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Dec. 4th, 2016

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Happy Birthday, crumplehornedki !

Happy Birthday, Sandy! I hope your family is taking good care of you on your special day! *hugs*

Nov. 30th, 2016

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Happy Birthday, sherylyn!

Happy Birthdy, sherylyn! I hope you have a great day full of fan fiction, family and friends. You are a true blue friend and I'm so glad to have you in my life. *Hugs*

Nov. 25th, 2016

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Happy Birthday, grandma_kate!

Happy Birthday, grandma_kate! This is a day of rejoicing after a long year of health issues and making some hard decisions. You are a role model for all of us and a shining light in your family and on live journal. Love to you on this happy day. *hugs*

Nov. 11th, 2016

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K.D. Lang sings Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah




This fits my mood today. There's still beauty in a painful world. RIP Leonard Cohen.

Oct. 20th, 2016

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Movies to Look Forward To

I've been hearing rave reviews about La La Land. It's supposed to put a smile on your face. It's about creativity, never giving up, and helping each other through the hard times. It is "unironic." It is old-fashioned. It tugs at the heartstrings. It's the kind of movie you want to see again and again.

So, yeah! I'm excited to see it - even if the two leads have to go their separate ways (I don't know - just guessing) they've made each other better people. So I can live with that.





I do love Star Wars. This is the story of how the rebellion got the plans for the Death Star before "A New Hope." (The first Star Wars from the 1970s)



And finally another Guardians of the Galaxy coming this summer. Chris Pratt is adorable. "Someone pathetic. Like you." LOL




Thank you for your birthday wishes! I had a great day.

Oct. 5th, 2016

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Drought







We've had a drought this past summer here in Southwestern Nova Scotia. You can see it from these two photos, taken from the same angle, 12 years apart. The first is from Labor Day and the second is when Eddie was six or seven.

This is sort of a symbolic representation for me. I feel depleted with Eddie gone, but with the waters receded you can see all sorts of interesting rocks and topography. It's my job now to figure out what to do with this new perspective.

Eddie's coming home for Canadian Thanksgiving on Friday. He was in a good mood when I talked to him yesterday. He had an 87 on his mid-term chemistry exam, so he was happy he powered through his test anxiety. I'm glad he's feeling some success and I'm looking forward to some family and friends time around the Thanksgiving table.

Oct. 3rd, 2016

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Happy Birthday, girlspell !

Happy Birthday, Girlspell! I hope you have a great day! (Although it's hard to party on a Monday).

Sep. 19th, 2016

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Parenting Never Ends

So I thought my biggest worry was going to be 'empty nest' with Eddie going away to University, but we had a lot of drama his first week. He went to all his engineering classes and liked them well enough and then realized he was not equipped to do the work load of six classes plus all the labs and tutorials. Once he plugged in all of his homework, assignments, and tests, he realized he had something major due everyday and this was after five hours figuring out to input his chemistry homework on the computer. (If you formatted it wrong, they marked it wrong after 3 tries) He called at one AM in a complete panic. That was not a fun phone call.

Because he's 18, there's nothing we could do for him except direct him to the right people to help. He did go talk to all his advisers and after two days of soul-searching, withdrew from the engineering program and enrolled in "undeclared science."

He seems better since he has a more reasonable schedule, but he's still feeling bad about giving up engineering (at least for now). He is also impatient to make new friends, but he isn't homesick. I wish all this was easier for him - he feels like a failure. But I'm heartened that he didn't indulge in "magical thinking" and try to bluff his way through a program only to fail or not get the marks he needed. Plus he solved his own problem - reaching out to strangers and coming up with solutions. I'm hoping a year of just exploring and being away from home will help focus him.

I'm just as bad as he is - wanting everything to be all right so I don't have to worry. That's not a very realistic expectation, either. I'm going to see a counselor tomorrow to help me with these kinds of phone calls. (I get very anxious, because my mother was mentally ill and to inner me someone upset and crying = hospitalization/death) It's a new counselor, so I don't know what to expect - but I need to work on my own anxiety.

Any words of wisdom would be most welcome!

Sep. 4th, 2016

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A New Chapter

So we dropped Eddie off at Dalhousie University yesterday. Eddie and I had dropped about half his stuff off on Thursday and then Saturday was the actual move-in day. It all went according to plan. Everyone was open and welcoming. There are three kids from Liverpool on his dorm floor and at least ten others within walking distance in other dorms and in the city. So he has a good support system.

He is nervous, but ready to go. His engineering program is going to keep him busy and I know he's worried about keeping up with the work. Already he's planning on forming study groups and finding a support system for his academic life. Classes start on Tuesday.

As for us left with the empty nest . . . Well, it's a relief to finally have all the planning and purchasing done and over with. As long as he's happy, we'll be happy, too. But it feels weird and dereliction of duty to not know what he's doing all the time. My college years were the hardest of my life(both my parents died during that time), and I'm trying not to overlay my experiences on top of his. This is his life and growing up is about standing on your own two feet. Still, I'm sending up my prayers and trying to be grateful that he has this opportunity.

He's promised to send me a photo of him with the Dalhousie sign, so I'll post that when I can. It was too busy to take pictures yesterday.

Jul. 13th, 2016

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La La Land (2016 Movie) Official Teaser Trailer – “City Of Stars”



Wow. This looks so *pretty.* The song is kind of angsty, but it's a musical, so it must have a happy ending, right?

This doesn't come out until Dec. so I guess there will be plenty of time for spoilers.

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