Friday, my mom and I got taken to lunch by my cousin from NM (her oldest sister’s boy) and it was fun. My mom’s 95, he’s 83. (His momma was born in 1910; mine was born in 1924) We always get heavy into genealogy when he comes to visit. He’s got this treasure trove of both photographs and information that has been amassed over the generations about the “inlaws and outlaws” as he calls it.
(One of my momma’s daddy’s sisters is reputed to be the first woman to work in a bank in Texas; the other one worked for a Brigadier General.) When my cousin and mom get into it, jaw-breaking German surnames are freely bandied about and they can get in over my head pretty durn quick. I swear, it’s like Wagner’s Ring Cycle* — Long, involved, confusing, and hard to tell who’s who without a program.
Then Saturday, my dear friend LB had to go to the emergency room, and Sunday, she ended up in the hospital again. Her situation is not good.
Then, Sunday afternoon, one of my molars threw a shoe (the crown came off one of my back teeth). Fortunately, it was not due to anything traumatic (or costly!). The crown just came loose and fell off — while I was eating ravioli, no less. I immediately realized what had happened and rescued the crown, cleaned the ravioli sauce off it and put it in a baggie. As luck would have it, I was able to get in to see my dentist early this afternoon. He squirted more cement on it and shoved it back on — and didn’t even charge me! (I should think not — I’ve probably put at least one of his kids through college!)
Last week I had a CT scan to monitor a chronic health condition, and today I went to that doctor to get the results. They were excellent. The chronic health condition is firmly under control at the moment, which is great news. I took myself to Applebee’s and had a steak and onion rings to celebrate (and because humongous portions, I brought half of it home, so tomorrow!) . However, my celebrations are tempered by worry about my friend. I even hesitate to tell her the good news from the doc today because none of her news has been good for weeks now.
Because I chose to dine early (4:00 p.m.), there were only about 4-5 other customers in Applebee’s. The music they were playing on the sound system was classic hard rock –Queen (“Fat Bottomed Girls”), Van Halen (“Hot For Teacher”), Def Leppard (“Pour Some Sugar On Me”), AC/DC, early Genesis (“That’s All”), a Kinks cover, — all vintage MTV. It’s kind of hard to head-bang and eat at the same time . . .
It’s true. We do.
*Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen.