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Less Than a Week

  • Aug. 3rd, 2008 at 10:51 AM
It's been a while since either of us have posted here, but with my trip coming up again on Saturday, I figured it was time to write. I've had my ticket since early June, and the countdown has been going on for about that same amount of time. This morning I booked my shuttle service that will pick me up at 4:00 AM on Saturday morning and get me to the Northwest Airline check-in area. My flight leaves at 6:34 AM, and I'll be in Winnipeg by 10:35 AM; barring any unforeseen complications. I'm staying this time until August 24th, so I'll have just over two full weeks to enjoy myself. I won't actually see Bruce until Monday though because he's going to be out of town attending a family wedding. I was going to fly up later, but then a friend, (the person that I stay with when I visit), suggested that I come up and spend a couple of days with her. I thought it'd be fun, so I did it.

This trip is a big one for many reasons. First, of course, it means spending time with the man I love. Second, the time I'll be there has some rather significant dates for us. August 5th, (before I leave), marks the first time we ever spoke. It was the beginning of something special, although neither of us knew just what. August 12th marks a rather scary day, yet at the same time it was a turning point for us as well. It was the day I went into the hospital with what appeared to be stroke symptoms. I think it's safe to say that this day has important meaning to both of us. Those next few days were hard, yet they were made easier, for me at least, just knowing that Bruce cared enough to talk to me in the hospital, and once I got home.

The 15th marks our official one-year anniversary of being a couple. I'll never forget the call I made that day, and the way I felt when I brought up a subject that I knew was either going to lose me an incredible friend forever or start something else. Although we'd both been feeling the connection, neither of us wanted to admit anything, but an LJ entry from someone else made us feel that we needed to make some decisions.

It's been a tough year for both of us in so many ways. We've dealt with opposition to our relationship on both sides, ended friendships, and the regular struggles of life. Through the tears and the triumphs, , and the 700-mile distance between us, we've managed, not only to stay together, but also to become stronger in the process. We've both changed over the last year, and I'd like to think that it's for the better. It's hard to believe so much time has passed though!!! We've had so many good times too, and these are things that I will always remember.

So, this trip is something that I'm looking forward to, and even though I'm down to only 6 more days, it still feels like an eternity, even though I'm hoping that it'll go fast. I picked up a new, very lightweight suitcase since my current large one is heavy even when it's empty, and I also picked up a laptop bag on wheels. I used it the other day for work, and my boss kept threatening to run away with it, so obviously I made a great choice. I've started packing some things; mostly items that I'm bringing up for Bruce. Typically when I travel I end up coming home with more than I left with, but this time I suspect that I'll have less on the way home.

I'm going to try the LJ Mobile posting client on my phone, so if all goes well I should be able to post updates from both the Milwaukee and Minneapolis airports. Once I get to Winnipeg, however, I'll have Internet access again.

So, here starts another adventure, and a trip that can't come soon enough for me.

One Good Thing about Being Back

  • Apr. 18th, 2008 at 6:13 PM
One really good thing about being back is drinking Canadian Coke. The differences between Canadian and American Coke.

In other news, the XM radio I got hooked up with at Caroline's place works jsut great here. I absolutely love XM radio. This boombox I bought has a detachable antenna, so I was able to place it right by the living room window. I haven't had the slightest bit of signal loss since doing so. Yay XM, yay Southern Gospel channel, yay old-time radio channel, yay sports channels!

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Bad Acting

  • Apr. 16th, 2008 at 8:14 AM
Okay, so as stated previously, Caroline has these two cats, Taz and Cally. Both of them have spent the last X-number of years practising sounding pathetic. Cally, in particular, has this habit of lying where she knows darn well you're going to walk, and inserting her tail in such a way that you will step on it, feel guilty, and pet her. And do't try to tell me that she doesn't realize this, because believe me, she does.

So yesterday I'm walking back from the bathroom. All of a sudden I feel something under my foot. I've learned to tread very lightly in this apartment, so I was able to move my foot before I stepped down too hard. But I heard this high-pitched "eeeeeeh, yeek yeek." Cally had, of course, placed herself in a position to be felt sorry for and petted.

Taz has had time in his twelve years to refine sounding pathetic. He does a fairly convincing job. But Cally, I must say, has won the overacting-and-completely-unconvincing award. She didn't have me believing her for a second. It was truly, truly pathetic.

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Thoughts

  • Apr. 15th, 2008 at 4:10 AM
Almost 3:30 in the morning, and most normal people are sleeping. Me? I was, but now I'm awake, at least for the time being.

It's April 15th. In the United States, April 15th is tax day, which has many people scrambling to get their taxes in on time. For me though, April 15th has a different meaning, and it's kind of mixed. Eight months ago today Bruce and I became a couple. August 15th was both incredible and scary because we were both worried about how the other person would feel, what if the feelings that we'd been fighting weren't reciprocated, so on and so forth. But now, here we are, 8 months later, and honestly, things couldn't be better.

So why then am I up in the middle of the night writing this post? Simple. Today's the last full day that we're going to have together before he leaves tomorrow. I want so much to make this last full day a good one for him, but at the same time I just want to grab him and never let him go!!! I'm not ready for him to leave, and I just don't want to say goodbye. Unless something comes up, the next time we'll be together is about 4 months away, and although overall that might not be that long, for so many reasons it is. The thought of him getting on the shuttle tomorrow afternoon that will take him to the airport, (taking him in completely the wrong direction), is something that I'm really trying not to think about. I'm sure too, that even if this time has been as good for Bruce as it has been for me, he's probably ready to get back home where things are more familiar, so on and so forth, and I can totally understand that. But, the truth of the matter is, as pathetic and whiny as it sounds, I just don't want him to leave!!!!! Tonight we're planning on going out to dinner. I want this, but at the same time I just want to stay here with him. We both need this night out though but it's definitely going to be kind of sad too.

I know that I should be glad for the time we have left, not think about tomorrow, and especially not how empty and lonely this place is going to be once he's gone. It's definitely easier said than done though.

A couple of weeks back I was made aware of a job opening up there and I applied. I got a call last week and they had some questions about my resume. I assumed that this was a good thing, thinking that if they took the time to call me at all that they must have had some interest. I was told that if they decided to interview me that they'd be calling by the end of the week. I never heard back from them, which means that I obviously wasn't selected as an option. I suspected that this would happen, and I honestly think I'm okay with it, but there was definitely a part of me that was hoping that they would be interested in me. It kind of makes me wonder if I'm ever going to find something, or if, despite the experience I've gotten in my current job, I'm ever going to be able to find something. How many employers are going to be willing to go through the process of hiring someone from another country? Who's going to be willing to work with me to get the process, (whatever it is) started? I spent some time last week reading up on things, and I took a test to see if I'd meet the basic requirements for admission into Canada. I didn't pass according to the test. The process of even getting a temporary work visa is confusing and overwhelming, and I don't know where to start. I need a job to get up there, yet in so many ways, I need to be up there to get a job. I also know that this was the first job, and that I shouldn't worry, but knowing these things doesn't really help at this point.

Anyway, I suppose I should at least try to get more sleep tonight, but so many things have been running around in my head and I just needed to sit down and write about stuff. I feel like I've barely scratched the surface of how I'm feeling, but maybe it'll be enough to let me get some more sleep. I'm sure one of us will be posting again shortly though.

Yummy

  • Apr. 12th, 2008 at 8:31 PM
And so as I type, I am swallowing the last of Caroline's wonderful surprise dinner. Now it can be told. It started with the dessert, a few days ago. That was the banana cake I mentioned so prosaically at the time. The meal itself consisted of masched potatoes and these incredible stuffed pork chops. And, out of kindness, in the stuffing, she omitted the onions and mushrooms. It was amazing. And, to make matters even more incredible, she also made schmont fatt, which is this Mennonite cream gravy that my whole family, especially yours truly, absolutely love. I first ha;ve to give her full marks for having the guts to try making something she knows I love and am very picky about. It was fabulous. I bet no one else in my family did as well the first time they tried to make it, including the supreme schmont fatt maker, my mom. All in all, it was a wonderful, incredible, delicious surprise meal Thank you, Sweetheart.

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Observations and Rambles

  • Apr. 12th, 2008 at 3:57 PM
Okay. It's my turn to post an entry here, so I'm going to write. This is really neat to me, so here goes.

I've read in books, and seen in movies, how some people say that they can't or won't date someone if their animals don't like that person. Obviously I'm not going to go that far, and I'm not going to insist that Bruce get along with Taz and Cally, Although it'd definitely be a plus. Both Taz and Cally are usually really not quick to make friends with people, so when they do I'm always amazed. As I'm writing this, Cally is being incredibly lazy sleeping behind my head and Taz is stretched out between Bruce and me as if he's trying to separate us. When Bruce came down in November, Cally hissed at him, (hence the name, Hissy, that Bruce always uses for her), and Taz just kind of kept his distance until toward the end of his visit when he showed some amazing intuition.

So, this time, these two are completely different. They've both been coming around a lot, letting Bruce pet them and interact with them, and last night, Taz even allowed Bruce to pick him up! He likes to be held, but he doesn't always like people that he doesn't know pick him up so I was definitely impressed. It just amazes me how well both of them are doing this time around, and that they've accepted Bruce as a part of me. Maybe it sounds crazy, but to me it's really a neat thing.

In other news, Bruce is finally going to get his surprise dinner tonight. I can't write about it though because he doesn't know what it is yet. I will say though that he's already gotten the dessert because I had to make it, and that was the banana cake. He also knows that he's getting homemade mashed potatoes, and I'm going to attempt to make a really incredible cream gravy that he gave me the recipe for. I also made fresh sourdough bread this morning in my bread maker, and thathas to be eaten while it's still warm.

Oh yeah! And, the other day, I asked Bruce to humor me for a bit and listen to the beginning of My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. He got hooked, and yesterday evening we finished the book. He's interested in reading more, so I'm thinking that I'll have to introduce him to Nineteen Minutes next.

Well, I think that's about it for an update at this point. I'll let Bruce write after he's had his dinner of *****************. Later everyone!

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FYI

  • Apr. 10th, 2008 at 12:28 PM
Caroline makes wonderful banana cake.

Cats and Questions

  • Apr. 10th, 2008 at 7:41 AM
Caroline has two cats, Taz and Cally. Cally's the spoiled, doted-upon brat, and it's Taz that intrigues me (though I love both of those animals). I'm sitting there this morning, and I hear this meowing. I figured it was Caroline making cat immitations, because to me they just didn't sound real enough. But no, turns out it was Taz. Tas has a very low meow, and when he meows in this particular way, it sounds precisely, and I do mean precisely, as though he's asking you a question. It has all the qualities of a question except the actual English words. Fascinating.

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Pizza

  • Apr. 8th, 2008 at 2:20 PM
Well, as Caroline said, we went for pizza yesterday. I have to tell you, folks, this pizza was fabulous! It was piping hot, incredibly fresh. The bread sticks were fabulous, with nacho cheese sauce. I had a major case of acid reflux overnight, and I got really, uh, choked up over that, but it was wonderful. We had the leftovers for lunch today.

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Happy Monday

  • Apr. 7th, 2008 at 7:44 AM
Hey everyone. We''l today is Monday, and I suspect that it's going to be a much better one than typical Mondays. Although, I don't know for sure if Bruce would completely and totally agree. For the first time this morning, he discovered the joys of owning cats. He encountered a nice pile of kitty puke. Maybe now he won't be so quick to laugh when I find those now. GRIN!!

In terms of things we're doing, well, so far we've been pretty much taking it easy. Today things are going to be a bit different though. We'll be going out later this afternoon so that I can introduce Bruce to the world's absolute best pizza ever created. Rocky Rococo's has the most incredible pizza, and their garlic bread sticks are beyond wonderful. And, to top it all off, he's thrilled because they have Coke to drink there!!! So, we'll be heading there later.

Bruce has also been introduced to XM Radio, and I think he really likes it. We've been really checking out a variety of the stations, most of which I just haven't looked at even though I've had it for a year now.

In the meantime, we're sitting here getting the occasional cat, talking, and just enjoying being together. So, that's about it, but I just wanted to come in here and give an update. I have to say though, that having him here has been incredible, and I suspect that things will only continue to be awesome during this trip!!!

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Good Sunday Morning in Milwaukee

  • Apr. 6th, 2008 at 10:40 AM
Well, obviously I made it to Milwaukee, thank God. It has been, as hoped, a wonderful, wonderful visit. Caroline has been spoiling me rotten, far more than I deserve, with her wonderful cooking, her incomparable charm, and that ... that herness that is so indescribable. I love this girl more and more, unworthy as I am of her, and I'm so glad you've decided to follow along in our journey together.

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And So it Begins

  • Apr. 4th, 2008 at 5:46 AM
And, here I am. It's 5:30 in the morning. I've been up for just a little over an hour, which, in itself is just plain crazy, but it'll definitely be worth
it. Six more hours!!!

Things didn't quite work out the way I'd hoped they would for getting decent transportation from the airport for Bruce, so he's going to be introduced to our oh so stylish transit vans. I'm getting picked up at around 10:15, so keep your fingers crossed that I'll get to the airport before 11:30. I set the return trip up for noon, hoping that this would give us plenty of time to get luggage, find each other, so on and so forth. I'll be tracking the progress of his flights, and if anyone else is interested in tracking as well, he's flying Northwest. His first flight number is NW 684, and his second one is NW 789. You should be able to go to the main page and I think there's a link for tracking flight status. I've got a different way of doing it through his actual itinerary, but I don't think I'm going to post that here. SMILE!

Anyway, I just had to post this morning. I've got groceries coming in a while, laundry that apparently isn't going to do itself, and some other stuff that just needs to get done before he comes. I'm hoping to be able to post another entry from the airport, but that will depend on whether or not I can get wireless where I'll be waiting. In the meantime, I hope everyone enjoys their Friday morning as much as I'm going to enjoy mine!

Tomorrow's the Day

  • Apr. 3rd, 2008 at 11:02 PM
Well, tomorrow's the big day. I'll be getting up around 4:00, calling Caroline around 4:30 just to pray together and so on, then my friend Laurie's taking me to the airport. My plane leaves at 7:30, and I am scheduled to get into Milwaukee at 11:22. I'm as nervous as I was the first day I went, don't ask me why. But it's exciting and wonderful, just knowing that in about twelve hours and twenty-five minutes, I'll be in my sweetheart's arms again.