Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas is coming and other things .....

This year has flown by ..... I can't believe it's a month till Christmas.  Life has been so busy over the past few months and well my blog has been so neglected.  I started out to post in Blogtoberfest and well that's as far as I got .... starting out.  I was so excited about being involved in Blogtoberfest and then whoops, I fell off the wagon.  Makes me sound like an alcoholic and that's funny because I don't even drink.  I'm setting a goal now to do better with my blog next year.  I love blogging, but when you get busy, something's gotta give.

I'm so looking forward to Christmas and being with my children.  I'm off to Melbourne to spend it with my 26 y/old son and his partner and taking Miss 21 and hopefully Mr 23 with me too.  I was going to drive over, but have decided the bus and then the train home looks like a much more relaxing option.  Mr. 26 and his partner are spending their first Christmas together in Melbourne in their own place.  He came over for the w/end, well for one night really to visit a mate who is getting married.  Couldn't come over for the wedding, so a night over here for the bucks night was the next best thing.  It was so good to see him and made me realise how much I miss having him here in Adelaide.  Still they grow up and move out of home don't they and life goes on.Think we might put the tree up tonight, Christmas tree that is.  Now that will really be a sign of the Christmas season.

My job has been the major thing that has been keeping me busy.  Getting into the swing of things and learning the ropes has taken up most of my time.  I'm really loving the whole experience and think I'm lucky to have the best boss in the whole world.  Such a nice environment to work in and I've realised that working for a company that values your work and you as an employee makes all the difference to how much you enjoy working.  It's so nice to be listened to and have your ideas valued, considered and implemented.

I had started out studying a degree in psychology, but due to a change in my employment, I have now decided to go in a different direction.  I'm looking into courses at the moment that will be more work relevant and give me greater skills within the framework of my current employment .... Business Administration and Human Resource Management.   I'm looking forward to the challenge of trying a different road in life.  

My brother celebrated the BIG 50 this month and last weekend we had a party to celebrate.  My twin sister came over to Adelaide for the party with my mum.  Sadly mum has dementia and the whole experience was a little overwhelming for her.  I think that being out of her own environment made her a little disoriented in part.  My mum has always been a very active lady, but somehow this disease has aged her so much.  In hindsight I think that mum has been heading down this road for quite a few years now, but it's not until her diagnosis last year that the reality of it all has hit me. It was nice to have mum here, but I half suspect she won't really be travelling away from home any more .... home for her is Tasmania with my sister.  It's hard to think of your parents not being the way they were when they were younger.  Dementia is a 'bastard' (am I allowed to used that word .... well I just did) of a disease.  It robs people of the ability to remember things and so there life is full of repetition, only they don't realise they they are repeating themselves.  Only those around them know and experience the effects of this disease.  There is of course the time when the person with Dementia does know that they are forgetting things ..... mum is still in that place a little ... but she seems to be going past that now and is deteriorating to a degree.  All you can think is that this is another part of life and it is the path that my mum must take.  It is her challenge to face in life.

Sometimes in blogging I wonder how interesting my thoughts and the things that I have done are, but I realise that in writing it allows me to express my feelings.  Writing a blog is about writing for yourself largely and enjoying the experience of putting pen to paper or your fingers to the keyboard.  I hope it doesn't take me so long to write again.


joy said...

Hello Lotti, pleased that you are enjoying your new job and your family, spread around as they are, and sorry to read of your Mum's condition, it certainly is a bastard!
Best wishes from Joy in UK with relatives in Adelaide!

Kris said...

Busy! We should catch up when you're in Melbourne!

sister outlaws said...

Welcome back! Sorry to hear about your Mum. My Grandmother suffered dementia and you learn to treasure the snippets of lucid thought. She still had a good sense of humour and she seemed to go right back to her younger days in her thoughts. It is a tragic disease and yes! A bastard.

Kat @ I Saw You Dancing said...

Hi Lotti,
Don't be too hard on yourself. Life is just like that sometimes, and blogging will always be there for you. I just wanted to let you know that I'm hosting another (albeit gentler and more introspective) blog challenge over the month of December called #reverb12. Would be so rapt if you joined us!
There's a little giveaway too. :-)
Details here:
Take care,
Kat xxx