Monday, July 25, 2011

Naive Talk

One day during the last month, I was talking to a friend about his current job and his upcoming wedding.  Sounds like they really have a plan.  They will be married in September.  They are apartment-hunting right now because they plan to have a family fairly soon.  He also plans to ask to be switched to day-shift at work in order to be able to care for the children that will soon be conceived....

Oh you silly, naive young man....

I once had plans like that.  I was going to finish my Master's Degree, teach for a year to get my permanent license, then have a child the next year.  Well.....I finished the degree in 2007.  There were no teaching jobs to be had, so I continued to work at the Youth Center where I still am now in 2011.  The Dr. said that once I went off birth control in the summer of 2007, it should take 3 months to get out of my system and we'd be good to go.

I had mixed emotions as he talked.  At first, I just thought he was a silly and immature young man.  Life never works out according to plan.  Didn't he know that by now?  On the other hand, I hoped for the best for him.  I hoped that things worked out according to his well-thought-out plan.  I hoped he never knew the pain of how badly those plans can be messed up and never had to try to salvage the pieces of a plan.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


I have been MIA for a while and it's been good for me. I haven't shot myself up with anything, haven't worried about whether the tea I'm having is decaf or not, and haven't had any blood drawn.  I've even had a few beers.  It's been good.

Since my last writing, Hubby and I have traveled to have one last visit with his bro's family before they leave for their long-term mission work in Papua New Guinea.  It was a bittersweet visit.  It was so good to see them and catch up, but it was sad because we won't all be together again for quite a few years.  They have three little ones who will grow up on the other side of the world, which will be an amazing experience...just far away.  Thankfully, I found out that they will have access to the internet and I will be able to see their adventures through their blog, emails, and maybe even some Facetime on my iPad if I can figure out how to make it work!

I also caught up with some of my college friends and spent a day with them while they were nearby.  It was good to see them - even the one who is pregnant with twins.  Of course it's the roommate that we never expected to get married, let alone have kids!  They were all so kind and wanted to prepare me beforehand in case she was showing.  I am fortunate to have people that care so much about me and want to protect me

I avoided a baby shower.  I know...terrible, right?  Remember the insensitive girl at my church that I told you about in an earlier post?  It was her baby shower.  I have a gift for her soon-arriving little boy and I will give it to her at church.  I just couldn't go to the shower.  I don't think I could stand listening to her complain about putting on weight, wearing maternity clothes, or any other comment that makes me want to smack her.  Please note, I'd never smack a pregnant woman...not on purpose anyway....

The Youth Program that I run is in full summer-mode.  We completed 30 4-H projects and they all got A's.  We've been to the pool, played on the playground, and enjoyed ice cream from a local shop.  I'm putting together a huge new fundraiser at work.

Life is busy.  It's been a good month.