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Monday, January 16, 2006

Home for Now

So I'm back from Phoenix. Left home on Saturday around 6am, arriving in Phx around 9:30, just in time for the memorial for Grandpa. Grandma was looking very good, she said she had gotten some sleep (with the help of 1/2 a sleeping pill) but that she was finally able to rest, so that was good. The entire family was out in full force (Mom's side) and it was nice seeing everyone again, even if it was for a somber occasion.

I felt guilty after the ceremony, as I seemed to be the only member of my immediate family who didn't cry. My mom, my sisters and I are usually very connected, when one of us starts to cry, the other ones start so we're all blubbering together. However, for some reason, I just couldn't cry. I did get a little teary eyed with Corrie, but I just didn't feel like crying when I know that Grandpa is in a better place now. His health had been deteriating so badly over the last few years, that I know it was a blessing, for him.

I do feel for my Mom though, of course, but I think she's handling it very well, and I'm very proud of her. She seemed to have prepared herself before it happened, which I am a BIG advocate of. It's why I imagine Bill or Cherissa dying all the time, so that if and when it does happen, I feel like I may be better prepared. (See my previous post from last year called "Morbidity" if you missed this part of my character)

After the prayer meeting, we gathered at Mom's house and we (the family) just chit chatted and talked about what we've been up to, memories of Grandpa, and etc. Afterwards, I had to go meet with my Chandler client. Since I had been up since 5 am, and didn't get to bed until 1am the night before, I was very fatigued and wasn't feeling like working much, but we plugged away until about 5:30pm, then we went across the street to the new sports bar for a drink.

Afterwards, I headed over to Casino AZ in order to meet Howard Beale (NOT his real name), an RGP'r and what a night we had! The boy would not let my apple martini glass empty and I ended up sleeping for about an hour at the smoking tables set aside from the poker room until the security guard woke me up. I was exhausted! I left and tried to find a hotel but because of the Rock and Roll Marathon there was not a hotel room for under $150 to be found. I don't think so! So I called momma and she threw a blanket on the old sofa for me.

Sunday, I decided to stay another day since Monday was a holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and headed back to Casino AZ to play some poker during the football pool. Howard Beale couldn't make it, apparantly he gets hung over and I got him drunk the night before while he was busy trying to get ME drunk. So, after a few hours I got bored and left but not before I hit 4 Aces on the $1 slot machine for a nice $800 jackpot win! Add that to the $175 I won the night before playing poker and my entire weekend was free, including a nice night at the Millineum Resort in Scottsdale Sunday night with Cherissa and her friend Christina. That's where we stayed for the night, they were able to go swimming in the heated pool, and then we rented/watched movies on the TV until I crashed at about 10 pm and they stayed up until 1am or so.

So now I'm back home and am currently playing in the PS Deep Stacks tourney. It started over 4 hours ago with 686 players, and there are still 145 left. I am currently in 11th and if I make it to the end, will be up for another 3-4 hours. Sigh. Why, oh why, did I enter this thing? I want nothing more but to crawl into bed with some Nyquil and some cough syrup (with codeine, of course) and float my way into sleep.


Blogger Dr. Pauly said...

Thanks for sharing.

9:47 PM  

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