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Jul. 13th, 2005

Hey friends... thanks to everyone for their well wishes. Please forgive me if I don't respond to each right now - I'm catching back up with life.

Everything this weekend was really nice, even if it was hard on everyone. My uncle delivered a beautiful eulogy which I wish I could recreate here in detail. I got to see my cousin again, and her mom, who both looked great, I have not seen them in years. I was impressed with what a beautiful young woman cousin J has grown into. It sounds cliched, but it's true. One thing I know from this weekend is that I'd really like to learn something about preserving photos so that I can properly store and mount in albums the ones we have from grandma. Jack was wonderfully kind all weekend... I don't know how he puts up with me.

At the funeral, I was moved to see several people, friends and peers and proteges in the real estate business, stand up to talk about my grandmother. I don't think I ever appreciated how hard she worked and how much respect she'd earned from her colleagues. It was only a few years ago that she closed her last deal. That's something like 50 years in the business. When she started, she was the only woman in her office - quite a different story from today. I try to imagine what it was like, running the house, cooking for her family, all the while waking up in the morning and putting on the armor for the business day - the makeup, the suits, the heels. It's hard to wrap my head around.

There were a few bright moments of fluff over the weekend. One was as we were driving home, about to hit the tunnel when I saw a Geo Metro that had been modded to have a pickup bed in back... in the sense that the guy had chopped off the cap of the back half of the car. I flashed the peace sign at him and mouthed "awesome car dude!" and he nodded knowingly. Seriously, this lifted my spirits for a full half hour. It really does take simple things to make me happy sometimes. :)

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bitchiekittie
Jul. 13th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
well wishes and many hugs to you and your family.
devil_panda
Jul. 13th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)

I think I missed the older post.
My condolences for your loss.
tzel
Jul. 13th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
Speaking of fluff, I found a little pick-me-up for you at the con this weekend. Don't know when I'll see you to give it to you though.
snidegrrl
Jul. 13th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
aww thank you! i look forward to getting it... whenever we manage that. :)
crafting_change
Jul. 13th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that the funeral service was such a healing and comforting event...death is damn hard, but seeing how many lives are touched can put some warmth back into the saddest of hearts.

Take care of yourself.
turtleblues
Jul. 13th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your grandmother. She sounds like a fabulous lady. I'm glad your family & funeral experience was nice... and that you had some bright moments too.
lexykahn
Jul. 13th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
speaking of photos...
I have recently started learning scrapbooking and would be happy to show you some of the things I've learned, that is, if you are interested.
snidegrrl
Jul. 13th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: speaking of photos...
do you know anything about what kind of acid free paper to get, what kind of storage to use, so that photos don't get damaged?
(Anonymous)
Jul. 13th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
Re: speaking of photos...
Yes, actually I buy everything from Creative Memories (http://www.creativememories.com/) through my consultant, and friend, Debra Jo. The stuff is kind of expensive, but totally worth it - the albums and pages are very high quality. The other supplies - cutters, stickers, etc., you can buy at places like Michael's or even Target.
lexykahn
Jul. 13th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
Re: speaking of photos...
Yes, actually I buy everything from Creative Memories (http://www.creativememories.com/) through my consultant, and friend, Debra Jo. The stuff is kind of expensive, but totally worth it - the albums and pages are very high quality. The other supplies - cutters, stickers, etc., you can buy at places like Michael's or even Target.
martinhesselius
Jul. 13th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
::Hug::
cheetahmaster
Jul. 13th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear the weekend went well.
keryx
Jul. 13th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
It's interesting how much we don't realize the impact of our families' daily actions on sweeping social change like women working. Cause, yeah.

I'm glad you're doing alright.
maroonmd
Jul. 13th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
Aww man. You've had a rough couple of months. :-/ Well, welcome back! & here's to better months ahead! *cheers*
salami_salome
Jul. 13th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
Now we know where you get your passion and determination from. =)
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