7.16.2009

Moving. Alzheimer's.

I’ve been friggin busy..ok?!

Day 1 of moving? Check.


Yesterday TBF and I headed over to my new apartment early in the morning to do some cleaning and check out the place. He'd never seen it before, so I was excited to show him. We’d taken the day off work because his best friend who lives in Ireland had a six hour layover in Chicago! Anyway, I walked in and had a slight internal panic moment I think because it was empty (duhr) and was a teeny bit dirty (nothing crazy). After an hour or so of bleaching and orange glo-ing, we felt high as a kite and magically I felt MUCH better and excited to move in! I’m ALMOST finished with the dresser I’m refurbishing, I’ve sanded, primed and put on the first coat of black paint. I have one more coat to go then it’s cute-Anthropologie-knob-shopping time!
Before and after pictures will be posted, don't you worry!

I got a sexy new tv stand for TBF’s sexy, huge plasma tv. I plan on putting that together tonight or tomorrow night...
I scheduled my lease to start on the 15th of this month because my old lease doesn’t end until July 31st, that way I won’t be super stressed.. (crossing my fingers).

So today I’m super exhausted and thought Jamba Juice would be the perfect breakfast.
Negative. I’m starving, why did I think a liquid breakfast would suffice? Note to self…

Okay..one more thing...

I need to get this off my chest before I let you go… This morning when I was walking to the L, a woman was standing in front of the doors of the station yelling, “SUPPORT ALLTIMERS!!!” To those of you who have anyone close to you who has experienced Alzheimer’s, does this bother you? Did it strike a nerve when you pictured someone shouting that statement? That they don’t know how to pronounce this extremely heart breaking disease? If you are one of the many who have unfortunately seen someone’s mind and memory deteriorate before your eyes over time, you probably know how to pronounce Alzheimer’s.

Does it also upset you that her statement is, “support alltimers”? Yes, I know she may actually meant to say “support the fight for a cure for Alzheimer’s,” but that really hit a nerve for me, too. The fact that she said "support" it, it sounds like she’s supporting the disease... Perhaps it’s because my grandfather had Alzheimer’s and it was one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. I have a special place in my heart for every single person who’s had it, and those who have had someone close to them have it. I won't go into detail about how heart wrenching it is to see a grown man in his 80s practically revert back to being a toddler and forget who you and your family are and precious memories.

Disclaimer: I don't mean to offend anyone with this. I’m not saying this is the almighty disease that trumps all the others or that I’m putting down those of you who haven’t experienced it in some way. Please don’t think that, for those of you who haven’t, first of all, you’re blessed. Second, please just learn how to friggen say it…Alz-hei-mers. There is no T.

K, I’m done ranting and raving..time to get some sort of solid breakfast item in me now :)


4 comments:

CTB said...

Your dresser sounds tres chic. Can't wait to see the before and after pics.

I completely understand your Alzheimer's complaint. My grandmother had it as well. You're right - it is absolutely devastating.

Jennifer said...

People mis-pronounce so many things today. Bottom line - if you're trying to support a cause/benefit you should at least now how to pronounce its name. Otherwise I'm just going to assume your just trying to take advantage of people's kindness.

Jenn said...

ohhhh i hate that so much. i work in the long term care profession doing medical sales, and that one really bothers me! it's not a disease to be taken lightly either. its horrible.

Shaina said...

Well, for some reason, this reminds me of when I was little and thought it was called "Old-Timers' disease." Absolutely no excuse for an actual adult to get that wrong, I'm sorry.