10 Things on… Wednesday (doesn’t have the same ring to it)

In an attempt to keep my thoughts organized and fairly concise I followed the “10 on Tuesday” entry modeled after two of my favorite bloggers of all time Christie & Susie (Holla!).

Christie and Susie

1. Sometimes I look back on my university/college classes and I am sad for people who didn’t go to university. Granted, my experience was not a typical one; but it was mine and I embrace the memories. It took me about 8 years all told and 3 schools. I took about 120+ units that were totally unnecessary for graduation. That is excessive considering many people who sprint through college (read: graduate in 4 years) have a few extra units (like less than 20 maybe).  These excess units were largely in part due
to transferring schools and even more due to changing my major well past my junior year. I took classes like jewelry making, modern dance, interior design and tons of French classes (that sadly went to waste meaning not toward a degree).  I even took a few classes with Kurt! I took a class next door to Kurt, too. I also took funky classes that I actually hated and quit right off the bat: puppetry (day 1 and I was over that), history of African Americans, loads of math classes, and few others. Some classes I tried really hard an other I skated through. Once, I took a class that made my high school MUN look like the actual UN and therefore, I went to that class approximately 5 times in the semester and got a B (not too shabby). Anyway, I landed in Communication Studies and I adored it. I loved being a student. I would love to be a student again (I will).

RBF graduation

2. Last night a cold caller from my Alma mater called and tried to wring money out of me for the school. They call regularly. Kurt got his call on Monday night. The random kid who calls always does small talk first then goes in for the real reason why they call us – the donation. Well, last night, I chatted with the guy for real. I asked him questions about his classes and assignments in those classes. He told me about his English teacher who let them read graphic novels for a paper. He told me about his theater class, which he said they, “acted like kids, playing games all day.” Yes, that does sound like actors, ha. I gave him tips about what classes to take and we talked about professors. Then when it was time, he asked me for the money. I told him maybe next time. It was a funny 26 minute phone call. Kurt and I had a laugh afterward because I made a single-serving phone pal. GO BEACH!

3. Cable TV is going away effective Thursday of this week. This will change how we watch tv. When Kurt and I were first married, we didn’t have cable tv for the first year and a half… we didn’t miss it (much) then. We have Kurt’s high tech solutions and we won’t miss out on the good stuff. I mean I am not going Amish over here. Please. Really?

4. During the writing of this blog post, I had to enter the “HTML” mode TWICE to clear out a weird formatting  issue and to fix a picture. Kurt will be so proud. (I have learned SO much from that magnificent man.)

5. The issue of going back to work for my former employer arose. They called me and asked me to come back. Seeing as I have several restrictions (like not being able to work in the day, needing to be flexible with when etc) and they are more than flexible and accommodating to all of them. So, given Peter’s sitch, we gotta pray about that one a little more.

6. If your body is in good health
meaning your organs work, you can move yourself around, and you have breath….. Please, do not take this for granted. If you haven’t seen a doctor in years, go see one. Not to look for something bad but just to have a trained professional agree that you are in good health. Once you are cleared by the doctor, get out and take advantage of your healthy body. Three 10 minute walks a day add up. That is a trip downstairs or a further away parking spot or a walk around the block. Sometimes I think I can’t exercise unless I get my shoes and sportsbra on. Fact: that is incorrect.

7. If you have stress…eliminate it. This is a super neat article about eliminating stress. Life does not just happen to you. Life is shaped by your attitude, perspective, and priorities. You are free to change those anytime you want.

9. I made the difficult decision to change my life in order to refocus my priorities. I
have slowed down. I quit my job to care for Peter and I am so happy I did. At first, I thought it was it was like, well, you just exchange one stress factor for another; meaning stress of commute, stress at job and so on versus the stress of one income, stress of caring 24/7 for a baby,the stress of ‘what do I do now?’ Now, I realize that the money of the job is nice but in the grand scheme of things, I am beyond happy, actually the word thrilled might describe it…that I can be with my little boy. I know technically right now, he won’t remember it. But I sure remember it…and I cherish it and I look forward to caring for him in new different ways everyday. And yeah, we do  not have tons of extra money but we have what we need. We are learning lessons all the time about contentedness and we are continually blessed.

10. Tuesday 2 Feb 2010’s Blessings List: Kurt’s job, Kurt’s PTO, Peter’s right kidney (no need for surgery right now), Peter’s Doctor, the lab tech, the
X-ray techs, the CT techs, the RN’s who helped us so kindly, the Doctor’s assistant who stayed late, iphones for texting updates to family, the 405 for not being too trafficky, the Pei Wei for making awesome take away food, Bill Murray for Groundhog’s Day to make us laugh after a long day, a surgeon and hospital who can provide Peter with great care for his upcoming surgery, a sweet little baby boy who will not remember any of this stuff and gets poked one minute and is laughing the next. The prayers of our parents, our siblings, extended family, friends and people we don’t even know. And finally, God for being good, all the time.

Uh Oh, this guy is ready to swim!

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4 Replies to “10 Things on… Wednesday (doesn’t have the same ring to it)”

  1. I’m glad you joined in on Ten on Tuesday (or Wednesday!). It’s neat to learn more about you, too 🙂 I’m nosy, I think. I really like your thankful list and a reminder that we don’t need a sports bra and running shoes to exercise.

  2. Becky our son and grandson are so blessed to have you in their lives. We love you very much and are very grateful to God for you! Your writing is great and I love reading it. Hope you and Peter have a great day! Love you! From a very grateful mother-in-law

  3. Great entry, Becky. Peter is precious and I’m so glad that you’ve been able to refocus your priorities to care for him full-time. You are inspirational.

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