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Cordelia's Articles In Home & Family
December 3, 2006 by Cordelia
It's been over 30 days since my mother had her brain aneurysm. Apparently if one can survive 30 days, then they are no longer in danger. Of course we all know that's a bit of a fallacy - we're all in danger all the time, but it would seem that if you can go 30 days without having the aneurysm...re-...what? Reburst? (Sorry if that's graphic) then you simply won't have another one.

So she's had all of the various tubes and drains and shunts and needles removed, and even the tracheotomy is gone ...
November 5, 2006 by Cordelia
The news is not bad, but it is the same.  She is still having vasospasms - narrowing of the arteries within the brain, potentially restricting blood flow. The doctors say she may have had more angiograms than anyone they’ve seen before. This is good in that they are not waiting until something bad happens before they react.  Yesterday we had heard that she might be “turning a corner”, but today it would appear that there is still concern around the vasospasms. Monday will be day 14, wh...
October 30, 2006 by Cordelia
Today has been a day of extreme emotional highs and lows. I have had moments of pure rage and moments of total despair. And I have had one shining moment. We went to visit my Mom in the hospital and after a while the nursing staff began to prepare to move her for another angiogram. When they do this they must unplug all of the various machines and medications for the brief move. This meant that she began to wake up just a little. I was telling her (as I do) that all this laying around ...
October 27, 2006 by Cordelia
She hates it when I call her mother, or mommy, or mamma. I only do it to torture her. Its one of the few teasing jokes I think I can get away with, without actually insulting her. She sometimes takes offense easily.  She doesn’t like people looking at her, or paying attention to her. She prefers to remain in the background, or at least to not be the center of attention. She would hate this. I haven’t seen her yet. Apparently there are tubes and wires and needles covering most of h...
July 20, 2006 by Cordelia
My brother has decided to move back to Colorado. He left this morning at about 7 am. He lived with me for about 6 months. I'm very sad! I really, really enjoyed the chance to get to know him. He's a smart, funny dude, and as he says, "dead sexy" to boot.

Good luck little brother. I'm sure you'll be fine! But I'm still sad.
December 7, 2005 by Cordelia
Here are the first pictures of my new niece.

Here's an odd thing: I was talking to our PR guy in Canada via IM yesterday. I mentioned that my sister had a baby that morning and could we send out a press release (haha). He said, "Really? My sister had a baby too".

Seemed very odd at the time, although I'm sure a statistician wouldn't have been surprised. His sister's baby was over 10 pounds...that's surprising.

Anyway, welcome to planet Earth Tom's new nephew Ben Daniel and my niece Jad...
March 17, 2005 by Cordelia
We've moved. I am tired and sore and wish I was sleeping right now, but we have moved from our crappy 1 bedroom apartment to a big house in the little woods. (We have a few trees out back). As of yet we have no driveway, because the ground is currently frozen and therefore they cannot in good conscious pour us the driveway and so we will have to wait until spring. Same with the lawn - no landscaping until spring.  Which means muddy doggie feet. We try and keep them off the mud but we a...
March 1, 2005 by Cordelia
We closed on our house yesterday, and have already started to befoul it. So very happy. And tired. And broke. But happy.
February 17, 2005 by Cordelia
I’m stressed out, I’m pissed off and I’m eating McDonald’s AND drinking a coke – for the second time this week mind you!Our house is supposed to close on the 28th. I’m not really sure what my problem is, exactly. The house is closing, it has all gone as smoothly as anything could possibly have gone, we have the money we need for closing, and yet…I could just scream. I’m like an angry cat that sees a dog. Someone can walk by my desk and say “good morning” and my back is arched and my hair stands ...
January 14, 2005 by Cordelia


This week has been one of stress for me. I started teaching, but they contacted me so late (I got the job at 6pm on the day before class started) that I have nothing prepared so each week is going to be a constant battle to get ready for the next class, trying to stay one step ahead of the students instead of 10 steps. Other things are going on too, but they need not be discussed here.

In all that, I've almost forgotten. Oh yes, we're building a house. Ah! It's much less stressful than p...
August 23, 2004 by Cordelia
Just so you all know, I am holding it together. Just barely, but I am.
August 11, 2004 by Cordelia
At the moment I make my living by editing wedding videos. The weddings are usually of the 50 - 100 K varieties. Yes, that is exactly what I mean, someone - many someones - are spending $50 to $100 thousand on their weddings.

In any event, I am working on a wedding this week and the bride - fresh from her honeymoon in Tahiti, or Rome, or the Moon for all I know calls up and talks to my boss. She asked if he got a particular shot, and he didn't, so now she's all mad.

What was the shot, you ...
August 6, 2004 by Cordelia
Just found out from the Mormegil that the appraisal on our house still has not been turned in. And our agent went on vacation without even calling us. I have never been so mad and had so little recourse before. Can't even yell at our agent. Mormegil did call and yell at his boss, though. Now the boss is involved - although I'm sure he knew all about it.

Oh man.
August 6, 2004 by Cordelia
In the last episode of "Trying To Sell Our Home", the appraisal had been done and we were merely waiting for the paperwork to go through. Our Real Estate agent told us that we would close today at the earliest, next Wednesday at the latest.

Paul called two days ago for an update (as I mentioned, we have to call him. He rarely calls us.). Upon calling him Paul learned that he has gone on vacation.

Vacation.

No doubt, tired out from not calling us to give us updates he had to go on vacat...
July 30, 2004 by Cordelia
I feel like Georgia 12 point today, so there.

I have been neglecting my blog, so I thought I'd sum up my week for you. Totally stressed about the house. Managed to convince myself that the deal was going to fall through, so close to completion. We did hear back from our agent yesterday, finally, who told us that the appraiser was physically at our house yesterday and hopefully in a week to 10 days this hellish nightmare will all be over. Unless he's lying. I must say, very unhappy with this a...