Last Saturday afternoon I took my mother-in-law to lunch. Let me tell you that she has made an incredible bounce back from the death of her husband of almost 50 years this past June. I arrived to find that the house and surrounding walls had been painted a bright cheerful yellow. While my MIL got ready I sat and chatted with SIL1 who has been living there for the past several weeks. Apparently they are headed to San Diego next week for a few days to get out of the heat. SIL1 also let me know that MIL had purchased a bathing suit so that she could start taking water aerobic classes at the YMCA. She is also going to be involved in a Silver Sneakers group which is exercise for the elderly. I was so happy for her! Later on in the day I mentioned to hubby that his Mom had purchased the bathing suit and he couldn’t believe it. Even throughout the day he kept asking, “My Mom really purchased a bathing suit?”
Once at the restaurant MIL said she wanted to order a salad. Where salads are all SIL1 is eating these days to meet her weight loss goals, I asked MIL if she was trying to lose weight, too. No, she said, I am perfect the way I am. Indeed she is.
Hubby and I had talked about bringing MIL to Boston at some point. When I brought it up to her, her only questions was, when? So next spring/summer sometime I may bring her back with me. She has never traveled that far north. She asked if we could go to the beach. I said we could go wherever she wants. We are really seeing a side to MIL that we haven’t seen before and inside I couldn’t help but think, “You go girl!”
Saturday night was the birthday party that I had written about before where there was an issue with tickets being purchased before anyone knew there were tickets, etc… Well, hubby ended up having to work so I went and met Athletica there. We had all agreed to meet at 8pm in order to grab a free table. I arrived about 7:45pm and Athletica arrived shortly thereafter. As it turns out there were no tables to be had as they had already been reserved. We each got a drink and then waited for the birthday girl to arrive. 8pm turned into 9pm and still no birthday girl. We decided to head down to the hotel lounge and get another drink and an appetizer. At 10pm I still hadn’t heard from the birthday girl. I texted her that we were waiting over at the lounge. At 10:40pm I got a text back from her saying she had just arrived at the party. ????
After finishing our drinks, appetizers and a huge honking piece of chocolate cake, Athletica decided to call it a night. I can’t say that I blame her. I went back into the party and searched both ballrooms to see if I could find the birthday girl and her entourage. I was just about to leave when I spotted her on the dance floor. I stayed for about a half hour and left. Between the misunderstanding with the ticket costs and also the waiting around I was really disappointed. However, the place was beautiful. I will say that. There are some great resorts out here that I never frequent out of the simple fact that I live here. The lounge was gorgeous, too, with a carved mahogany bar and all. I wouldn’t mind going back there for drinks again.
Work has been going well. I was able to hire two new contractors and one has already done some work for a client. He is amazing. The contractor that quit is finishing up projects from a few clients from a while back and then that should be the end of it. He has been emailing my boss any of his completed work and has also kept me out of any conversations with our clients as well which makes it a bit difficult when a client calls with a question or a concern and I have no idea what they are talking about. My boss has been forwarding me the correspondence which all seems kind of juvenile. It makes me think of when my two sisters and I would be angry at each other while growing up and one would tell the other to tell me something even though I was right there. I asked my boss if the contractor in question was upset about something else now and he said he didn’t think so. Luckily this contractor only has three more clients to complete work for and he’ll be out of my hair forever.
Last week I completed my first writing assignment and sent it off to the client. I’m really excited about this. Getting paid for it, too, was even more exciting. I’ve been waiting for feedback from this client but he has been out of town. I can hardly wait for the next.