Saturday, September 22, 2012

Visit to Pike's Peak

My sister, her kids and my brother accompanied me on the Cog Railway to the top of Pike's Peak yesterday!  What a trip it was!  We saw bighorn sheep,  marmot, deer - the trip to the summit was so amazing.  I would recommend this trip to any visitor to Colorado Springs!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Visiting Donna

I am in Colorado visiting my sister Donna and her 3 great kids!  I am impressed with the scenery here.  You can see Pike's Peak with its snow-covered summit.

Planning to visit Pike's Peak later this week - can't wait!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I'm All A-Twitter...

Like I don't waste enough time on Facebook - now I'm tweeting. I should tweet the nearest psychologist and get myself some help! I found a few friends on twitter, but it doesn't look like they are very active yet. Most of the action is on Facebook.

 As if I don't have enough on my plate, I started an on-line college course, working toward a 2-year associates degree. Wait, let me correct that. This is 7 years into an associates degree. I wonder what the record is? At my co-worker's services, there was a memory board with a newspaper clipping - she and her mother graduated from college on the same day. Maybe one day my grandson and I will also graduate together - he with his bachelors and me with my walker and an associates degree...

 My father wanted to send me to the local community college when I graduated high school and I had my heart set on going to Temple University. Since none of us could afford Temple at the time, I declined college altogether and chose to start working instead. Always had intentions of going to college at some point. Well, now it's that point, and I'm trying to fit in classes whenever I can afford them and whenever I'm feeling well enough to succeed. I won't waste the time or the money if I can't do my very best in class. This course is an introduction to business. Business and I should never have met - I've never come across anyone as boring as Business. Looking forward to finishing though, and moving on to the next class. Maybe Italian?


Friday, September 7, 2012

Finally Friday - The End of a Difficult Week

As I mentioned earlier, a member of my "work family" passed away on Sunday.  I cannot get over how much this has affected me.  I am broken-hearted, not just for the family she leaves behind, but for my own loss.  It sounds selfish.  She was our leader, our mentor, and our friend.  This entire week has seemed so surreal.  I keep hoping that I will wake up and find it was all a very bad dream.  Since we learned the news on Tuesday, employees have been coming up to visit me, just to ask how I am doing, or to share their own grief in our common loss.  I feel I have to be strong to offer them whatever words of comfort I can bring myself to say.  After they leave, I break down and cry in solitude in my cubicle.

Tomorrow are the services.  That will make it real and final, I'm sure.  When someone is in poor health, or of an advanced age, you are not so surprised to hear that they have passed on.  But someone in the prime of life - I think that's what has me so upset.  It doesn't seem fair.

My prayers go out for her husband and her children, 4 young girls.  Now is the time of life when they need her most - the girls are in their early and mid-teens.  No mother to help choose a prom gown, or a wedding gown.  No mother to hold their hands as they give birth to their children.  How sad.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Distressing News Tonight - Lost a Friend/CoWorker

She wasn't the kind of friend who I would invite to coffee or share heart-to-heart chats. She was my boss' boss - Human Resources Director. I was intimidated when first informed 3 years ago that I would be moving to the building where I am now, working for this lady. But she was kind and caring, and made me feel good about myself. I enjoyed hearing from others that she said good things about me. I'm writing this with tears tonight. I just learned she passed away suddenly yesterday. She leaves behind a family - a husband and 4 young girls. My heart breaks for their loss. I feel that I've suffered a loss too - certainly not like losing a family member, but losing a friend. Tomorrow will be difficult. I will need to report to work to offer emotional support to our employees, who will be devastated by the news. She was much-loved by all the workers. I hope that, by being there for the others, I will find some comfort myself. I will keep her loved ones in my prayers. God rest her lovely soul.