Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Living La Vida Loca and Loving It

What a long month it's been and we're only 10 days or so into it.

Last week was spent with two boys and a husband all with the stomach flu. It started on Halloween night and didn't end until sometime early this past Sunday morning. So far I haven't gotten it, but did have alternating chills and hot spells with nausea on Saturday night while caring for a still vomiting six-year old.

Earlier that day, though, everyone was fine – well, the kids and I were fine, Scott was still sick. We spent the day in Cumming with my in-laws taking in my niece's play in the a.m. and then going to my nephew's football playoff game that afternoon. Maybe it was the hot dog and Icee at the football game that did Brendan's tummy in.

Thrown into that mix were Brendan's first basketball practice, which he loved; starting his big first-grade Language Arts project on blends; and learning that we are doing Thanksgiving at our house because both my sisters-in-law have other plans with their families this Thanksgiving.

When I wasn't taking care of sick people last week, I spent much of my time updating my resume and sending it to friends in the hope of networking. I really need to create some more freelance work for myself and/or find a regular gig. There's something about working that makes me feel happy. I feel like a real human again, with my own thoughts and ideas that involve something other than what's for dinner. I enjoy talking about words and the functionality of web sites and how to translate one person's idea into words another person can understand and that drive people to action.

I also had an article published in Special Needs Parenting magazine. It's been really nice to get so much positive feedback on it. Mothering is an often thankless job. It has been nice to do something and have others tell me they appreciate what I did or that I did a good job on it.

I am working on another seralized article for a different parenting magazine.

With all of that going on, finding time to blog has been hard. I was awarded the "One Lovely Blog" by Sarah at The Stroller Ballet, but haven't even had time to write about it or share the bloggy love with some of my other favorite bloggers. Oh well. Maybe tomorrow.

For now, it's time to revel in the still warm and loved feeling I have after spending the morning with my Familia group from my church and get to cleaning the kitchen and starting supper before we head to speech therapy after school.

Have a lovely day, my friends. And thanks for stopping by. In case I haven't told you lately I really appreciate you all. Smooch!


Sarah said...

Well said! I'm recently getting back into some work and it feels really good! My husband just doesn't get why I get so excited about it :)

We were at Children's today for OT -- are y'all there every Tuesday? I know we saw you there a few weeks ago.

Dawn said...

Thanks for the comment, Sarah.

Men don't get it, especially, I think, when they become the "sole" providers for the family. I think working and all the worry that goes with it is such a burden to them and they think we're sitting around eating bon-bons all day, that they wonder why we'd want to go back to that.

And frankly, I don't miss being in an office at all. I do miss talking to other adults about non-kid related things and I miss creating something with my mind as opposed to my body.

We actually skipped speech therapy today because I wasn't feeling 285 in the rain today. We needed a mental health afternoon and made some good progress on our blends chart.

Annie said...

Nice post. Also miss working sometimes. (I do work part-time, though.) Parenting: Constant juggling act!~

And congrats on the article and the blogging award!

Shari said...

I was very lucky to get a contract position with a big name company that lets me work from home. I like working, and doing it from home is the best. I wouldn't have taken it otherwise.

ViolinMama said...

What a great post, and I get your viewposts. I think that is why I like blogging, taking pics, playing the violin, and even having FB time - it is something either for me, or I create it. I also start tutoring this week and that feels good too - just doing something for me.

We're all behind you, and Familia loves you....what a blessing you are to the group!!! Love you!