First, I am so sorry (Lea) for taking so long to post to my blog but it's been a hectic time. A few weeks ago, I shared with all 2 of my readers what a wonderful mom I have, about her bout with pneumonia which caused me to fly last minute to Omaha, about my, visit with her in the hospital and even more about fun stuff about that visit.
Well, I hadn't been home a few weeks when Princess Grace tripped and fractured her hip. It wasn't a bad fracture. The docs said that if you got to fracture it, that was the place to do it. So, I shuffled my Memorial Day visit with the tall and handsome Chris in Fort Worth and Chicago around a bit. I made some major contributions to the "Let's Make the Airlines Profitable Again" fund, and stopped to see Mom in her new location Brookstone Meadows aka The Ritz Carlton with Hospital Beds. It's a beautiful building, with a sincerely nice staff who actually care individually about the people staying with them.
Now if we could just get Mom to stop announcing to people ...
So, Lea, that's my excuse and here's my post:
A is for your age: I'm almost 50. I'm 48 until September 13 and a new iPhone would make a lovely early birthday present, Terry.
C is for the car that you drive: BMW Z4 but I've just about had it. I love the little zoomer but, well, I really like Mom's Prius. (Oh, lord help me, I'm old! I want to drive the same car as my mother. At least she doesn't drive a Buick.)
D is for dog's name: Baldwin! He's truly the best dog ever. He has a fan club. People will text me out of the blue to ask how he is. He gets attention wherever he goes. He's very quiet. He knows almost everything I say to him and reacts accordingly. I've lived with him since 1996 when I got him at the pound. He was sitting up in his cage. He's probably about 13-14 years old now. People always are amazed he's not 10 years younger than he is and even though Southern Chris is making plans for his ultimate demise**, he'll be around for a long time.
E is for an elevator: Yes. My loft has it's own private elevator. Here's Baldwin in it!
It sounds so Upper East Side to say I have my own elevator but the most common passenger would be groceries, dry cleaning or someone who is not claustrophobic and is on the their very first visit. I can load you in it on the first floor and have your favorite cocktail ready for you by the time you arrive on the third floor.
It was a white box with white tile flooring when I moved in. Baldwin was scared to death of it. I think it was because it resembled a shower. Now, it's a bit over the top in a Sunset Boulevard kind of way but how often do you get to decorate your own elevator?
F is for your favorite television show: Uh, I dunno.
G is for favorite game: Oh, any team game that takes creativity, a vast knowledge of trivial information and plenty of opportunity for clever cheating would be fun.
H is for hometown: Omaha
I is for instruments played: None, though I have a purple ukulele waiting for the end of scuba classes.
J is for favorite juice: Tangerine!
K is for what you'd like to kick: The butt of whoever thought up No Child Left Behind. Think back to your most stellar and exemplary school. Were 100% of the kids at grade level? C'mon! At the bare minimum, there's a dolt in every class! What about doctors having a 100% recovery rate? Accountants having a 100% accuracy rate? A President getting a 100% on a 3rd grade test in any subject? Not going to happen!
L is for last restaurant you dined at: The Yard House with my good friend, Gary!
M is for your favorite Muppet: Bert
N is for number of piercings you have: Two
O is for overnight hospital stays: Let's see, birth, then shortly afterward for some kidney infection ( see photographic evidence of the problem here ), tonsils out at 7, then a long stretch with none until my reward for overworking myself my first year at the new job: pneumonia at 40.
P is for people you were with today: Depends on how you define "with". It could be anywhere from 0 to 745 people. Yeah, go ahead, fantasize all you want.
Q is for what you do in quiet times: If it's sorta warm and I am anywhere near comfortable? I sleep.
R is for regrets: Oh, I should have stayed with Mom a few more days on the last visit, I should have bought a Prius, I should have moved to the beach a dozen years ago, shoulda coulda woulda
S is for status: Single but the times they are a-changing!
T is for time you woke up today: 4:45
U is for what you consider unique: About myself? That's way too hard to say. I mean, I'm me, doesn't that make me unique? Aren't we all? Should we all celebrate our "uniqueness'" instead of trying to make sure we fit in? I guess I'd say my ability to go off on a tangent with only a little provocation...
V is for favorite vegetable: Fresh Nebraska bought on the roadside Corn Cob on the grill
W is for your worst habit: Nail Biter
X is for x-rays you have had: Dental, arm, lungs, hand, and others I don't remember. Never broken anything...
Y is for yummy food you ate today: Grilled pork chop after it marinated in my own secret marinade for the day.
Z is for zodiac sign: Virgo
**That may be an exaggeration but Southern Chris does talk about buying some flat faced dog and naming him Barium as soon as Baldwin takes that big elevator to dog heaven. Actually, he loves his Mr. BEEEEEEEEEE!