My hiatus is over. I haven’t been writing nearly enough and I know it. It isn’t that I’ve been slacking off, playing computer games and ignoring “my muse.” I’ve been doing that family history research.
I subscribed for one month to a pay service in order to get access to a lot of records, like the Federal Census lists, that would be a pain in the neck to get otherwise. I could get to a National Archives regional office, but the time, number of trips needed and cost of gas made this the more economical choice.
Of course, I’m trying to “get my money’s worth,” so I’m spending hours looking at documents. I swear I’ll go blind before I’m done! I’m also getting a tad obsessed – one person with kids leads to lots more inquiries. At least I’m getting some worthwhile information. We’ll still need to make a few trips to town halls to get copies of documents, but at least we’ll know which ones.
I’ve been sitting under a “full spectrum” light while I’ve been doing all this work. It’s an inexpensive one I found at a Christmas Tree Shop store. It seems to be helping with the S.A.D. – Seasonal Affective Disorder – symptoms. My symptoms aren’t as pronounced, but when we have a stretch of cloudy days, as we often do in the wintertime, I really have trouble getting by butt in gear. Anything that helps me move is good.
Speaking of moving, my Lakota friends who had moved to Rapid City last summer are now back on the rez. They’re living with a relative who asked them to come back, even though they were quite mean to them when they were there before. They really wanted to “make it” off the rez and I think my friend is still a bit depressed after the loss of her uncle last October, so I have no idea how this will play out. But her husband has enrolled back in college and she has gone back to working on her GED, so I think that has to be a good thing. The three girls are back in the school they were in before, which is both positive and negative. They know people there but the the quality of education on the rez isn’t the best. It’s hard to know what is better. At least now I don’t have to worry about them not having a place to live because they can’t pay the rent.
I’m still working toward the goal of Lap-band surgery. I’ve lost 14 lbs since September, so that’s a good thing. I’m now taking a series of 4 required “classes” – 2 behavioral and 2 nutrition – that everyone has to take prior to surgery. I’m still concerned about the timing of surgery with all the other things that are going on – vacations, our parents’ health, getting my son who has Asperger’s Syndrome closer toward independent living, a visit from my “godchild” in South Dakota.
I keep telling myself to just take it a day at a time, which is the way I’ve always tried to live my life. But there are things that have to be done and some of them take planning.
I think I’m coming down with a cold, too, which doesn’t help matters. Sometimes it seems that getting an upper respiratory infection makes the fibromyalgia flare up. I haven’t figured that out, but it seems as though the muscles become hyper-sensitive when I have some other illness.
Tomorrow will be a snow day – literally!! They’re predicting 10 – 14 inches. My husband has to take his father to chemotherapy in the morning, so I’ll be a little tense about that. We have 4 wheel drive and he’s a good driver, but you never know about the other guy. My son, who tends to procrastinate as part of his Asperger’s (we call him LMC for Last Minute Charlie, just between my husband and myself), will need to be “urged” to get out there frequently so my husband will be able to get into the driveway when he comes home. What fun – I get to play the nagging mom tomorrow!!
I guess I’d better get back to work on the family history research. Can’t waste that money!!