It’s been nearly a week since my son was released from the NICU. This past week has been a whirlwind. Lack of sleep. Watching Scrubs during 3:00am feedings. Days where I don’t even go outside. And, holy crap, is it worth it. This little guy is amazing despite not doing much of anything yet. And today is his due date.
This has been a long day. I woke up at 4:30a so that we could be at Denver International Airport for a 8:30a flight. We ended up having to deplane because the plane wasn’t in working order. Luckily we only had an hour and a half delay. I got to see the NYC skyline as we flew in. God I love that city. Now there is talk of doing NYC tomorrow with my family. Only time will tell.
I wrote a memory while on the plane. Since I told you about the announcement of my sister’s pregnancy yesterday, it felt right to tell you about the day she was born. A side note: My niece is here in Connecticut with me…about to turn seven years old. Time really does fly.
I’m thoroughly enjoying the weather right now. I live in Colorado…where the smoke has consumed us for about a month now. Luckily, we are entering the rainy season. It looks like a monsoon out there. I love it. Time to go play and get soaked.
With the help of a reader, I am finally getting back to my “50-Day Memory Challenge.” Although it is not going to be anywhere near fifty continuous days, I will finish this challenge. Today is day ten. After receiving a long email from a reader, I couldn’t help but continue writing about my experiencing with the abortion my girlfriend and I had six years ago.
The Fifth of July is always a complicated day for me. Anniversaries–no matter what kind of anniversery–tend to remind you of the day that something took place. My event took place on July 5th, 2006. I was a month away from starting my senior year of high school. I was dating a nerdy girl who I thought I was in love with. For the two weeks prior to that date, I was in shock. She was pregnant. I didn’t know what to do.
I’ve written a lot about this situation. If you haven’t read my full acount, it can be found here. I have started a tradition of just writing out my thoughts on the anniversary of the abortion. My thoughts evolve so much from year to year–even now. Here is a link to what came out when I sat down to write today.
I feel extremely accomplished. I finished my most difficult Elance job yesterday–and the client is very happy with the work. Today, I helped clean my house, spent a good deal of time editing, and applied to a couple new jobs. I feel like Summer is fully underway–which is great considering it’s the solstice today. I just want to edit and read for the next couple days. that would leave me with a smile on my face.
Today’s memory is a strong challenger for one of the saddest memories of my life. The story is about the death of my friend’s seven-month old son. I wrote the memory while at my coffee shop. I teared up quite a bit and did everything I could to hide my tears from the people around me. It’s so strange writing emotional things while in public–like you are the keeper of a secret.
I’ve become rather obsessed with the fire exploding outside town. It started at 6:00AM yesterday morning. Now, some 32 hours later, it is already bigger than 14,000 acres. They are evacuating people on the north side of town and into the mountains. After going for a swim in the Reservoir this morning, we drove as close to the fire as we could. Although the fire was fascinating, it was the evacuating population that caught my attention. Watching people loading up their vehicles. One man was chasing down his dog. At the evacuation center, young people were gathered in the parking lot because there was nowhere else to go. It’s fascinating how disasters mess with culture.
I worked for several hours yesterday and hope to continue to do so today. I am already deep into the third draft of my book. I also got a lot done on my Elance job. So…today will consist of more editing and hopefully finishing off the first part of the Elance job. It’ll be hard work….but it’ll be worth it. Until tomorrow, here is day three of my memory challenge. It’s different than the others (and kind of cheating), but just go with it.