Monday, December 19, 2011

The time you have

I'm so excited about this coming Christmas weekend and a little anxious, in an unsettling sort of way.  The excitement is coming from many things.  Addison and Jeffrey and the puppies will be here!  I get to spend Christmas with my sister and niece and nephews!  We get to spend it in our new cozy home!  But I'm also concerned that Bailey won't be here and how weird that will be for all of us.  I'm hoping that Bailey will be okay, hopefully surrounded with friends and the new guy she's been seeing, and won't be too sad that we're here and she's not (she has to work and couldn't make it up).

It's the first Christmas that I won't see her, so I'm hoping it's not too bad.  These things come with their growing up, but this year it's happening because we moved away.  I feel a tiny bit of guilt about that, all the while knowing it was the right thing and has been an awesome move for us.  There'll be many Christmases, I'm sure, that we won't all be together.  When your kids are grown and have been out of the house for a while, it's such an awesome feeling when they visit and you have a couple nights that you KNOW WITHOUT QUESTION that they are safely sleeping in their beds.  Not wondering if they're out partying and don't have a safe ride home, not worried that they're with someone they shouldn't be with, not wondering if they're wearing their seatbelt every time they get in a car.

Yuck.  When does the worrying about your kids stop.

Okay, back to Christmas.  We get to have the big holiday meal that we didn't have at Thanksgiving.  And we get to see Alan's family on Christmas Day, which is a rarity!  I was talking to his mom earlier today, and she calculated that it was probably when Alan was in college that she last saw him at Christmas.  That's a long time.  I'm thinking I should be pretty thankful for how much time I HAVE had with my kids rather than dread the time I won't.

So Merry Christmas, and enjoy your kiddos, and sit at a big table, and eat way more food than necessary.  Those are my plans.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

10 days and counting

What are your favorite smart phone apps, besides the big name obvious ones (google, facebook)?

I like Yelp, Big Oven, Pinterest (when it works), MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper, Instagram, Shazam, Flight View, Dictionary, and The Weather Channel the most.  Those are in no particular order.  I know there are lots of cool ones I'm missing out on.  DeeBee told me about Key Ring, which I need to start using.

Any others?

Also, what are some inexpensive but smart stocking stuffers?  I like getting/giving Yankee Candle scented things for your car, chapstick in all flavors, gum, pens, small notepads, ponytail holders, bobby pins, Starbucks cards, etc.  But what about for men?

I'm down to the last minute stuff for Christmas and am lacking ideas.

I have no good Christmas photos to share, so here's an oldie but goodie from last year:

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Kitty weirdness

Lately Junior is getting on the sofa or loveseat and laying next to us, actually TOUCHING us.  Last night he was on Alan's lap for half an hour!  Poor sweet kitty.  He must by dying.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The vacation is over

I worked (finally) a two-day subbing assignment this week, which was my first paid labor since we moved here.  Hard to explain, but for whatever reason I'd been experiencing some anxiety about getting back in the classroom.  But I kept hearing my wonderful friend Naomi saying "Tanya, that is kinda stupid."  Haha!  It makes me laugh every time I hear her voice in my head, and it helped me to get over my weirdness.  Love ya, Naomi!

Turns out I still know how to manage a bunch of kids and still enjoy teaching.  Whether or not I want to return to the profession full-time, I just don't know.  So much crap goes along with that job that you can't even imagine.

One other job possibility I've been tossing around is starting a pet-sitting business here in Tulsa.  I'm doing a little research, and there are definitely pros and cons to the business.  Seems I almost always love other people's pets, but not necessarily their kids.  So...this might be a better fit for me than teaching.  :-)