I don't quite know where to begin. It's been quite awhile since my last post. At first I was waiting until something exciting happened, and when I finally came up with a subject for a new post, it was spring break, and then I was going to wait until my family finished visiting me, but then Fate intervened. And so now it's been over a month, and I have a lot to tell you about.
Catch-up: There was another incident with a mouse, this time in my living room, and was discovered only a few days before my mom and sister were supposed to arrive for a spring-break visit. So I made several visits to the local hardware store, and luckily, the problem was taken care of before they arrived.
The visit itself got off to a nice start. That Friday (March 30) I made my first-ever quiche, featuring a homemade pie crust (another first-ever), and that night was an orchestra concert featuring Vaughn-Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem. The next day we went to Liberty and Ellis Islands and Ground Zero. But Sunday is when our nice little vacation schedule went horribly off track. We received a call, while waiting to be admitted to an off-Broadway play, that my grandmother (mom's mom) had collapsed in church that morning and was being taken to the hospital in Des Moines. By the end of the night, most of my family was in Des Moines, and the doctors had determined that Grandma had suffered an aneurism and wouldn't regain consciousness. My family decided to take her off the machines, and after a great deal of consideration, also decided to make her an organ donor. My grandmother's passing was completely unexpected, so this has been a terrible shock to her family and friends.
So .. instead of the nicely scheduled spring break vacation, complete with shopping on 34th Street, all three of us flew back to Des Moines on Monday(4/2) to prepare for the funeral. The past week has kind of been a blur, but the visitation was Thursday night, and the funeral was Friday afternoon. Most of my family took up temporary residence at my grandparents' farm in southern Iowa for the rest of the week, in order to help with various things. And, let me tell you, sharing an average-sized house with 8-16 other people is nothing to sneeze at!
I flew back to New York this morning, and now have the rest of the day to catch up on things before my classes resume tomorrow.
Keep my family in your thoughts or prayers, if you're inclined, because we certainly need it.