Saturday, November 6, 2010


Location: Desk (home)
Listening to: Nothing
Today's Odd Holiday(s): Book Lovers Day; Marooned Without A Compass Day; Saxophone Day

First of all, I would really like to thank everyone for their sympathy, wishes, and thoughts. I was really touched by your responses to my last post. It really means a lot to me that you guys care so much even though if we ran into each other on the street, we would have no clue who the other was.

This weekend has been the longest ever.

I skipped classes on Friday so I could come home Thursday to be with my family. For those of you who didn't get a chance to read my last post, my Grandpa passed away on Monday. He had a stroke three years ago and has been in a nursing home since. They figure he had another stroke. It was quick and probably painless, which is good.

Yesterday we had the visitation. Seeing my Grandma crying and kissing his forehead is the saddest, most heart-wrenching thing I have ever seen in my entire life. My Grandma is the sweetest woman alive, so seeing her (and the rest of my family) that sad was so hard.

Today was the funeral. My grandparents are both devout Catholics, so the service was at their church in a traditional Latin mass. It was beautiful and poignant. I've never had anyone close to me die before, so I'd never really experienced anything like this.

I don't want to dwell on the sad, though. My Grandpa was a funny, happy man, so I'm sure he wouldn't want me to be spending too much time on these sad thoughts. So I'll tell you a happy story.

Brad and I are kind of dating. We've hung out a lot in the past week. He's been really kind and supportive in the wake of my Grandpa's death, and he's been there for me constantly. We went for a walk on Tuesday. Wednesday I made him watch America's Next Top Model with me and my roommate. And he did. And he didn't complain about it and included my roommate in conversations and was really friendly and nice. She approves of him, which is saying something because my roommate doesn't approve of many people.

He has also made plans for Thursday. Surprise plans. Apparently they're pretty elaborate. The only hints I've been given are that it might involve his place of work (which is a skydiving place, but it's only open on the weekends, so I'm not really sure what we'd be doing there), and in the best-case scenario, we'll be making three stops including dinner. Worst-case, we'll be making one. And everything is based on something we've talked about. And the plans are designed specifically so we can do something together besides watch TV or go on a walk.

Apparently this is the first time he's made such elaborate plans by himself. I'm excited and extremely curious. I can assure you that you guys will be getting an update probably as soon as I get back on Thursday night.

That's pretty much the extent of my life right now. School and talking to Brad. Not very exciting, but I'm happy with it.

Thanks again for all of your kindness. I really appreciate it.

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