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My father shared some news with the family on Friday. In his follow-up CT scan, they've identified three new spots on his liver that are a concern. This isn't a roller-coaster anyone wishes to be familiar with, but here we are again in a phase of not quite knowing what's ahead. A new chemotherapy regimen could bring another awful set of side-effects, and my dad has only just been feeling like he can return to some level of normalcy after everything that he's gone through over the past year. And how are we going to top the STP pirate adventure as something to look forward to? Well, one thing at a time. First, more waiting until he can schedule an MRI to scrutinize his liver more closely. Let's go on living life to the fullest in the meantime.

Maybe in light of this it makes slightly more sense that I have been in full-bore Helga mode this morning (Helga is my OCD alter ego). In part, I'm just finally at a point where I feel like I have the time and space to attend to some overdue cleaning projects. On top of that, I'm figuring that if I can stay on top of housekeeping, the whole ordeal of moving out might be made just slightly easier. But when I was a kid I also used to rearrange my room as a stress response. It gives me time to think.

And so this morning, I finally scrubbed the kitchen floor. This photo shows why this was badly needed.
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Now the old, scuffed-up linoleum is as clean as it was right after I moved in and cleaned it, so it should remain adequately clean up until move-out unless there's an insane rainstorm and mud gets tracked in. Even then, it should only need mopping, not scrubbing. I still need to clean out underneath the stove, however. I may have spilled a few things over the months. Ahem.

I also brushed out the front apartment entryway that I hardly ever use. It has been gradually filling with insects that are attracted to the lightbulb at night, along with the spiders who wish to capitalize on the insects. Sorry, spiders. Hopefully you can rebuild quickly.

Prior to all this, I made (pumpkin) pancakes on Grandpa's waffle iron - one of the main reasons I was keen to acquire it. It doesn't heat up quite as hot as the waffle iron I got in college, but it does a much better job for pancakes than the frying pans. Plus, now the appliance is a multitasker, not a unitasker!

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I am looking forward to a quiet afternoon of updating my finances, entering some data, and finally working on some job applications. It is such a relief to not have to go in to the lab today, for the first Sunday in a long time.

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pigshitpoet
Nov. 1st, 2015 08:31 pm (UTC)
happy breakfast
went to breakfast in the rain. it is a dreary day..
rebeccmeister
Nov. 1st, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: happy breakfast
We had pretty lovely weather, which I have enjoyed by opening windows and doors for a while. I generally like the dreary weather because it's a great excuse for indoors time.
pigshitpoet
Nov. 2nd, 2015 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: happy breakfast
yes, i've been hiding inside all day! should go for a walk in the rain..
bluepapercup
Nov. 2nd, 2015 12:08 am (UTC)
That is really rough for your dad. Thanks for keeping is updated, we heart the Clark Clan.
thewronghands
Nov. 4th, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
I clean as a soothing meditation thing too... it really helps me to have something to do with my hands when I'm working things out in my mind, and having the place happier and cleaner and set more to order when I return is a boon to calm. So I hear you on that. Best of luck to your Dad and family. Slight pancake jealousy. [grin]
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