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Yeah, last week was quite the roller coaster, with extreme highs and extreme lows.

The low was, of course, losing Gabriel. But, out of this came a confirmation of something I already knew. I have the most awesome friends, both online and in real life. So many sweet & touching comments from y'all here, and over on Facebook, and on Twitter. We also got a half dozen cards and 3 bouquets of flowers. Our neighbor Tammy planted a hosta for Gabe back where we buried him.

It's been tough, but Monday really was the worst day. It's gotten better. The sadness hits at weird times though. Like when I put the carpet cleaner away under the sink. I started crying because I wouldn't be cleaning up cat barf a couple times a week. Not that I miss the barf, just the barfer.

Lump seems unfazed. We expected that.

And then the highs. I know I mentioned the NASA Tweetup that I got picked for. I don't think I posted anything since then though. I'm going! Although incredibly jealous, hellbob said that I shouldn't miss it because it's the opportunity of a lifetime. So I changed my plane ticket to fly down Wednesday and will be spending most of the day Thursday at Kennedy Space Center. The whole rest of the crew (hellbob, genevra, monkeys, etc) will be watching the launch from a river boat, and will also go on a bit of a nature cruise.

I've got my camera gear sorted out for the trip. My giant lens is going w/me in my carryon and I've got a carbon fiber tripod rental set up down in Orlando. I'm sort of nervous about going to meet such a huge group of people where I don't know anyone, but at least we can get to know each other on Twitter first. And of the 3 other people I've learned of that are going down from Minneapolis, one of them is actually on the same flight as me. I haven't met her yet so that could be good or bad! LOL. We're even going to give her a ride to the airport with us most likely. I just wish we could have brought a plus one so that I could have hellbob there with me for the launch. I'm going to miss getting to see it with him. :( Moose is awesome, but he's no Rick.

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dragonsally
May. 6th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
I'm so excited for you, and a little envious because its one of the things that I would LOVE to experience. I know though that you will tell us all about it! Enjoy every second.
scubagrrl
May. 6th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
Don't worry about being on your own- you'll meet people and you'll have so much fun! I get that you'll miss Hellbob and all, but you'll do just fine.

I can't wait for the pictures!
tx_cronopio
May. 6th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you changed your flight, I so hated for you to miss that!
kniblet
May. 6th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful time. :)
whimsywinx
May. 6th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I was out of town when Pebbles died. When I came home, I kept expecting her to come around the corner to snuggle with me on the couch. It was the hardest thing.

I'm so excited you really get to go to the Tweetup!! Moose will be dreaming of going up in a spaceship next.
boliviafang
May. 7th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Rollercoasters
I'm so sorry for your loss of Gabriel. I don't believe any good thing is lost forever, and that includes little furry animal spirits.

I had to smile at your comment about hair balls. I noticed that absence too. Didn't miss the hairballs, of course, but noticed the decrease in number.

Congrats on the NASA Tweetup. hellbob is right, it's the opportunity of a lifetime and I'm just in awe that you are going to be there. And Moose, too! I can't wait to hear about it.
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