Wednesday, September 30, 2009

You take the good, you take the bad

I've been busy dealing with the ying and yang of life.

The bad
- Found out that two family members are newly diagnosed with illnesses. Thinking healthy thoughts for both of them, of course, and hoping they have minimal impact overall. My grandfather, whom I haven't seen since before I was pregnant, revealed that he was just diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, and in a recent phone call he alluded to the fact that he "doesn't have much time left." (Not necessarily because of Parkinson's, but because of his overall health issues and old age.)
- Em recently recovered from her first ear infection, which is minimal compared to the above, but still -- no fun at all. It's so hard to see your baby sick, especially when all they can do to communicate their severe discomfort is to scream continuously through the night.
-Teething is the ugly sleep monster that continues to wreak havoc on Em's sleep. We'd like to think we're over the worst of it, but I won't say that until she's sleeping through the night regularly again.
- I am FED UP with this lingering post-baby weight, not to mention all the weight I should have lost pre-pregnancy but never did. Sigh.
- This has not been a 20-hour work week for me. Cah-razy busy.
- On the other hand, I suppose "cah-razy busy" is good as it indicates some sense of job security, especially since Brent happened to become FUNemployed last week. Sigh, sigh, sigh...

The good
- We are going to visit my grandfather him later this month for a long overdue visit. He's excited to meet his great-granddaughter, and I'm looking forward to seeing them together.
- Em, aka Downtown Droolie Brown aka Droolia Child aka Bibtastico Baby-o, has seemingly turned down the faucet. I see the dry horizon, filled with dry outfits. Finally!
- I am back on the Weight Watchers wagon. Points are my friend.
- Despite being crazy busy at work, I'm very passionate about my job. I'm doing something I love for a company I adore, and that makes me so very excited.
- We're optimistic about Brent's job situation. For one, he's AMAZINGLY talented at what he does. Second, he's already got some irons in the fire. Third, he's enjoying more quality time with Em while he's job-hunting. Fourth, things like this seem to have a way of working themselves out for the better.

"Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let's love turbulence and use it for change." - Ramsay Clark


  1. Wow, that's a lot of stuff to be dealing with. Hugs and good luck.

    I'm trying to think of something else to say, but it's almost 3 AM and I'm out of words.

  2. Sorry to hear about Brent's job and the other stuff. : ( I have to say though that you are always inspirational in how you deal with life's ups and downs. You do so much better than a lot of us!

    (Points are *trying* to be my friend. Hopefully, I'll let them be again really soon!)

  3. So sorry to hear about Brent's job situation. What a bummer, and the last thing anyone needs right now. You sound like you're taking things in stride though, which is wonderful.

    Hang in there.

  4. Sorry to read about Brent's job situation. But perhaps it'll work out for him as it did for you since you are now doing something you love.

  5. Sorry about your family members. I'll be thinking healthy thoughts too. And really sorry about Brent's job. However it seems like he has a clear career focus and the drive. I'm sure something will happen soon. Good luck!

  6. All the best to you guys.

  7. Thinking good things for your relatives.

    And who knew funemployment was contagious? Geez.

  8. Baby weight sucks. So do the other things on the bad list but I totally hear you on that one. Next time I will take better advantage of the nursing time to get as much weight off as I can. Yay for all the good things on your list!

  9. I love you attitude..somehow even your "the bad" sounds optimistic.

  10. DAH! What a horrible grouping of things. My grandma had Parkinson's, but she died in 1992, so I'm sure treatment has come a LONG way since then.
    Tell Brent I'm way sorry about his jobs situation. I'm glad there are irons in the fire, but that is one sucky feeling.
    Poor Em! Being a baby is so hard. For both baby and parents. I hope she feels better soon.
    Extra weight sucks. I am having this problem lately. Let me know if I could be of any comfort. :)

  11. Love you guys and I'll keep you in our family prayers.

  12. So sorry to hear about your ill family members...and Brent's job! I'll be thinking about you guys! At least there's a big birthday bash to get your mind off things :)

  13. You always have such a good attitude. I need to learn from you.

  14. So much going on - sorry to hear the bad news about the family members. And I hope a door opens up for Brent with the work situation!

  15. Yikes! That is a lot going on. I hope things start falling into place, soon. {{hugs}}

  16. i know you guys will land on both feet running. I KNOW IT.

    btw, i LOVE that you're using "droolia child." ;)

  17. I'm sorry to hear the bad news about the family members and Brent. You two have great attitudes toward life though. I'll cross my fingers for him on the job situation and hope a terrific opportunity comes his way very soon.