10 Days of Thanksgiving

If you’re on a social network I’m sure you have been bombarded with “30 Days of Thanksgiving” daily posts.  I tried it one year and by Day 10 I ran out of things to write.

My only Thanksgiving “status” of the month went like this:

“This year, hands down, has been one of the hardest for me. That being said, I’m thankful for reliable transportation, food on the table, a roof over my head, friends and family, and WINE”

In which I got several “Lol’s”, responses of agreement, and some dear friends who suggested I go back and count my blessings.  Without boring you to death about the basics (Water, Electricity, Technology. Highly grateful for, by the way) here is my 10-Days-of-Thanksgiving wrapped up into one post.  Note: You can probably skip through the top half of my list, as these are the necessities I’m sure we are all truly thankful for.

I’m Thankful For…

Day 1: My family. Without these people who have no choice but to deal with me day in and day out, I think I would be one lonely person.

Day 2: Friends. When my family gets tired of me, or vice versa, I can always turn to Happy Hour, spa day, and 2-hour phone chats.

Day 3: Job. A source of income. Food on the table. Health benefits. And an outlet for all my Excel spreadsheet ideas.

Day 4: A Home. We have lived here for several years now.  It was built in 1985, it’s a nice well-kept neighborhood and I like my neighbors.

Day 5: Faith. I try not to be preachy, I am far from a saint, but I am a Christian sometimes I go back and forth on things but the verses I have memorized through the years have kept me going. Even if you’re not a Christian some of the most inspiring quotes and poems are in the Bible.

Day 6: Florida. The sun, the beach, the football, and the ability to look from your far right to your far left and see nothing but blue sky and splashes of clouds painted across it.  Nothing like it.

Day 7: Food. Not talking about basic staples, which I am also thankful for.  I love to cook because I love to eat.  Some express themselves through dance, painting, etc.  I express myself through cooking. My kitchen is my sanctuary.

Day 8: Blog-World. I’m not just saying this because I’m posting on my blog. Seriously, at the starting-point I was one foot over the cliff into Crazy Town.  Fertility issues, “pre”-empty nest syndrome, and loss of an income in the household. The blog-world allows you to connect with people who can relate to you, and you can still go out and smile at the world.  Really, you brought me back to life… ok, enough mushiness, moving on…

Day 9: Coupons. Did I just say that? Yep.  This year, I have saved over $4,000 in grocery and household item bills.  Granted, I was one of the people who went into Target to buy one thing and came out with a cart load of non-essentials.  My trips to the store now have purpose and we use what I buy (with the exception of bird seed)

Day 10: Special Days. I aim to live life to the fullest, however, I often get caught in the whirlwind of schedules and errands. Something about holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries brings people together.  Plus I love to decorate the house!

Well, there are my 10 Days of Thanksgiving!

Bon Appetit!

Glitches

The thing about glitches is that they push you back farther, and the more glitches, the farther back you go….  For this reason, this post has been saved in the ‘Drafts’ folder for a week.

I’m good at a lot of things: Organizing, Shopping, Party-Planning… but I am terrible, pitiful when it comes to dealing with change.  My reaction always goes like this:

Step 1: I receive news of change. Fight or flight…. Fight! I’m ready, bring it on!

Step 2: I prepare. I have my to-do lists ready, new processes in place

Step 3: Oh my goodness, this is not how I thought it would be! I want out NOW!

Step 3 (Cont’d): <<BSHHHHHHH>> (This is where the connection cuts off, usually followed by short flashes of consciousness)

Step 4: Ok, I got myself into this mess, I need to deal with it.

Step 5: Put new processes into place, re-work my To-Do list

Step 6: All is back in order, once again.

This reaction is not exclusive to bad news…. I begged and begged for a kitten last year (to keep my then 6-year-old cat company). And when hubby finally gave in, he brought home TWO.

Step 1: YAYYYY How Cute and Cuddly!
Step 2: Off to the store to get all their necessities.. litter, kitten food etc. Still excited!
Step 3: Hold on, they keep jumping on the counters, oh no they’re tearing up the the speakers! Vet bill costs what?!?
Step 4: Hmm..Let’s ‘google’ how to train kittens. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?
Step 5: They stopped jumping on the couch, this is a good start
Step 6: Ok, I think I handle this, we can keep them!

Now that I’ve detailed my reaction to change, I hope you can understand why I haven’t been online in a few weeks when I explain that a month ago, our assistant quit.  Which was traumatizing to us because (a) we LOVED her, she was awesome from day one … and… (b) the day she gave her notice was her last day.  To look at it objectively, she got an amazing offer with the state so I can’t be mad at her…. but REALLY??  There was Zero preparation time.  Then a couple weeks ago, our boss took a personal leave.  In her case, she gave us a few days notice but STILL, not enough time to prepare! On top of that, my cell phone died!

I’ve had about a week to recoup from the catastrophe of November and am EXCITEDLY looking forward to a few days of fun and (hopefully) relaxing vacation.  Hope everyone in the blog-world enjoys the upcoming week and holiday! 🙂

New Friend-Date

I was at Target a couple weeks ago and picked up a book called MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche.  Turns out, she’s a fellow WordPress blogger (http://mwfseekingbff.com , I’m not sure yet how to add a link to my post). I was looking for a good lunch-break book and got some great suggestions (thanks IVF Male for suggesting Game of Thrones, still need to look it up!).  With the colorful polka-dots and catchy title, it was an instant buy. Like the cover, it’s a fun-read about a newly-married gal who moved to a new city and started looking for a new BFF.  I can totally relate in the sense that some of my closest friends live in different states and I have been on a search (or more like, on a hunt) for new BFFs.  Ladies, is it just me, or is friend-making in our 20’s & 30’s a little more difficult and/or complicated than passing notes in High School?  I find, especially in this state, that it is very rare to meet a native Floridian as much as it is hard to build a friendship before my new buddy has to move away.  So it can be complicated, yet I am thankful I’ve made a few fabulous friendships along the way.

That being said, yesterday I went on my first “blind” friend-date.  Let me give you some history.  Back in July, the boys were spending time with their family on the West Coast.  Hubby and I were like honey-mooners for a month! We went on this pub-crawl and met some other fun couples during the event.  No surprise, I had a few (or several) glasses of wine and I was a blabbering fool.

Can you guess who these ladies are dressed up as?? 

You will see ANYONE at a Pub Crawl!

Well, the next morning, I woke up to drunk text messages.. to another lady!  According to my husband I instantly connected with someone.  I don’t even remember how I we exchanged phone numbers.  Nooo… I’m not leaning that way, I am still a faithful, loving wife to my husband.  These text messages were like, “My son’s name is the same as your husband’s!” and, “let’s get the kids together sometime!” Yes, we shared drunken-lets-be-friends text messages.  And funny thing, we have stayed in touch ever since.

So, a couple days ago, she sent me a text message that she was going to take her daughter to a Fall Festival, and we decided to meet up!  Can you imagine my anxiety?  That morning, I kept thinking, “will she like sober-me?” I can’t remember what drunk-me was like… I’m a little reserved at first and drunk-me is much more outgoing!  I was excited but a bit nervous.

As it turned out, my new friend is a little more reserved too! Not so much that we didn’t have good conversation, but we had a great time.  We had plenty to talk about and the kids were shyer than us adults.

Back to the book I’m reading, one of the author’s latest posts reads, “It’s not that your new potential friend doesn’t want to have a friend date with you. It’s that everyone is waiting for someone else to make the move. To do the work. To take a chance.” (From her post on Friending the Only Thing You Need to Know, Oct 29).
Even us introverts have to take a step once in a while… and, when all else fails, there’s nothing like a little liquid courage 😉 Kidding, of course

Emergency Room Tool Kit

Well, here we are… another day at the ER.  Through various illnesses, injuries, and “I think it’s an emergency but can’t really tell”(‘s). We have learned to thoroughly pack for the ER wait.

Thankfully, our local hospital has a 1-hour guarantee in which they give you a free lunch for 2 voucher if you have to wait over an hour, but the magazine selection is scarce and the wait is usually STILL an hour-long (or more).

Note: My son seems to be doing ok, he had a high fever since Monday and today he experienced more symptoms that prompted me to call the nurse line.  She said bring him in… and here we are.  Hubby and big bro (“Kuya,” in Tagalog) have left to go home and he is happily getting some much-needed sleep as I type away.

So here is semi-expert ER Tool Kit list:

~Fleece Blanket It can get cold in here.  Or use it as a pillow if you need to take a quick nap.

~Ziploc Baggie of Crackers or Small Snacks That vending machine can be very tempting, but do you really want to spend $1 on a tiny bag of peanuts?

~Ipod & Headphones Headphones, of course, so your ER lobby friends don’t have to hear your music or e-book, but ALSO to block out the sound of screaming children and moaning/coughing of other sick-mates that might make you feel even worse.  One lady started making vomiting noises in the lobby I had to tell my son to put those headphones on so he wouldn’t start gagging to the noise.

~A Book or Magazine

~Cell Phone Charger With battery-sucking cell phone apps these days, our charge is gone in an hour flat. So if you’re like me, you already carry your USB cord everywhere you go.

~Laptop & Charger In case you want to blog your waiting room experience 😉 Or work, which I’ll probably end up doing from here tomorrow morning.

~Ailment Relievers Wasn’t sure how to put it, like Saline Spray, Cough Drops, Ice Pack, etc. I know we’re here for the hospital to take care of that, but sometimes they take so long its just easier to pull it out of your bag.

Well, this is my short, but sweet, ER Tool Kit.  If you have any other contributions, they are absolutely welcome.  I’m also trying to make a What-To-Bring-To-The-Beach Kit (which I have a good 6 months to plan) and an Essentials-For-Road-Trips Kit.

Well, Good News… in the time it took for me to type this, the nurse just came in and said his tests came back OK and he is good to go, just a virus that we need to wait out… Hooray!