It’s Like Christmas Just Puked All Over Me!

Wow!  What a great day!  I dreaded work yesterday, but it turned out great.  We got things done, but also got a chance to blow off some steam as we picked apart some materials used for Christmas centerpieces last year, and found some picks with huge “Diamonds” on them.  I tore one apart, made it into a ring and went around to my-coworkers with this ridiculously huge “diamond” on my hand saying, “He went to Jared!”  (Like the commercials.)  At least we all got a good laugh. 
Today has been nothing but good news.  I was worried about the weekend after Thanksgiving as my friend is having party, but I didn’t know what my family’s Thanksgiving plans were, plus Hubby and I wanted to get away for my Birthday which is that same weekend.  It turns out that my family’s Thanksgiving is cancelled this year due to my step-mom’s leg and ankle injuries.  So it looks like we can find a sitter for kidlet that Sat. head to my friend’s party and Hubby and I can go out after for the night and pick kidlet up Sunday.  So, it all works out in the end.  🙂
Also, it’s just been worked out that my friend from college and I are taking a Girls’ Weekend Jan 23rd & 24th.  We’re meeting halfway and taking 2 nights to ourselves!!  I’m so stinking excited!
AND, I found out at work yesterday that my co-worker and I are switching days Thanksgiving Week which means I work the day before Thanksgiving, but have the day after off.  What makes this better?  Kidlet is at Day Care and Hubby is Hunting.  Can I get a “W00t, W00t!?!?”  LOL 
I don’t know what I did to have Karma smile on me so, but I’ll take it.  🙂

Special Kind of Pride

When I left High School, I had dreams of being this single girl living in New York in a studio apartment and being this “it” girl.  Needless to say, life didn’t take me there.  I’d be lying if I said that there was never I time I looked back and felt bad here and there, but today a light bulb went off.  Everything that’s happened in my life that’s brought me here is better than the best dream I ever could have had. 
As I mentioned, there was a bike race out here at Camp this weekend, and with that, I came across a mother of a girl I went to High School with.  We chatted a bit and she filled me in on a few of the girls in “the popular” crowd that I knew because we went to private grade school on up together.  Most of them are getting married next year, and somehow hearing that, for the first time in my life-I’m glad I’m not them. 
And then I realized that I may not have a flashy career, or live in a big city, or have traveled the world, or even make a lot of money, but I have a family.  I realized today, perhaps in a new way that there’s a special kind of pride being able to say that I’ve been married 5 years and knowing that most of the days in this marriage are still happy.  There’s a pride having kidlet and perhaps even knowing that she will be the only one for us.  There’s a pride in being established, stable, dare I say-even boring.  And that’s when it hit me like a ton of bricks, I’d take this over any of those other things, even New York, any day.
Also, today was the first day that I’m okay with the fact that I haven’t been single since my Freshman year of High School.  Most times, I kick myself for that, but today I realized, that’s just who I am, and there’s no shame in that.  I know I could do life alone if I had to, so, with that–who the hell cares?
Thank you life, for leading me where you have and teaching me the things you have.  Some of those lessons have been hard, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  Feel free to bring me more anytime.  The rest of you can have all the money and contacts in the world.  I’m great right where I am.