First off, allow me to apologise for the fact that this is not the originally scheduled post about Hijab. I will still be posting on that topic; it has merely been postponed for a couple of months. I decided that, what with everything happening in my life right now, I just don’t have the time to do the topic the justice it deserves. Sorry to everyone who was wanting to read it, but I’m sure you would prefer to wait a while for a decent post than to have me post a sub-par blog on time, right?
So, what has been going on with me, myself and I? My life is not an exciting one, but it is mine, so it is what you are stuck with, I’m afraid. I still have a bit of a cough, but it is nowhere near as bad as it was. I am no longer experiencing difficulties breathing, for example. After several rounds of antibiotics, the doc says I no longer contagious, though he still has no idea what caused it in the first place. I do need to get a follow-up x-ray in a few weeks, though, just to be safe.
Seeing as how my illness is under control, I am finally able to finish unpacking, so that is what I will be doing tomorrow. We have our first inspection on Thursday afternoon, too, so we are all going to be busy, busy, busy.
Yesterday, we all traipsed over to Dad’s house in Dundas. They have him on a new trial from America, but he is in a lot of pain and they have him off the radiation at the moment. Dad says that the first little while is to determine if the drug will kill him, then after that they will find out if the drug will help any. The payoff is that, if this trial is successful, Dad may actually survive. This is the best chance he has had so far.
Sophie is coping by keeping herself extremely busy and she has been taking wonderful care of Dad. In fact, she mothers everybody who enters her home. She put on quite a spread for us yesterday. Corned beef, lettuce, tomato, bread rolls, prawns, chicken wings; far too much food for all of us to eat. I am, however, concerned that she is not taking enough care of herself.
On a lighter note, both Yasmine and Storm have qualified for their Big Day Out. Storm has managed to get his silver star this year (the first time he has exceeded bronze) and Yasmine has attained her gold star. I arranged a payment plan with the school wherein I paid two-thirds of the cost and they paid the rest. This means they both get to go, instead of having one go and the other miss out. This year’s outing is to Luna Park, so they should have loads of fun.
Yasmine is a real social butterfly and spends most afternoons and weekends with friends. Storm has also begun to spend some afternoons playing with friends and has even been invited to a few parties. He has also been talking about other children more which has eased my worries a little.
Annie is finally settling in to her school. The teachers say she is doing relatively well in class, especially Science; she has also been seen socialising and sometimes even smiling at school, which is great news. She comes home alone three days a week and seems to arrive home in a much better mood. As her attendance improves, she won’t feel so swamped with work as well.
On Saturday, she went to Wet & Wild with a friend. Her friend received some money for her birthday and spent it buying season passes for Annie and herself, so Annie will be able to go as much as she likes this summer. I’m happy about that because she really does need to get out more and enjoy herself. She had a blast on Saturday, so it is something I can see her doing often.
There isn’t a lot to report on Earth. He is generally the one who takes Annie to school and collects her on Mondays and Fridays, but even just doing that much results in him needing a nap. It frustrates him because he used to be such an active person and he misses it, I think. Unlike me, he is a very social person and being unable to get out and about with other people is difficult for him. Because of this he spends a lot of time online. Second Life and Facebook in particular are a blessing for him. You hear a lot of negative things about the internet, but there are positives as well. For people like my husband, the internet is a lifeline which allows them to socialise and feel human even when they are unable to leave the house.
Butterfly has, of course, finished her HSC. She should find out her results sometime this month. She is planning to study at university. I’m not sure which courses she has applied for, but I’m pretty sure they are all related to business. She and I are just about ready for our cruise in January. We are waiting on our passports and still need to purchase travel insurance. Also, Butterfly needs her shots and I need some clothes. Otherwise we are ready and looking forward to having some fun and letting our hair down.
Almost as soon as we return, Butterfly has tickets to see the Cirque du Soleil. I am so jealous. I have wanted to see them for a while now. Still, after all that, she should be nice and relaxed and ready for uni.
That’s about all that is happening in my life at the moment so, until my next update, I bid you adieu!