Monday, November 11, 2019
Waking up early on a Sunday morning.
Since GFJ dropped her bombshell last weekend, I haven't been sleeping that well. And I was very surprised that I could wake up early, chat with GFJ by text, and then go to church for the first time in a couple of years.
But I am getting ahead of myself....
Last night, it was the "Fall Back" part of the year - just as the clock struck 3 am, my phone shifted back to standard time and now read 2 am. And that's when I put my CPAP mask on and tried to go to sleep. Several hours later, I realized that it was a little before 8 am, and I had the option of going to church.
Looking again at my phone, I saw that GFJ sent a message. I figured that I would reply, and that got us into a chat. She'd like to see me again for dinner tomorrow - and that doesn't bode well for a relationship already on life support. So, I have to gird myself for further potential feelings of grief and lose a night out with a meetup group. (Why couldn't her timing be better?) By the time our chat was done, I realized that I could make it to church. So I got showered and prepared to attack the world as Marian.
Leaving the house at the same time as my neighbor, I knew that I was going to get to the church before her. It's a nice feeling to know that people remember and accept me there, as I was greeted by one of the church's more active members when I arrived. After the service, I had some nice chats with several people there before retreating to have lunch at an Ossining diner.
I sat down at my seat, and placed an order for breakfast - something (strangely) that was not on one of the menu pages. (Was the menu put together properly? Or, is there a separate breakfast menu?) While waiting for food, I looked at my phone and noticed that my former travel partner had started her own meetup group, and scheduled meetings for Thursdays. I took two things away from this. First, without the ability to use me for a crutch, she was forced to do this on her own - something I'm glad she did. Second, I feel that she chose Thursdays so that I wouldn't join her group or go to its meetups - more her problem than mine. I sent a quick message to GFJ on this and mentioned the first point. What I didn't say is that I was glad that I cut off contact with my former travel partner, as I didn't want to be in a codependent relationship with her - something that could easily happen given our mutual weaknesses.
On other matters....
Throughout the day, I exchanged messages with JS. Her daughter has lined up a job, but with no way to get there and back from where they live. It's a shame that Mother and Daughter don't make a move to a more mass transit friendly community, so that the daughter can get a job and establish herself as an independent entity. JS is killing herself with her long commute and is not doing what needs to be done to see that her daughter can make it on her own.
If I don't get together with my niece next weekend, I'll end up accompanying JS to see a psychic in Massachusetts. Do I really think this person will be of help to JS? NO! But I want to see the scam for myself. JS is an emotionally weak person, and I fear that she will get preyed on by an unscrupulous person - and many psychics are unscrupulous by the nature of their "profession".
Wish me good luck. I think I'll need it.