Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cat on Keyboard



I've been gone a long time. And I've got a basket full of excuses. Ready? 

First I was healing from surgery number five. This time my skilled surgeon, Dr. Sandra Margoles, created an internal sling made from cadaver skin and anchored my noobs (scientific term for new boobs) symmetrically.

It was a painful and prolonged recovery process, due to an extensive amount of suturing, but hell, I'm worth it. I am now the proud owner of two, evenly placed, implants with just the right amount of droop.

My next surgery will be sometime in December. This time I'll be getting flame resistant nipples!

I wasn't sure if I wanted nipples in the beginning. Instead, I was considering imbedded jewels. But jewels are made for ooo-ing and awww-ing, not suckling and fondling, and eventually I nuzzled up to my husbands need to feed.

Four weeks post surgery, I was back in New Orleans for 8 crazy music fueled days and nights. This time I was with my kindergarten comrade, Monkey Gurl, my daughter, Ling, and her platonic playmate Pistopher.


Damn we had a good time! There is nothing like Halloween in New Orleans. Wait... yes there is. It's called Burning Man.

While we were there, hurricane Sandy hit home. I returned to mass destruction coupled with a northeastern storm that force fed us our first taste of winter.

At the tail end of all this was the election and I was worried. Worried peoples disdain would overshadow the goodness and truth of a man I respect.

But once again hope prevailed and the beauty of a democracy, lead by integrity, carried on.


In the afterglow of the election, I resurrected an affair with Stephen King.

11/22/63, what a story! What a storyteller! Prolific writers scare the cat out of me - painting scenes with such depth and clarity that I'm convinced I can't write my way out of a paper bag. 

Not only did I fall into a pit of severe writers block, after a night of mayhem at a club called "JHouse" with friends Jay and Mouse, I mimicked Stephen King drama from pages 327 and 589 and serpentined my way through a thick wall of hedges, unaware of what lurked on the other side.


To my surprise, I stumbled upon a slippery slope and tumbled five feet. 

I hurt my knee, my foot, a few knuckles, and my face. Luckily I was liquor-limber enough not to break anything.

With husband away, my devoted daughter was by my side. She cleaned my wounds, instructed me to rinse the gravel from my mouth, fed me macaroni and cheese, and tucked me into bed.

It was a three day hangover and with it came the following lessons learned:

1. Never mix Jay and Mouse with JHouse.
2. Never mix tequila, vodka, and wine on an empty stomach.
3. Never act out mysteries from a Stephen King novel.

Priorities then kept the cat, belly up, on the keyboard.

Between work, healing, and play, I have been appointed the executrix of my fathers estate and with that comes the task of finalizing his affairs. I've never been motivated by money and had little knowledge of my fathers net worth, so this endeavor has been daunting and educational.

Mainly, it illuminates peoples true colors. I think this was my fathers main reasoning behind appointing me. He knew I had to see the full force of envy and greed so that it had a lasting effect on me.

My father never spoke a negative word about anyone related to me. Instead, he allowed their actions to show me.

What a year it's been! I have a books worth of material just in the events that unfolded in 2012 and I have yet to tap into December.

As much as I've lost, I can clearly see what was found. From pain and grief came growth and gratitude.

And most important, LOVE.



xoMonkeyME


COMING SOON... 
The second and third tale of uncomfortable comedy.



26 comments:

  1. Good news, bad news, healing, injury, greed, Stephen King . . . what a roller coaster you've been on! Wishing you calm and serene times, if that's what you'd like. Otherwise, rock on girl!

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    1. "if that's what you'd like" HA!!!! excellent point Deb :))))))))

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  2. It has been quite the bi-polar year, ups downs backs forths, noobs, deaths, births, all kindsa crazy stuff!!! Maybe you should not read the other book I recommended, called The Smoke Jumpers.....there's parachuting involved....I can just imagine....

    xoxooxoxox


    MG

    PS I'm so glad you're writing again!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I'm reading/listening to THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN. It's sweet and ....well, how much trouble can a dog get into. Next, it will be The Smoke Jumpers :)

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  3. Enjoy your blog as usual! You also gave me something to ask my dr about when I see her in a couple weeks...internal sling! Thanks! :-)

    Michelle

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    1. THE SLING is a GOOD THING! :))))))) thanks for reading me!

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  4. Right, your devoted daughter was at your side... after three texts and three voicemails to Jay, who promptly called you back and remained on the phone until said daughter arrived. Come to think of it, how do I attach audio files (voicemails) to my comment?!? :)

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    1. okay...... THAT is hysterical my freakishly tall, anonymous commenter :)))))

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  5. Oh I am soooooo glad to see you! I have missed you! Soooo much. Soooo much that all my so's have oooooos.

    September, October and November have been absolutely ridiculous months. I will be okay with not living them again. I am glad that you have landed tail up and with noobs in hand, so to speak. It has really been a rocking and rolling and up and down and back and forth time for you. Wow.

    I am so glad to see you!

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    1. ohhhhhhhhhh I'm sooooooooooo glad to hear from you Em!!! xoxo now, I need to read you

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  6. Shannon, very happy to see you back — and with a matching pair of noobs! Glad you are moving forward towards the icing on the cupcakes!

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    1. thanks Renn. Going to have some fat grafting too - you know, do to the rippling but I'm trying not to be overly critical. excited about the nipples. she's going to include alloderm so hopefully they don't flatten out. xoxo

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  7. Geez with all that has happened to you I hate to see what December will bring. Bring it on... or maybe not..

    It sounds like your dad did the right thing by putting you in charge of it all. True colors are showen when money is involved.

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    1. December should be interesting for sure! thanks for reading :)

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  8. I have also been busy. I just posted my "excuse" post tonight in fact. :)

    My mother was left in charge of my grandfather's estate. When my grandmother died, she was in the process of executing her wishes, when my grand father suddenly died five months later.

    The estate, all inclusive, was worth over 3.5 million.

    My mother was one of 9 children, all very close.

    She now has one brother and one sister. I don't envy you one bit. (((HUGS)))

    She also know the power of greed and envy.

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  9. Hey Sunshine! I LOVE that photo of the cat on the keyboard!! Poor kitty... :op

    I hope you get to feeling better soon!!

    I don't share the same enthusiasm about the re-election of this president. He certainly doesn't live up to the standards established by JFK or the quote in that image.

    I am confident that you will do a great job with your Father's estate. That is a difficult job... Bless your heart.

    It's great to see you back posting again!

    ~shoes~

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    1. Thanks Shoes... It felt great to write again.

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    1. THANKS BEN... LOVE your quirky ways :)

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    1. ahhhhhh thanks Mark! Now off to start reading my favorite bloggers!

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  12. glad you're back, with noobs in place!

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    1. PICTURE TO FOLLOW!!! :) thanks... I'm equally glad :)

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  13. I've been through my own roller coaster year. Seeing that you've survived this horrible year gives me hope. (And the cat picture made me smile :)

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    1. thanks for checking in Sam and I'm glad the picture made you smile. Sorry about your year. I know you lost your Mom to cancer. CANCER SUCKS. (((((LOVE))))))

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