I could say that I have been “Incredibly Busy” these last few months…yeah, I could. But it would only be partly true.
Re: Work – There have been some changes. I’m still in the same job, same department. I was asked a while back to consider working primarily in the nursery, and after a bit of deliberation, I agreed. I worried that I would regret limiting myself to the one area so often, but the truth is, I actually enjoy it. Not to say it doesn’t get hectic and extremely busy some days, because Oh, Boy it definitely does!
I have also spent much of my time at work the last few months orienting newbies…first a nursing school student shadowed me for several weeks, and then immediately after that, I was orienting a brand new nurse to our unit for two months. While both of these girls are awesome, the mental toll it takes on this introvert to never have ANY time to myself has been quite significant! I’ve had a couple weeks without an orientee now, but next week, the original nursing student from before will be starting her preceptorship with me.
Re: Family – School for my littles started in early August. And as expected, 8th grade and 5th grade have come with their own unique challenges. Both kids are doing well enough, but each has a particular area they are struggling in.
Monkey made the decision to drop cross country and track this year. He had a lot of knee pain this past year, and I think that is ultimately what led to his decision. He still does the multiple bands at school, and I have many days when I think his band teacher has totally flipped her lid this year because she is demanding so much.
Diva changed from attending regular gymnastics classes once a week to twice weekly competition gymnastics sessions, and she’s getting pretty good! She has her first competition coming up in early November. It can get a little annoying to have her cartwheeling and handstanding all over the place, but I tell myself she’s just practicing…
And? My sweet baby nephew was born last week! He is the most perfect little creation since, well, my kids My brother and sister-in-law gave me the honor of staying in the delivery room with them, and seeing Sweet E enter the world was nothing short of amazing.
Re: Health – Eh. I’m not really sure what to say about this, other than it is what it is. Nothing I can really point to, and I haven’t been sick exactly. I just have zero get up and go these days, and absolutely no motivation. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been incredibly LAZY…not working out, not reading much, cleaning the house just enough to get by, and I spent far too much time watching shows to clear out my Hulu queue. I’m due for thyroid labs in a few weeks, and I’m really curious how those results are going to look…based on how I’ve felt as of late. (and yeah, I do blame as much as possible on my crap thyroid.)
Re: Reality – The truth is…I burned out, in more ways than one. I was mentally drained, and stress was coming at me from multiple sources. I changed up the blog design hoping to spark something. I stopped checking in on Twitter because I was overloaded and overwhelmed every time I logged on. I have sat down many times, fingers on the keys, ready to write something…and nothing comes. I felt like I was constantly having to figure out what to post here, write a post for every day, and I was running out of ideas. And that was not what I wanted for my blog…I don’t want to be someone else, I don’t want to do what everyone else is doing. I want to be me, and I want to be real.
I’ve cleaned up my Twitter account, pared down my lists, and I’m actually trying to get back into it. I am considering killing off the blog’s Facebook page, maybe even the Google+ page that I rarely ever use. Not even going to lie, I haven’t even touched my feed reader in months…I’m a little scared to look in there. Baby steps, baby steps.
So there you have it…life in a nutshell these days! I hope to get back into the swing of things soon…perhaps even post about our vacation over the summer, my adorable nephew, who knows?