October 28, 2009

Then And Now

It's been two long years since...
  • I've worked full-time in my chosen profession
  • I've worried about work schedules and deadlines and software updates
  • I've made sure my legs were shaved on a regular basis
  • I've gotten a decent paycheck
  • I felt secure about my self-worth, work-wise
  • I didn't think constantly daily about the economy
  • I didn't search for a job daily
  • I had health insurance, and a primary care physician
  • I've had my hair highlighted (I've had one haircut, six months ago)
  • I didn't have to worry about having enough money to get through the month
  • I haven't felt constantly stressed and harried with work and home and The Boy pulling at me for my time
  • I often felt isolated, alone, lonely

  • I've pretty much given up the idea of another technical writing job (though a recruiter called yesterday...we'll see what happens there)
  • My legs meet a razor when the mood strikes, or when I am forced to dress like a respectable grownup (translation: sans jeans and hoodie)
  • I got my last unemployment check last week - but the Senate approved yet another extension today; the House passed theirs a week or so ago. A compromise is in the works. If things go well, I may be able to suck from the government teat for a couple more months receive additional extended benefits.
  • I am worried, yet relaxed (if that makes sense). Since I married The Mister, my burdens are at least half of what they were - I know that, together, we can get through anything that comes our way.
  • The Boy gets to spend more time with me (and now, more time with The Mister, since he got laid off at the end of August).
  • We've made do, we've provided what we need, but not always what we want
  • I realize I wasted lots of money and worried about things I couldn't change anyway
  • I am more grateful for what we have
  • I cook more, I bake more (and the waistline shows it)
  • I own ponytail holders and aprons - who'da thunk it?
  • I know I'm not alone in my struggles and insecurities - and likewise, I have people to share the good times with
I've learned that with all life's 'lemons' that have come my way, I can make some pretty sweet lemonade. I look forward to what may come next.


  1. Bitter or better? I believe you've chosen better.

  2. I love your spin for the positive! :)

  3. Sometimes it takes a lot of bad to see all the good

  4. I'd like to raise a glass of your sweet lemonade in a toast to you, your resilience and your fortitude. Cheers!

  5. I'm glad you've found the silver lining in your clouds!

  6. Damn girl, you are sassy and spunky! LOVE IT! I'm not sure what it takes to be a "technical writer", but technically, your writing here is superb!

    Looking forward to following along!


  7. If anyone could have some great excuses to have very sour icky lemondade, it would be you. It is a testament to your character that you've chosen to make sweet delicious lemonade! : )


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