I drove a U-Haul full of furniture I’m giving my sister from Dallas to Houston today. The drive normally takes about four hours with a stop, but today? SEVEN HOURS. It rained constantly & we inched past NINE accidents. So basically, this is me right now: (Although it was at least not totally terrible since my sister was riding along with me so we could chat… still, we were tired & hungry & would’ve rather been hanging out at my house or hers.) Tomorrow I fly back to Dallas! 😀
Since I recently discovered my sister is apparently going to need some paperwork to handle things if my husband isn’t able (see: here), this video on Advance Directives from Healthcare Triage is perfectly timed. Mortality isn’t easy to think about, maybe especially as an atheist, but being prepared and making things easier on loved ones is important, so I’m trying.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: First! I remember so much about my first day of Kindergarten. Where I woke up, who waited at the bus stop with me on the sidewalk in front of my next door neighbor’s house and snapped the pictures as I kicked off my first bus ride around lunchtime that day. And I remember who greeted me after school, and where we went when we instantly hopped in the car, instead of going in the house. I can’t say I remember anything about the actual day at school though. I can remember my teacher and classroom, of course, but not specifically from the first day of school, just sort of in general and pieced together. I remember so much about such a big day in my life, except the actual big thing. But that’s because something even bigger was going on that day and it captured all my memories and took up all my nerves and happiness for the day. My baby sister was born. I spent the night …
Things done on Saturday, August 22: Ate a Wendy’s cheeseburger & fries for the first time in a long time. (Years?) It was cheap/good. Bought some Bose noise canceling headphones. Because FINALLY! Sometimes you just have to go for it & stop wishing you’d spend the money on something you really want. Washed lots & lots of clothes and bedding. Like, 7 loads. It’s nice to be caught up. Relaxed with a manicure and pedicure, and even got my husband to join for a manicure for himself too. (He’d gone once before, years ago.) Booked a flight to Rome. It’ll be my first time & I’m going to love it. Mailed my sister’s birthday present so it’ll get there early and she’ll have to stare at the box for days & days wondering what’s inside. (That’s what she gets!) Lounged.
Today I asked my little sister for her social security number to make her the secondary beneficiary on an insurance policy. During our discussion about that, I mentioned I’ve been thinking of having a will made recently, because it seems more important as I’ve gotten older and I actually have some belongings worth documenting these days. Plus, if I’m medically incapacitated and something happens to my husband too so that he’s not able to make my end-of-life decisions (which he knows lean heavily toward DO NOT KEEP ME ALIVE IF I CAN’T THINK AND DO THINGS), I need someone else to make those decisions. So I asked my sister if she’d be able to unplug me, and: “Maybe put [your best friend] down. I would be tempted to Weekend at Bernie’s you.” That little shit. 😂
My sister visited me in Dallas this weekend. We saw Pitch Perfect 2, ate delicious food, and lounged on my couch playing Animal Crossing and just hanging out. She drove back home to Houston today, which isn’t so far away, but far enough to make it too far to visit for one day, so we don’t see each other as often as we used to. Or as often as I’d like. I hope we live in the same city again sometime because I miss her… even more after I’ve just seen her in person and realize it a little bit more. I loved having her here. Sisters! (She's leaving to head back to Houston in a minute. 😭) A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jun 8, 2015 at 9:01am PDT