Saturday, November 27, 2010

falling for fall

"SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!" (thanks Rachel Zoe for forever embedding that phrase in my personal dictionary) I can't believe Thanksgiving is over!!! BTW, I hope everyone had a wonderful Turkey Day! Despite the cold weather, it still hasn't fully hit me yet that fall has come full steam ahead. I don't always share my husband's enthusiasm for the fall season. In fact, I have a Love & Hate relationship with fall. I find it to be a very melancholy season. How can you not... It forces you to say "good bye" to cute summer dresses, natural summer tans, beach days, bbqs, ice coffees, outdoor flip cup and relay (I'm a frat boy at heart... ♥ beer games), and that natural "carefree feeling" that summer brings. And now I've been forced to say "hello" to shorten days and longer nights, fake heat (which has become absolutely brutal to my poor nose), and unwanted extra pounds that I certainly can do without!!! These cold and gloomy days have left me feeling lazy and forever craving hot & fatty lattes (caramel brûlée lattes to be exact) and comfort foods. And it certainly doesn't help knowing I can cover up all the extra pounds with comfy layers of clothes.... which subsequently leaves any type of motivation to work out in complete hibernation.
Don't get me wrong, like I said... it's a l o v e & hate relationship. I adore the color changes of the leaves (breathtaking), but hate that they fall everywhere and I mean everywhere (so messy)! ♥ ♥ ♥ shopping for fall fashion, but hate hate hate the crowded malls that the holidays bring. LOVE knowing that Christmas is merely a few weeks away, but absolutely hate that one of the BEST years of my life is coming to and end:(
Maybe that's why I've been so bitter about this particular autumn season... It has been a constant reminder that my wedding is over! I know, I know... I need to get over it. But give me a break people!!! It's only been 2 months, but with all the changes the fall season brings, it makes it feel as if it had been months and months ago. I can't help but miss it all! Actually as I sit here thinking about my wedding day, I'm continually reminded how extremely fortunate I am not only in love but in every aspect of my life! I may not be rich in the physical sense of wealth, but I have everything I can ever need and more! I'm truly a lucky girl!
With the passing of Thanksgiving... My relationship with fall has quickly leaned back to love! Being in the presence of my amazing family has left me feeling incredibly blessed and eternally grateful!
Oh and as continuing proof that I have the best husband in the world...I was able to convince him to join the maddness of black Friday for the very first time together! I must say, not a single complaint from him considering I got him up at the crack of dawn! We survived the day with flying colors! And as icing on the cake, I even walked away with a pre Christmas gift! Thank you sweetie for my iPad ! I'm putting it to good use as we speak.... Or should I say " as I write".

Thursday, November 18, 2010

back into the swing of things

It's been quite some time now since I had the opportunity to spend some quiet "me time" . Between moving back and forth, and my work schedule being turned upside down, life was a little crazed for a moment, leaving me no time to write.
So please excuse my absence.
I think the subject on the move deserves its own blog entry so I'll save that one for later... but a major reason for my absence was also due to my temporary change of schedule for work. For those who don't know, I'm a Maternal Child Health (MB, peds, & NICU) RN and work 12hr night shift (7p-7a) 3x a week...(when I do most of my babbling and writing lol!)! I was asked by my supervisors to become what they call a "super users" to help teach and implement a new computer charting program for the hospital. When I agreed to do it, I didn't know all that it entails. I didn't realized right away the major perks in it for me=) First and most importantly, NO WORK on weekends until January!!!! (who can possibly say no to that). Second, I was able to manipulate my schedule to include NO HOLIDAYS either!!! (which I could not be more ecstatic about because this would be mine and BJ's first Holiday Season being married) I would also have to switch to the day shift (7a-7p) for 3 weeks. Initaily I thought awesome more time to spend with the hubby and more time to tackle some of the million things that needed to get done....Right!?!... WRONG!!!...Waking up and being ready by 6:30 am was complete torture...especially during these past chilly mornings! Although I would be home by 7:30pm leaving me plently of time to do things ... all I would want to do is bury myself under the covers and snuggle next to my husband and be a lazy dog. Not exactly the productivity I had in mind. Although I ♥ sleeping next to my hubby every night, there was a small part of me that couldn't wait to go back to my regular schedule. Usually after a long night at work, I love coming home to an empty quiet house (it's daytime so the scary factor is out the window) and having the bed all to myself to sleep in...hubby is a major bed hog, so I have to enjoy those moments.
Which I'm glad to say is exactly what I'm doing this very second=)
I'm sure on some level hubby is glad I'm back on my night shift duty too, this way he can go back to enjoying his video games and ESPN channel.