So thankful for the end of the workweek. This has been an extremely stressful period. I faced many professional and emotional challenges, and I needed to reach within myself to move toward a resolution. While things hang uncertain, I’m hopeful that everything will work out in the long run.
- It feels so relaxing coming home after a very long day at work. After enduring the long work day, and an equally long after-work meeting, the end was such a relief.
- I spoke to my best friend Carmen a short time ago. It was very brief, but it was wonderful to catch up.
- It’s saddening to learn about the shooting in Maryland. There has been non-stop violence in our country, and this must come to an end.
It’s time to change course.
More than ever, I want my grandparents to be happy. We only see each other once a month, and it’s a wonderful occasion whenever we gather. Sometimes other members of the immediate family are at their home in Paterson, and it gives us a wonderful moment to share and catch up on our lives. And it’s a joy to see my young niece. I can’t believe she’s going to be four years old in a couple months!
During our last visit, Andy and I shared with them that we began planning our wedding, and we had a date in mind. Since nearly all of my immediate family was there, it made it extra special. Everyone was very excited, especially my grandparents. My grandfather may not be able to attend, due to health reasons, but he was happy that we were finally beginning to plan this moment in our lives.
Before the weekend was done, we discovered a complication in searching for a reception hall that made us reconsider the date we planned on. The search for a venue keeps going, but I’m confident that we will find a place to our liking. We’ve let too much time pass since our engagement, and I lost some special people in my life who would’ve loved to share in our happiness. I refuse to let more time pass and lose more loved ones in the process. Life is truly short for all of us.
This past weekend has turned out to be a busy, emotional time. My fiancé and I made a big decision in our life journey, and just the act of moving things forward has brought happiness to our lives. What we didn’t expect was opposition, and it’s left me feeling shocked and disappointed. I wish that my mother was here now more than ever, since she guide me with so much resilience and motivation.
‘After Alice’ by Gregory Maguire tells an alternate story of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The story focuses on Ada, a friend Alice briefly mentions during the popular tale of her adventures down the rabbit hole. In the beginning of the story, Ada is walking to Alice’s house when she encounters a mysterious creature. She follows it, and falls down the rabbit hole, into the magical world where the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, and other eccentric characters rule the domain. As Ada ventures through this unusual world, she discovers that Alice has also ventured through the area moments before. The story also tells the tale of Alice’s sister Lydia and her attempts in searching for her, while encountering some eccentric people herself.
‘After Alice’ was a very good story to read, and I appreciated looking back on well known characters that I read about in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. I’m looking forward to reading the other ‘alternate’ fairy tale stories (what I like to call them) that involve The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella’s step sisters.
- Andy and I visited my family this afternoon. Almost everyone was there (Brittany was at work). It was wonderful seeing them for a couple hours, especially Ana, whose sassiness is increasing with every visit!
- I’m almost finished with ‘After Alice’! I will write about the story within a couple days. I’m anticipating reading the next story in my collection.
- One more day of rest and relaxation before the work week. It’s going to be filled with more learning experiences. I have a slight schedule change, so I hope to complete as much prep as I can before I begin each day.