I am starting to come out of the head-down, mission-oriented, adrenaline and righteous indignation-fueled, somewhat necessarily-manic state of being that has characterized the last few months of my life.
There are still "i"s to be dotted and "t"s to be crossed, so I must keep mum about exactly where we are (advice of counsel and all that biz) with Jenny's situation, but things are positive right now.
I am delighted to be flying to Dallas on Thursday--my first time in Texas-- for the F.E.A.S.T. conference. If the hour wasn't so late, I would ask about presenting a breakout session on the use of social media and hope to do so next year.I will be traveling with my good friend Alyson and rooming with two PITAs, one of whom I've not yet met in person. I feel a little bit, "squeee!" about the whole thing.
The intense work of getting Jenny into treatment and keeping her healthy enough to go is winding down, but the PITA Moms know that our work is just beginning. What we are doing and have done is reproducible and though our entire group is speaking with one voice when we say "never again!" on doing direct meal support AND fighting insurance at the same time. You have my permission to come to my home and slap me if I ever seem to be heading down this road again.
That said, living the wise words of Margaret Mead is not a bad way to approach life. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Social Butterfly got her Escape delivered to her this weekend--life is just so much better with a car to get to the slopes in and wheels to find some babysitting jobs (she's signed up at Care.Com--we've heard good things about it) so if you happen to be in Flagstaff and need a sitter . . . Mr. Fix-it was once again husband/father of the ear as he drove to meet her at the Phoenix airport and they got to visit and have some dinner before he boarded a plane to Salt Lake City and she drove back to NAU.
Grownup Girl and Grownup Guy have moved from thinking about thinking about househunting to thinking about househunting. I'm excited.
I got to induldge my passion for politics and catch up with an old friend this Sunday and that was a good thing indeed. I would love San Diego to go boldly where we've never gone before and elect a homegrown American success story who really reflects our community, David Alvarez.
Sometimes you don't realize how long you've been holding your breath until you come up for air. That said, I wouldn't change a thing about this recent, and magical, experience.
And I can't wait to tell you the whole story. Cannot wait.