Twenty-Nine

Happy Birthday To:

  • Kate Middleton
  • Dave Matthews
  • Joan Baez
  • Jimmy Page
  • Severus Snape

Oh, and

ME.

That’s right, folks. Today I turn twenty-nine years old. Twenty-nine! How in the actual eff did that sneak up on me?! Thus begins the last year of my twenties. THE LAST ONE. I remember sitting in my tiny one bedroom apartment on January 9th, 2004 and scribbling in my journal, “I’M TWENTY. HOW CRAZY IS THAT?!”. That skinny twenty year old was in her first place on her own, worked at a restaurant, and was on the verge of dating the man she would eventually marry (thought she didn’t know it yet).

It’s really funny (and by funny I mean WTF JUST HAPPENED) how time seems to go faster and faster the older we get. Having a child has made it even faster than that.

I’m determined to make the last year of my twenties great. Yesterday at work, I walked in to a huge birthday surprise thanks to my amazing best friend, Rachel.

Yes, that is a unicorn farting. She is the best friend I could ever ask for. My coworkers all made sure I felt special and loved – plastering zombie cards all over my cubicle walls, taping this Grumpy Cat picture to my car window:

I work with awesome folks and you should be jealous.

I’m off work today to spend the day with my brother and his fiancee, who are headed back to Milwaukee tomorrow. It’s been a great weekend and I’m ready to tackle twenty-nine like an over-zealous college football player.

HERE’S TO MAKING TWENTY-NINE MY BITCH.

Twenty-Eight.

Today I turn 28 years old. I woke up to several Facebook birthday wishes, which put a smile on my face. I began my day with a free birthday drink from Starbucks. Nothing like celebrating 28 years on this earth by caffeinating the hell out of yourself.

I got a surprise in my inbox from several bloggy friends of mine; a gift certificate to a local spa! I had tears in my eyes as I read their message to me and took in their generosity.

I’m not sure what the rest of the day holds, but I do know that on my birthday I want to acknowledge how beautiful and blessed my life is. I have a wonderful husband who loves me, a healthy and beautiful little girl who is about to turn two. I am surrounded by friends and family who love me. I’ve been through a lot lately and have been writing a lot of heavy and sad things. It’s nice to take a few moments to write about what’s good right now, and set my sights on my future. This experience with losing my mom has opened my eyes as to how I want to live my life from now on.

  • I want to be healthy. Eat healthy, be fit, and take care of my body. Seeing my mother in such bad health and having so many ailments makes me want to not end up like that.
  • I want to work through my emotional issues. I want to continue going to counseling and get as mentally healthy as possible.
  • I want to work on cultivating deep, meaningful friendships and relationships with people.
  • I want to tell the people in my life that I love them and not be afraid to receive and accept their love in return.
  • I want to make each moment of my life, each breath that I take count.
  • I want a pony.

Sorry, I had to throw something random in there. It was getting a little too sappy and spinning-on-a-hillside happy bunny up in here for me.

But for real. I want to make 28 the best year of my life so far. I have a lot to be thankful for, a lot to embrace, and a lot to experience.

Bring it on, 28.

 

 

Fate Works in Funny Ways

On Thursday, I was having One Of Those Days. It was a day where I wanted to cause physical harm to any poor soul that happened to wander into my little personal space bubble. I was tired and cranky, I was uncomfortable and feeling sorry for myself having to be at work for 8 hours. In other words, I was a massive hellbitch.

At around 11:00 AM, my entire day took a turn… For the better!

For those of you who are unaware, my husband has worked as a brick mason his entire life. Masonry has suited us just fine for the majority of our marriage. A few years ago, work was so good I didn’t have to work. I took an entire year off, and when I got back into the work force it was a part-time job and our income was almost all disposable. Instead of being wise and squirreling away money for rainy days and slow building periods, we wasted it going out to eat, seeing movies and generally just.. Blowing it. Whoops. As I am sure everyone who reads this blog is aware, the economy over the past two years has been one big major Sucky McSuckfest. People have been getting laid off left and right, losing their jobs and the construction industry has suffered horribly. We have been living so tight the last 7 months and it’s been really scary. Joshua had been job hunting since June. Since. June.

About two weeks ago, he got a phone call calling him in to interview at a local correctional facility. We could hardly believe our luck! An actual full-time job, with benefits that had room for advancement. This wasn’t just a job, this had the potential to become a career. His interview went well, because when I got his phone call this past Thursday he could barely contain the excitement in his voice. He said to me simply, “Baby, I got the job.” I asked him if he was serious about 5 times, and almost started to cry. No longer did we have to wonder and worry about where secondary income was going to come from! Gone are the days of watching the weather with bated breath; hoping and praying that the rain would wait until we got a decent week’s pay in. We are no longer at the mercy of this terrible, awful economy. My husband now has a steady job!

As a result of this news, I decided to go ahead and start my maternity leave as of the 18th of January. I was going to work until delivery, but not anymore! My last day is Friday (providing Nellie doesn’t come sooner than that, of course). I am so relieved and happy, it’s really hard to put into words the feeling. This also means that we are one step closer to our goal of having me be a stay-at-home mom. It’s my heart’s desire to be able to stay home with my babies. This isn’t something we’re going to get right off the bat, mind you. I am going to have to return to work full-time until Josh’s health benefits kick in at work (which usually is about 6 months) but after that we’re contemplating dropping me down to part-time hours. Hopefully, as he advances in this job as I know he will, we will be able to cut my hours more and more until maybe one day we won’t need them at all!

So my day was brightened on Thursday, and it only got better. We got notification that due to weather conditions, the university that I’m employed at was closing at noon. EARLY SNOW DAY, YA’LL. It was with excitement and glee that I left work that day, and I relished not having to be stuck in my office for the rest of the afternoon. On Thursday evening around 10:45, I got ANOTHER notification saying that the university was to be closed ALL DAY FRIDAY. Classes were cancelled, and offices were closed. I GOT A FULL SNOW DAY, YA’LL and a three day weekend!

Saturday was my birthday, AKA My Favorite Holiday Because It’s the One Day a Year That’s All About Me. My brother in law took us out to lunch at my favorite hibachi place and I ate myself silly. Josh and I took a nap, and that evening I went for some karaoke fun with the girls from my quartet (and a few other ladies)! It was too crowded, and only two of us got to sing – one time (I sang “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse) – but we still had a blast together. It was a wonderful way to start out my 26th year of life, and I feel really blessed to have such amazing friends.

Things have a funny way of working out. Josh and I were both starting to stress – a lot – as to where our income would come from while I was on leave. I will be getting paid half my wages for 6 weeks thanks to short term disability, but that’s not very much. Now that my husband is going to be working full-time hours, we can breathe easier. So. Much. Easier.

Fate has smiled upon us, my friends. And Josh got the world’s best fortune in his fortune cookie after lunch on Saturday:

A new relationship is about to blossom. You will be blessed.

Freakin’.
Rock.
On.

:)

Another Year Older

Today, I turn 26 years old. I am closer to 30 than I am to 20.

On this day a year ago, I was in a wedding rehearsal and went to a rehearsal dinner (that rehearsal and dinner was for the wedding of Michelle at Plus One, by the way!). After a small get-together with the bridesmaids (and bride, of course) I went out with the groom’s sister and had birthday drinks.

Little did I know as I threw back the disgusting (but free) shot of Jagermeister that just one year later, I’d be awaiting the birth of my precious little daughter!

So, here’s to the best year of my life to date!