It, as predicted, has been a week.
Monday was the one year anniversary of Justin’s accident. I had set my mind that I wanted to do something positive with the day, something to honor his memory. I had big ideas weeks out; making cookies for the senior center, helping out at the soup kitchen… and then I put on the brakes. I knew for this first year I could not line up a lot of things for me to do… I just needed to BE.
SO instead, my friend Amy came over in the morning and had coffee with me. She and I worked in the book room re-shelving books and organizing. We talked, shared, laughed, cried. My friend Kerri brought over flowers and lunch. My friend Brenda brought me a prayer shawl and banana bread. It was all so sweet. In the afternoon when I was alone I took a nap, already emotionally exhausted from it being THE DAY. When Al came home he and I had a glass of wine with dinner and started reading through all the wonderful cards we had received last year. At the time of that initial reading everything was a blur and we were just going through the motions. This time, we read what people said out loud, we shared with each other who the people were and we just talked. It was really quite perfect.
The only thing I did plan for the day was the end of it. Last year when Al and I drove home from the St Paul hospital and pulled into our driveway at 9:30 pm exhausted beyond words and shattered, three cars were waiting in our driveway. My friends Amy, Heidi, and Wendy (along with Amy’s husband, Chad) were waiting for us. They had filled our frig with things we would need over the next coming days. They filled a large cooler with ice and water bottles, and they had waited to be there to share in this enormous grief. On Monday, I invited the three women over to end that April 4th anniversary with. They came over at 8 pm and we drank wine in the book room and talked until 11:30 pm that night. It was a perfect way to end the day and my heart is forever thankful for these wonderful strong women in my life who showed up again… a year later to hold me up.
Switching gears to the title of this post. I had mentioned a few weeks ago that I thrown my name in the hat for Audio Book Blogger of the year. I thought I could at least give it a try. You all know I love audio and although I have been sporadic in my posts this past year, I still entered.
I did not win.
However, someone who I know personally and I room with at BEA did win….. Candace from Beth Fish Reads is the winner of two tickets to this years Audi Awards..
The winning blogger will receive two tickets to the 2016 Audies Gala (valued at $700) and recognition of their award at the Gala. Known as “the Oscars of the audiobook world,” the 2016 Audies Gala will be held on May 11th in Chicago and emceed by Paula Poundstone.
I am her plus one.
Congratulations to my friend and fellow blogger!!! If you are not familiar with her website you should be. She writes excellent reviews and yes, she reviews a lot of audio. Check her out at Beth Fish Reads (and while you are there be sure to tell her congratulations!)