Today, we got a free casual day at work in exchange for wearing green or orange in honor of the holiday which is widely and happily celebrated in Portland at all the Irish bars. And I fully took advantage with my only kelly green item - this soft Gap sweater that I rarely wear, for no real reason other than that it often sifts to the bottom of the sweater pile as it's short-sleeved and inappropriate for all seasons but mid-Spring.
Ben and I came back to Portland, from Eugene, on Saturday night, went immediately to bed, and then spent Sunday doing laundry and catching up on chores. I also made some delicious mint frosted brownies for a work potluck today, which I'll share later on the blog. Today, we both made it through work and school and are now back in Eugene. Thank goodness the drive is only about two hours otherwise we'd be much more exhausted and likely missing some more work and school. I'll be working remotely tomorrow from here, and then we plan (finger's crossed) to head back to Portland on Tuesday night and start this process over again on the weekend.
I'm not one to be cryptic or shy away from sharing on the blog, but as it's Ben's family we're here for, I'll stay quiet about what we're going through. Everything does look like it'll be fine, but it's a stressful time for him and his family and I'm really here to support him as we spend long days in the hospital waiting around for news.
It's so difficult to watch someone you love go through something difficult. It's hard not to be able to take away their pain and their struggle and replace it with your own. Not to want to take all of their sadness and worry and package it up and send it away. But such is life, and such are our strongest relationships - we become so intertwined with our loved ones that their pain becomes ours and their joy ours as well. And I do think that in the end, we're all the better for it.