So last night, when D and I were nerding it up at wal-mart buying our wii, I saw this thing- A car ashtray that promises not to stink. I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall having ever smelled an ashtray. Or if I have sat near one and smelled it, I’m sure the smell was nothing comparing to the cigarette smoke wafting out of the person who needed the ashtray in the first place. Sure, you’ll still have yellow teeth, stinky hands and hair, and your car will smell like a pool hall but YOUR ASHTRAY WILL SMELL FRESH AS A DAISY! Who could ask for more?
Imagine this: You are the sole caregiver for your small son, your schizophrenic dad (who also has dementia), and your mentally challenged brother (who has the mental age of an 8 year old). You are also married and trying to have a successful marriage.
Now imagine doing all of that with no legs.
Rosemarie Siggins does all those things everyday. She was born with Sacral Agenisis, and had her legs amputated as a small child.
I was channel surfing the other day and found a documentary about Rosemarie. It was truly amazing, not because of the fact that she does all of these things, but the fact that she has such a positive attitude about everything. I think most people in that situation (legs or no legs) would constantly be asking “why me?” Not Rose. She just does what she has to do and keeps a smile on her face. I think she is truly an extraordinary person.
So last night, D gets off work at about 12:30 a.m…..and we head straight to the wal-mart to buy a nintendo wii. Yep, we went to wal-mart at 1:00 a.m. to buy a wii. And, of course, the customary supply of junk food (well, i try not to eat junk food, so i got a sandwich) but D got root beer, hot dogs, and tilapia fillets (those weren’t really junk, those were for dinner, we just needed them). And then, after it took approx. 10 million hours to check out ( our 12 pack of root beer rang up as $18.72; For that price, it better be the best damn root beer you ever tasted.) We finally got home and got everything set up….and then we stayed up til 4:30 in the morning playing bowling. I won two games and D won two games. We tried the golf game as well, but I kept hitting the ball out of bounds because I just wanted to swing the controller as hard as I could. But y’all, I am seriously in love with this thing. I loved the fact that you had to get up and move around to play the bowling game. And, I don’t think D and I have laughed so hard in months. If you h aven’t played one yet, you should…and then you should get your butt down to wal-mart and buy one, because then you will be addicted. =)
Lazy summer days July 30, 2008
I have been thoroughly enjoying my summer break away from school…..especially since I quit working. This leaves me with copious amounts of time to do…..well, I haven’t been really “doing” much of anything, but I have been enjoying every minute of it. I’ve been working on a needlepoint for a few weeks now, so I guess that qualifies as “doing” something. Still not finished with it yet though. I’ve filled in all the little small areas, and all I have left is the giant middle part….which I will probably become very impatient with. I am a “want it NOW” kind of girl. If I order food at a restaurant I expect it to come in the next 10 minutes. When I wait in line at the bank I don’t like to spend more than 2-3 minutes. If I suddenly decide that painting my bathroom is a fabulous idea, I am in the car and driving to Lowe’s. So the big parts in a needlepoint are kind of frustrating for me, because it takes them so long to look like anything. Oh well, it’s teaching me patience.
Oh, I’ve also been indulging my inner 10 year old nerd by getting and daily playing with a Nintendo DS. Oh, I should also mention that D also bought one, because we are bad at sharing. (How fun, when we eventually have kids, they can be impatient AND unsharing. Maybe they’ll even pick up on our swearing!) (Don’t knock it-the family that swears together, stays together…) D and I even play them before bed, madly poking away at the little screen with the little stylus, in the dark, with only the glow of the screens illuminating the room. (And who said romance was dead?!) We have lots of fun going to the store to look at all the new games with all the 10 year olds. (Imagine, two 20somethings towering over a crowd of prepubescent boys, all fighting over the latest “Mario Kart” game. Obviously, D and I win, because not only are we smarter, we are much taller.)
Seriously though, it’s been great being away from school for awhile. I’ve been able to go to the gym everyday, and I feel fantastic. No stress at all, just doing whatever. It’s amazing how chores like emptying the dishwasher and going to the grocery store don’t seem so bad when you aren’t doing them at 1:30 in the morning, because you had no other time to do them. Best of all, it’s given D and I so much time together. I’ve been able to see him so much more than I do during the school year, because he works odd hours, and summer allows me to be so flexible with my time, that I can stay up all night and sleep all day if I want.
Life is good.
my brand new blog July 9, 2008
My name is Rachel. I live in a small town in Tennessee. The name of this blog comes from a quote from one of my favorite movies, Sabrina.
Baron St. Fontanel:” A woman happily in love, she burns the souffle. A woman unhappily in love, she forgets to turn on the oven.”
Since I am happily in love, I would be the woman burning the souffle.
And also, I have no clue how to make a souffle.