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Apr. 13th, 2018

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Eddie in the hospital

I've been worried about Eddie this semester. He's been very stressed about the three group projects he's had, plus all the other assignments and tests in his classes. However, he loved all of his classes and was doing very well gradewise. Last Thursday he thought he had missed a deadline and he called me in a panic. It turned out he hadn't missed the deadline and he ended up with a 90 on the project. The next day he called in a great mood and told me how he was finally cleaning his room, etc. . .

I was suspicious of that kind of euphoria after being so down. I called the mental health hotline and they assured me it was natural high spirits, etc. But everyday Eddie called and talked faster about all kinds of things. He told me he didn't need sleep, etc. . This set off more alarm bells. I called the mental health line everyday and eventually we worked out a plan for what I could do if I thought he was in a manic state. Wednesday I drove to Halifax (at Eddie's request) and helped him with his final paper. Then he agreed to see the crisis team. They came right to his apartment and assessed him. He was admitted to the Abby Lane psychiatric unit Thurs night. I don’t know how long he will be hospitalized or what the diagnosis will be.

I stayed at Eddie’s apartment Wed night because I was too tired to drive home. I saw him Thursday morning and he had finally had a good night’s sleep. I’m home now. We will return to Halifax for a meeting with his team when they are ready for us. Meanwhile, he has his phone and calls us when he wants.

Dalhousie is going to give him an incomplete for illness until he is ready to take his finals. They have an entire office set up to help and advocate for students with mood disorders and anxiety. They even advise on exam schedules and accommodations for project, etc. .

They have so many resources in Halifax and he is in the right place.
I’m so relieved he is finally getting help. I feel like this is a burden shared and I’m so grateful for the quick response.

Eddie said once he got his phone charged yesterday morning, he saw all kinds of statements of support from his friends. Three of him visited him in the hospital yesterday - even though they are in the middle of finals and stressed out, too.

George (his roommate and friend since he was three) stayed with me for the five hours at the hospital as they assessed him. He’s such a sweetie and is such a good friend to Eddie.

I'm both hopeful and afraid, but this has been a longtime coming and we have a long road ahead. I'll keep you all updated.

Feb. 8th, 2018

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Happy Birthday, Bel!

Happy Birthday, tdu000! I hope today will bring you cool breezes and lots of time with friends and family. All the best for another year on this planet, my friend. *raises glass* Cheers!

Feb. 1st, 2018

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Movie Rec: Lady Bird



I saw this last night. What a wonderful movie. It perfectly captures that last year of high school and the yearning for something more and not quite knowing what it is. The trailer doesn't do the story justice, imo, in that it just shows the conflicts. There also scenes between the mother and daughter of understanding and love - that morph into a trainwreck in 60 seconds flat. LOL

It's set in 2002, which should seem like present day - but that was 16 years ago. *gulp*

There's a great scene where Lady Bird is talking to her favorite nun at the school:

Sister Sarah Joan: You clearly love Sacramento.

Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: I do?

Sister Sarah Joan: You write about Sacramento so affectionately and with such care.

Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: I was just describing it.

Sister Sarah Joan: Well it comes across as love.

Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: Sure, I guess I pay attention.

Sister Sarah Joan: Don't you think maybe they are the same thing? Love and attention?
"I've read you're college essay about Sacramento and I can tell you love it."


And that's when you realize just how well-loved Lady Bird is - and she only realizes it by the end of the movie.

That scene when the mother drives away after sending Lady Bird off to college - OMG. I cried. This movie captures what it feels like in the last year of high school. And what it feels like to be the mother of that student.

Yes, Lady Bird has a lot of privilege - but that doesn't inoculate her from the pain of growing up.

As she says to her posturing boyfriend:
"Different things can be sad... it's not all war!"

I really liked that the movie didn't sneer at religion or family or wanting security/love/praise. If you have a chance to see it, don't hesitate.

Jan. 27th, 2018

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Happy Birthday, Berte!

Happy Birthday, amamama! I hope this blue moon month is an auspicious start for 2018 for you and your family!

Have a wonderful day, my friend.

Jan. 13th, 2018

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#BlackHogwarts

This is so much fun. Someone on Twitter imagined Hogwarts as an all black school, and it's pretty clever. https://thegrapevine.theroot.com/blackgirlmagic-and-blackboyjoy-hit-platform-9-3-4s-an-1822055627

JKR tweeted her approval. The fandom lives on. :)

Jan. 11th, 2018

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Belated Birthday Present From sherylyn and an Update

Sherry sent me a link to chapter seven of her fic, "Heart's Afire," a retelling of The New Zealand Chronicles from Harry's point of view. This chapter is a Harry' point of view of their wedding night. It's tender and hot and oh, so Harry! Sherry totally "gets" him.


Here is the link to the story at Phoenix Song. It's rated R - just so you know:
http://www.phoenixsong.net/fanfiction/story/6572/

And yes, a good story is evergreen - so what if this was ten years ago? It's a wonderful birthday gift and I feel 45 again. :)


In updates!

Eddie got a B on that group project from hell, but he got an A + on his participation, so he ended up with an A in the class. He has learned from this experience. Before he stepped foot in his Organization Theory class he looked at the syllabus and saw that half the grade would be based on a group project. He quickly dropped that and found something else to take. :)

We had a nice Christmas. Eddie was home and we had friends over for Christmas Eve. We managed to eat our Christmas dinner before we lost power in a freaky windstorm. (Wind was from the west and not the east and lots of trees and roofs were damaged). A week later we had another bad storm - but this was a nor'Easter. We were on the rain and wind side, thankfully. New England and New Brunswick didn't fare so well.

We're supposed to have another big storm this weekend. Rain or freezing rain. After the polar vortex, it's feels like summer to have 8 Celsius out there.

Bill's birthday is coming up on Sunday. I have to find room in the freezer for his ice cream cake. I don't know why he craves ice cream in the middle of January, but that is always what he asks for.

Hope you are all well and staying warm (or cool depending on which side of the Equator you find yourself on).

Dec. 28th, 2017

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Happy Birthday, gabrielladusult!

Happy Birthday, Amy! I hope you're enjoying this cold December day. When the holiday dust settles, I'd love to read a post from you. I've been wondering how you're adjusting to this new chapter and how the kids and Captain are. *hugs and best wishes*

Dec. 4th, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Crumplehornedki!

Happy Birthday, Sandy! I hope you can have a break from your busy schedule to enjoy the day.

Dec. 3rd, 2017

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BBC ONE Christmas Film 2017



Aww. This made me miss my dad. Even though my father (and me for that matter) weren't remotely like this - he was always quietly doing things for me and I always knew he had my back.

Here's info about the video if you're interested. It's stop motion and CG animation.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2017/bbc-one-christmas-short-film

Nov. 30th, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Sherylyn!

You make your corner of the world a better place by your helpfulness and positive attitude. I'm blessed to know you.  All the best today and in the coming year! 

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