Friday, December 4, 2009

WHERE To Begin??

If "absence makes the heart grow fonder",
you all are LOVING me by now.. RIGHT?
In reference to my recent blog-hiatus.. let me just say this:
We all have trials in life.. (I have personally dealt with a slightly over-weight childhood, divorce, death,and varicose veins.. to name a few..) but I do declare that being without decent, full-size screen, internet access, for roughly a month.. has been one of my toughest.
Okay. Divorce and death were tougher.. but you get the idea.
After living like pioneers with two crashed computers for the last month, who knew disconnecting the battery from the laptop would make it all better??
(Well, apparently my darling out-of-town guest, did. Hala-ler-ya!)
So although our main computer (ya know, the one with all the photos of my 4 kids childhoods, and everything I've ever written on it..) still sits, crashed..
our laptop is here in front of me, fully functioning, all lit up like my Christmas tree!
(So in the holiday spirit of things.. can I get a
"HARK! The Blogworld starts to sing..
GLORY! Katy can write more THINGS!" )
I know. I'm much more giddy than you.. but it IS, exciting.
So.. again.. where to begin?
I'm guessing with my trip to Chicago for my dads 70th birthday, that included not only ME.. traveling all by myself for hours-- (loving every magazine-and-novel-reading-filled minute I might add. Ahhhh. Me time. Getcha some.)and not only getting a free ticket for letting them bump me to another flight (cause why NOT get bumped.. when it equals simply MORE, ME, TIME..) but taking a train into Chicago like a savvy and unafraid suburban-ite, meeting a new BFF while doing so.. and then walking through the buzzing night life of the Chicago streets(with my lip gloss I'm SURE shimmering in the street lights like your regular Sex and the City star..) to the fab hotel where I found my profoundly adorable family awaiting my arrival just as the elevator doors opened. And while that WAS a lovely beginning to a fun-filled evening of fancy food and great company.. I should move on to the real news maker of the weekend. Would it startle you if I mentioned that I ended up in ambulance??
I thought so.
Would it startle you MORE if I was in the ambulance, because while walking along Lake Michigan the next morning with my precious sister.. just a chattin' and a walkin' and a walkin' and a chattin'.. my same precious sister went to walk down closer to the lake.. and didn't see a cyclist coming straight for her at 30 miles an hour? He hit her really, really, REALLY, really, hard.
Watching the bike hit her square on, the cyclist flying into her body, and her body go down so fast, and so hard onto the cement.. and blood start to pour from her head.. sorry-- getting gory-- but it was just terribly, awfully, horrible.
So one broken thumb, four staples in the head, and a super sore existence still today.. I'm one grateful sista' that she is, in fact o.k. She doesn't feel good.. (and we kinda had to make just a little fun of the way she walked thereafter)
but she is, o.k.
Not the weekend report you were expecting now WAS it??
So. In other news: I am on the very CUSP of turning 38!!! (WHAT? Two years from 40 you say?? OH. I hadn't noticed.) At least I have my sweet St. Louis friend and her family here to celebrate with us! Par-TAY. So I will go back to being a hostess.. (instead of an over-eager Blogger who can't kill the need to play catch-up with the newly functioning computer and my world of cyber friends I've missed so dearly!)but I will leave you with Sophies latest words as she jumped onto a blanket I had spread out for her on the couch for her morning ritual of eating a little cup of dry cereal (don't judge me.. she does oatmeal, occasionally.) and watching a good Dora or two..
she literally squealed in delight at the anticipation of the coziness ahead and exclaimed:
"It's so much fun being ME!"
May you all have fun being you tonight!


Heather Zwygart said...

You are so awesome, sounds like a great month and yes I'm so jeaulous you got to be on a plane and alone for so long!! If only! Sorry to hear about your poor sister that is horrible! I'm gload she is ok! And wanted to wish you a happy birthday!! I knew it was your birthday and i've been waiting to tell you! Hope you have a good one! on the 6th that is!

Keith said...

It's good to have you back. And I can't imagine how you survived a month without internet access; I would've been selling major organs by week two to get the problem fixed...

Brynne said...

A hearty welcome back to you dear friend! Blogging is not as fun without you a part of it :) Yeah for Tricia--cute, fun, AND smart!!! Nice! Enjoy the rest of your visit together!

kristina said...

OK, I will just start with...SOOOO glad you are back-I have missed my Katy fixes!! and so glad your sister is OK. I hope you have a fantastic birthday!!

Stef said...

After all our chatter about what to do about your computer problem, you fix it without spending a dime! WooHoo and welcome back.

Amy Lynn said...

Oh, truly my blogging world just hasn't been the same without you in it. We have crashed computers as well...I have to stay up til all hours of the night so I can use my husband's work laptop. Stinks...I'm hoping Santa will take note!

Loved hearing about your trip...except for the scary part where Kris got plowed over by a bicycle...very scary. Is she really OK? Love alone time on a plane and using public transportation in a big city. It makes me feel all grown-up and sassy!

Happy belated birthday! Hope your day was filled with yummy cake and much love!

Leese said...

i've missed your posts! i can only imagine how painful it must be for you! without computers! your trip sounds fabulous..other than the whole biker incident...glad she's ok! Happy Happy Birthday...38's not so bad! my kids eat dry cereal too - they spray all sorts of vitamins onto that stuff, so it can't be all that bad!

Abby said...

So glad to have you back. Freaking out about the accident, your dad being 70, and how long it took me to realize you were back.
Please, dry cereal in a cup is how we live right now. They aint suffering! Happy birthday too! I made the mistake of asking Amy the day after her bday (when I could finally get a hold of the party girl) if she was forty...her response was priceless...lots of shocked and appalled gasps. (I knew it sounded wrong when I asked.)

mo said... glad you got the computer thing figured out. But, so sorry about the cycling accident. That is a bit scarey. Glad for your lovely trip with family, and really glad for such a happy sweet daughter to fill your life with sunshine!

Emma Jo said...

I am reeling a bit, so much to take glad about the computer, so happy about your trip, so amazed and scary about the run-over, and so happy about the cozy Dora watching. I am so glad you are back.

Carrie Anne said...

first of all...happy 38th...i should have remembered b/c it's my mom's & your mom's birthdays! duh! my mom turned 70! doesn't that make you feel even OLDER?:) just teasing.
anyway, welcome back to blog world & i feel so the same about the "who am I" post b/c i stay up way too late & take, on average, 3 showers/week but it's been way too cold to get out & run. but, i guess since you do i can get my butt moving again...sigh. i'm glad you enjoy your chickens...i'm not sure i could eat the eggs if they came from my own way to go!!! have a great weekend!