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16 July 2005

road trip

Josh and I went down to H-town this weekend. We're still here, actually. We came down for one of my best friend's birthday. It's been really fun. Because of her job, she is staying in the Renaissance hotel, so we got to stay with her. She was so sweet. Her room had a king bed, so she asked for a roll-away cot thing and let us newlyweds have the king bed. Oh it was so comfortable!! And the service was great. But best of all, it was all free!! At least for us, anyway.

We also stopped by and saw my grandmother Shirley. It was kinda hard to see her. She seems to be getting into her last days. While we were talking to her, she kept getting us confused with other people, or forgetting who we were, or what we had done. It was kind of hard to talk to her, and tell her "no, I'm Katie. My mom hasn't been here for eight years." I just pray she's not in much pain. As much as I still want her around and alive, sometimes you just wish she could no longer be in pain, and be in a place where there's no pain. I don't know if that makes sense, or if it sounds mean or ill-hearted, but I really just want her suffering to be over.

We were going to go to Surfside Beach this weekend and say hi to Momma, but with the hurricane and all the rain, we aren't going to be able to make the trip. We were kinda looking forward to it, but we will just have to save it for the next time. But for now, it's time to watch a movie. I'll be back later, probably after Josh and I get back to Big D. Peace!

09 July 2005


so on friday at the pool, the water aerobics intsructor tossed beach balls into the pool and had the seniors try to keep them up in the air. This has been attempted a couple of other times, but this time, the seniors were actually getting the hang of it. The hit it at least 7 times in a row before it landed in the water. They were all laughing and seemed to be having such a good time. This event usually is quite entertaining for us lifeguards, since the ball would usually only be hit once before taking a dive. It's funny watching seniors attempt a game that children love to play, whether with a beach ball in water, or a birthday party balloon. It made me want to revisit part of my childhood.

I went home and found some Play-Doh. I forgot I had some. Last summer I made little goodie bgs for the preschoolers I taught swim lessons to. I bought a thing of like 10 little Play-Doh samples. I had two left over - orange and black. So I busted out the colors and started creating. I made a replica "Leaning Tower of Pisa" that had an orange floor ever other floor and black floors in between the orange ones. It even had little window looking things all around it.

It was so much fun to take some time out and just play. I didn't have to think about all the things that needed to get done around the apartment, or think about how little money we have, or wonder how we're going to pay all the bills this next month, or wonder how we're gonna make it, or worry about Josh not being able to find a job. I could just play. It was so much fun. I think I'm going to start taking a little time each day to just play.