(Note: this post devolves into some personal rambling at some points–just to inform you)
This morning started off like any other ordinary day around here…my mom was running out to go do some errands, and I was told to start scrubbing our patio. The patio is made of flagstone rocks, and they’re covered with something green–either moss, mold or algae, so my job was to get on my hands and knees, and with a mix of clorox and water, start trying to scrub all the green away. After about a good 30 minutes, I went to rinse down the small area I’d started on (to check my progress)—but to no avail, as the water pooled over these stones.
Then I came back inside to go online to look for cleaning tips, in the meantime, mom got home. I was told that we had a DVD rental due by noon today, so I made a quick trip up to the IggleVideo where I borrowed the DVD from, and dropped it off, and grabbed a few groceries in the process.
When I got back into the house, dad called, telling me to check my email. Our synagogue’s Rabbi had sent out an email which said that a (Jewish) man had just passed away. He was a holocaust survivor–and has no living family, and the Rabbi was looking to get a minyan (Quorum) of 10 people to the cemetery so the funeral service could take place. We got word around 11am-ish, and the service was called for 1. (An aside, in short, Jewish law mandates that a body must be buried–and so even if one happened to pass a random body on the road, the Torah teaches that one must accompany the body, and make sure that the body is burried, even if they are a priest, whom contact with a corpse renders ritually impure, that is the importance of it).
Mom and I went to the cemetery, and to our suprise, a crowd of about 30 individuals showed up. Only two people there had ever met the man, who was apparently very reclusive, but who the Rabbi never the less spoke highly of. It was a strange feeling to be at this service, for someone I had never heard of. But it was important that people showed up, to pay a final tribute to the deceased.
Afterwards, the cemetery is located near a shopping area, so mom and I ran some returns and checked out a sale or two (while we were in the area). By now it’s 2pm-ish, for those keeping track. Then we had to get the car E-Checked (Emissions test for the state)–we passed with flying colors. By then it was 3:30 or so. Mom had me drop her at the pool, and I went over ot the gym to go work out. It wasn’t a good thing that I hadn’t had an oppertunity to eat anything since breakfast back at 8am…I can tell you that much. But I struggled through my usual routine nonetheless.
While doing some cardio workout, my lack of food/energy brought a frustration to the forefront of my mind. I’ve come to learn that I’m the type who functions best in a structured enviroment; it needn’t be extremely structured, so that everything is micromanaged, but rather, I like to have an outline of my day, and the approxamate times I’ll have to do things in/during. That way I can make my plans accordingly. Unfortunately, home isn’t such a structured enviroment, things are a lot, more, um, “fluid” to put it mildly, and I think that this is one of the things that’s been screwing with my mind the past couple of days.
From the gym, I went back to pick mom up, then we went to get my brother at camp (5:30 exactly). From there we (virtually) looped back, got him a dinner to-go, and took him to an appointment (6:15). Then mom needed to go home to prep for a meeting, which I dropped her off at (7-ish), then went back to get my brother, then I finally got home (7:30ish).
It’s been a long day for me to say the least. I also had to babysit my brother this evening, make myself a dinner, and protect our family pet, Zionist Infidel GunieaPigâ„¢ from my brother–oh and the pet got dinner too. He was a handful tonight to say the least.
So all in all, it’s been an unexpectedly long day. I’m once again behind on replying to comments, but I was able to create some posts (which you’ll see above).
I’m going to be visiting the grandparents for the day tomorrow, I won’t get to blog till the evening….until then….