Ups and Downs

So, the past week has continued to be an incredible turnaround of events, most of which extremely positive! This weekend, Sweet and I spent some good quality time together with sushi dinners and Star Trek marathons, went out for a little dancing, reconnected with some old friends and spent time with new ones. On Friday, I also got the news that at work, they’d found a need for me to stay in a position for another three months guaranteed, with the hope that within those three months, the new position they proposed for will be created, which will become permanent.  So, until 2nd July, I am officially not going to be unemployed! I’m also moving into a new role with another project, focused almost entirely on design and marketing (!), and as of next week I’ll be officially in my very own office. With blinds and a door and everything. Which makes me feel rather grown-up indeed 🙂

Sadly though, I got some pretty bad news this weekend about my Nan.  The doctors had decided the surgery on her shoulder would be too risky, and so they’ve moved her into a rehabilitation hospital.  She started the week off wonderfully, in great spirits to be out of a hospital bed and into her own room with a TV and company… however by the end of the week, things had worsened. Considerably. She’s refusing to eat or drink, doing abnormal things (which were very disturbing, one of which involved flushing her false teeth down the toilet so she can’t eat solid food), wandering off, and just being generally “antsy”, as my Dad put it. She’s also been drugged up on morphine throughout the day – which isn’t a long-term solution, but nobody seems to be doing anything to focus on a lasting plan for her.  Sweet and I have been praying for her strength and her recovery, and hoping this is just symptomatic of the stress of moving and the morphine… hopefully a physiological response which can be rectified. I can’t bear to think of my Nan like this.

This week is extremely bittersweet. I’m flooded with a combination of relief, worry, excitement and hope, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned recently, it’s the power of positive thinking.  Thank you so much for being here, all of you, not just this past week, but in general, through the bad and the good.  If you could spare a thought or a prayer for my Nan today, it would mean the world.


  1. Congrats on the good news about your job! If they’re keeping you three months longer, I’m sure they’ll do everything they can to keep you on permanently after July. 🙂

    I’m keeping you and your Nan in my thoughts and prayers.

    1. I hope so! I think because we’re still waiting on a big new project to get funding, once that comes through there’ll be a permanent position there. So now at least I get to stay until that happens. Fingers crossed 🙂

      Thank you for your prayers, it means such a lot x

  2. So sorry to hear about your nan, Em. I really hope she’ll get better!

    I am also excited about your good news from work and your lovely weekend with Sweets. That sounds wonderful!

    Many hugs.

  3. So sorry to hear about your Nan, I hope things get better for her soon! And hurrah for the new job! That’s brilliant news, yay for your own office and everything! Woo!

    1. Aww, thanks! It’ll be exciting, I’ve never had my own office before. Although it’s temporary ’cause I think they’re building brand new offices downstairs… but I’m still excited! 🙂

  4. Loved Voyager (and TNG). How much would you hate me if I told you I met Tom Paris? 😉 I’ve been to several conventions, so I’ve either seen/met/got autographs from several people. They are so much fun.

    Sorry about your Nan. Big hugs.

      1. Well, I’ve never watched the old star trek. But I used to watch Star Trek:The Next Generation with my dad when I was younger. We loved it!

  5. I’m so happy to hear the news about your job…and the fact that you get a Big Girl office! Movin’ on up, pretty lady! Impressive.

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Nan. I’ll be praying for her and she’ll regain her strength.

  6. Def saying prayers for your Nan. How scary. I hope she is back to her usual self soon… It might be the stress of the transition? Hopefully it is resolved very soon.

    Yea for having employment for the next 3 months and your own office!! Holy smokes, you are such a grown up! I have only been in cubicles!!

    1. I really hope it’s a combination of the stress and her body not being used to being so… medicated? I’m hoping and praying she’ll be back to herself soon, it’s so scary to hear of things like this 😦

      I’m SO relieved for the next 3 months!! 🙂 And they’re apparently 95% sure we’ll have another position open within that. Fingers crossed!!

  7. The job news is so freaking awesome. I am so happy for you. Now you can take the time to figure out the next step and *fingers crossed* maybe they will get to create that new position.

    And I’ll keep your nan in my heart. I hope she gets back to her real self soon.

    1. Oh thank you, it means such a lot to have good thoughts going her way. I’m hoping so too. And yes, keeping my fingers crossed about the position! I move in on Tuesday 🙂

  8. Talk about your ups and downs! Wowee, EJ. I bet you don’t know how to feel. Congrats on the job (did I not tell you you rock and things would sort themselves out? :P), but I’m sorry about your nan. Unfortunately we’re at that age where people we love start to get sick and we feel pretty helpless about it. All we can do is hope and pray.

    (p.s. whoops, I totally wrote that as ‘prey’ before I spotted the title. That would definitely have changed the tone of the sentence.)

  9. I’m not sure how to comment! I’m so sorry about Nan, that’s so shitty :/ My grandfather’s in the hospital right and he’s getting worst, and I’m halfway across the world, so I totally know how you feel 😦
    I’m also really happy for your job! And the fact that you had a good time this weekend! You really deserve it! Really.

    1. I know, I hope I didn’t make anyone feel awkward. It means a lot you took the time to comment – I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather. It’s so hard when things start getting worse especially when we can’t be there to make things a little easier. I’ll keep him in my prayers ❤

  10. Hey

    I love Star Trek too 🙂

    My GreatGrandma had a rebellious streak like that when she first moved into her old folks home. She used to live in a house on her own but she was too frail and stuff so she was moved to like shelter housing of sorts – she had a kitchen so she could make her own food if she wanted but if she didn’t she could go downstairs and things like that, she decided that she didn’t like people coming to visit her because they were too noisey and then when we didn’t go she complained she was lonely. 😦

    I’ll pray for your nan 🙂

    1. Thanks, it means a lot, it really does. I’m hoping it’s just the stress of the new situation and that she’ll be back to herself soon.

      Hooray for more Trekkies!! Which one’s your favourite? 🙂

  11. hugsssss!! Your posts are always so heart-warming ( no really, my heart literally feels warm!)

    I am sending all my good vibes, prayers, and anything else to your Nan…I hope she is comfortable in the least.

    Good news @ work is great! I’m happy you’re getting your own office…how awesome is that? Especially if you’ve never had one (don’t know if you have).

    Let’s stay positive…it’s the best we can do 🙂

    1. Awww, you’re so sweet! Thank you so much for your kind words and your thoughts for my nan. I believe they all help somehow, and staying positive is the best thing in bad situations, you’re absolutely right. ❤

      And no I've never had my own office before! Very excited 🙂

  12. Dude, I open your page and first thing I see is a Voyager pic? CLEARLY WE ARE MEANT TO BE BFF!


    Glad to hear about the work situation, really sorry to hear about your Nan. I’ll definitely do my best to think positive thoughts for her.

    1. LOL YES!!

      Can I get away with actually putting this on my blog now? =/\= Haha!!

      Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, and for stopping by my blog. So excited to read yours – if we have Miss Brittney and Star Trek in common, what more could I ask for? 🙂

  13. SO happy about the job! They must really like you there to keep you around so congrats. I know everything will work out with it, but I hope everything is as stress-free as possible.

    Your Nan, and your family, are definitely in my thoughts. I know what it’s like to see someone you care about so much struggle so much. I hope she improves soon!

  14. I am excited to hear that you can continue working in your job. I am keeping my fingers crossed that you can stay there permanently!

    I will be thinking of your Nan! I hope she will be better soon.

    1. Thank you! I’m hoping something permanent will come up sooner rather than later, I love working where I do! Thank you so much for your thoughts for my nan, too.

  15. Hey there Emily! Awwww, Star Trek! I was a HUGE Trekkie as a kid (and still am now, if I’m honest, though I don’t watch it very often…I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for the series!) My brothers and I made our own Starfleet uniforms…think black pants, colored turtle necks (red, mustard yellow, or turquoise depending on the character) and I even took the time to make us communicators: paper cutouts which I then embossed with gold and silver embossing powder. Haha!! We wore them EVERYwhere…the grocery store, out to eat, the park…you name it. Nerds at their finest!!

    And I’m so excited to hear about your job developments! Your own office! How very exciting. 😛 I hope and pray that everything continues to go well for you, but I too believe in the intense power of positive thinking. Kudos!

    I am so sorry to hear about your Nan. I do hope that she starts feeling better soon, and that she becomes peaceful. Big hugs to you, I know how difficult it is to deal with illnesses of loved ones.

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