Saturday, February 23, 2013

wow - more than a year since my last post, and so much has changed

I have to laugh when I look at my last post - my life is so different just 14 months later.

And I have to say, there may be a reason I didn't blog in 2012 - it was a pretty awful year for me. Who wants to read that crap?

So here we are, 2 months into 2013. I, once again, am in a new job, started on January 7th 2013. This time, I'm back to my roots, public relations and marketing, writing, creating, learning.  Out of the skilled nursing admissions business, which was killing my soul. I do miss working with the families and residents, for they fed my soul. But I don't miss the paperwork and the regulations and the politics.

Funny, then, that I'm back to working in local government, where politics abound. But it's a different type of politics, and politics which I actually understand. Politics which are reported on in the papers, on the blogs, on Facebook & Twitter.  Not the crap that is an undercurrent.

I am absolutely loving the world of Transportation Demand Management (TDM).  It's fascinating and more entwined with the environment and economics than I'd ever realized.  A new soapbox. Yippee!!

One of my 2013 goals is to write, somewhere, something, every day. I now have a blog to keep up for work, and I'm trying, once again, to tweet.  I have been rather stressed about how to make ends meet, and if I can possibly find my voice, write articles and submit them, write short fiction and submit it, maybe I can make $$ from that? If I don't try I won't know.

If you're reading this, which you are likely not (for why would anyone follow a blog that isn't updated for 14 months?!?) you may have an opinion on this, and I'd love to hear it.  I may try out some ideas here, put some of my writing here first.  Thanks in advance for any input!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011 has come & gone...

The whirlwind that is Christmas prep & family celebration has already come and gone for another year. It all goes by so quickly any more...guess I'm gettin' old!

I probably had more fun and thought more about the blessings in my life this year than I have in many, many years at Christmastime.  This is not because there was more "stuff" under the tree or because I bought someone an extravagant gift (or two or three) which I couldn't really afford.

It is because I am able to enjoy:

  • A new job in the field I've come to love so much in a community which is a terrific fit for me.  It sure doesn't hurt that I have much more earning power there, either....SOME of my financial worries will abate somewhat and I should be able to pay for a greater portion of Tori's schooling now, which is a big weight off of my shoulders. I should also be able to save more.
  • A new attitude of gratitude. I credit a lot of this to my love of change in my life, and my ability to roll with the punches. Yes, some of those punches have knocked me flat at times these past two years; however, I have come out on the other side in much better places.
  • Family. I have an amazingly supportive, loving family. Doesn't mean we don't ever have our differences - of course we do. It fills my heart up, though, to know that they always have my back and I, theirs. My brothers and sister, and their spouses and kids (and those kids' spouses) are so important and special to me, and it was such bright joy to spend Christmas Day itself all gathered at Kev & Sonja's celebrating, catching up, and just enjoying being together.  
  • Friends such as no one should have a right to have.  Again, the support and love from my friends, some back in my life after decades (thanks to Facebook), some with whom I've been friends since I was 6 or 7, some who have come into my life more recently but with such love it catches me off guard, is truly something for which I am overwhelmingly grateful.  They check up on me, help me with the 4-legged family members when I need help, offer me a shoulder when the tears flow, and just love me unconditionally. 
  • Tori.  What more can I say? She's sometimes judgmental and gives me the "MOM!" look more often than I like, but she is such a joy to me.  Such talent in that girl - and she keeps on rebounding from disappointments and rejections in a way I don't think I ever could.  I am so glad to be her mother <3

So come on in, 2012...give me what you've got! I'm ready and looking forward to another wonderful year of chaos!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Comfort & Joy, Sister-style

Going to baby myself a bit today....over-did things yesterday and my ankle is screaming at me, so today it's R-I-C-E all over again to try to get this pain under control.

relaxin' in my KN pj's chosen with LOVE!
When I woke up today, I found my very favorite, 13 year old jammies to don. They're Karen Neuburger in a washed-out plum color with a leaf pattern, still soft and comfy after all of these years. My amazing sister, Claudia, gave them to me back in 1998 when I was going through treatment for thyroid cancer. She gave me two sets, and while the other one (with adorable snowmen on it) wore out several years ago, these are still going strong, just as I  :)

These jammies bring me so much comfort and joy - every time I put them on, I remember how much love went into selecting them for me. When you no longer have a thyroid and have to be off meds for weeks in order to prep for ablation therapy/treatment, you are always cold...chattering teeth cold.  Claudia wanted me to be wrapped in warmth, and so she gifted me with these amazing warm, indulgent pj's.  She also gifted me with the unquestionable knowledge that she loves me more than anyone has a right to be loved. For this, I am eternally grateful.

As I wear the jammies and nurse my health issues of another type today, I will carry her love around with me. As I take time to indulge my creativity and make more cards and tags, I will feel her influence, guidance, and love enveloping me and know that she is proud of me and my accomplishments. And I will, always, love her back!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Winding down and starting up

Well, my two week hiatus from work is winding's been nice, but I'm ready to begin my new adventure at Sunrise Senior Living at Tuckerman Lane.  My ankle sprain forced me to be a bit more sedentary and introspective than I'd planned, but that may have been divine intervention to force me to just BE.  Gotta run down to the new facility today for some pre-employment detail stuff, and then Chicks' Night Out at Donna's for Raclette, wine, friends, and board/card game fun. Can't wait to laugh and just hang out with these four amazing women.  I think that the photo below is about 8 years old, but we haven't changed all THAT much since then :)

Here's to a Friday full of everything joyful!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Just added to BlogHer!

So, I finally, a year after discovering BlogHer and subscribing, updated my profile and added my blog to their directory.  Yay! Going to spend some time today surfing through their offerings and bookmarking some other womens' blogs for ideas and inspiration.

So far, my blog topics have been mostly related to politics, my pride in Tori's accomplishments, creative pursuits, and musings about the mundane & every-day.  I have often been told that I write as I talk....quickly, knee-jerk, and with some humor sprinkled in.  You'll have to tell me if you agree!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

a few things on my mind....

1)  T-Mobile really needs to fix their holiday-themed ad...."Walking in a 4G Wonderland" truly, truly sounds like "Walkin' in an orgy wonderland."  No matter how many times I hear it.

T Mobile's 4G Wonderland (or is it Orgy Wonderland?!??!)

2)  Saw a promo for a new show on ABC premiering soon - about two guys who dress up like women to get jobs. Hasn't this been done multiple times before? Aren't there any original ideas?

ABC's Work It - Really?

3)  I bought a lot of fresh ingredients at Wegman's tonight to make several delicious soups & stews so we have healthy meals ready to go when I start the job with the commute from hades.  Will spend the next couple of days making stuff in the crockpot and stockpot.  And the house will smell divine!

4)  Have plans for the next several nights with family and friends. Feel so very blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life. I know I say this a lot, but it's true.  It never ceases to amaze me.

I am so glad to have the ability to type what I'm thinking, even if it's pretty mundane. Sometimes, it's just the process of getting stuff on paper that starts creativity flowing.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Forced laziness

Well, I know that when I'm at home, I'm basically lazy, but this is many things I wanted to get done in between jobs and I've spent the last 5 days laid up with a sprained ankle.  pretty, huh?  God sure has a weird sense of humor!

I am able to put weight on it now, so maybe my dining and living room will get cleaned today. Tori can help get decorations up.  It's onward and upward!

my feet/ankles aren't all that attractive normally, but this is ridiculous!