I managed to do something painful to my lower back just by bending over to get my pitcher of iced tea out of the fridge. The minute I bent at the waist, I could feel my lower back yell. I have never had that happen before. It was very ouchy for about 3 days, this being the 4th, but is about 75% better today. Thank goodness. This is no time of year to be restricted anymore than the aches and pains of wrapping gifts on the floor or sitting too long at the computer generally get me. I think I may have to rethink that floor thing.
While I was stuck on the couch for those few days, I watched an Investigation Discovery program I had recorded. It was simply called "GONE" about the disappearance of Aeryn Gillern, a 32 year old American gay man, living and working in Vienna, Austria. His mother. a former police officer, got a call from his boyfriend, saying that Aeryn had been missing for 4 days, I believe. I do not know how to add this link other than just by coping it here. There is a Facebook page for him as well.
The lack of information furnished to this mother, the lack of respect to her as a former police officer, and the total uselessness of the American Embassy in a foreign country astounded me. We believe, as Americans, that embassy is there to come to the rescue. Not so. They can't make the local police do anything.... and doing nothing is exactly what the Vienna police do. This mother has yet to see the official police report after numerous inquiries. Her loss is heartbreaking. Aeryn was a wonderful son, a great employee and a good friend to many. I hope this is not the end of the story.
Please indulge me a moment to revel in the victory of a Michigan Football win over our nemesis Ohio State, in a rivalry that is simply called "The Game". My husband is one of four brothers that grew up playing and loving football. At one point there were 3 brothers playing on his high school team. All during those years, his college years and afterwards he followed Michigan's Bo Schembechler's Wolverines. There were good years and a great year with Gary Moeller after Bo retired and then came the era of Rich Rodriquiz when Michigan football faltered and life on Saturdays was a little trying in our household. We now have a new coach, Brady Hoke and a new attitude. Michigan football now stands at 10 -2. That 10th win was Saturday against Ohio, who had beat us 7 games in a row. (8-1 in conference play, with that one being Michigan State....dang it) We had texts going across the country and even Twitter was alive with Michigan tweets. So congrats to Michigan Football and hail to the Victors!
I found an old photo, in an old metal frame, from the 1950's of my sister and I. When I took the photo out I discovered this young woman behind it. She was the picture that came with the frame.
In the bottom right corner is printed Marilyn Monroe - printed in the USA. At the top corner is The Art Publishing Company and under that is Chicago, Ill. I could not find anything on it. So, Allie, this is for your new hot pink room. She should feel very comfortable there.
Now I need to go see what all of you have been doing.