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Everything Will Be Alright

Last Wednesday my dad had his surgery to remove the tumor from his colon. Since we had found out in February that he had colon cancer, he’s had radiation and chemo treatments until the middle of April. He handled it all really well and wasn’t real sick, which was wonderful.

His surgery took six hours and overall went really well. The surgeon actually wasn’t pleased with how it had went at first, so he did it again… whatever it is. One of my dad’s blood vessels along the colon didn’t have very good blood flow, so because of that, they stretched his colon some. Depending on how he heals, my dad might have a permanent colostomy bag.

Which would be a bummer, but honestly, that’s so much better than the alternative.

I went right after school on Wednesday to see him and he wasn’t out of recovery yet when I got to the hospital. When he was released from recovery and placed in his own room, he was still really groggy and trying to wake up from the anesthesia. It was really hard at first because he was extremely pale and it was hard for him to talk.

But then he started acting like his normal goofy self. He had a button that he could push every so often to give himself morphine, so whenever the button would indicate he could press it again, he’d go, “Oh boy!” He kept saying just really bizarre things and my mom would tell him something and he would forget and ask again.

He was in the hospital for a total of four days. I went up every day with my mom or with one of my siblings to see him and each day he looked better. On Saturday, I told myself I would spend all day at the hospital to both see him and study for my finals. I ended up doing my dad’s Sudoku puzzles instead. :P

My dad’s home now; he was released on Sunday. He’s doing really well and we’re all glad that he’s home.

I’ve entered my last week as a high school senior and I am beyond stressed. While I should be enjoying my last time with some of my friends and teachers, I have a few finals I’m really worried about. And I have to work every day this week. x_x Ugh, stress.

Dresses and Birthdays Don’t Normally Coincide

Huzzah huzzah.

My senior prom is about two weeks away. While most girls dream about this night since they were five, I’m a little more apprehensive. Is it bad that when I think about prom, I think about all the work that has to go into being prepared for that night? Then again, it’s a little hard to look at prom more positively with how it turned out last year.

On the bright side, it can’t be worse, yeah? ;P

Becky, my mom, and I went dress shopping over the weekend. I love shopping for dresses for homecoming because the style is something that I like. I prefer the shorter dresses to the longer ones – I guess they look better on me? – and I can always find one at the first store we visit since there is such a wide variety to choose from.

With my luck, it took all night to find one for me. I didn’t think that we were looking that late for a dress, but all the stores we visited had about one rack to choose from. And, naturally, they were all bright pink and frilly, or cheetah-printed with most of my skin showing.

No thank you.

We finally found one after going home to eat dinner and heading back out to a different mall. The little booger cost $198, waaayyy too much for a dress I am going to wear for one night, but we bought it because it was the only thing that I had. My mom agreed to pay up to $150 and I will cover the rest, which I’m perfectly fine with. I feel bad that my mom is already paying that much for it.

It’s a long, formfitting, dark purple dress with a little bling on the top part. :P I’ll upload a few pictures of me in it after prom. The dress does have me a little more excited about going, though I’ve yet to figure something out for my hair!

Becky didn’t manage to find a dress, so we headed back to my house to look at some of my sister’s old prom dresses. She really liked one, but it was a bit large on her, so she showed it to her mom to see if they can alter it. I’ve got my fingers crossed because I think it looks so cute on her. :) Plus, you can’t beat free!

Saturday was my birthday, so this is officially my first post that I’ve written as an eighteen-year-old. 8) My family went out to eat together to celebrate a few days before, so I didn’t really do anything much. Andrew took me out to lunch at Applebee’s, my favorite. Then I had to work that night which was a bit of a bummer.

Not exactly my most exciting birthday, but it also isn’t as important to me anymore. Just another day, except with cake. ;)

Andrew gave me a boxed set of the first four books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, which is exciting since I’m such a sucker for books. :* I’ve heard marvelous things for the series, especially for A Game of Thrones, the first in the series. I’m about 100 pages into it and enjoy it so far, but for an 800 paged book, I’ve got a bit to go!

And speaking of things I have ‘a bit to go’ with, my travel site is still under construction, as I like to say. I’m not sure why I had such an unrealistic expectation to finish it over spring break (when I didn’t even have time to work on it over spring break). From my France and Italy trip alone, I have seventeen journals to write (I have a small bulleted outline for each). That’s like seventeen blog posts, except with pictures and more details. Even if I did one a day, that would take the majority of a month. And that’s just for that trip.

So anyways, what I’m saying is that I’ve got a lot left to work on the site. I’ve got a little checklist of things to do right above my computer as a sort of reminder to work on it and to not go completely insane with all that I want to put on there!

That’s obviously not all that I need to do before the site is completely finished, but this is definitely a start and a point that I can open the site for visitors. I think that’s something we all can work with. :)

All this planning for the site makes me want to start working on it now and get a big chunk of it done, but I’ve got to head off to work in less than an hour – which in itself will probably be a nightmare because we’re expected to be really busy tonight. But I’ll just keep thinking about my first paycheck that I’ll receive Friday. 8)