Thursday, January 08, 2009

Technology and Me and Thee

Technology and me and all my family and friends is what that title really should read. We just got finished Skyping with Lena and Tim. It was especially touching because it's been a bad day. Lena was in a car accident this morning. She appears to be OK -- bruised and shaken up with a bump on the head -- but it was a scary accident with the car flying off the highway over the service road into a field.

It was soooo wonderful to see her face and make her smile and see that too. We looked GREAT in our PJ's and sweats, I'm sure. We joked about bringing Tim's family into the world of technology. I bet his nephews would LOVE Skype.

Our granddaughter is growing up Skyping every week with her grandparents who are in two very different parts of the globe from her. We laugh and sing and talk about elbows.

So, if you are reading this and you would like some help to do "voice and video over IP" (= FREE), drop me a note or a comment and I will help.

For those of us far away from people we love, it's the bees knees.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Making Progress

50% of the way there! Today was 22 of 43.

Today Dan crossed the 50% mark! He seems to be doing great. Side effects are relatively minimal at this point. Tiredness is the main issue. He's been sleeping a lot more, taking naps during the day and sleeping longer at night. I've always needed more sleep than him, so now we're equal. Well, at night anyway. I don't get naps!

I'm so glad he's on medical leave so the pressure isn't there to teach/work a full time job. He would have trouble finding the energy to teach.


That's one of those things I'm going to work on this year. We do okay by our nuclear family, but that's about it. There are so many other people out there who are important to us and who give to us --- and we are remiss in giving back. We have not yet sent out our Christmas cards, I have yet to send my sister and her family anything for Christmas. (now, granted, they were out of the country for the holidays, but still........), and there were others here in town who gave us/me presents where I just gave them a smile.

I feel overwhelmed. I don't shop that much, so seldom "pick something up" for someone when I see it. When I go shopping I can't think of what to look for. And, currently I'm not organized enough to make anything. I do think of other people, it just doesn't translate into things......

A smile is nice, but in this situation it's not enough. Do you have suggestions on how I can get a handle on this?

Speaking of giving, our niece just gave a kidney to a co-worker! Kate has done a very special thing by providing something to someone to allow him to live.