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Out of Control
|Blog Entry - Saturday, April 25th, 2009
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I could say that my mom taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. That might convince you.
Or I could blame my newlywed status.
The truth? My life has just been a little bit out of control since January.
I moved my mom to California in December...and moved her stuff out of her house in Van in January.
My sister-in-law was living with us for a while. Love her. Having another adult in a small townhome? It's a good thing we get along really, really well. As it is, now that she's gone, I miss her.
I got laid off. Immediately following Lotusphere. Fascinating!
I took a part time gig teaching a community college class - with an immediate turn around. Great in terms of helping a friend and feeling like I'm not completely unemployed. I'm applying for 3-5 jobs per week to keep my unemployment benefits, but there aren't as many jobs on the rolls as I might like. So, I took a few contract gigs in there - which I'm loving. Of course, I've been trying to keep my productivity on those where it should be...
Then my mom, who had moved to CA in December was in the hospital - necessitating a quick trip to CA... And another move for my poor mom.
I fell down a flight of stairs. Into a fire-ant bed. The week of the wedding.
And then there was this lovely wedding. We kept it pretty small (see: no job) and did a LOT ourselves (of course, when I say "ourselves," I mean I did a little, my sister in law and her mom did a TON, and I ran a bunch of errands and made lots of decisions). Then we had this gorgeous
extremely fun and personal (I still promise a whole blog post about this) wedding.
Whew. Should be enough right? Oh, there's more. But let's move on.
My moods have been a little up and down, but in general, I'm feeling surprisingly positive. Maybe it's that I keep telling my kids about Rule #6 (don't take yourself so goshdarn seriously!) and that lets me laugh at myself and my life when I need to. Maybe it's the vows Philip and I used in our wedding, which focused on gratitude and the four Buddhist immeasurable elements of love: Love, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity. So, I'm grateful to all my friends and family who never cease to amaze me, the contacts who've helped me get some contract work, the social network of friends who always have a kind and uplifting word, and my dear husband, who is the most supportive, compassionate, generous person I know.
For now, I'll think about possibilities, finish work for an impending deadline, and see where tomorrow leads.
Author: Libby Ingrassia
Posted at: 12:02:17 AM