Wow. We pick up right where we left off with all of this craziness! I was quite surprised that when Carole decided to speak with Aviva is turned into the full blown argument that it did. I have never heard Carole yell like that before! I was so shocked that I did not even want to enter that room. It was time to leave.
I was not trying to "stir the pot" when I approached Carole about what Aviva was saying. My intention was -- if we get it out in the open now, it won't blow up! Let's just squash it early! I had no idea what it was going to become.
Heather has grown really close to Carole. Carole does not have a lot of family around, so Heather has become really protective over her. I was not surprised to see her defend Carole. Heather clearly felt that she needed to supply some extra strength and fortitude in that situation.
I was quite surprised how quickly I adapted to life without Avery when she officially left for college. I think the anticipation of her leaving was much worse than when the time actually came. She may not be here physically, but we speak every day! She texts me, sends me tons of pictures, calls me with new stories, and tells me all her grades on papers, etc. We are still so in touch that it is turning out to be much easier than I expected. While I don't regret one single moment of it, raising Avery and preparing her for college was a lot of work! I am really enjoying spending some more time on me. I'm becoming skilled at gourmet cooking and trying out new recipes, working out, and spending time with my girlfriends. I've really learned to embrace this new chapter.
Til next time. . .