Friday, May 25, 2012

The Friday Before

 a 3 day weekend is both the best and worst kind of day.

The best because, hello? THREE DAY WEEKEND!

It's also the worst though because it's one more day to get through before you can enjoy the three day weekend. Ah well, at least the weekend is close.

The bummer is that I woke up this morning with a really bad sore throat. I honestly cannot remember the last time I was sick which is actually kind of amazing to me. For most of my adult life I've had a fairly predictable schedule of being healthy most of the time but getting one knock out cold each year in the spring and fall. Perhaps it's due to spending most of my life in school? 

The last time I really remember being sick was back in late 2009 or early 2010 when both B and I were knocked out for at least a week. B is actually pretty sure he had some version of the H1N1 flu that was going around at the time. I'm not positive that's what it was, but man, I just remember that it wasn't fun. Hopefully this is just a one day kind of a thing and it goes away quickly so I can enjoy the weekend without wanting to stay in bed the whole time!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and many, many thanks to all of the brave men and women who are serving (or have served) in the military for this country. This weekend may have turned into the unofficial start of summer, but we know what you've sacrificed and we honor you for it.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Getting Through (once again)

So, as I said, yesterday was a rough day. Actually the past week has been pretty rough in general. I don't really want to get into specific details here, but let's just say we had a major reorganization at my company this week.

First off, I do still have a job. This is good. Also, if things go well I should get a raise (that I asked for and have been promised) in a couple of months. This is also good.

Now it's buckle-down-and-get-the-work done time.

But before that can happen, I have to process everything that's happened this week. I've had some time to think about it, and I completely understand the rationale. And I've been on the other side of this type of thing before. It's not personal, it's business. I get it. But ultimately, it still sucks. 

However, waking up this morning I did feel a bit of relief. I think mainly because it's over and I didn't have to dread it anymore. And because I have confidence in the new direction that we're headed. Without that, I'm pretty sure I'd be feeling more stuck than ever right now. 

In any event, I wanted to say thanks again to all of you who reached out to me yesterday. I love this community that I've found and I love that it includes people I've never met but get to interact with online, as well as people who know me from various other parts of my life. Y'all are pretty awesome, and for that I am incredibly grateful.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Other Shoe

Do you ever feel like you're just waiting for the other shoe to drop? I've been feeling like that for some time now, and unfortunately it appears that today is finally that day. 

I'm ok, and my family is fine, but some seriously bad shit is going on in one area of my life right now. And I have absolutely no idea how to spin it into anything positive here except that it will be a learning experience. 

One hell of a learning experience. 

And quite frankly, a learning experience that I never wanted.

So today is going to be rough. All I can say is that I will definitely be needing a drink when it's over.

Update: So a couple people have mentioned that perhaps this was too cryptic. Apologies for that. I haven't lost my job and everything really is fine with me and B (and the rest of my family). This does involve a crappy situation at my job, but I am still employed! (and for that I am grateful). 

Thank you for all of your kind thoughts today! I really appreciate it!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to my incredible mother! As I get older I discover more and more how incredibly lucky I am to have her (sure, she wishes I'd figured this out when I was a teenager, but hey, better late than never, right Mom? Love you!)

*Photo by Persimmon Images

And to all of my other friends who are moms, are mamas-to-be or are mamas-yet-to-be, I hope you all are having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Moving Beyond Disappointment

Well that was a disappointing meeting. 

And no, that's not exactly a happy thing, so why am I posting about it in my month of focusing on the good? Because I have to move past it. 

Far too often my modus operandi when something disappointing happens is to wallow. I replay what happened in my head, thinking of various ways that I could have changed the outcome. Maybe if I had spoken more forcefully my point would have gotten across better. Perhaps if I had simply stepped back I wouldn't have cared as much about the outcome in the first place. Whatever I actually did in the moment, there's always something that I could have changed.

Except that I can't. Because it's in the past. It's done. What I can change is my attitude about it, and how I react going forward. 

And so, to bring this back to focusing on the good, I have to move forward and accept that while that may be the outcome of today's meeting, it's not the absolute final decision. And I will work hard so that at the next meeting on this issue I get a response more in line with what I was hoping. 

And in the meantime I will very happily enjoy the croissant that my co-worker brought in from Honore Bakery (and we just won't talk about the number of calories that I consumed).

Friday, May 4, 2012


Today has been... well... let's just say I'm very, very happy that it's Friday. The ups and downs (that we're still dealing with) have been a bit insane (not necessarily terribly bad, more just terribly ill-timed).

But instead of focusing on all that, I'm going to focus on the fact that it's Friday afternoon, I'm heading out of work and looking forward to a weekend with no real plans except to watch the Kentucky Derby tomorrow. I'll take it.

And since I had to run a few errands at lunch time I finally got to satisfy my McFlurry craving that I've had since Amber was talking about them. Damn, can that just hit the spot sometimes.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

One Look

All it takes is one look.

A look toward the leash gets the dog so excited his tail whips back and forth threatening to knock over my water glass.

A look toward the outside means it's time for an afternoon stroll - getting all of us out of the house and into the fresh air for some much needed Vitamin D after the sun has been hiding for too long.

A look toward him makes me wonder how I could be lucky enough to have him in my life.

A look toward me reminds me he feels the same way. 

So many things can be shared with a look. 

I hope we never stop looking at each other that way.
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