It's one of those great ironies that despite the fact that I don't work (ahem, outside of the home) and only have one child with few outside obligations, I can still be so busy. The last few days have just been full. No time for blogging. No time for dishes. Sad about the first one, not so much the second. While I am not a compulsive cleaner, a sink full of dishes still has a power to guilt me like no other area of the house. A big part of this busyness* is that we're getting ready to travel to Kansas to visit my family.
My mom broke her foot a couple of weeks ago. Actually, it was a calcaneal** fracture, which she got when she attempted to fly off of a ladder. And you know what they say, it's not the fall that gets you, it's the landing. She had surgery and is now stuck at home. Can't walk. Can't drive. Can't work. Can't do much of anything except roll around the first floor of their house on her knee walker or in one of the wheeled chairs from the kitchen table. Here's the thing, my mom is not one of those people that can sit around. She is go go go. All the time.*** Twelve weeks of this is essentially torture for her. We had planned to visit home at some point, but we had thought to wait until she was back on her feet so we could get out and do stuff. She needs a pick me up, though, so we're taking our little bundle of joy for a visit.
Luckily, we were able to find really cheap tickets at short notice. Cheaper for three, in fact, than we generally have paid for two. So we're leaving this weekend. I'm going to try to squeeze in some visits to other family members, but this trip is about my mom. We've had our disagreements, but she is my rock. She has always been there for me. Now, I can be there for her. If in no other way than by distracting her for a few days from her circumstances.
I am, OF COURSE, nervous about the flight, but we're bringing the car seat and we got this nifty car seat caddy that will hopefully make life easier. We'll see, though. If it doesn't, it will only be another in a LONG line of things I have bought that turned out to be a complete waste (Shamwow, anyone?).
All of this is to say, sorry I have been scarce and will probably continue to be for the next week, but I'll try to check in here and there. Because I love you all too much and I'm far too entrenched in this whole internet thing to stay away for too long. See you on the other side of the rainbow.
*Is that how you spell that? Spellcheck okayed it. And business can't be right. Now I've looked at it so many times that I'm pretty sure it's not even a word.
**The calcaneus is the heel bone. Thus ends today's anatomy lesson.
***We are very different in this aspect.