Wednesday, February 15, 2006

News Updates

My Grandpa, who lives in Florida and has been battling dementia (Lewy Body disease) for a few years now, died today. He had just been admitted to the hospital due to his dementia, and the family was working on determining where to go from there, when he became suddenly very ill and went downhill at top speed. It was difficult for the family, and seemed rather sudden, but it was a relief that it didn't get dragged out and it may have also been a relief for him as he found himself entering the final stages of his illness. His sudden illness and death were difficult to face but those sentiments helped ease the pain.

To try to cheer the mood of this blog, I am now changing the subject. Not because my Grandpa has already been forgotten, but because I think it's better in general to be cheery instead of gloomy.

More news: we haven't been robbed since December so we're celebrating by fixing the windshield wipers on my car. We may also wash it, although that hasn't been decided for sure yet. In addition, I began writing my thesis last week, and have made little to no progress. I still have a few more experiments in the lab to finish up, and have been very good at finding ways to procrastinate (including major traveling and grant writing in March), so don't expect me to get that graduation thing done anytime soon. I just thought I'd give you all a heads up that I did get the ball rolling so everybody better get out of the way.

My blog-visiting co-working Ms. KT is giving her big second-year seminar tomorrow. When I gave my second-year seminar, I became catatonic with anxiety, and sat stiff as a board in front of my computer for the entire day, not moving, not blinking, not thinking and not hardly breathing. Then I was exhausted for an entire month afterwards. I wish the best of luck to ya KT! Hopefully you won't get as freaked as I did, there really isn't any need for all that.

3 comments:

Dana said...

Josie,
Sorry to hear about your Grandfather. I am sure your mother is glad she saw him recently. All our best.

Colin & Dana

Peggy said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Grandpa. My sincere sympathies.

Katie said...

I haven't visited your blog in a few days because I was getting freaked about my seminar. I'm really sorry that your grandfather passed away. But I want to thank you for putting a good luck wish for me in your blog! Thanks a bunch J-funk!