of me melted – it’s been that hot on a few days. I’ve lost 25 pounds so fa since February, and am somewhat ashamed to admit that there’s more to go. We put $721.46 in our travel savings last month, and our total is now $5311.22. We’re well ahead of where we need to be at this point to reach our goal at the end of the year so we’re happy about that!
- Grateful for: I’m so thankful for my supportive and understanding family right now. I can’t talk about the trial, and they don’t ask. They also let me have the time to compose myself every evening, to get my head out of the trial, and back into the “real world.”
- Bonus question: Do you like going to your county or state fair? Well, my answer is no – they’re really not something I enjoy. We hadn’t been to one in a long time and went to the Kaua’i County Fair the first summer we were here. It was so expensive! We thought we had brought plenty of money, but by the time we paid admission for all of us, we had enough left for the girls to go on just one ride so we could afford something to eat (one plate lunch that all of us shared). I’m not sure how families afford it. Generally county and state fairs are too crowded for my taste, the rides sketchy, and everything is too expensive. I’d rather spend my money on just about anything else. That said, I do enjoy seeing the farm and other animals and all the contest entries (canning, quilting, etc.).
That’s it for this week. I promise details from the trial once we arrive at a verdict, but like I said, it might take a few more days. Otherwise, I hope all of you have a wonderful week, and have another good one to look forward to!