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Yesterday, I got home to find that the postie had brought round a surprise for me. Not only had C sent me 'Storm Front' as promised, but -horrified by my admission that I had dared to listen to Madonna the other day-, she had also included Evanescence's debut album in the package. Her note teased that it was to 'broaden my horizons', although she readily admitted she doesn't yet know what to make of it herself. And after having listened to it a couple of times, I think I know what she means. The 11 tracks on the album are very similar, which makes for great cohesion...while at the same time, it makes me lose interest very quickly. (Attention span of a gnat, me)

'Storm Front', OTOH, is delightful. I've only gotten halfway through the 1st CD so far, but the story's got me hooked and thank God I've got a few days off coming up, so I can just sit and listen to it unfold. JM of course, is a fantastic reader; but it does feel weird having a book read to me rather than reading it myself.

And so we come to Easter once again. I checked the TV listings for the weekend and sure enough, 'Jesus Christ Superstar' is on again! I might watch it, too...I wonder if they do a sing-along version of it at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square? They're always doing sing-alongs there. I joined them for 'The Sound of Music'-one last year - I never laughed so hard in all my life! Well, OK, that might have been a slight exaggeration, but it was a fun night out and I would go again if the opportunity presented itself.

In other news: I've taken the decision to put my father in a home. His mental state has been deteriorating steadily and it has reached the point where he can't take care of himself anymore. I've been taking care of him for the last 3 years but it's getting more and more difficult to combine with work and things, and I can't keep taking days off to deal with his crises all the time. Still, I've been balking at making this decision for a long time, burying my head in the sand and hoping I wouldn't have to think about it for a long, long time. I also didn't know how to break it to my Dad that I thought it would be the better option for him, until I discussed it with his neurologist yesterday. To my surprise, Dad agreed to the move, and now that the wheels have been set in motion, I don't expect it will be long before we'll have found him a place somewhere.

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 17th, 2003 08:31 am (UTC)
Parents
It's an awful decision you have had to make, but you know it is for the best. We had to do much the same for my mother-in-law. She kept having falls and forgetting what time of day it was (and what day/ month/ year it was). She was sort of resigned about it all when it came down to it. Moving into care hasn't changed the mental side of things very much, although having a real routine and people around her all the time does help. Her physical health has improved enormously though. It made us realise how poorly she (and we) had actually been coping. Deciding to arrange for your Dad to go somewhere he can have the care he needs is the right thing to do, I'm sure. Ignoring the problem while trying to be all things to all men would not have been fair to either of you. I hope you find somewhere you both love very soon.

Cass
gamiila
Apr. 17th, 2003 08:45 am (UTC)
Re: Parents
Hi Cass,

I'm sure having people around to keep an eye on him 24/7 will be a great improvement on the current situation...these days, because he's so forgetful, he's become a danger to himself and others. And physically, he's not much better because during the day, there's no one to challenge him to get up out of bed or his lazy armchair. Now it's fingers crossed we can find him somewhere and get him settled before the summer...
(Anonymous)
Apr. 17th, 2003 08:35 am (UTC)
happy Easter, Gamiila!
Hi there -
First of all, enjoy "Storm Front" - it's a fun book, and having JM read it to you is wonderful. Glad Cass was able to get a copy to you - I am still having problems with CDs.

Glad that your dad is agreeable to going to a home. It's a big relief to know that a loved one is cared for 24/7 like that, and that you don't have to be guilty about not being there all the time, nor do you have to worry that they will get hurt or become ill, and you won't be able to help. We went through this with Ron's mom last year - she is very happy where she is now, and all of us know that she is well-cared for, and safe.

Did you get to see "Beneath You"? What did you think?

Jules
gamiila
Apr. 17th, 2003 08:41 am (UTC)
Re: happy Easter, Gamiila!
I got to see 'Beneath You', Jules...wild horses wouldn't have been able to drag me away from the television screen last night!

In a way, I'm very envious of your ability to stay spoiler-free, because it definitely does take away something of the emotional impact of a scene when you're already prepared for it. Of course, JM's performance was brilliant and very moving throughout...but if I'm honest, I'm looking forward to next week's episode even more. I can't remember much about it, see, and I didn't download any clips from it all those weeks back.

As to my Dad - I know we're doing the right thing, but it is hard...
(Anonymous)
Apr. 17th, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
Re: happy Easter, Gamiila!
Ah, but it's 'Same Time Same Place' next. I can remember enough to know WHY you didn't download anything.

Still, you get "I'm insane...what's you're excuse?". Ah, Spike. Still with the snark even when barking.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 17th, 2003 11:58 am (UTC)
Re: happy Easter, Gamiila!
LOL, Cass! A snarky barker, Spike is!

Couldn't resist ;-)

Jules
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