So, the first thing I did was to end my commute. Yessirree, Bob. As soon as I got back from sailing I started looking for a job closer to home. I found one within a few weeks. (thank you, God!)
So, I can finally say bye-bye to this:
DC traffic and I have always had a volatile relationship, so it was really time for us to part ways. Besides, I'm breakin' my cussin' habit this year and the only way I can stop that is to cut back on my traffic time. Mission accomplished. The traffic, not the cussin' (yet.)
I'm not going to waste any more time pouting. Life is waay too short to be unhappy. Since I can't just zip out of the city limits whenever I want, I'll do the next best thing. What's the 'next best thing?' Glad you asked.---TA DA! It's Cracker Barrel, of course. I LOVE THIS PLACE! This is a hillbilly girl's version of Disney Land - did you know that?
Why, it's the mixture of the atmosphere...along with the fact the vittles taste almost as good as Grandma's kitchen. And it's the only place I can get my favorite meal....
Fried chicken livers, mashed potatoes and gravy, and fried okra. I know, I know, you're probably one of those hoity toity folks that don't cotton to chicken livers. Fine. There's more for me. Go eat your tofu.(Hmphh)
Look at my arms. Poor things. They look so lonely, don't they? They are ready to rock a new generation.
I promise to decorate my house for every season. I used to do that and then got away from it. Take this house above, for instance. Isn't that adorable? Every season, the lady of this house decorates her porch. Although it's about 20 miles from my house, sometimes I just hop in the car and drive by just because it makes me smile. I wonder if she has any idea how much joy her time and effort bring to a complete stranger. And probably not to just me - but a lot of people. I like to imagine she's inside baking an apple pie for her family. Not a store bought frozen one. But a real one where she's peeling the apple and making her own crust. Mmm-hmmm. I'll bet she even wears a pretty apron, too!
I'm going to go out and party more - woo-ho0! At least once a month. I'm gonna drink Diet Coke all night, listen to loud music, and stay up at least til 10:00!! No, seriously, I AM going to start going out more. I haven't done that in ages.
I already got a jump start on that one, by the way. On New Year's Eve I put on my boogie shoes and went with Dino and Rachael (SIL and Daughter) to Dino's restaurant in Arlington. It's called 'Yaku.'
The music was great and the food was wonderful. (My boys were out of town visiting Honey's parents). At the stroke of midnight everyone around me was kissing that special someone. Then again, by the stroke of midnight some of them were too far gone to know (or care) who they were kissing. It's moments like that when I'm glad I'm only a diet Coke drinker, ya know?
The D.J. started playing the music to "Auld Lang Syne" and the crowd took it's cue and sang along. I watched with tears in my eyes, happy for the blessing of the past year, and a heart excited with anticipation with the blessings of a New Year. A New Beginning
So, here it is. January 2009. 2008 was a great year. Who ever dreamed that one trip to Tortola, would prompt me to rethink my life and make drastic life-altering changes. Some of the changes were 'on purpose.' Finding a job so close to home so I can dedicate my life to being a homemaker first and foremost. A writer second. I lost the first 20 pounds. Now I'll get rid of the last 20. And of course a change most special. One that wasn't planned but is so very, very special. One that is so hard to wait for!!
I love you little peapod. You don't even know who I am but I know you and I've waited a lifetime for you to come along. Be patient, grow big and strong and I'll see you in August. Grandma loves you very, very much.