Aside from crying in the grocery stores and mean mugging happy people, we have all been trying to live life. So, this is kind of wrap up of random things over the past few weeks.
Caroline’s sister, Jen, and her husband moved into a new house the day before the accident. They obviously didn’t have a chance to unpack, so a bunch of us went over on that Friday and did it. I now wonder why we don’t do this every time one of us moves. One of our friend’s husbands owns a home remodeling company and he can hang the shit out of stuff on a wall and fix everything and anything. It’s unreal. As someone with no skills in this realm, I was in awe. Between him and Chelsy, everything in their house is perfectly straight and centered (unless perfectly off-center in some sort of meaningful way). Everything was just magnificent. I want to hire to hire them to redo my everything. Also, it’s really fun digging through your friends things. We learned that Jen’s husband is a cup hoarder. That man loves a good cup. I’ve never seen such variety and in such a magnificent quantity. You can learn so much about someone from their Tupperware care and maintenance.
I also learned that during dark times it’s important to have a friend with a smiling baby and force that friend to bring said baby to everything. Chelsy brought her little chicken nugget that day and she provided much entertainment and endless smiles. She had to nap in a laundry basket like a poor little peasant baby, but I think she will forgive us with time. As long as her future husband Prince George doesn’t find out, then it should be fine right?
I’ve been trying to cook more because it eats up time in my day and I can take food to my friends. And I like food. Everyone likes food. In the event that you need to make large quantities of food that are great for freezing, I highly recommend this beef stew and this baked ziti. The baked ziti is a little more time consuming, but if you can make the tomato sauce in advance, then the bechamel can be made while the noodles boil and it’s quite easy to assemble from there. And it’s freaking delicious. I made extra for Sari and I to have for dinner for a few days and it was gone in one. Oops.
And everyone knows that cheesy carbs having magical healing powers. So, make it and feel a little joy.
The night before the funeral service, we held a Fourth of July celebration to honor and remember our little Caroline. We decorated her favorite wine bar in New Braunfels with red, white, and blue finery and printed off hundreds of photos of her and spread them out on the tables for people to take home. Over 100 people came and only five pictures remained at the end of the night. I share this story because it was a pretty fantastic idea and I think anytime you lose someone there should be pictures available for you to take home. I have hundreds of pictures of her on my computer, but seeing this every morning never fails to make me smile:
I don’t know why someone would want to shank me, I’m like the least annoying person ever…
On Sunday, Sari and went down and hung out with Greg. It was nice to be able to relax and laugh together. He’s living with his parents until he figures out what he’s going to do long term, but in the meantime, he’s going to be overwhelmed with a lot of new lady best friends. He married into this group and he’s never going to get back out. He’s stuck with us forever and ever and ever.