A little of this…

– I downloaded two books to my nook today – for free. Dick Cheney’s and Roger Ebert’s memoirs. Nothing I would ever pay for, but I’m excited to read them. Would I ever be considered important enough to write my memoirs? Or would it just be a plain old autobiography?
– I tell you whose memoirs I’d love to read: Steve Jobs. He may may not have been likable or even personable, but he was wise and visionary. His words:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
There was another quote of his that I can’t find, in which he points out that you can only connect all the dots by looking back at what you did. So right now, you have to just go out and place those dots, having faith that someday they will all be connected. I’d love to read a book of his philosophy.
– We leave for Chicago Friday morning. Bill will attend a wedding on Saturday, Decky and I will be attending a birthday party for my beautiful nieces who turned two this week. We are all so excited!
– The deck is very close to being built. The deck builder and I negotiated a good price, and are now working out details. He will bring me plans and everything I need to apply for permits on Monday. And I will give him money. He hopes to start Monday or Tuesday. I know it is very necessary that we tear our deck down and put up a safe new one, and I know it will be beautiful, but it has been very stressful trying to figure out how to finance this. Oh well.
– Caitlyn is presently very stressed about school. She submitted her nursing school application today. I know she is nervous about this, but I have great faith that she will succeed. I have no worries at all. Wish I could give her that faith.
– Stefanie will be twenty-eight soon. It’s hard to believe that I have been her mother for well over half of my life. She’s such a wonderful girl. I love talking to her on the phone because she’s so funny. And I can’t wait to see her this weekend!
– Ryan is working hard at his new job, and doing well. He took Michela out to Carraba’s tonight for dinner. I’m sure they had a great time.
– Declan’s birthday is coming up. He’ll be double digits! He’s lost two teeth in the past week. I thought he was done with that. He had football practice tonight, which he enjoys. Since we’ll be out of town the next two weekends, he will miss FIVE football games. And those will be packed into only two Saturdays! Their team is woefully small, so all the participating boys will have to play a total of two or three hours each of those days! I feel bad Decky will miss out, but oh well. He’s really excited about our visit to Chicago this weekend!
– Bill is still losing weight, albeit more slowly. The other day he had the nerve to try to tell me he had a hard time keeping weight on, but I stopped him from completing the sentence. I would have killed him for sure. But he looks and feels great. And since I’m working so much, he’s been getting a little better at helping out around the house. I just can’t keep up by myself anymore.
– I’m working at least thirty hours a week lately – 43 last week. And when I’m not working, I have Owen. He’s easy and fun to be with, but I feel bad that I have to take him grocery shopping or do housework when he’s here. I’m not able to devote my full attention to him every single moment anymore. Thank goodness Ryan and Decky give him breaks when they’re around. Today the three of them were wrestling all around the whole basement. It would alarm any passersby, so thank goodness no one saw them but me. Three sweaty boys, of three different sizes, all enjoying the same crazy fun.
– I have to work tomorrow 7a-7p, so I’ll sign off now. Have a wonderful day!