Sunday, January 31, 2010

Crazy Times

I'm really hoping that come February 1st our daily life will fall into a grove that is just smooth as silk because this whole January has been just one big load of crap.

I don't like to harp on the bad things and I truly like to focus on the positive. For instance my family is healthy and happy. Know one is trapped under rubble or starving for food (although my teenage son would probably beg to differ on that subject as he feels there should be more pop and chips in the house...but I digress).

It just feels like I don't have the right to vent the frustrations that have piled up in my life because they seem soooo insignificant. Yet, they are key factors in my stress level and that does matter.

What happened you say? and in keeping with a positive outlook I'll tell you.

1. Son gets to experience entering the workforce by creating (on his own time) a portfolio for a mock interview. Not only will this enlighten him for when he enters the workforce, but it will also give me great pride to spend money on a new suit.

2. Son also gets to participate in karate classes which I will gladly drive him to knowing that my precious evenings are all focused on his success.

3. Son learns a life lesson "better to have loved and lost then to have never loved at all"

4. Son gets to participate in the Science Fair Project and was happy to get advise from a wise woman on what experiment would work for him (thanks Aleta!)

5. My husband got the chance to experience his own science experiment with the family vehicle while it died on the I-80 expressway. Results of experiment have lead to believe that if you wait in your vehicle for a tow, you can physically feel the temperature drop within minutes.

6. Waking up at 4:30 in the morning to the sounds of a tow truck and hearing my husbands voice made me happy to have him home safe.

7. Grandpa was awful nice to lend us the truck for a short bit while repairs were made on our vehicle.

8. We were very lucky that the only thing wrong on the car was the alternator and battery.

9. Son got the chance to fully register for High School and meet his counselor. It only took 2 hours and a stop off for Culvar's was well liked.

10. Our Family attended the 8th grade parents meeting where we had the lovely chance of seeing the full community in their true colors. Great debates are just one of the highlights of the night, along with pointed fingers and hopes of raising money for that "All So Important Trip". Even though the meeting didn't get a chance to discuss what time the actual graduation was going to start, we did get out within the hour as was promised by the principle.

11. With Pace eliminating bus routes, I took the initiative and took names of the riders who would like the route continued. I really had no idea what I was going to do with the names once I collected them, but I knew I wasn't the only one affected by this change. I then wrote an email and sent it out to a dozen addresses I could find of people who I thought would make a difference. Within days there was a representative on the bus and now a meeting is scheduled at city hall to discuss alternatives. It feels kinda strange being an activist... but I like it.

I guess what it comes down to is that change might be hard, but in the end everyone is healthy, feed, warm and able to live another day. Hug the ones you have close to you and remember the ones who have past. Peace.


Laurelena said...

*big hugs* I understand what you mean about feeling that you don't have the right to vent your frustrations and stresses, but don't. Life is hard. It's okay to vent about it and to feel stressed.
But it is also good to count your blessings and move forward.
I'll be thinking about you.

A :-) said...

Vent away, you activist, you!

:::pat, pat, pat:::


Knitterary said...

Sometimes we need to let off steam. Human nature. Don't ever feel that you can't do that with your friends. We love you and support you -- what kind of friends would we be if we were put off by hard times?

Hugs for you and the fam.

KathyR said...

Build-ups of steam are dangerous if they are not vented now and then. :) Yep, surely February will be an easier month for you!