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One strange birthday wish...

Monday, October 03, 2011

So my very strange birthday wish was that my husband get fired. Yes, I know it's a terrible thing to think, but he has been working almost 70 hours a week for over a year. It's ridiculous.

Tonight he calls me around 5:00 and says "I'm on my way home." So I'm actually a little glad. It's weird - it's been so long since he's been around, it's going to be like we're getting to know each other again. We are already planning on going to my mom's this weekend, he's going with me to a wedding at the end of the month, and we'll get to spend Thanksgiving together! It's a good thing.

The other good thing is that he wants to write a book. It's very exciting! AND he can help around the house! AND we can go places together!

It's a weird thing about complaining about stuff - I've been complaining about his work schedule for so long, and now I don't have to complain about it anymore. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I love it.

Brad actually said to me "now I can take care of you - I want to cook for you and feed you right." He snuck in there "you probably gained a little weight" and he's right - I did. He didn't say it in a mean way, just telling the truth. And I wasn't offended. I got so lazy with the cooking, and honestly, when he wasn't home EVER to tell me how good I looked, it didn't really matter to me that my pants were a little tight.

So this is the start of something new. It's a great way to start October, and it will make for a WONDERFUL holiday season. I can't wait to spend time with my honey!

  
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CAMROLA 10/5/2011 7:33AM

    Funny how life helps us out like that sometimes, isn't it? Mixed blessings are merely an opportunity to make things better, and I'm glad you'll get to spend more time with Brad and get back doing those things you love together!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I'm back from vacation just yesterday, saw all the wishes, sending my own wishes to you full of good tidings!

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CANDOK1260 10/4/2011 9:55PM

    hope everything work out the way you want it to work out

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NEVERORNOW 10/4/2011 9:54PM

    Enjoy your time together!! emoticon

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TABBALOOSA 10/4/2011 8:38PM

    Okay, yes, that is a strange birthday wish, but apparently it works for both of you. Cool! And very neat he wants to write a book - what about? Anyway - Happy Birthday!!!!!!!
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GONE2014 10/4/2011 2:17PM

    Hopefully your hubby is as glad you got what you wished for as you are! : )

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/4/2011 11:58AM

    I'm glad you got what you wanted...I think?? He sounds very sweet. What is his book going to be about? A cook book?

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/4/2011 6:58AM

    Carrie-so glad hubby got fired. HAHA!! Seriously, that soun ds awful but I'm glad you're happy and how very sweet of him to want to take care of you!

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BOBBYD31 10/3/2011 11:20PM

    ok so it sounds like everything is wonderful for the two of you and i am really happy for you and brad.
i must have missed something along the way about him getting fired.............

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/3/2011 9:53PM

    Sounds like you have a great guy there!

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Oh October, how I love thee!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

So I didn't get an interview at Sesame Street. :(
That's the bummer news.

But what's kind of funny is that I'm not totally devastated like I thought I might be. I knew it was a total long shot, but I went for it anyway. And I'm really glad I did because the really really good thing to come out of this is that I can take a look at the qualifications, see where I came up short, and go from there. This is the kind of job I'd LOVE to have, and one of my major "problems" is that I don't have classroom teaching experience.

So the plan is to take a good look at the next step. And right now I'm thinking it's getting some sort of Early Childhood certification and getting some experience in an early learning center... or something similar.

Good things!

emoticon Last night after school, some of us went out to celebrate my new status as a Mrs. It was so nice, and I have such thoughtful friends! One of my best friends got us a beautiful set of wine glasses and a wine pitcher, and some fun coasters with our initial on them! I don't think she has any idea that we have been looking for a wine pitcher for almost two years! So thoughtful. We had such a fun time. One of the best parts about getting married like we did is that the celebrations have been on-going. We didn't have a reception (heck, we didn't have anyone else at our wedding!), so we've been getting together with friends and getting cards sent to us since July. Nobody has to say "sorry I missed the reception," instead it's "hey, we didn't celebrate yet! Let's go out tonight!"

emoticon It's Ironman 70.3 weekend in the Poconos! I am thinking that being around all these fit people will get me in gear. I can feel that I've been getting a little more roly-poly, and I don't like it. But the weird thing is that I haven't been motivated to do anything about it. I guess I just haven't really thought of any goals to work toward, so I'm just chugging along at a snail's pace. The combination of the Ironman, a new month, and two weddings right around the corner should certainly motivate me, though!

emoticon October is my FAVORITE month. It's my birthday, the air is crisp, my hometown has their really fun Halloween Parade (it's a huge deal!), the leaves change, and this month is the Month of New Siding! They come back on Tuesday to re-start the siding project (the shipment was delayed because of the flooding around here, and the siding is now in!).

So it's going to be an exhausting weekend, but a good one. And a few extra bucks to maybe spend on some new running gear? New gear is always a motivation for me. It gets me out and moving... I feel so good when I am wearing great workout stuff!

Have a super day!

  
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SEPPIESUSAN 10/2/2011 4:28PM

    Cheers, new Mrs.! I love your upbeat attitude. Happy birth month! I wish I could be getting new siding...expensive!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/2/2011 7:24AM

    Sorry you didn't get the interview but it seems like you have developed a plan as a result. May turn out to be a blessing in disguise!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/1/2011 10:14AM

    YAY!!! what a "Carrie" blog-LOVE 'EM!!!
October is my favorite,too(or one of my faves)
I'm with you on getting motivated: IF I had been eating good like in June/July, I could have easily been at my goal weight even without running. I keep thinking,"when I can run again, I'll try harder". That's dumb,isn't it? It's the eating that's getting to me,not the lack of exercise.
Sorry-started my own blog here. :)
All the celebrations sound super fun-you have very thoughtful friends!
Have an awesome weekend!

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PURPLESPARK89 10/1/2011 9:23AM

    Yes, I love october too for the crisp air and atmosphere :) have a good month!

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BILLALEX70 10/1/2011 8:42AM

    Sorry to hear about the job, but maybe something better is around the corner.

Remember the proverb...one door closes, another opens.

Have a great weekend!

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GOTTALIVEFREE 10/1/2011 7:23AM

    God doesn't require us to succeed; He only requires that we try. I forget who said it...but it's poignant and true, don't you think? Congratulations on your willingness to try for that position. It's wonderful.

Enjoy the day today! I hope you have a splendid day...and it goes without saying...spread the spark!

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Gooooooooood morning!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

OMG I did it!!!! I sent my resume to Sesame Street!!! I sent the best work I could. I am so proud of myself for actually doing this. So many times I see these great opportunities and let them pass me by. Even working at the Ironman this weekend - usually I'd just ignore the e-mail and think "Oh well," but this time I sent in my stuff and I will be making a few extra bucks this weekend!

I can't even tell you how good it feels to have sent in my stuff. And it's partly because I know that getting everything ready to send was something out of my comfort zone. It would have been so easy just to not do anything and daydream about the job, but it feels so much better to at least say "I sent in my stuff so we'll see." I am SO excited. If I would even get a reply e-mail I'd be thrilled.

AAAAHHHH it's a good day!!!!

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/29/2011 7:17PM

    Good Luck to you!

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GOTTALIVEFREE 9/29/2011 4:48PM

    Oh, Sesame Street, how I love you!! This is such exciting news! I can't wait to hear what happens.... emoticon

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RUNNINGWILD 9/29/2011 12:18PM

    When you get this job, I want a picture of Elmo!!!

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TORTUETOO 9/29/2011 11:31AM

    That's great! I hope it DOES work out! But even if it doesn't at least you tried and that's great. If you never try, you'll never know, right? :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/29/2011 9:57AM

    Sesame Street taught me to read - and dance!:) Best of luck. Keep us posted!

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COOPSM 9/29/2011 9:08AM

    Great job Carrie!!!! Fingers crossed!!!

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MUFFIY831 9/29/2011 8:45AM

    My fingers are crossed for you!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 9/29/2011 8:35AM

    YAY!!!! I'm so flippin' happy for you!!! that's awesome!

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BSTAKINGACTION 9/29/2011 8:01AM

    Excellent! Well done! If you don't try, you'll never know! Hoping more good things come of it.

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NUTRON3 9/29/2011 7:47AM

    Good luck!!!!

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...and the funk lifted...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Being in a funk is a funny thing. It feels like there is never going to be an end to it. Everything is sad, constant exhaustion, don't feel like doing ANYthing... but then - something happens and the funk starts to lift. Sometimes it's all at once, sometimes it's little by little...

This last week has been really rough on me. Brad is going through some craziness at work - the owner of the restaurant put an ad in the paper for Brad's job and didn't even TELL Brad this was happening, and then just when Brad thinks that Sunday is his last day (and we get to spend more time together!), they ask him to come back in on Monday and then again today. I feel kind of awful saying this, but Brad and I laugh that we are the only two people on the face of the earth that are actually looking forward to someone getting fired! So I've been planning for time together, and then not together. And then together, and then not together. It's very stressful. Brad is getting burned out from so much working, and I just wish he was home more.

It's also been the single most stressful year of teaching EVER. There is just so much going on right now that the morale of the staff is in the dumps and it's getting harder and harder to pull people out of it. I'm doing my best, but I don't want to be crazy sugary optimistic. It's just not realistic to go about like that all day. Sigh... I need to find a balance. But our GAS (Give A Sh--) committee is helping. I've gotten fun little gifts in my mailbox at school, and I love going on searches for fun little gifts for other people.

So just when it seems like the funk is going to last forever because things just KEEP HAPPENING, something good happens!

Like my AMAZING Opportunity. I was searching around the web last week and happened across the Sesame Street website (I love Sesame Street). I happened across the employment section, and saw this job that looks just PERFECT. I read it, and I couldn't believe that I have just about all the qualifications! OMG so I'm sending in my resume this evening. And it just so happens that I have a connection who knows the executive producer, so I'm going to flex my networking muscles and see where it gets me. I would just LOVE an interview!

And then, I get an e-mail last night that our siding is in! It was delayed a bit because of the awful flooding around here, but it's in! And work is starting next Tuesday! Which also happens to be my birthday! Hooray!

AND my letter from my eye doctor came. It's wonderful - I can't wait to organize my plea to put my light covers back on.

AND (!) Brad and I had a wonderful evening last night. It was so nice to totally not have to think about doing housework and just about enjoying time with my husband. We had a wonderful dinner (he cooked!), we had a bottle of wine (a gift from one of my very good friends!), he made pancakes for dessert, and we snuggled on the couch. And popcorn.

AND!!! I did not have to go pick up the veggies last night. As much as I love our CSA share, I just sometimes can't even BEAR the thought of driving after school to pick it up. So Brad volunteered to go get the veggies so I could come right home after school. He is the best!

So keep your fingers crossed for this Sesame Street gig...

Oh! And on Saturday and Sunday I'll be earning a couple extra bucks by working at the Ironman store. This weekend is the first Ironman triathlon in the Poconos, so It's a super exciting time for this area!

Off to have some breakfast and get ready for a morning faculty meeting... have a great day!

  
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TEMPERANCE88 9/28/2011 12:02PM

    Wow, how great! Way to look at the positive. :) I hope you get that interview! God bless.

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KALIGIRL 9/28/2011 9:35AM

    Glad to hear the news!

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LYNNANN43 9/28/2011 9:12AM

    Lord knows I know a thing or 2 about funks! I'm so happy that yours seems to be lifting! emoticon

I was in kindergarten when the first Sesame Street aired. It is so very near & dear to my heart:D
Here's some good luck fairy dust for that job!!! emoticon

Good thing you reminded me about my CSA pickup today too!

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MUFFIY831 9/28/2011 9:09AM

    The job sounds great!! Fingers crossed for you, and yay for all the good stuff going on!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 9/28/2011 9:09AM

    OMG!!! I have happy tears reading all this! THIS is the Carrie that we all know and love...well, we love the funky Carrie,too-but it makes me SO happy to see you smiling again.
WOW!! Sesame Street?? that is TOO cool...
and Brad getting fired! LOL! I laughed that ya'll are waiting impatiently for the final day!! More time with hubby...I would LOVE that,too. But, he has to put in the hours to feed this family AND keep me in my Princess status. (that's aBIG LOL!)
Enjoy the siding-it'll totally change the look of the house. is it a new color?
Big "I'm so happy for you" hugs!!!

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LITTLETEALOVER 9/28/2011 8:09AM

    That would be so awesome if you got a job at Sesame Street! I'm very excited for you! I hope you continue seeing good things this week.

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COOPSM 9/28/2011 7:42AM

    The funk is gone!!!! Fingers crossed for you Carrie....hope that Brad gets figured out!!!! Can't wait for the interview!!!!

Have an amazing day......

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ANGELOO29 9/28/2011 7:42AM

    Good luck!!!!

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ILLINITEACHER52 9/28/2011 7:36AM

  I hope things keep working out for you - sounds like a good time to start a gratitude journal that can be reviewed during those down times.

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REDHEADMOM2U 9/28/2011 7:04AM

    Sounds like things are rolling along! I love the GAS committee...hmmmmm!!!



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An odd feeling

Monday, September 26, 2011

I feel so "not myself" lately. It's been so hard for me to get housework done, I have half-finished projects all over the place, and I just feel very weird. I have no idea what this means.

It's been a stressful month... school started and it's HARD this year. Between the very needy kindergarten class and the in-the-dumps morale of the staff, it's been a struggle to keep my head up at school. The morale committee is helping, but it's still a lot different than years past. Brad is working like crazy, and there is some other nonsense going on at his work that is just dumb. He's bummed because he doesn't get to see me that much, and he just really wants to get back to cooking good food at home and being around the house. I wish he'd just be my house husband for a while. It would be nice to have someone around to come home to at the end of a hard day...

It's a weird feeling - I feel like I'm not in my own body. I'm going through the motions but I'm not really appreciating anything or living life. My focus is just not there - I can't seem to find what it is that is really going to give me that SPARK.

This morning's run will surely be very meditative... I have lots to think about.

  
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KALIGIRL 9/26/2011 12:42PM

    Can happen this time of year - windy, dry weather makes some of us (me included) feel 'un-grounded' - I like to meditate with my feet on the floor and visualize stable connections to the center of the earth.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 9/26/2011 10:57AM

    Hmmmmm...everyone has good advice. Just take one thing at a time. It sounds like your emotionally worn out with all tha tis going on. Make a date day with hubby and do something super fun for both ofyou. (even if it's cooking all day long,eating a scrumptious dinner and popcorn for dessert)

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RUNNINGWILD 9/26/2011 10:29AM

    Fight the funk!!
Judi, what's the website for your "Motivated Moms"? I can use all the help I can get.
~p.

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CASSIOEPIA 9/26/2011 8:10AM

    Run on, girl!

Something that has always helped me with my housework, is following someone else's plan. First it was FlyLady, and now I follow something called Motivated Moms. It really helps me to check things off a list.

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HIKINGLEAH 9/26/2011 7:33AM

    I think everyone goes through times like this. It's good that you are taking care of yourself. Perhaps when the newness of the school year dies down a little, the stress will decrease a bit. Have hope!

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GRANLUND 9/26/2011 7:16AM

    So sorry to hear about your troubles. It must just be something in the air! I know exactly what you mean. Maybe you need to take a "sick" day and figure out a way to do something special with your husband to rejuvenate!

I often feel the same way. We have three children and my husband often has evening commitments at school so many times it is just me and the kids in the evening. Between teaching full time, teaching 10-15 private bassoon lessons, and helping everyone with homework I feel like once the week starts I am just barely getting by and struggling to just make it to the next weekend!

I've started getting up an hour earlier in the morning because we've found that we can have 30-45 minutes of family time in the morning to just relax! Find what works for you and hang in there!

Cherish each crazy moment...

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BSTAKINGACTION 9/26/2011 6:51AM

    I'm sure an answer will reveal itself soon. In the meantime, be kind to yourself.

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BILLALEX70 9/26/2011 6:48AM

    Blame it on the lights! emoticon

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