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Suddenly I Turned Around

January 25th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in reflection

I’m 28 years old now. 10 years ago, this time, I was starting my second quarter of university. Fresh out of high school, fresh out of my parents’ house. Into the dorms. Second quarter living and meeting with my then-best-friend and roommate, Jenn. Now, I’m 28.

Suddenly, I turned around, and I was moving up to Washington from California.

Suddenly, I turned around, and I was getting my Master’s degree.

Suddenly, I turned around, and I was engaged to my best friend.

Suddenly, I turned around, and I was already sending out wedding invitations.

Suddenly, I turned around, and I was married. Having just spent one of the happiest days of my life, marrying my true blue partner in crime, Dave.

Suddenly, I turned around, and I was enjoying being pregnant for the very first time.

Suddenly, I turned around, and I was a mother. A MOTHER!!! How and when did this happen?

Suddenly, I turned around, and I’m 28. 28 years old. What the heck happened?

Sleep is Good

January 11th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in gratitude

I’ve been having some trouble sleeping at night. Mostly because our Lily Bean wakes up often right now due to her cold — she’d cough and cough and cough and it wakes her up and her throat is sore. Then she whines out a small cry for me to come get her. I go in briefly to comfort her, kiss her, and stick a binky in her mouth and off to sleep she goes again. It’s hard, though, as I know nothing that could immediately alleviate the pain she is. It is very, very hard to see your child suffering. I know all parents have known this for centuries, but this is new to me, and it is so very hard. Oi.

However, once I am able to go to back to sleep, it is almost like bliss. Oh yes, the sheer feeling of being able to just … _rest_ is a big deal. At least I am not in chronic pain, or have foot issues like Plantar Fasciitis. I think it is just because I work so hard when I’m awake that I am absolutely exhausted by the time I crawl into bed. And bed is bliss. Sleep is good.

An Updated List

January 11th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in gratitude

I have a friend who worked for one of those debt collection agencies, and she has relayed stories to me about how NOT fun they are. Heh. That got me thinking, too. I am grateful that I don’t have big debts to pay off — besides my student loans. And then it got me thinking — I am grateful for many, many other things in my life. And therefore, this site deserves an updated list of grateful things.

- a job that pays okay
- a beautiful, healthy baby girl (albeit with a cold)
- a loving husband
- a warm home
- a new president :D yay!!!!
- food whenever I want to eat
- a warm bed
- a fireplace so that we may put logs in the fire
- a cuddly cat
- a clean home

That’s all for now. I’m pooped. I’m going to go lie down.

It Must Be Done

January 11th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in reflection

One of the things I am forever grateful for is my ability to reason with myself and to have insight (albeit sometimes it is slow in coming). When you can admit that you are somehow wrong in the past, you can begin to grow as a person, and be a better person for your future. I appreciate that sometimes I do crazy ass things that appear to come out of nowhere, but in the end, I believe I can come through as a stronger person. Sometimes, it takes admitting that you were an ass to become a good person. Sometimes, it takes acknowledging that you were the one in the wrong, and not the other way around, to become a better friend, a better mother, a better wife, a better sister, etc. I am okay with this. As hard as it is to acknowledge that I have faults (heh), it must be done.

Repairing Water Damage

January 11th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in headlines

Don’t you hate it, hate it, hate it when you have water damage? When we were getting our bathrooms renovated, we found out that it would cost us extra because we had some behind-the-tiles water damage that was leaking through onto our floors and underneath our toilet. It was absolutely gross, as we had no idea how long this damage went on for, or when it started, or even where. It cost us a bundle of extra cash we didn’t have to get it fixed, but when we did, it was godsend! Water Restoration 911 does exactly that — it repairs your home from water damage that could affect your health, your safety, and the overall look and feel of your home. No one wants to live with a home full of water damage, right? It rains here so often and so much that we have to be careful and up to date with all our plumbing necessities. I am so glad that we have our brand new kitchens to work with. It definitely makes taking showers — and baths — that much more fun, that much more clean, and I think it’s one of my favorite parts of the house now!

The Changes

January 11th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in reflection

Everything is going to go back to normal now, which is a good thing, but also a little sad. The holidays are over, the new year is here, Sisser is gone and so is Brudder. Their week-long, separate visits were good — I got to catch up with them. It’s odd to know that they are my “baby” siblings, yet they’re no longer “babies.” They’re grown up, and I can’t treat them like little kids anymore. My brother is 5 years younger than me, and my sister is 7 years younger than me. It’s amazing how as time goes, things change. Your setting changes, the people in your life changes. You change. Everything changes. Nothing is ever the same for long.

I am learning to appreciate the changes in my life. It is comforting to know, then, that when bad things happen, they don’t stay “bad” for long. Good things take their places, and we eventually all move right on along.

The Vancouver Scoop

January 7th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in visualization

Tomorrow, I’m taking my brother and his girlfriend to Vancouver, so they can see the sights there. It’s a cold, rainy week, where all the rain is washing all that snow away, so it will be a little awkward to go touristing around the neighborhood. But, they’re only in town for a week, and so far we haven’t done much of anything because of the weather and partly because we’re darn lazy. And a few other outlying reasons that I won’t get into.

I’m thinking of taking them to Gas Town, Chinatown, and around Stanley Park. If we have some time, maybe around the downtown area and Robson St. But, we may not have time, so we’ll plan it all out accordingly.