Thursday, September 25, 2008

No Boys or Ants Allowed

Fall is officially front and center and there has been alot going on here in the 'Ville.

Last week, the Ryder Cup was in town and my friend Jill called to see if I wanted to join her at a practice. I know less than nothing about golf, but I am always up for a little fun. So off I went. So glad I did. Met the Director of the PGA Foundation, Ernie Ellison. Really nice guy and went out of his way to make us feel welcome. Learned a little about golf.

I didnt see Tiger Woods ther, but I did get pretty close!

That night I came home to some surprising news. My sweet friend Jonathan died suddenly Tuesday morning. He had complications from treatment of a staph infection that turned into septic shock. Jonathan has been apart of WOW for 2 years and had really blossomed into a funny, smart, caring kid.

My heart breaks for family, who are equally wonderful. The news of his passing was the kind of shock that knocks you off your feet. I still can't imagine having a WOW meeting without this face:

Looking thru my computer in the last two weeks I had dozens of pictures of Jonathan. Yet another thing I loved about that kid. He was always willing to pose for the camera

*One important note* Staph Infections are an all too common problem. Septsis can happen when left undiagnosed. Sypmtoms include: high fever, chills, raised heart beat, confusion or disorientation, a reddish rash, and pain in the joints. For more information on staph and sepsis look here . Just something to pass along so maybe we can avoid more tragedies like this.

After such a stressful week (not only Jonathan, but a huge wind storm killed my planned trip to Kings Island AND power for a couple of days and my car battery died) I REALLY needed a weekend of fun. Thats exactly what I found in Chatam Illinois.

Suzie won the chance to cheer with the local high school girls team. I think I see pom poms in her future.

I got to watch Tommy play a football. So fun. He even made a tackle!

If you squint you can see #16 on the field ready for battle.

I spent the weekend visiting with my family there. A really perfect fall weekend with sightseeing, playing Barbies, trying to play WII (getting stomped by me nephew), and LOTS of football. Kind of reminded me to appreciate times like this. You never know how long you will have people in your life, so you are best served to appreciate them as much as possible.

I hope Jonathan knew how mch I appreciated having him in my group.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

shiny happy pretty new wheels

Picked up my new wheelchair this week. Been waiting for it since....oh....May.....

Yes, I am that cheesy, I took pictures of myself in my new chair....

Monday, September 8, 2008

Belated Grandparents Day

I meant to post this on Saturday, which was Grandparents Day. I hope everyone took some time to call their grandparents (nana's, mawmaw's, papy's, etc....) and say hi. I sent my grandpa and grandma each a card, which I sent on Saturday, so they will arrive a little late. =)

Allow me to tell you a little about two of my favorite people:

Grandpa Brinkman
- 4 kids, 16 grandkids, 13 great grand kids
- likes a really dry martini
- Has a Derby party every year (even thought he is in Ohio!)
- Used to play this game called Pokerkeeno with us as a kid
- When he shakes your hand, he holds one tightly and laughs when you try to take it away
- Every year for Christmas, he likes to give out Christmas presents to all his grandkids by making them work for them. Usually involves a riddle or word puzzle of some sort
- Every time I call him, he still greets me with 'well, hello young lady'
- Has taught me about money, making martinis, appreciating the past, and dignity. My grandmother had Alzheimers for almost twenty years, and Grandpa never faltered in loyalty to her. He went to her nursing home every week for mass, celebrated every birthday and anniversary, and always signed every card 'from Grandma and Grandpa'

Grandma Brinkman

- Mother of 8, grandmother of 20, greatgrandmother of 4
- survived: a flood, a tornado, the death of her husband and son in a very short time period, raising 7 boys, and me =)
- Has attended every middle school/high school/college graduation, wedding, shower for all of her grandkids. Even if it entails hopping on a plane.
- Has a way of making every thing you do feel special, and she is ALWAYS proud of you.
- smells like Oil of Olay
- Every once in a while she will send me a note in the mail, for mo reason
- Has the biggest heart of anyone I know. She has taught me that family is the most important thing, and we may not always get along, but we ALWAYS love and support each other. Our family is big, full of big personalities, and she loves us all so much.
- likes irish cream in her coffee
- makes the best homemade noodles and chicken you will ever eat
- Has been there though some of the lowest and highest points in my life.

**hope this inspires you to spread a little grandparent love, even if it is a few days late**

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Chill is in the Air

Or something like that...

Fall is coming, but the only things in the air right now are things that make my head ache and my nose itch.

I hate allergies!!

Last week I was so sick with allergies, I couldn't get out from under the fog. Add to that an allergy med that was making me sick to my stomach and it was a very long week.

One bright moment to share. I finished this:

It is a loooong overdue wedding present (like, they have been married for a year overdue). I got half way thru and didn't like how it was turning out, so I was unmotivated to finish it. Well, considering I wanted to start my next wedding blanket for a certain someone who just got married, I thought I better buckle down and just git 'er done.

I think Succotash approves.

A sneak peek of my next blanket:

REALLY excited about how this one is going. I LOVE these colors together. Should go together pretty quick.

Gotta go, I have laundry to fold (I know, you are jealous =))

Friday, September 5, 2008

10 Years Later

(my mother, 10 1/2 years ago)

Feeling sentimental today.

10 years ago this morning, my mother lost her fight with cancer. In some ways it feels like a million years ago. In some ways it feels like yesterday. I have been thinking lately about all the things that have changed for me in the past ten years, and it was quite a long list. Ten years ago:

- I was a senior in college, living in Cincinnati

- I was pursuing a degree in costume design and was convinvced I was beginning a long career in the theatre, and making plans to move to a bigger city

- My nephew Tommy was only 3 months old

- My brother David was 16 years old and beginning his last year of high school

- My family had just gotten thru a year where we celebrated my older brother and sister getting married within six months of each other. We all lived within and hour of each other. Some in Cincinnati, some in Dayton

Little did I know how one event would change my life.