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MY LIFE HISTORY IN SMALL BITES: PART ONE

MY LIFE IN SMALL BITES
(EASIER TO DIGEST)

lol. I've been wanting to do this for a long time.

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OTP: A PASSING

I'm so sorry to my flist, but I just need to tell you that my mother-in-law has passed away. I will probably be offline for the next couple of days, although I see on looking through your recent posts that there is a lot of wonderful stuff I need to check out. So will be back in another two days or so.

So nobody feels too bad, she was elderly, she had had a wonderful life, she was a lovely woman and everyone adored her. I could not have wished for a better mother-in-law, honestly.

Okay, everyone. TTYL.♥
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MOVIE REVIEWS

FILM REVIEWS

I've been watching as many movies as I can fit into my schedule between football matches and other stuff I have to do. Recently I watched:

1) Guerreros (starring Eloy Azorin and Eduardo Noriega)
2) Che (starring Eduardo Noriega)
3) Nadie Conoce a Nadie (starring Eduardo Noriega and Paz Vega)
4) Cha Cha Cha (starring Eduardo Noriega and Jorge Sanz)
5) Sin Escape (starring Pablo Echarri)
6) No Debes Estar Aqui (starring Pablo Echarri)

Previously seen:

7) Besos Para Todos
8) Belle Epoque

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RANDOM LIFE STUFF

I was going to make a movie review entry tonight but had to fill in a number of forms today which took all my 'writing' time! So I'll just make a quick post.

Yesterday I went to see the travel agent about booking my trip to Europe. I gave him a list of the places I want to visit, with a wish list of hotels. We also discussed whether it is better to fly or use the train between certain countries. So it looks like my itinerary will be:
April 25 - fly to Amsterdam
April 27 or 28 - fly to Munich
From Munich to Augsburg
(I'm not sure of dates here)
Back to Munich, then fly to Naples, Italy
From Naples fly to Sevilla, Spain
(I want to be in Sevilla for May 3rd)
After that go to Cadiz
Possibly take train to Madrid, then back to Cadiz
From Cadiz to Lisbon
(May 11)
Fly home from Lisbon
I'm going to allow time to take an extra week if I think we need it.
*squeees* I'm so excited and there's 5 months left to go!

Olivia is going to fly home for Christmas. While at the travel agent's I bought her a return ticket from Vancouver to Toronto and mailed it to her today. She'll be coming in on December 21st and will return on the 29th. It will be good to see her again!

I had a dental appointment this morning to fix a chipped tooth. I had broken it on an almond. Here's a tip: always soak raw almonds in water for a few hours before eating them so they'll be soft. They still taste great, but won't be able to break your teeth!

Next Wednesday I have an appointment with a surgeon that we know (he's a neighbour of my boss) to see about getting some cosmetic surgery done. LOL. Now, before you laugh at me, it's to remove two HUGE brown moley things on the side of my face that have bugged me for years. They're not cancerous or anything, but I hate them. They've got to go.

What else? Ah. I got all Christmas-y and went to a cute little gift store near the dentist's and bought a couple of Christmas decorations. I didn't need them, but I was in the mood and couldn't help myself. They are wooden cardinals - my favourite birds!

Tomorrow is Sean's 6th birthday! I bought him a cake, some candles that spell his name, and a big '6'. And I brought out all the presents I bought him to wrap and then hide once again so the little dickens won't find them before the big day! He wanted to celebrate his birthday in the morning before he goes to school! I told him, "Sean, NOBODY celebrates their birthday at 7:30 in the morning! You'll go to school first, THEN we'll have your party afterwards!" LOL. Luckily, Friday is a Professional Activity Day for the teachers, which means NO SCHOOL! So he gets a long weekend!

Today I received my latest order of DVDs from Amazon. I got the Tudors second season, Queer As Folk's first season, and two Pablo Echarri movies. Pablo is an Argentine actor I fell in love with when I watched him in 'El Metodo' - The Method, as well as 'Plata Quemada' - Burnt Money. The films I just bought are 'Sin Escape' and 'No Debes Estar Aqui'.

Right. So after I put Sean to bed I will settle down to watch one of these films and if it's good, I'll add it to my review list!

That's all for now! Sorry for the lame post. I'll do better next time, I promise!

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FAVOURITE THINGS THAT START WITH 'S'

This is also cross-posted to my football alter-ego, just_jenni.

I liked this meme when I saw it in lady_croft's LJ and I asked her to give me a letter. It is 'S'. What you do to get your own letter is comment on this post and I will give you your letter. Then you just have to list the things you love/like best that begin with that letter, and include a brief explanation.

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Well, that meme was a lot of fun! If you want to try it yourself, please leave a comment below!

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MEMORIES AND MEMENTOS

It's been a long time since I posted here. I decided I'd better become more active, maybe do a post every week, on Wednesdays, which is my day off. It makes sense to use part of my free time to unload my feelings, whether good or bad, happy or sad. Of course, posting will also allow me to catch up with my flist and get back into the comings and goings of everyone else's lives.

My particular life in the past couple of years has had its ups and downs. Sean is now 5 years old and is thriving at school. His autism affects certain areas of his behaviour, mainly his concentration, but he is doing very well despite that. In particular, his socialization skills have come a long way. He is communicating very well with the other kids and has made friends. It turned out that speech therapy was not needed. We had to wait so long for an appointment that when we finally got one his speech had come up full force to the age-appropriate level during his second year of school.

Olivia, my daughter, has packed up and moved to Vancouver. It's hard for me to get used to this. I miss her a lot. But we are planning a trip together to Europe in the spring, which should be really enjoyable.

My son Jamie, ever the slacker...no change there...has been studying Graphic Arts in Advertising at college, but has decided to drop out because it's just not "him". He plans to go back to work full-time until next September, then enrol in a trade, like carpentry or something, because he says he is a "hands-on" person. *sigh* He is 21 but he makes me feel like I'm 100.

I guess the worst thing for me lately concerns my mother. A year ago she suffered an accident (she is 81) where the sliding glass door of her patio came loose when she tried to open it from the outside, and fell on her, knocking her backwards onto the patio. A couple of women out for a stroll found her lying semi-conscious, the glass door lying on top of her. Bruised and broken, she was rushed to hospital where she stayed for the next 3 months. She had hit her head on the stone floor of the patio, resulting in profound memory loss. She couldn't remember us (her kids), my dad who passed away in 1998, her pet cat, or her condo. From the hospital she had to be transferred straight into a nursing home where she lives now. Because of her dementia, she can never go home again.

Only part of her memory has since returned and she says she does remember us, her children, now, but when questioned about her past life with my father she remembers nothing. Nor her past life, her childhood, her parents, just nothing.

There truly is nothing sadder than old age when all the past is forgotten. She and my father were so much in love and that she doesn't remember him anymore is like a blow to my pysche and has completely affected how I now regard life.

We sold her condo in September (last month), partly because we knew the economy was in a downturn and it seemed useless to keep it. Olivia had been staying there before she moved out west, and we didn't have the heart to rent it out to someone else. As sad as my mother's memory loss is, it was heart-rending to have to go through all her possessions and decide what to discard and what to keep. She remembers nothing about anything she owns, but we all kept a few mementos, and we took some things to the nursing home to surround her with.

Olivia kept a tiny ceramic Buddha figurine that had been given to my father, who was an architectural engineer, on a trip he made to Rio de Janeiro long ago. It is supposed to bring good luck to travellers and Olivia has always loved the little thing. Among other things, I kept some old love letters that my Dad had written to my Mum when he was away in the service. (He was with the RAF.) They are wonderfully written, beautiful things. He had wanted to be a newspaper reporter for the longest time, because his Dad, my grandfather, had been one, and then became an editor.

Of course, I cried when I read the letters. They were so tender and passionate, without a word of smut. So full of love and so emotional. So full of life at the time and concerning lives that existed, but are no longer remembered.
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HELLO!

Hello, everyone. Yes, I am still alive and just checking in. I've been very busy with several different things lately, which is why I haven't made a post recently. I'm usually at my alter ego these days, just_jenni, which is mostly about football (soccer). I've started a new community called olympic_love which is for posting pics/stories about your favourite Olympic athletes. I've been taking lots of pics of family and various things we've been doing. Once I get them uploaded and organized, I will make a post - soon.

I hope everybody is doing well. I am usually lurking, but I admit I haven't been to this journal in a long time. Love to all and be back soon! ♥

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MEME: DAY 7

Well, sadly, today is the last day of the 'Week In The Life' meme. It's been great fun. I went a little crazy today, taking 45 photos in all. I'm agonizing over how to pare them down to eight, but will do my best.

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MEME: DAY 6

AAARRRGGHHHH!!! I can't believe there is only ONE day left to do this delightful meme! And to top it all off, I accidentally left my camera at home and there were some killer pictures I wanted to take on my way home from work!!!! *sobs* Ah, well, I will just have to make up for it tomorrow, on the last day!!!

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MEME: DAY 5

Today I am brutally tired and couldn't take really great photos. But it's a typical day of dragging my ass around at work and then coming home. LOL.

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