Becoming Jill: Adventures in Adulthood

Chapter 22: In Which My Best Friend Makes Me Laugh
January 8, 2011, 8:34 pm
Filed under: Positive Thoughts

Well, so far, all this positive thinking has been pretty hard work! I know that changing one’s thought patterns doesn’t happen overnight, but I did think it would be a little easier than this…

Luckily, a chat with my best friend nearly always puts me in a good mood, and provides positive thoughts-a-plenty. The lovely and amazing Karen has been by my side (or, more often, on the other end of the phone) for all the ups and downs of the past decade, plus a few years.

When you know someone for that long, you just know certain things about them– all the little quirks that make them fun and unique. Here’s a bit of the gospel according to Karen: Diet Coke only, regular tastes weird; peeing in bushes is not itchy, awkward, or revolting, but actually what she does for “fun” on vacation; social activities must be arranged around the Vikings football schedule; soup is not real food.

I called her this evening, and she informed me that she was making soup! This, the girl who for 10+ years has steadfastly waged a war against soup. I have known her to eat chili on occasion, but chili, she says, is not soup. Her argument against soup, is that it is akin to bobbing for apples, and if you want veggies, don’t float them in water, and if you want water, just drink a glass. So you can imagine my surprise when she told me that she was making soup of her own free will.

This post is going no where fast, and I am having a hard time explaining why I found it so hilarious that my anti-soup best friend is making soup for dinner, but there it is. In any event, I love having someone in my life who can laugh with me over the most mundane details of our lives, and who brightens my day by just being who she is.



Chapter 20: In Which I am Thankful My Dad Didn’t Die
January 6, 2011, 7:34 pm
Filed under: Positive Thoughts, Uncategorized

So, remember back in early November when I said I was going home for 2 weeks to help my dad recover from surgery? Well, that 2 weeks turned into 6 plus 2 major holidays, and my dad nearly died of septic shock.

I’ve been putting off writing about it, because I have basically been in recovery mode since returning to MN about a week ago, plus I’ve been sick. However, today seemed to be the right day!

Basically, when Dad’s catheter was removed after a month, he got a really bad bladder infection, which put e. coli into his bloodstream (sepsis). Being a man, he was refusing to let me take him to the doctor until he was bad enough that he had to go to the ER. He was then admitted to the hospital on IV drugs, and we thought he was going to be fine. The next day, his fever spiked to 105, his oxygen levels dropped to the 60 percents, and he really almost died. Luckily, my aunt was spending the night in his hospital  room and was able to run and get help, and he was transferred up to the ICU and changed to different drugs. He spent a few days in the ICU before returning back to a regular room and finally getting discharged a few days before Christmas. After all that, he still had to have IV antibiotics 3 times a day for 12 days! That e. coli sure doesn’t mess around…

So, needless to say, the holidays were a bit stressful and chaotic, but we were all really glad that dad is making a good recovery! He went back to work on Monday, and is doing great, although he’s pretty tired. So, public service announcement: if you suspect you have sepsis, get thee to the ER!




Chapter 19: In Which I Appreciate Naps
January 5, 2011, 6:27 pm
Filed under: Positive Thoughts

Today’s positive thought is brought to you by the wide world of naps!

Seriously, how wonderful are naps, especially when you are sick, and have all the kinetic energy and personality of a wet sandbag? I had one of those flat-out, dead-to-the-world, drooly naps today, and it was great. Still feeling sick, but ever so grateful for the restorative power of naps, especially the ones where you have a fluffy kitty on your feet!

Here’s hoping that tomorrow brings better health and slightly more profound thoughts…

Chapter 18: In Which I Feel Like Crap, But Fall In Love With A Vacuum Cleaner
January 4, 2011, 5:50 pm
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Ummm, yeah. The title pretty much sums up today’s post! I’ve been fighting with a sinus infection since mid-December, and it reared its snotty green head again today. I’ve spent most of the day in bed, and was having trouble coming up with a positive thought… All the things I knew I should be grateful for (food, shelter, comfy bed, etc) were overshadowed by the OMG, MY FACE IS GOING TO EXPLODE!

But THEN! But then… I thought back to yesterday to the miraculous thing that occurred: I fell in love with a vacuum cleaner! I know you are thinking that I probably need a bit more excitement in my life, but YOU try living in 250 sq ft with 2 long-haired cats, and then see how you feel upon the purchase of a vacuum that actually vacuums!

Since the place is so small, I couldn’t bring my quite nice real vacuum with me, and have been getting by with an aging handheld doohickey. I finally got fed up with the thing conking out after 3 minutes of use, and decided to use a little bit of my Christmas money to buy a corded handheld with more power. It arrived yesterday, and it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. It has a 20 ft cord and a motorized brush built in, which is excellent for getting fur out of upholstery. I vacuumed an entire cat out of one couch cushion! I cleaned up an entire litterbox worth of litter from the floor! It even straightened my hair! OK, not so much on the hair, but the thing is really great. No more fur everywhere and litter underfoot! That’s a positive thought I can get behind, even after my face explodes.

the Eureka 71B, or as I like to call it, my new BFF

Chapter 16: In Which Sunshine Makes Me Happy
January 2, 2011, 1:35 pm
Filed under: Positive Thoughts

So, the really great thing about Minnesota is that during the winter, it’s usually too cold to be cloudy and grey! I am actually quite pleased about this after living in Ohio, where I quite literally didn’t see the sun from October to April. The sky turns blue Blue BLUE, the snow sparkles, and my mood responds accordingly!

Of course, there’s a bit of a pay-off, in that it can get bone-chillingly cold outside, but I will take cold sunshine over warm clouds any day! Currently, my curtains are wide open, the blinds are pulled way up, and I am basking in the sunshine with my kitties, a down comforter, and the Double-Chocolate Candy Cane cookies I made on New Year’s Eve. Could life get any better?

blue skies, Minnesota style

an inexplicable giant snow pile in the yard