But alas, I am too tired right now (you will soon see why) to give you much more than a brief update. It will come, though, complete with pictures.
I got to Oxford Thursday evening, where Dean and I enjoyed dinner and a fun evening at home with my dad. The next day, I got to spend a good amount of time with my mom in the hospital. Her hip surgery went really well. She was in some PAIN at first, but once she got up and started walking, the pain started to get better. She kept improving and was told she'd be set free today. She was happy because hospital food is very, very bad. I took her some carrot cake cookies yesterday. I'll give you the recipe in the next day or two, since I missed Comfort Food Saturday this week. Yesterday, Dad, Dean and I had dinner at the new and improved Chinese place. Dad gets excited when I'm there and will eat Chinese food with him because Mom's allergic, so she can't go. After that, we tried to do a little shopping, but didn't find anything much, so we headed home. About an hour later, Dad came down with what can only be described as a stomach-bug-food-poisoning-stress-induced phenomenon, which sent him packing to the ER around 9 last night. (BIG shout-out of thanks to my parents' friend, Debra, for taking him to the hospital. I had to stay with Dean. And I can't handle vomit.) It was an eventful weekend! I am so glad I got to go. I needed to see my mom. And she needed cookies. Dean was a perfect gentleman. He was a dream in the car, sleeping most of the way there and home. He got to hang out a lot with my grandma, who we have recently dubbed "Grandwillie" (her first name's Willie), while I was at the hospital with Mom. They had a lovely time together.
Given the fact that Dad got home from the ER around 5:00 this morning (that's 7 hours, for those keeping track of how long he was there), I didn't get much rest last night. And I have a doctor's appointment of my own at 8:15 in the morning, so to bed I go. More soon. I missed you, blog friends.