Category Archives: Memories

Vacation defrag

Have you ever run a defrag on a computer? If you’re a Type A (as I am), this is a fascinating process to watch. They take all these pieces, spread all over in one big mess, and put them back where they belong. It supposedly helps the computer work faster, more smoothly, because it’s not searching everywhere for the necessary data every time you ask it to perform a task. That’s where I’m at.

We just ended our last official day of vacation and I am in desperate need of a defrag. Up is down, left is right, and I don’t know where to start. But I seem to remember a nightly ritual of filling the coffee maker, showering, and reading. So I’ll try those things and then see what happens. The battery is almost dead on my cochlear implant earpiece, so I’ll have to put it on the charger. See, it’s all coming back to me.

Hopefully as I get back into a routine this week I’ll have time to share about our adventures this past week. Though it was exciting for us, I can’t promise it will be exciting to read about. I’ll do my best, and if that’s not enough, I’ll just throw in some random funny crap.

Second beep! Thirty minutes until battery dies! Night y’all ūüôā

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I miss the music

I have a feeling these next three days are going to be very emotional as I’m leading up to my first cochlear implant activation. I saw a commercial come on for some cheesy concert and it made me cry.¬†It reminded me of the last concert I attended, which was about a month before I lost my hearing. It was an outdoor concert I attended with one of my best friends, and it was amazing. We went to see Awolnation, MGMT, and Twenty-One Pilots. Awolnation sucked raw eggs, but Twenty-One Pilots knocked my socks off! And MGMT was a great cap to the whole event. Their music was entrancing, and purely magical when the fireworks went off from the nearby baseball game. It was certainly a night to remember.

So there I stood, in front of the television, crying tears of sadness, but mostly tears of joy, because I am glad to have that memory and am also hopeful that one day I may be able to enjoy a concert again. If nothing else, I’ll be¬†pulling up my Twenty-One Pilots album as soon as possible post-activation. That and one of my favorite worship songs, “Oh How He Loves Me” sung by Kim Walker. I’m so jazzed.

Tripping down Memory Lane and stuff

Today marks the first official day of summer break, since both my kids are out of school. Of course, it’s Monday so they are at daycare, which makes it strange, but nice. We decided to only send them to daycare on Mondays, which still gives them play time with their friends, and gives me a much needed, uninterrupted start to the week. A planning day, if you will. My to-do list is pretty much the same as usual; water flowers, sweep floors, clean kitchen, clean bathrooms. I added ‘purge emails’ to the list because I have over 1000 emails stored and I think it’s the reason my phone keeps telling me my memory is full. And when that happens, no texts come in or go out,¬†and it’s frustrating. So I am widdling away at it.

I have emails as far back as 2007, so it will take some time. I don’t know why they are all still there, I think¬†a good portion¬†of them are emails I sent that are now¬†in gmail folders I had set up for automated categorizing (seemed like a good idea at the time). But I don’t lead an FPU class anymore, and I’m not preparing tax returns, so all of that can go. Most of it is junk. Amazon purchase confirmations from free apps I downloaded for the kids on my Kindle, stuff like that. Some of it I’ve found so far has been interesting to read, however. Notes of encouragement I sent to friends, sending thank you messages to people who helped me in one way or another. Notes to friends just to say hi because it had been too long. It’s interesting to read these¬†words I wrote so long ago, because my recollection is that I was a terrible, neglectful friend, who was too busy with my own life to reach out to others. But these emails scattered over the years tell me that those recollections are not all true.

It’s funny how our memories fail us, don’t you think? I think it’s good to look back sometimes. I have forgotten so much, but stuff like¬†those emails¬†serve to remind me of the good that I forgot. I have a great husband and great friends who do the same for me. They’ll remind me of something that happened, or a prayer that had been answered, and it feels so¬†refreshing when the memory comes flooding back. I thank God for those moments, for those people.

Do you have a good memory that you’ve recently been reminded of?