Archive for February, 2008

And then she was 38

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

All Hail the Birthday Princess

Today’s my birthday! I found this hat sitting on my laptop this morning when I woke up. It cracked me up. The dining room is completely decked out in pink and white streamers and birthday decorations. I love that my house full of men know and appreciate that I love the pink.

I’m headed into work soon – I’m hoping the roads aren’t too bad. We had snow all day yesterday and I hear it pouring down rain right now. Why is it raining on my birthday? Wah.

Crazy 8s

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Laura tagged me for this meme last week… it’s easy content to get back into the swing of things, so here goes!

8 Things I’m Passionate About

  1. Recovery from addiction
  2. Good nutrition
  3. Raising my boys up right
  4. Loving my husband
  5. Reading and the education gained from such
  6. Personal growth
  7. Love and laughter
  8. Listening to that quiet, small voice within

8 Things I Want to Do Before I Die

  1. Visit every state in America for at least a few hours each
  2. Travel abroad frequently
  3. Watch my boys get happily married
  4. Hold precious grandbabies in my arms
  5. Swim in the Pacific Ocean
  6. Own a stray dog refuge ranch
  7. Write a memoir
  8. Help as many alcoholics, compulsive overeaters, and codependents as I can find recovery

8 Things I Say Often

  1. Hi, babe!
  2. Hi, honey
  3. I love you
  4. I missed you
  5. How was your day?
  6. Hi, I’m Amy and I’m a compulsive overeater/alcoholic
  7. I know, right?
  8. Gracie-Janey! Who’s the good girl? You’re the good girl. Oh, yes you are. You’re mama’s baby girl, aren’t you?

8 Books I’ve Read Recently

  1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  2. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelo
  3. The Witch of Portobello by Paolo Coelo
  4. Floor Sample by Julia Cameron
  5. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  6. Invisible Acts of Power by Caroline Myss
  7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  8. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (reading now)

8 Songs I Could Listen to Over and Over

  1. The Shadow of the Day by Linkin Park
  2. Hey There Delilah by Plain White Ts
  3. Yahweh by U2
  4. Running to Stand Still by U2
  5. Valparaiso by Sting
  6. Saturday in the Park by Chicago
  7. Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
  8. Nervous Alibi by The Outfield

8 Things That Attract Me to My Best Friends

  1. Honesty
  2. Integrity
  3. Sense of humor
  4. Recovery
  5. Talent for listening
  6. Unconditional love & acceptance
  7. Intelligence
  8. Kindness

8 People I Think Should Do Crazy 8s

  1. Darla
  2. Cindy
  3. Colleen
  4. Kim
  5. Steph
  6. Marisa
  7. Suni
  8. Jenn

It’s Been A While

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

I just haven’t felt the urge to blog the past couple of months. I guess times of turmoil and drastic change bring out the isolation and hermit in me. I’d rather retreat quietly to my cave and lick my wounds to reemerge after a period of healing than to stand in public and announce my trials and struggles. Thank you all for the wonderful comments and emails of support, I really do appreciate it. I even (kinda) appreciate all the comments of support from people who are obviously just trying to get a link back to their sites.

To update those of you who I don’t communicate with outside of this blog – I started a new job this past Monday. I actually landed the job the last day of work at the other place, which made for an easier departure. I’m now working for a pretty large company that manufactures all sorts of manly things like screws and locks and hinges and the like. It’s an excellent, global company that has been around for over 100 years, providing me with a pretty deep sense of security. I now have the means to financially plan for the future with a generous 401K and retirement plan in place.

As pleased as I am with the company, though, it still sucks to start a new job. And there are blows to my ego with this position, too. I’ve taken a step down in title and responsibility, but not in pay, so that eases the blow a bit. I no longer have an office, which really, really, really sucks – however hardly anyone has an office there. The corporate culture is radically different than what I’m used to. I feel better when I meet with higher ups who have been with the company for 10+ years who don’t have an office, but the fact remains that I still miss mine very much. The other thing I have to get used to is the commute. I was traveling 3 miles to work each day previously. Today, it’s 39 miles one way. That’s quite an adjustment. I’m trying to make the best of it by listening to a combination of phone calls, good music, and compelling talk radio. I listened to my first ever Christian radio talk show the other day on FM and I just loved it. I want to try some books on tape, as well, to see how that works for me.

All in all, I know I made the right decision with this job. I had 2 other offers on the table, and I chose this one because my heart was telling me (loudly) that I needed to go there. I knew the minute I pulled up to the building the first time I went there for an interview that this was going to be the place. I couldn’t believe it because the whole time I was driving there, I was of the mindset that I’d never take this job because the commute is so long, but that I’d go there to get some more interview experience under my belt. Joke was on me, apparently.

Rob is still looking for something permanent. He’s got a couple of side jobs for right now, so we’re okay financially until spring – so hopefully in the next few weeks, he’ll land a permanent gig, too.

Now that I’ve gotten the first post (after a hiatus) over, maybe it will be easier to post here on a more consistent basis again. I guess time will tell!