a little good, a little sad

Sean and I haven’t posted in a while because we’ve been either really busy at work or out of town. Part of this is stuff that Sean nor I have really been able to write about before now, too.

Four weeks ago, Sean got a phone call from his mom about one of his uncles. Uncle George had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was going to be going in for some surgery so that the doctors could specifically determine how bad it was. A week later we got another phone call with the bad news that the surgery had not come out with good news. We started to find out how quickly we could leave Phoenix in case we needed two. We were getting nightly phone calls from Lisa, who had flown out to Reno to be with her brother and family. About two weeks ago, the nightly phone call became a “If you can, please come.” We booked flights that night and were in Reno a couple days later. A few days later, George passed away, surrounded by friends and family.
I can’t even write these simple words without tears coming to my eyes. I didn’t know George really well. He had come to Phoenix for a conference back in February and stayed a few extra days to spend some time with us. I don’t think anyone could meet him and not like him. He was wonderful. This feeling was reinforced when we were in the hospital with him. He had been an oncological pharmacist at the hospital that he was in. As a result, people from all over the hospital would come by his room to spend a few minutes and send their best wishes with the family. Pictures and cards were hung up all over his room from different departments in the hospital. It was so touching to see how much he was loved at the hospital.
If you’re interested in learning more about George and his family or what he was diagnosed with, Sean has actually put together a website as a memorial to George. It’s called ourGeorge.com. The other wonderful thing is that as time passes, people have been sending stories and pictures of George to Sean to post on the website. It’s touching to see how many people George touched in his life.

Thankfully, not all of the past month has been sad for us. Sean and I recently celebrated our third anniversary. Instead of buying each other separate presents, we agreed to spend a weekend at a driving school for autocrossing that was coming up. We drove down to Tucson on Friday night and spent all day learning how to autocross the Miata better. It was an awesome school. We spent a good chunk of the day in the car driving, which made it well worth the money we invested in the school. We spent a second night in Tucson and drove back to Phoenix this morning. We’re both insanely sore, but pleased. I even managed to beat Sean’s driving times for the first time since we started autocrossing several years ago.

Overall, this month has contained a rollercoaster of emotions that Sean and I are still trying to digest. Be patient with us and as we can, we’ll start to post more often again.