(To catch up if you wanna, please see my last three posts, of which this is a continuation.)

 

Just created this iPod playlist, "Waitin on Cat." Here are the songs I found myself needing to hear for the next ten hours I'll be in this waiting room:

Martha 4:03 Pret-A-Porter Various Artists
Fast Car 4:57 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman
Free Fallin' 4:16 Greatest Hits Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
My Girl 2:58 Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles … The Temptations
Story of My Life 5:47 Greatest Hits Social Distortion
America 3:41 Collected Works [Disc 2] Simon & Garfunkel
Scarborough Fair/Canticle 3:11 Collected Works [Disc 2] Simon & Garfunkel
Whatta Man 5:08 Very Necessary Salt-N-Pepa
Nitty Gritty Mississippi 2:57 Crossroads Ry Cooder
Cotton Needs Pickin' 2:58 Crossroads Ry Cooder
Down In Mississippi 4:26 Crossroads Ry Cooder
Gone At Last 3:41 Still Crazy After All These Years Paul Simon
Born At The Right Time 3:48 Rhythm Of The Saints Paul Simon
How Bizarre (Mix) 3:44 How Bizzare OMC
Ride Wit Me 4:52 Country Grammar Nelly featuring City Spud
Paper Planes 3:24 Kala (Bonus Track Version) M.I.A.
Ohio 3:05 So Far Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Feelin' Blue 5:17 Willy And The Poor Boys Creedence Clearwater Revival
Pretty 3:41 Pret-A-Porter The Cranberries
Shenandoah 4:53 We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Ses… Bruce Springsteen
Mrs. McGrath 4:20 We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Ses… Bruce Springsteen
Texan Love Song 3:33 Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano P… Elton John
Helpless 3:40 So Far Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Iris 4:50 Dizzy Up the Girl The Goo Goo Dolls
A Mhaithrin, A'Leigfea 'Un An Aonai… 2:57 The Music Of What Happens Cathie Ryan
Erie Canal 4:03 We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Ses… Bruce Springsteen

Cat's insane about Christmas. And I'm talking ... deeply disturbed. Starting about Dec. 26 of every year, she begins to ask me a minimum of three times a week, "Is it Christmas yet?" Her entire relationship to Christmas is just beyond telling. Anyway, we're thinking this year's should be one of our all-time greatest Christmases ever. Got a room at the Disneyland Grand Californian for the night of Dec. 23rd and everything.

It's such a disorienting thing, to watch your wife's energy seriously fade over the course of two or so years. This operation should finally whisk that evil specter away.

When I met Cat in the fall of 1978 she was 24 years old. And that's exactly the age she remained until about two years ago.

And suddenly we were old.

And the poor girl was always so very, very tired, and sick with one thing or another. She stopped exercising. She stopped wanting to go out. Life became less something to enjoy than endure.

And now here we are, hoping the shower-capped gods of modern medicine will give us a do-over.

Thanksgiving.

No kidding.

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