So I got behind

Yeah….so apparently having a baby takes up just a bit of time. Who knew?! Haha. I knew I would be busy so I was setting up posts but I didn’t set up enough. I’ve had time, but we’ve had a flow of people here that I haven’t wanted to be on the computer while we’ve had our company. I’ll probably have a lot more to write about now that my beautiful bundle of joy has arrived, but who knows if I’ll have time! I’m still going to try to complete this NaBloPoMo even though I missed most of this week.

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Veterans Day

On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month…. 
I think it is important to be grateful and thankful to all of the Men and Women that have, do, or will serve in our Armed Forces fighting for our freedoms every day of the year. 
Veterans day is the anniversary of the day the Armistice was signed ending World War I.
Both of my Grandfathers fought for our country and several of my friends have or are currently serving in one branch of our military or another. And for all of them, I am extremely grateful. I am thankful that I am granted the freedoms of living in one of the greatest countries in the world because they made the decision to put their lives on the line for those freedoms and this country.
Freedom isn’t free and we owe all of our freedom to the Men and Women that truly allow us to have those freedoms. So thank you. To each and every one of you. For signing a blank check, made payable to the United States of America, for a value up to, and potentially including, your life. Thank you.

Dream job

When I was little I wanted to be a lot of things. Teacher, doctor, lawyer…. never did I want to be a Proposal Manager. Which is what I currently am. I enjoy my job – to a degree. It definitely isn’t my dream job, and it’s definitely stressful, and it comes with long hours sometimes, but as much as it isn’t my dream job it is an interesting job and I do enjoy what I do.

And lately I’ve been asking myself what do I really want to do. For now, since I can’t decide I’m obviously not going to just up and quit my job and do nothing because that would be completely irresponsible especially with a brand new baby in my life. And maybe I’ll continue to do this until I no longer have to work. I’m not really sure what the future holds, but I do know that I want to do something that makes me happy and that gives me a nice quality of life. And by quality of life I mean a life I am able to enjoy. 
But if I could just change jobs right now with all the appropriate qualifications I think I would be a teacher. I used to think English teacher which is why I graduated with a degree in English, but lately I’ve been thinking Kindergarten teacher. I don’t know why exactly, but that’s where my mind wanders when I think about what I really want to do “one day.” 
And then some days I think it would be amazing to do something that involves writing. Not like “famous blogger” or anything and not anything full time really, but something that involves writing in some way. Which, funny enough, is part of the job I have now but I mean more exciting writing because what I write about now isn’t always that exciting haha. 
So there you have it. I’d be a teacher and do some writing on the side. It’s nice to dream sometimes and maybe one day my dream will come true… but for now, I’ll be happy with what I have because it has been good to me.
If you could do any job what would it be?

Change

If you could change one thing about your life right now what would it be?

Well, if I’m still pregnant then that would be a big one – I’d have an outside baby. And honestly, if she’s anything like her stubborn parents then I probably am still pregnant (obviously I’m blogging ahead of time just in case I’m in the hospital or in that newborn haze).

Pregnancy aside, I would probably change our financial state. We’re not living above our means or anything but we’re not flush with a bunch of cash either. It’s not that I want to live above our means and we are certainly thankful that the income we have is enough to pay our bills and put food on our table, but it would be nice to have just a little more “fun money.” Because who doesn’t want to have more fun?!

Another thing I would change is the location of my friends. I have been a member of this online community since the days of planning our weddings (we’re all April 2008 brides) and we’ve stayed connected through wedding planning, newlywed days, good times, bad times, babies, and more babies. They are a complete constant in my life and I don’t know what I would do without them. The only downside? Is that we’re literally all over the United States and that sucks. I wish we were all physically closer to each other because that would just be awesome.

So, what would you change if you could change anything?

Election Day

I don’t know about you but I am SO glad that Election Day has come and gone. And no, it isn’t because today is my due date. (though again, I’m hoping she’s here already… but if she isn’t I’m hoping she is very, very soon!) I’m so ready for those stupid commercials to be off the air. I don’t care who approves the message – they’re all annoying me at this point.

I don’t really care for politics. Because honestly, no one is ever going to do exactly what I want them to do. No one can do exactly what they promise because that’s just not how life works. I’d certainly like whoever gets elected to at least try to do what they promised us they would do because that’s all we can hope for. But politics is politics and it isn’t ever going to make everyone happy all the time. 
Obviously with my due date being today and not knowing if I’d have a newborn or if I’d be in labor or just too miserable to go out and stand in line I voted through the absentee ballot – but I voted. And I hope that you all vote too. And if you decided that your vote doesn’t matter then you’re less informed than I am. Every vote counts. Every vote needs to be heard. And since this is set up for the morning time there is still time for you to go out there and let your voice and your vote be heard. You might not get what you want, but if you don’t you can at least complain about the other guy for the next 4 years. (not that that is actually a good reason to vote, but hey…whatever gets you out there I guess…) 

Where would you live?

If you could live anywhere where would it be? The city? The country? Someplace in between?

I definitely would not live in the city. I’m just not a city girl. There was a point in my life where I might have said I would live in the city, but I don’t think I would have actually enjoyed it. It’s not that I grew up in the country or anything (because I grew up not far from Washington, D.C.) and I certainly enjoy spending time in big cities, but I just enjoy the slow life of the country more than I enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city life.

I don’t think I’d stay where I am…but at the same time, I do love it here. There’s a cute little downtown area that actually has enough night life for those occasional bar nights out with friends. Life is just slower here. You don’t have to be in a hurry unless you want to be. It’s quite out here. I can see the stars at night. I can sit outside with my friends on any given night and just enjoy the evening without all the noise of the city. I feel safe here. It’s not that I would probably feel safe in some city somewhere, and there is still crime here (we’ve actually had our car broken in to) but I just feel a safeness here. I know my neighbors and they’re amazing people and there here for us when we need them. Like, right now we’re expecting our first baby and they are all so wonderful. They’re excited to come to the hospital when we have our baby; and to come over and help us out when we get home; and to make us and bring us food after we’re home. And to just take care of us. Like friends. Because they are our friends. And we’re here for them too. Whatever they need, we’re here. Because we’re their friends. And that’s what I love most about where I live.

But honestly? I’d probably go somewhere that was more like paradise. Because if we’re talking I could live anywhere that means I’m going in to a fantasy world and I FOR SURE live somewhere that never, ever, ever has snow. Or hurricanes. Or earthquakes. Or tornados. Or any kind of natural disaster. And it’s always about 75 degrees outside with no humidity. And I get to spend all day at the beach with someone bringing me drinks and food all day long. It would just be the perfect place all day every day. That’s where I would live. In a fantasy world haha. But hey, if you’re dreaming you might as well dream big right?

So where would you live?

Favorite quote

There are a couple prompts for NaBloPoMo and I may or may not use them all. It’s late right now and I’m having a hard time being creative at this exact moment and since I’m seriously hoping I have a baby this weekend I’m trying to get ahead of the game. So I’m using the first couple prompts to get through this weekend because I figure that there are no rules as to how to use these prompts or even how to get through this month other than write every day so that’s what I’m doing.

This is probably one of my most favorite quotes. We used pieces of it on our wedding invitation because I just like it. I think right now it will be especially important for me to remember this because I know that adding a new baby can be extremely stressful on a marriage and I just want to remember that no matter how stressed we get over this tiny new person that she was (and is) completely loved and wanted and was created out of the love my husband and I share for each other. We may lose our patience over the next few weeks (months…years…), but it’s important that no matter what happens we love each other and we’ll get through anything – good or bad – as long as we’re doing it together.