lots of things happening in the extended family these days.

My in-laws are headed to China (my mother-in-law very early this morning, and my father-in-law in about 9 days) for the first time in 22+ years.  I can’t wait to see pictures of where T is from (hoping they take some of their old apt building, etc) and to see his family (the only biological family I have ever met are his parents and his brother. Everyone else is family in the social sense of the word, but I will get to see pictures of his aunt, grandmother, and cousins. Should be neat.)

My mom is having surgery on Wednesday. It should all go smoothly, but still quite stressful (especially since I won’t get to see her until Saturday, but I anticipate hourly reports from my dad).

And one week from today I leave for my cruise. I have been corresponding with one of my roommates and have started packing. I need to buy a few more things, but I am getting closer and closer to being really ready. Just have to finish up the work of this week (which should be a ton) and saturday will be spent with my mom and my mentor/friend laura. Sunday, T will drop me off on the ship.

The other thing happening here is some sort of split in our social group. Unsure where things will shake out, but I have the feeling that we will have many fewer friends very soon. Some of our friends have become evangelical christians, and generally, this was fine with us, they knew we weren’t interested, etc. But something came up that I think will have people taking sides, and the side we are/will be taking will put us at odds with most everyone else. I don’t regret it, exactly, because I couldn’t make a different choice. But it is still odd to watch this all play out.

I am kind of bummed because these are really our closest friends in a lot of ways, the people we saw most every weekend, people we considered family. And things are changing. I am not a great friend to begin with and am not good at making new friends. But I suppose things will work out one way or another.  Of course I could be buying trouble and this may end very differently than I think, but I can’t really see things going back to how they were.

Trying to use this blog more regularly–i am thinking that i need to spend less time making sure that every post has pictures, is knitting related, whatever, and just use it as my journal. see what comes of that.