Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
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I've been back from a week and have yet to post about California...sad, I know! The pictures are coming, I promise. I've just been a little busy celebrating!! (Thank you for all the congratulations, by the way!) I am in no way done celebrating yet, as I have plans for dinner with an old coworker and the piano bar coming up, but still, I’m enjoying the beginning of the celebrating!
After Bug’s parents came home last night, I headed east towards my parents house. My parents and three youngest siblings weren’t home so I ended up at the home of two of my younger sisters. Amata got a call from one of her roommates who said a group of people were getting together at Applebee’s and wanted me to go along. I’m not much of a partier, aside from how many times I’ve posted about the piano bar. ;-) Plus, it was already after 10 p.m.! Usually, I’d not even think about going out so late, but I figured why not…I had nothing else to do and wasn’t ready for bed!
So, I ended up with a bunch of random people at Applebee’s and actually had a great time. It was one of those evenings when I was able to just relax and enjoy the company, even though I didn’t know most of the people. We had a bunch of crazy laughter moments, like when my sister’s roommate fed my brother some food (completely random and they weren’t really paying attention) and then when it happened again with my sister and her future brother-in-law. My brother drank out of the pitcher of water and I felt like I was hanging out with high schoolers…since all of them are 20ish, that’s not too far away. I didn’t get home until around 12:30…I think I’m still recovering today!
And that was my Sunday night party…so random, but a blast! (And how cute is the penguin below? Yes I know he’s random, lol!)
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Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
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Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
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I love football season.
Growing up, we never watched any sports on television and I really still don’t to this day. I do think that tailgating sounds fun and I would probably enjoy at least one football game in person. I’m sure the food at football parties is delicious…but the real reason I enjoy these days is that my babysitting calendar fills up so fast! Last week there was a night game during the week, so I got to babysit three of my old students. We had an evening full of bicycle tire pumping classes, bike riding, pizza & ice cream before they had to go to bed. Today, I’m hanging out with Bug, who just turned two yesterday! I got here about 4 hours ago but the game just started and is still in the 1st quarter. I’m not sure if his parents are actually at the game or just tailgating but either way I’m sure they are having a good time! We went for a walk while his parents got ready and left and then we took a short drive to the zoo to see the elephants, monkeys, penguins…I have a membership so we go a lot but don’t necessarily spend a lot of time there each visit. There was also a guy carving this HUGE pumpkin…
I think that says 1056.5 lbs!! Wowza…
Welcome, football Saturdays! I’m glad you’ve arrived. You’re wonderful to my babysitting pile o’cash, sympathizing with me not having an actual job these days!
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Are you a fan of football Saturdays? How do you celebrate? ;-)
Thursday, September 09, 2010
I came across this picture of me (or rather, my hair) taken in Oregon just about a year ago. I hadn’t dyed my hair back then and it was blonder from the summer sun.
I don’t know though, I am still liking the redder color I’m rockin’ now. What do you think??
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Last year on this Tuesday night, I was introducing myself to new students and greeting my old students.
This year, I’m talking to parents of old students trying to get babysitting jobs, and to see the kids I am already missing.
Last year on this night, I was joking with my cowokers, excited about the upcoming school year.
This year, I haven’t seen half of my coworkers since school ended in May and have no idea what’s to come this school year.
Last year at this time, I was living with a girl whose only spoken language was to grunt. At me, my family, my friends.
This year, my new roommate and I are working through the seasons of Felicity together. We hang out most nights if both of us are home.
Last year, I was up early on the first Wednesday of school.
This year, I can do whatever I wish with my open day. (Although fun, I’m hopeful these endless open days will actually end at some point...)
Truly a new adventure…where is the road leading??
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Thursday, September 02, 2010
So, here we are at the beginning of September. When I left my job in May, I thought I’d have something new lined up by now, to be honest.
I am almost positive that it was God’s plan for me to leave the school in the spring…it had to be, right? It was a decision that felt right at still does…but even though I’m not really worried about the whole situation, parts of me at times think, “What if I made a huge mistake?!” There is a tiny shred of doubt as my coworkers begin school next week. I’m excited for them to meet the new kids, to hear about the former kids’ summers.
But still, what if?
- What if I was wrong? (Even with everyone telling me then, and now, that the decision was right?)
- What if I don’t find anything, then what?
- What if I’ve just lost my drive to love another job. Is that why I’m hesitant about accepting any job, school, nannying, or otherwise?
- What if I lose touch with my old coworkers? The summer has been great staying in touch with them, but with school starting? I’m sad for the inevitable break.
So…I’m struggling some today. It’s going to get easier, I know. I’m glad to have plans the night of their first day of school though, I have to admit.
On the upside, I’m babysitting three former students tonight- something I wouldn’t have been able to do if I was still working at the school. I just need to focus on the positive aspects of leaving. Maybe I’ll work on a list and post it later…that might be a good idea!