Being Me…

and discovering that that is quite the roller coaster ride. Wanna come along?


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Daily Prompt: Quote Me

Daily Prompt: Quote Me.

For me, it is a Winston Churchill quote: “Never, never, never give up.”  That has meant quite a lot to me throughout most of my life (well, at least since high school, when I first read it!).

It has helped through struggles in college – I held on to it as I moved on from engineering (definitely not me) to computer science.

It has helped through relationship difficulties – I never gave up hope that a decent person was out there for me.  Sure enough there was – and we’ve been married for 21 (almost 22) years now.

It has helped me through struggles with my daughter’s seizures, the years it took to get a diagnosis, and the struggle to accept what cannot be changed. (And it continues to help with that, of course).

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Thursday 13 (4th Edition) – Gratitude

13 Things I’m Grateful For

  1. I am grateful for my beautiful, loving children.
  2. I am grateful for the support and encouragement of my family.
  3. I am grateful to have had a wonderful life here.
  4. I am grateful for good health.
  5. I am grateful for good night’s sleep – when I can get one!
  6. I am grateful for beautiful spring days.
  7. I am grateful for a hair stylist that does a wonderful job.
  8. I am grateful for my life.
  9. I am grateful for time to unwind in the evening.
  10. I am grateful for a new perspective on what’s important – and what really isn’t.
  11. I am grateful for my friends who have really shown me they care.
  12. I am grateful for cars that are functional – even if they are old.
  13. I am grateful for meals that I haven’t had to cook this week.

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Thursday 13 – 3rd Edition – 13 Things I Need to Do SOON

  1. Get a storage unit. We’ve got to declutter the house before we try to sell it – lots of things need to move, move, move. Well, ok – lots of things also need to be thrown out; that leads to number 2 on the list.
  2. Clean out our stuff. What do we REALLY not want to move again? I plan to donate some books to the library rather than haul them around again. Also, there are things I can probably donate to a women’s shelter. This will take some time – I really should start soon, like this week.
  3. Clean the house. Not much to add to this.
  4. Clean out the flower beds. They have become overgrown and weed-y. I need to remove the old plants that are just kind of mixed together and put in simple, easily cared for plants.
  5. Clean the windows. They haven’t been cleaned in a while and it would be nice is prospective buyers could see out!
  6. Make a list of who to notify about the move. I need to make a list of everyone that will need to be notified of the address change or of the cancellation of services.
  7. Look for and apply for jobs in the new area. I’m including updating my resume and posting it online in this one.
  8. Get my hair cut. Gotta look nice for the job hunt – and this might be the last time to get it cut by my regular stylist.
  9. Write letters to my grandmothers. I’m trying to stay in touch as best as I can right now – at least one letter (with pictures of the kids) per month. They seem to be enjoying it.
  10. Catch up on my reading. I’ve really let this slide.
  11. Catch up on my crafts. I really, really need to work on this. Not because what I’m making is so earthshattering – just because it relaxes me and is a good way for me to de-stress. Goodness knows I need that right now.
  12. Lose weight. Well, this will probably be easier when our situation improves, but I really need to start working on it. I need to get away from “comfort foods” – or at least eat less of them. I need to get more exercise and take better care of myself NOW rather than later.
  13. Make more lists. I need to really start organizing for the move.

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