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Things I have been told this month that I already knew…

…but they hurt/helped (or both) anyway.

I am too hard on myself.

I don’t know when to quit.

My actions at times tend to set off a pretty messy chain of events.

People are lucky to have me.

I’m lucky to have people.

I need to let some things go.

People talk and perception matters more than the truth sometimes.

I need to accept that some people can’t fill my needs right now.

I need to either learn to accept rejection or stop looking for inclusiveness in people who are unwilling to give it to me.

It is not my fault.

I need to stop letting people put blame on me for things that were out of my control.

I need to accept responsibility for my actions.

I need to forgive myself.

I am remarkably self-aware.

If I stay in the moment, I will never go wrong.

Some people just don’t know what they need from me right now.

I need to move on.

I can’t keep punishing myself for bad decisions I have made in the past.

I’m just starting out on an exciting journey of self-discovery.

Money karma

I have a religious theory about money.

It seems that when we (Rich and I) spend our money foolishly and don’t watch our budget, large, somewhat unexpected bills land in our lap.  Bills like homeowner’s dues and the irrigation bill coming on the same day, or the shower breaking (last month), or what have you.

Then when we watch our spending and are more  prudent, it seems that whenever we are up against an unexpected cost, extra money finds its way to us.  Maybe I get some marketing consulting money, or we pay off a bill forever (no more student loans as of this month!) or I realize I paid the water bill twice and we don’t have to pay it this time around.

We call this phenomenon “money karma”.

Anybody else notice this phenomenon, or is it just a result of poor long-term financial planning on our part?

Bad times and good friends

Yesterday was a bad day.  Not only did I find out that Rich would need to be taking extra responsibilities at work but I injured myself badly in the most asinine way possible.  I hurt my rib coughing when I felt and heard a “pop”.  My guess, after googling and being an annoyingly misinformed patient I’m sure, is that I have “slipped rib syndrome”.  It hurts like @#!$!#@! like it must be broken, but it is not and I am basically laid up on the couch on ibuprofin for a few days.  The fact that it is not broken was verified from my OB friend who made a house call on his way to work (I realize that my rib is quite a ways away from my vagina, but he’s much more qualified than I am, no?).  Thanks so very much Dr. M, and sorry I wasn’t able to express my sincere thanks while I was standing close to tears in my own living room with your hand up my shirt.

Speaking of friends who go over and above to take care of me when I am down, I am also so grateful for the friends who, when I called to cancel playgroup at my house that afternoon, took Connor off my hands for most of the day.  They also called to check up on me today and are taking him to swim class this morning.   So Annette, Tia and Lisa – thank you so much.  Let’s try for playgroup again soon.

A month or so in pictures

Check out my Flickr account (to the right) and see what we’ve been up to over the last month. It is crazy – you think you haven’t done anything at all recently, then you look at the photos and say, “oh, yeah….so that’s what we’ve been up to.” So enjoy our potty training, birthday partying, picnicing, golfing, grandparent-visiting, earth-day-tree-planting, gardening, egg hunting, playgrouping, fishing, boating, babysitting photos.

Life Update

  1. We still do not know if we are moving to England, but for a number of reasons that I can’t yet discuss online, it is looking less and less likely.  i’m bummed out about it, but there’s not much I can do at this point.  The only thing for sure is that our immediate life is in the states, which at least will be for the next several months.  We probably won’t know anything definite for quite some time, but when we do you’ll be the first to know.
  2. Item #1 makes me wonder if I should keep updating this blog.  I’ve decided that I should as writing often makes me a happier person, although for now topics will probably be a hodge-podge of stuff probably unrelated with the UK.  I feel like a poser when the blog is called “American Mum”, but what can I do…
  3. I’ve been busy in life doing actual work for which I’ll recieve money.  My family’s company needs a new web site.  The hack who created the last one really dropped the ball when she quit working four years ago.  (Pause.)  Fine, yes, that hack was me.  But what is better than reaping financial rewards from my own past mistakes?  I’ve spent a few hours updating content and putting everything on a new template, which once approved will hold us until Rich and I can hire a real interactive design company to do the “real” web design in the next few months.
  4. How do at-home working parents find the time to work and take care of/joy in their kids?
  5. FedEx came through for us the day after my last post.  No harm done – the kids didn’t seem to mind in the least that they had to have FOUR Christmases.  It has occurred to me that they probably would have been totally stoked to get just a stocking full of nonsense from Santa and that’s it.  But I’m not thinking about that too hard or my practical (read: cheap) side will start screaming.
  6. Because of the Christmas carnage, we have had to clear out the old to make way for the new.  On Christmas Eve instead of going to mass, we donated a truckload of old toys to our local hospital’s pediatrics department.  When Siena was there just about a year ago, they only had a handful of old toys for her to play with.  The whole family left with much, much more in the Christmas spirit than all that stand/sit/kneel/sing stuff could have provided.
  7. Even after the hospital giveaway, more stuff must be disposed of.  Garage sales in January are unheard of in these parts, so I’m looking into dropping it all off at a consignment store.  Lots of baby/kids gear to be had for cheap – anyone interested?

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