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T-Day Again
Somehow I managed to contract a cold to enjoy over the Thanksgiving weekend. Kind of a bummer, here I'd had all kinds of stuff I wanted to get done this weekend. Oh, I'll get some of it done, but I'll be a lot less enthusiastic about doing it, unfortunately. *sigh* When I don't feel well, I generally just want to curl up somewhere in a thick blanket and sleep, read, drink tea, eat ice cream, and watch television.

I did quite a bit of that this morning though. Well, morning and early afternoon. I slept in, then spent a few hours in bed finishing the book I was reading (The Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver -- good book). Then in the late afternoon, I finally got a bit motivated and raked half my backyard. Just half. I managed to talk myself out of finishing it and doing my other planned chores... ("It's a holiday!")

The good thing about a 4-day weekend is that even though I did very little today, I still have 3 days left. Hopefully I'll manage to get some stuff accomplished during those days.

Brrr, it's cold out! We all went for a walk after a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's, and it was mighty chilly. 31 degrees out, apparently. I didn't notice as much while raking, but then it was light out then, and it was dark this evening and therefore probably colder. Fortunately Thanksgiving is one of the two nights out of the year when my parents actually light a fire in their fireplace. It was much-appreciated after that walk!

I went and read my Thanksgiving Entry from last year. I had only had this journal for a few weeks when I wrote that. It's still true, all of it. I am ever so thankful for my friends, and also my family. I am surrounded by some wonderful people in my life, both on and off line. (Something to think about: I need to learn to avail myself of them more often. No renniekins is an island?)

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kimberlybobrow From: kimberlybobrow Date: November 28th, 2002 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm thankful I met you :)

I really am! I went and read your last-year entry, and it reminded me that after your initial query about a java conference, I had read some of your old journal entries, and realized that you also are a suicide survivor (my step-brother) ... I had completely forgotten about that when we met in Colorado, not that it matters, but it was like making this "small-world" connection all over again with you.

Weird.

I'm rambling - but I really did just want to say how very neat and cool it's been getting to know you - in various ways, and that you really should know that you make a positive difference it peoples' lives, just by having touched it - I can vouch for one anyway, mine :)

Happy Thanksgiving!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 30th, 2002 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'm thankful I met you :)

Ohhh...wow, thank you for saying that!

I'm so sorry to hear about your step-brother though. That's one thing that I wish nobody had to have in common, if you understand what I mean. I see what you mean about the "small-world", that is kinda weird. I'm glad you told me though. If you ever want to talk...

Anyway, I'm really glad to have met you, and I appreciate the opportunity to continue getting to know you better. It sounds like you're going through some complicated and emotional things right now, between your mother's treatments plus your, um, baby-seeking, would that be a good term? But I think you're keeping a great grasp on hope and optomism and cheer through it.

Speaking of small-worlds, my mom is a 3-year breast cancer survivor. She I think didn't have it quite as tough as it sounds like yours has it, but I hope your mom can pull through equally well.

Happy Thanksgiving to you too! (:
guingel From: guingel Date: November 30th, 2002 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I really like the quote "no man is an island" (I think part of that might be because it appears in a song I like. by Cibo Matto, I think). It always makes me think of Funny Girl, though.

I have trouble making myself do things because I'm always making excuses for myself. Like, "it's a holiday" or "I'm really tired today" (that one doesn't work because I'm almost always tired >.<) or "I'll do it when I don't have school". . . ugh. then I never get to it.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 30th, 2002 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, there are a couple of famous quotes from that same "meditation"....

John Donne
Meditation XVII:
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated...As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness....No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
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