“Post More” was a comment I received lately. A kick in my rear =P
“Post More” was a comment I received lately. A kick in my rear =P
Now the a.c. on our upstairs 3rd floor is not working. Why in the heck would we need a.c. in January? Oh yeah, in Texas it got up to 79 degrees today. It’s 77 outside right now and 78 on the third floor, where our bedrooms are. Where I sleep. UGH. What will this cost?
It was just on Monday that I felt like I finally had a false sense of control over my life. I mean, I knew it was false but it was a fun feeling. Like, everything could fall into place. I had found two potential day-cares that could work and settled on those. I had gotten so much done around the house and had a plan for the next few months. It’s amazing how quickly that sense of control can be jerked out from under you. It’s not like something horrible happened, I mean, when I put things into perspective, there is some shit that could truly rock my world right now and I am so thankful that has not happened.
But here I am, trying to be smart with my money, trying to save for this child, etc. And then yesterday I go tour one last daycare, that I was pretty sure I wouldn’t even like but I decided to go. So, I go, and I didn’t like it. it was just the kind of place where you walk in, and all 4 infants are crying and it seems chaotic and it was just a big NO in my book. Okay, cool no big deal.
So I go outside to my car, and it won’t start. I figure, it’s probably the battery. So I call my friend S who lives half a mile away. I had plans to hang out with her that night anyway. Could you come get me? Or help me jump my car? I’m only half a mile away. But, no, unfortunately her boyfriend had taken her car to work that day, and she was left with his stick-shift car which she couldn’t drive (and I can’t either). So, I call Tyler. Tyler is in a meeting across town. So, I decided I’ll just walk to S’s house and deal with it later.
Later comes, and I call the closest person who could come, my dad. My dad arrives. He can’t get the car to jump. He thinks he’s just not making a good connection. So 30 minutes later we call AAA. We leave to go get some dinner and of course AAA shows up just as our food arrives at the table, so we rush back to the car. AAA can’t get it to jump. It’s not the battery. (damn it).
So AAA calls us a tow truck. Tow truck finally arrives at 8:45pm. Tows my car a few miles to a shop that we trust and has worked on our Honda cars before.
I finally get home just a little before 10pm, exhausted. My routine bedtime is 9pm. I’m tired of dealing with car trouble all night.
Oh, and let me just put a little TMI in there. Ya’ll, I had to go to the bathroom. You know, go-go. I had to go since 4pm that day. 8:30 was rolling around and I was like, I HAVE TO GO. And can I just put out a little thank you to Trader Joes? My dad and I decided to kill some time in there so I headed for the bathroom and thank you universe, thank you for letting it be a clean, nice smelling, SINGLE stall only bathroom. Complete privacy. Trader Joe’s, you were the angel of my night.
Back to the story.
So, in the morning, I get up, take Tyler’s car (which is from 1997 by the way) to the shop, so that I can give the mechanic my keys (they didn’t have a drop box). So I’m late to work, which is fun too. Before I leave work, Tyler tells me they called him and it’s “the starter” which is going to cost $600. Sucks right? I don’t just have $600 to spend on whatever the Hell I want right now. I have a freaking child on the way.
So I rush home to get him, walk in and he says “your car isn’t ready today.” What? Why not? You said it was? “Yeah, well they called back. And that weird noise that we had been hearing in your car, well it’s a flaw with the engine, some issue with that particular civic. It’s going to cost us another $450 to repair, and we don’t really have a choice on that matter.” Seriously? Seriously? I’ll be dropping a thousand dollars on my car tomorrow? I want to melt into the floor. I want to look in the mirror and check for bruises because surely I have just been punched in the gut.
Tyler is moping. He is visibly distressed and not tolerating this news well either. His head is hanging low. His voice is weak. His feet shuffle across the floor.
I can only respond “Well, this certainly calls for some ice cream!” as I pull out the Mint Chocolate Chip from the freezer.
“I’m going to go take a nap” he says.
I eat. He retreats.
False sense of control gone. We could have used the $1k to help pay for the new car we actually NEED. Driving Tyler’s 1997 Honda around just really is not fun. Thank god it DRIVES but I’m terrified because the tires are old. Everything is old. This car is ghetto. Ghetto as in, the inside driver’s side door handle came off so you have to pull this little metal bar to get the door open.
I know we’ll get through this. We always do. I just HATE it. Will we ever get ahead?
Our doula came to our house today for our second meeting. It was the first time that Tyler got to meet her. Tyler expressed his hatred of hospitals, the hospital smell, fear/horror over umbilical cords, and his dislike of newborns. It was obvious that this was generally an uncomfortable conversation for him. Thinking about “the birth” is not something that comes across his radar. Sometimes I feel so disappointed that Tyler isn’t as “in to this baby” as I imagined my spouse being. It often brings on feelings of guilt and fear, and sometimes envy of those who have spouses that share deeply in the excitement. When you combine that with my already out of whack hormones and irritability, it’s a less than desirable combination.
So yesterday I met with the Good Witch, and discussed the possibility of our clinic closing and me losing my job in May. As if having a child is not terrifying enough, having one and then having to find a new job is even more terrifying. And not just any old job, but an licensed professional counselor intern position! BAGH! It just made me start thinking about what my options were, if I had any options, and what the Hell I wanted to do with my life in the future. And I came up with no answers. I kept imagining myself at a new job where I didn’t have an office, trying to pump breast milk in a storage closet on the 2 breaks a day that I would get. OMG.
I was overwhelmed, but I’ve sort of had to say, whatever will be will be, right? We were told that some of the faculty would be making decisions about whether to go to the new institution with our director, or if they would stay here at the clinic. They’ve been offered some pretty bad ass deals, and basically, in our eyes, if the last 2 faculty of our clinic left, we’d be left with nothing.
Well today, out of the blue, we receive this official e-mail from the Clinical Director of the Mood Disorders Clinic which is housed above us. Essentially, this e-mail said that UT was making our clinic a priority, and that he was going to take over the clinic. All our mouths sort of dropped because our own supervisors/doctors had not communicated any of this to us yet. Come to think of it, it was actually poorly done because it created some confusion and excitement We called our director boss, Dr. S who said “well nothing has been decided” which was really confusing, but it sounds like what she meant was nothing has been decided as far as whether she will stay on our not. However, what we have essentially come to learn is that in one way or another, the clinic WILL stay open.
JUMP FOR JOY I WILL HAVE MATERNITY LEAVE AND A JOB WHEN I RETURN.
It’s also kind of exciting, since so many people have jumped ship, there will be huge changes in the clinic. Such as, my LPC-supervisor taking over as clinic manager (and she would be awesome at this), and the crappy nurse practitioner wants to find a new job (um yay thank God), and our evil head director will be gone to UVA replaced with the super nice personable director of the mood disorders clinic. In addition, it might mean we get to do more studies with mood disorders, not just substance disorders, so this could make my job more interesting. (Sad to say, after working with cocaine/crack users for 2.5 years, it’s kind of old news).
So, I am feeling tentatively relieved and tentatively excited. Getting to use all my sick leave, keeping my insurance…. I would never be so thankful.
And, most of you could probably care less but here is what the letter said, and then my other boss’s response that she sent after we left work today (the one that was flustered by the e-mail).
After 20 years of distinguished services to our school, Dr. R has decided to leave (clinic) to pursue new opportunities at another institution. His expected start date at (new institution) is April 1, 2013. Dr. R has been a great colleague and a very strong leader for the (clinic) and our research efforts. We will surely miss him and wishes him well on his new endeavors.
Effective February 1, 2013, I will become the new Director of the (clinic). Dr. G will be appointed Medical Director. We are beginning discussions with the team at the (clinic) to identify challenges and opportunities so that it will continue to grow and thrive. We anticipate some overlap with Dr. R over the next two months and some gradual transition of responsibilities. As you know, there are many commonalities in approach and extensive overlap between substance use disorders and mood disorders, so I feel strongly that my background as a researcher in mood disorders, alongside with expertise on neuroimaging and neurocognitive studies and clinical trials will be an asset to the team at the (clinic). Similarly, with Dr. G’s wealth of expertise on clinical trials and clinical research, as well as extensive clinical experience and Board Certification in Addiction Psychiatry, we feel strongly about our future directions and very enthusiastic as we embrace this new challenge. UT has identified the (clinic) as a priority area for our institution and our leadership is fully behind the transition efforts.
And her response:
I’m so sorry that I missed talking to you in person today after this announcement was sent out. Dr. B is sending this to reassure everyone of the stability of the (clinic). Our center/clinic is not going to go away, regardless of whether additional faculty leave. This is great news. As you know, (new institution) has been trying to recruit all of us, so I have been going through the long process of exploring options to stay or go. Soon I will decide, and if my decision is to stay at UT, I will be Co-Director of (clinic). In that case, I would be very excited about broadening our center to include mood disorder comorbidities.
I hope this helps clarify the situation. I will be here tomorrow and we can discuss further.
Pretty cool right??
Happy New Year to all of you! Last year’s new years eve post I wrote was so grim. Life is certainly not perfect, but it’s definitely worth seeing where it’s going.
I bet you all are wondering how my Facebook Photo Bomb went huh? Well, the day is not over, but I would say it was a success! What I did was wrote “It’s Time” and posted the photo with that message. 28 likes so far (that’s a lot different than 3) and 14 comments. My mother wrote the sweetest comment “Beautiful picture, beautiful thought, you are so beautiful . I am so lucky to have you in my life.” Could she have written anything more perfect? She’s such a wonderful example of a mother.
Oh, and my mother in law fell into the trap and commented ”I am so blessed to have you in my life and love Tyler! I thank God daily for you and can’t wait for the baby! Love always! So exciting!” so hopefully that response then posted on her timeline, to which hopefully her conservative friends saw it. I shouldn’t say she “fell into the trap” that sounds so mean. She loves us to death, and as I’ve written before she loves Tyler more than anything. She is nothing but supportive of the both of us.
One thing that did make me laugh, was my ultra conservative college friend (who is married and had a baby in October), did not “like” or “comment” on my photo (he’s quite facebook savvy , instead he sent me a private message saying I looked great, etc. HAH that kind of made me giggle.
But overall, it was a wonderful post filled with tons of supportive responses. OH, and I failed to mention the most surprising and exciting response of all. From my step-grandmother (she is only 5 yrs older than my dad) who is very “East Texas” and I would say rather religious, BUT she definitely showed her liberal side with her response “I agree, it is time.” WHATTTTT SHE AGREES WITH SAME SEX MARRIAGE? OMG! AMAZING! I really jumped for joy when I read that. Super fun.
I spent the new year going to two separate parties. The first was at one of Tyler’s best friend’s houses. It was an unofficial “game night.” These game nights are basically where a ton of people show up and play board games. It’s mega nerdy. Let’s be honest. Nerdier than I could ever be. (HOW nerdy you ask? So nerdy that the lady who is having the baby in February, and her husband, have started decorating their nursery by designing an entire Mario Brother’s video game scene out of Pyssla Beads and sticking them on the wall.) But it’s wonderful. Everyone is friendly, the food is amazing, it’s casual, it’s a lot of fun. So, we showed up there, Tyler got involved in a game, then I had to head to party #2 which was just a few blocks away. Party #2 was the opposite of Party #1. I mean, it was still a good time, but just different. Every guy there was wearing a suit jacket. Yeah, that kind of party. Thankfully I was dressed for the occasion. Everyone stood around, no one touched the food on the table. We small talked, etc, it felt a bit uncomfortable. I did at least run into a few people I knew, but I was glad when I was finally able to leave party #2 and return to party #1 where I gorged my face with the delicious spread of food. I really did just walk up and down the kitchen island and shovel food into my mouth, barefoot.
We topped the night off by returning home before midnight, but watched the NYE celebration for our city on television. I think we’ll make this a tradition, because it is so much to mock the ridiculous people on the television out in downtown celebrating, including the news anchors. SO much awkwardness. SO MUCH.
Today, I sadly took down all the Christmas decorations. But it felt good to get the house back in order. I cleaned it top the bottom, it’s looking marvelous. Tyler installed a brand new kitchen faucet which is super fancy and really makes the sink look snazzy. We also put up the headboard that we got for Christmas (finally, our bed looks like a bed). Unfortunately, tomorrow is back to work.
So, my dearest friend from college (who happens to be bi, though might identify herself as a lesbian) met me for lunch today. She is one of those fabulous women who is all about women’s rights and LGBT rights. She was kind enough to walk around in the cold with me today and take some photos for my diabolical Facebook post, which will be debuting New Years Day, likely to my mother in law’s horror (HAH!).
I just spent the last hour or so working on text and photo editing (but I’m using Picassa people, not photoshop, so do be kind). I am definitely going to choose one of the first two, less wordy and makes a bigger impact since my face isn’t really in the photo. I included the third one just because well it was fun. But please vote and tell me, do you like it without the border, or with the border on the photo?
So, there’s two things that I don’t traditionally do on facebook. One of them, is post political/religious kinds of things. I’m not going to go on a tirade about democrats or republicans. I’m not going to comment on people’s facebook statuses that annoy me. I also, had decided, not to do a facebook pregnancy announcement. I have 230 “facebook friends” and honestly, the people that need to know about the pregnancy already do. They get e-mails.
But something happened the other day, that really annoyed me. I shared on facebook, to all 230 people, a link to the photos of the same sex couples getting married in Seattle, and commented on how much it meant to me, and touched me. Out of 230 people, I received 4 “likes.” That’s 1.7%. Holy crap. Okay, so sure that sucks. But what bothers me MORE is that when I posted things like “Had the best Kraft Macaroni and Cheese tonight. Love me some shells and cheese!” I’ll get like 30 likes. Really people? Really?!
So an idea came. A manipulative crazy idea. And dear readers, I kind of need your suggestions. Here’s the rational:
So, what is my diabolical plan?
Take a bump shot. Then add in text that says something along the lines of “Baby has only been growing for 19 weeks but already has developed the brains to know that marrying whomever you love [same sex marriage] is a basic human right.”
Or some other kind of phrase. I need your suggestions!
So, why is it diabolical? A) They have to look at it B) If they don’t “like” my pregnancy announcement, they are kind of a twerp. C) people will likely comment on the photo, at least to say “didn’t know you were pregnant, congrats!” which will drum up more exposure and therefore more comments. D) In your face people who want their religion to dictate the law.
Maybe you’ll think I’m genius. Maybe you’ll think I’m crazy. Maybe you’ll just laugh at this idea like my spouse did. Maybe I can turn this into a weekly update with other important things to say, and dress and pose in ways that will make people want to see the picture, even if they don’t agree with my stance. I don’t know. Thoughts?