well, here is the promised proof of good days, great weeks...etc.. and to answer lisa, some other loving friends and family, and my own brain sometimes: i do work to pay the bills, but thomas could do that. he has a tough job that pays well and he works hard. i do this job because i can. does that make sense? it was placed before me, my bosses are always willing to work around me for the most part and they dont ever believe me when i quit (i sort of have a couple of times) because they know common sense always wins out. do i love what i do? not really- i like the kids in my program and my co-workers though. i graduated in english for crying out loud, but for some reason i was presented with the chance to work this social work job for really good pay and make my own schedule. unfortunately, making my schedule means i do it in scraps of down time and that can be tiring. anyway, i feel like i am rambling, but the point is, i do it because it will help my family in the long run, i'm not going to do it forever, and the bottom line is: i can do it. so would it be like turning down a blessing or spitting in the face of something that will help my family to not do it? i feel like the answer to that question, for now, is yes. it is a blessing, for now. it's sort of like that made-up quote that people love so much that jesus never actually said, but certainly implied: it's not easy, but (in the long run) it is worth it. :) i just have to think "big picture" and in the meantime, realize that i still have a lot of freedom to have many fun adventures in between. here are a few events that happened just in the last couple of days:
the monthly "lunch ladies" excursion! it's a group of broads who get together at a different lunch destination every month to try something new and be together. we have each picked lunch lady aliases for ourselves, i am "flo." i think there is an agnes, roberta, perhaps a blanche in there somewhere...etc. pick your own name and join us next month- all ladies (and their babies of course) are welcome!
and then later echo proposed something that many women partake in regularly, but i never really had: a girls night! we went to coldstone and then saw the sisterhood of the traveling pants- and we loved it in spite of the improbability of many spur of the minute grand traveling schemes that took place, and constant displays of adorable wardrobe and perfect hair and make-up. no one lives like that (right?) but it was fun to get swept away in it all!
THESE PICTURES MAKE ME CRACK UP EVERY TIME I LOOK AT THEM! i really tried to get a shot of the four of us after the movie and for some reason cut half of my face off without fail every time. and, i'm sorry to say, there is not one where anyone looks that good. at least we all looked kinda bad together right? that's sisterhood for ya!
finally, kathleen took matters into her own long arms and took the photo from her angle and ta-da! we all made it in the shot! oh wait... opps...
(i know i can flip this around in editing, but i think i'll keep it in it's true form for hilarity's sake)
and what in the name of everything holy is this thing? it was at the front of the theater by the screen:
and finally, the what-is-becoming-more-regular beach days that ashley and others organize- they are always fun for obvious reasons, but i enjoy getting to hang out with other moms in our bathing suits (ha!) because everyone is in the same boat. they're just a bunch of fun, creative, patient, funny, smart, hot moms that i pledge to be more like every time i get to hang out with them. here's some shots of the perfect beach day (We saw a sea turtle and a hawaiian monk seal! sorry, no pictures of those, they were camera shy):
so yeah, if you have made it to this long point then give yourself a gold star on your patience chart :) life is good. work hard, play hard and other tired but true phrases...