Posted by: hannah jo | September 26, 2008

Post #100, baby!

We did it! I can’t believe we’ve made it to post number 100. I’m guessing that Lori’s written most of them, but I’m still thrilled that I participated in some small way. I love checking in and seeing that Lori’s posted something new, especially when it’s a photo of Iggy Pop. Heavy sigh. I never get tired of that photo.

Our household has been a rollercoaster of drama, illness, and over-scheduled madness lately. Lily was adjusting to middle school pretty well (you know, for her), but then had to go on a three-night camping trip with all of the other 6th-graders at her school, which Lily now describes as “the worst time of her life.” She hated every second of it. Many tears were shed. Lily had never been away from us for three nights in a row before. Our house was post-nuclear quiet while she was away. It’s wonderful to have her back, in all her complicated glory.

One thing I admire about Lily is her fashion sense. She has a wonderful gift for putting together outfits that would never occur to me in a million years. She layers like crazy. She wears accessories. I don’t have a clue where she learned this, but I’m so impressed.

Lily, Andy, and I hung out tonight and watched the movie Young @ Heart on DVD. I am now a wreck with a drenched shirt. I cried so much during that movie. I had to leave the room at one point because I couldn’t take it. I was almost howling with grief. In one scene, an elderly man is in a hospital bed and is being transferred to another bed. I had such a strong flashback to when my father was dying in the hospital. It was too much. You could just tell how sick that man was and how barely in touch he was with his surroundings. It was too familiar and heartbreaking. I did love the movie, though, and so did Andy and Lily.

In the past two weeks, we’ve learned of three — three! — different security breaches involving accounts we have in different places. I already feel so vulnerable right now because of all the financial craziness going on all over the place, and now we get the news that these three different companies screwed up in various ways. I’m starting to see why my dad paid for almost everything with cash.

One last thing — I love you, autumn. You are amazing. Especially in Seattle. Thank you for making me happy every day, no matter how crazy everything else is.

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