Monthly Archives: February 2010

Not My Best Moment

The toddler woke up with a cold this morning.  Runny nose, sneezing.  Did I send him to day-care?  Yes I did. Sorry parents.  When I got him home he was doing much better so hopefully that is it. However, he sneezed a few minutes ago so of course all sorts of juiciness came out.  We just walked into the house, there was nothing around for me to wipe his nose with, I was in my work clothes so… I used my finger and wiped it on HIS shirt.  I’ve since changed the shirt but… eww.  Not my best moment.  Sorry kiddo.

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The universe. Holy crap.

Do you believe that if you put your thoughts and energy out there that good things come back to you?  That some things work out how they are supposed to, even if it’s not what you thought you wanted?  I do.   Since about 10 years ago, I really do.   It’s as if karma and the universe get all blended up and you just kinda bounce along the way.  It’s like that Rolling Stones song, “you can’t always get what you want, but you get what you need.”

Galaxy

Photo Credit: Astro Guy

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately.  A lot since we decided to move.

Here’s a recent example: In December we decided we would do it.  Make THE move to California. I was debating whether to see if I could work remotely with the company I’m with or resign all-together or what my options were.  In January when I went back to work I was told that due to how business is going, my employer could not afford me full-time but would like me to consider part-time, for a while until things improved.  How is that for a giant bucket of irony?  Decision made!  Thanks for the back-up universe!

Book Review: The Middle Place

I am there right now.

In this book, The Middle Place, the middle place refers to the part of your life where you are both a parent and a child.  In the writer’s case, and in mine, I’m a daughter and a mom.  A lot of you are in this middle place right now.  Or maybe you recently left.

I thought it was good story and it’s just that more moving because it is based on the true life story of Kelly Corrigan.  She is newly married and desperately wanting children when she is diagnosed with cancer.  At about the same time, so is her father.  Given the circumstances of what drives the book, her handling of these two events, it’s not a grim tale.  It’s entertaining and fun, although not without drama, and I would put it in the ‘quick read’ category. It’s really about the hand she is dealt and how she manages it.  Sometimes gracefully, but frequently I’d read a passage and think “what?!?”

What I really like about this book is that it is not a book about cancer.  It’s a book about relationships.  Her dad in this book is hilarious.  Her mom has problems but is strong in her own way.  Her kids are great and what she lives for.  Her husband, whose name escapes me, is the glue with her family and the balance and foot on the ground when she needs it.  It’s a wonderful story and I think every woman would relate in some way.  Perhaps not to cancer or facing the possibility of death but that thing in your life that defines your time before and after.

3 Signs Your Life Is About to Be Turned Upside Down

  • You find out you are pregnant and that you will have 2 under 2 before the year is over
  • You decide to move cross country with your family and neither grownup will have a job when you get there

Right, that’s only two, but studies show that you are more likely to read a post if the title starts with an odd number and I can’t think of a third.  But those two are pretty big right?  Surely they count as three.

I haven’t posted in months, life has been a little crazy and something had to go.

I have this thing on my mind that is probably a whole other post.

I’d like your opinion.  It’s about women in the workforce.  It is illegal for a company to not hire a candidate because they are pregnant.  However, I’m convinced that a woman could be the most qualified for a certain position, but if she is visibly pregnant, forget about it.  I’ll write more about this later because it interests me on a personal level, but I’d like your opinion in the meantime.  Any examples?

Back to the life upside down thing.

We are moving back to California in a few weeks.  We realized that while Atlanta has been fun and good to us, we need family.  I want our kids to get to know their grandparents and vice versa.   Imagine this: I’m hopping a plane, all 18 weeks pregnant of me, with a 15 month old, to California in the middle of March.  The next day, my dad is flying out to Atlanta to drive one of our 2 cars, cross country, with my husband, a trailer and dog who has been blessed with more than her fair share of crazy.  Part hound, part lab, part lizard, lover of pats, other dogs and roadkill.  They are going to take 4 nights to do the drive.

There must be some good stories in that right?  4 nights, 5 days, husband, dad, dog, staying at motels that I wouldn’t stay at alone (husband is very, ahem, frugal) going through parts of the country that I somewhat lovingly refer to as the armpit of America, stopping for steaks and pie and beef jerky and bad coffee.  Really, how could there not be stories?  I wonder if I send the camera with them they’ll take pictures.

Send good vibes, I’ll report along the way.  Wish us all luck please.  I’m looking forward to sharing with you again.