If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll know that I actually FINALLY went to the doctor about my stomach issues that I’ve had for at least a good six month now.
I take probiotics regularly and while they help considerably, there are still moments of annoyance where my stomach has all sorts of attractive noises coming out of it. It’s a little embarrassing to have a ton of gurgling when you’re sitting across the table from your student and her parents talking about her grades and issues in classes.
So, I saw my doctor two weeks ago (at like 7:00pm thankfully she does a late evening once a week since I work super far away from her office now), She listened to some of the rumbling; partially with her stethoscope and partially from across the room because it’s just THAT loud. She’s like, “yeah….that seems like it’s probably pretty uncomfortable.”
I just need Morgan Freeman to narrate my whole life. All he has to do is call me and I will set up everything!
My 30th year has been….interesting to say the least. There have been a lot of odd moments…. a lot of trying moments, a lot of stress, some moments that were utterly depressing.
But there have also been some really great moments. And since I have a tendency to be kind of (read: very) pessimistic, some of those great moments get overshadowed by the stressful and depressing moments.
So, to celebrate my birthday I’ve decided to share 5 of the best moments of my 30th year and not dwell on the crappy things.
5. My New Car! I realize that probably sounds incredibly superficial, but I spent the better part of four years in two cars: one of which I just needed and one of which I hated after awhile. The fact that I finally have a car that is not only spacious and reliable, but that I love is something that I am really happy about. I’ll have this car for years, it’ll hold car seats one day; so yeah this is one of the things that made me happy this year.
4. Our final graduating class: Yes, this had some sadness with it. Our last graduation ceremony was filled with tears and emotions, but there were two amazing moments for me. The first was the military surprise for our salutatorian. I’ve never seen one in person and may never again, but to see her Dad appear from backstage with her diploma in hand when she thought he wasn’t going to make it home was one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life and I will never forget that moment with her. That and seeing these young women that I’ve known for so long graduate and ready to move on to the next chapter was just a joy for me; even amidst the tears and emotions, I’m so happy I got to see these young women grow and I am extremely proud of all of them.
3. Deepening friendships. As hard as this year was, I am extremely grateful for my friends who have been amazingly supportive. I’m also really grateful for the co-workers that have become friends this year. As a group, we had to deal with a lot of hard situations (most notably our school closing) together and it drew a lot of us closer together. You noticed who really had your back and who was willing to be there for you when you needed them. One of these people, my friend Tiffani, was already a good friend of mine, but she actually started working at my school this past year (so she’d only been a Keough teacher for two months before hearing about the closing) so we got to spend a lot of time together (pretty much every single day) and through she became very special to me, so special that she’s one of my bridesmaids:
I just love and appreciate her so much; she’s been an absolutely amazing friend to me and I hope I’m as good of one to her.
2. My new job! Obviously. I think I’ve gone on and on about this one recently, so I’m not going to gush too much about it here, but I’m so excited to have such a great place to go starting next week. I actually just got our schedule for orientations and holy crap I’m going to be busy the next couple weeks, but it’s all good. I look forward to many years at my new school.
1. We’re Engaged! To no one’s surprise this is my favorite moment of the year. It’s pretty hard to top this one for anything. Probably the next thing that will “top” it will be our wedding. It was so simple; not a huge to-do which so many engagements are these days, and it was absolutely perfect. I still occasionally just look at my ring and love that it’s there and just love that it was given to me by my best friend. I can’t wait to go into the next chapter of our lives together.
So, this may have been a pretty trying year in many ways; there have also been quite a few good things that have happened that have tried to balance out the crappy stuff.
Here is hoping that the 31st year has even more good than bad.
As I mentioned last week, I accepted a Counselor position for the next school year.
With my beloved school closing, life has been pretty up in the air, which has been unbelievably uncomfortable for me. If you’ve ever lost your job or been laid off, you probably understand the feeling all too well. It’s scary not knowing what is going to happen or whether or not you’re going to be able to support your home/family.
That pretty much consumed the majority of my thoughts the past few months.
Some people would probably say I was lucky to have as much notice as I did about the school closing. In case you missed it previously, we learned our school was closing in October, so we had about 8 months before the end of the year, which should have been “plenty of time”.
For some of the faculty, it was; for those of us who have a fewer available positions, it’s not necessarily plenty of time. For school counselors, especially in Maryland, openings are pretty infrequent and when there is an opening, you’re usually one of at least 200 applicants.
So the pool is huge and the opportunities are few.
I’ve mentioned for….several months that I have news to share but that I wasn’t ready to share it yet. I’m still not really ready but it’s more of a reality now, so I might as well put it out there. I’ve never really known how to say it, so I might as well just say it flat out.
At the end of October, our school received news that it was going to be closing at the end of the year due to low enrollment. If you know me personally, you’ve known about this since October. And you also know that I’ve struggled with the decision since then.
It’s been a little while since I’ve done any kind of “About Me” post mostly because I’m not always the biggest fan of talking about myself. But, I thought it might be fun to do a random facts post about me.
I hate talking about myself. So why do I have a blog? I don’t mind talking about life, but I’m not the biggest fan of talking about me personally all the time. I can’t really explain it.
I have never traveled outside of this country. This is kind of why our honeymoon trip is so important. Actually, neither of us have ever been out of the country, and that seems like a perfect opportunity to go for a big trip.
I hate drinking water. Seriously. No matter what I do, no matter even if I try to flavor it, I just hate it. If we didn’t need it survive I’d be happy. I do better, most days, at drinking enough of it to be hydrated, but I really REALLY hate it.
I have two celebrity crushes. And yes, Devon knows about both and he also knows if there was ever a shot with either, I’d take it (it’s okay, he has his one or two, too). First one is David Tennant; no surprise, most likely. He’s just adorable; I do prefer his British accent over his natural Scottish one, though, honestly, but I just love him. Even in Jessica Jones when he’s playing the biggest asshole ever, I still loved him. He’s just that good. The other is Kiefer Sutherland. I know both of these guys are completely against what most people think my “type” is, but I love Kiefer Sutherland, too. Ever since 24, he could do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. And now, playing the President in Designated Survivor? Amazing. All other actors could go away as far as I’m concerned, just keep Kiefer and David going for as long as humanly possible.
I don’t really have a bucket list. And it’s not because I don’t want to do things or go places or whatever, I do. I’ve just never sat around and said “I must do all of these things in my lifetime”. Life is just too weird and unpredictable and I don’t want to feel disappointed in my older age thinking that I didn’t get to do a lot of those things. There are things I hope to do, but at the end I want to look back and say that I lived a good life not that I didn’t see the Grand Canyon, or whatever.
I have a slight speech impediment. I’ve had it all my life, it’s just a lot less noticeable than it used to be. I have a slight stutter. I actually didn’t talk at all until I was about 3 years old. My parents had to take me to a Speech therapist 3 times a week when I was 3 because I hadn’t said a word yet. I just babbled. Now, I don’t ever shut up. But, I do still have a little stutter. It’s mostly noticeable when I’m talking really fast or when I’m nervous now but it used to be really bad when I was growing up.
I played the cello for 10 years. And I loved it, I’ve said a few times I want to take it up again, I just don’t have the time to dedicate to it. One day I want a new cello, though. I played all throughout school and went to many orchestra competitions with my school ensemble. (Coincidentally, Devon’s school was also at a lot of these same competitions and he was there with the Band, but yet we still never actually met until college.)
I can’t handle dirty floors. Like, at all. I would vacuum my house 24/7 if it was feasible. I hate the thought of stepping on/walking on stuff in bare feet (because I rarely have on shoes/socks in the house), it’s just really really gross to me. So, I make sure there is always a good vacuum, mop, and broom in my house at all times.
I can’t eat avocados. And this makes me SO SAD. Because avocados are delicious. But, I have a moderate latex allergy that’s developed in my 20’s and avocados can trigger a latex-like allergic reaction, and have in me, so I can’t eat them. So much sad.
I can’t go to sleep without Chapstick on my lips. And not just any Chapstick, it has to be the original cherry flavored lip balm. Devon waits “patiently” every night because he can’t turn off the light until I have put an “adequate” amount of Chapstick on my lips. I can’t sleep with dry lips. I just can’t. Plus, I have a tendency to bite my lips throughout the day, so I have to heal my damage.