Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Week in Review

Sorry it's been so long since I posted! I've been very busy settling in to my summer schedule. I will post some pics from last weekend's Bar Harbor trip and one surprise photo at the end. I hope you like it!

Bar Harbor was wonderful. It was warm and pleasant and Bear and I got quite a bit of hiking in. I've always loved the beauty of the Maine coastline, and this time was no exception. It was so hard to say goodbye to the cool ocean breezes and the gorgeous views. One trail we stopped to picnic on a giant boulder at the shoreline while we watched the tide roll in. There is something so peaceful about the ebb and flow of the ocean, about the rhythm of of the tides and days. I could spend my entire life there, quite happily. I truly hope that someday Bear and I can find our way there to live. Here's why:

And here's the surprise photo: I got new glasses! It's been about two years since I've had a pair. What do you think?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Happy Birthday to ME!

Today is my birthday. I'm 27! I can't believe it. Bear and I just returned from an amazing weekend in Bar Harbor. Pictures and stories to follow. For now? Have a great night... and happy birthday to ME!


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Today is

the last day of school for me. I'm officially DONE having two jobs. Well, for the next ten weeks, anyway. I couldn't be happier. Here's what's in store for the summer:

  • Rework my diet to a less processed, more wholesome one.
  • Go to Bar Harbor with Bear this weekend
  • Hike as much as possible
  • Hike Gulf Hagas
  • Improve my running to at least three miles in thirty minutes at a time
  • Run five days a week
  • Run each morning before seven a.m.
  • Get restful sleep
  • Run in my first ever 5k race on July 19
  • Spend time with friends
  • Lose the rest of the weight I want
  • Sculpt my body by building muscle and firming my jiggly bits
  • Maintain this blog and my MCC posts
  • Pay off bills
  • Save money for Mark and Tara's wedding in October
  • Knit
  • Clean the house and garage
  • Work 30-40 hours a week at Rite Aid
What are your plans for the summer? Anything fun? Let me know!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Ever have one of those days?

Ever have one of those days that you hate the world and everyone in it (including yourself)? That everything fucking sucks and you just want to give up/run away/kick the shit out of something until you feel better?

I'm having one of those days. I hate my life.

I hate that I have to work two jobs just to make ends meet. I hate that the reason I have to do that is because I lived off of my credit cards to support my stupid ex-boyfriend who didn't deserve that kind of sacrifice, and will never offer to pay me back. I hate that I can't get ahead, no matter what I do. I hate that people can tell how poor we are. I hate that friends have more than we do because they are smarter with their money that I am. I hate that I'm still driving my piece of shit Ford instead of my truck. I hate that I've put on three fucking pounds in a week for NO GOOD REASON. I hate that I have to go to school until Thursday. I hate that I asked my husband a question last night that pissed him off AND he still hasn't answered. I hate that him not answering makes me suspicious when I wasn't before (the question was a joke - at first). I hate that I dreamed about snooping into his private stuff because of this question that realistically I KNOW THE ANSWER TO ALREADY. I hate the guilty feeling I woke up with even though I didn't snoop and won't. I hate that I don't lead a romance-novel kind of life. I hate that I can't be picked up and carried around as though I weighed nothing. I hate that I haven't gone camping this year. I hate that I'm always worrying about money. I hate that I'm not the best at what I do (except sex, and I rarely get to prove that). I hate that I'm in such a bad mood.

I just hate.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Gee, thanks!

After reading the comments I received on my last post, I need to say thank you. Living in my body every day keeps me from seeing the results of losing twenty-one pounds. That three people said something to me about it based on that picture means that it is visible - I am noticeably smaller than I was. It really made my day! A big thank you to Eileen, Fox in Detox, and L-Unit (the anonymous commenter).

In other (scary) news, I've done something kinda big: I've signed up to run a 5k race in July! Saturday, July 19, I will be participating in the "3rd Annual Danforth's to Dysart's 5k." It will be my very first race! I'm not even up to running three miles yet. I did check with the director to make sure that I will be able to get a t-shirt. I really want a memento of my first-ever race. My Life Plan is to get a t-shirt from every race I run until I have enough to make a quilt. That's sixteen to twenty races or thereabouts. I need to have something to keep me motivated once my "training" program is over and I can run for thirty minutes at a time.

In case you didn't notice, I've added new activity and weight goals to my blog (bottom of the page). You can keep track of me there. I'll work on adding some new pics soon! After all, if you're going to keep complimenting me, I'm going to keep posting! :-D


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Whole Damn Family (Miss You Mark and Tara!)

From left to right: Long-lost brother Mike, Daddy, Mom, Bear, Tara, and Me. Not Pictured: Favorite brother Mark.

Finals Week

This week is finals week for my students. I teach three classes, and each has its final either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday morning. This morning a group of bleary-eyed kids wandered into my room and plopped resignedly, into their seats. They hate finals.
I love them.
Why? It isn't as though their finals count more than any other assessment does (I teach a standards-based class). It isn't as though they take this much more seriously than any other test of the year. No... I love finals week for another reason entirely.

It means I'm almost done.

Once that third class has staggered out my door, I don't have to look at a student again until September. Ten glorious weeks of NO KIDS. I love it. I can't wait. I NEED it. I love my job, but teenagers - well, to say they can get on your nerves is an understatement. Normally they are good kids, too... but that doesn't keep me from wishing I could choke them a time or two.



Thursday, June 05, 2008

I wonder...

I was in the shower last night sudsing my hair when I had a thought: would my trunk full of old clothes fit me now? It had been years since I dug in there to try on clothes I wore in high school and my first year of college. I weighed about 143 most of my time in school, and although I'm at 156 right now, perhaps something there would fit. I got out of the shower and once I was all dried off and clothed again, I ran upstairs to try.
The trunk was covered in the detritus of my closet - an old fan, a plant pot I never used, sheets and blankets. I managed to shove the stuff back so I could open a corner of the trunk and pull things out one at a time. When I was done, I had about ten pairs of pants and jeans. Awesome. I don't have any jeans that fit me right now, and even my orange pants that I just took out of storage a few months ago are getting a little loose. With barely restrained optimism, I started trying each pair on.
The first pair went on without much of a problem, although there was definite muffin-toppage. The second, third, and fourth were all too small. More muffin tops with pairs five, six and seven. Pair eight, black stretchy dress pants fit well enough, and pair nine, my favorite jeans from high school, fit. As in, could button. As in, looked better on me now than before. A little tight at the waist, perhaps, but nothing a loose shirt won't cover. GOD I missed these jeans! They aren't name brand and they aren't even women's - but they are awesome. I am so excited. Another five or so pounds from my waist, and I will have doubled my jeans wardrobe.

I can't wait.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Rooting Around

Sometimes as I'm driving, or daydreaming, or looking out the window, I spin hypothetical situations in my head. What would I do if I didn't get renewed as a teacher? Would I ever teach in another state? Is there another job I could see myself doing? If I could do anything or live anywhere, what would I do? Where would I live?
The answers to these questions are always different, even if there are some common threads. For example, I've always dreamed of being an author of romance novels. Sometimes I want to make enough money to move to Ireland where I could live in a country cottage with a spotted dog and a garden. Other times I choose to write books here in the states, in a fancy house - but the rest of the world doesn't know my real identity. Sometimes I keep a day job, but most commonly I don't. Sometimes I dream of being a professor instead of a teacher... other times I give up teaching all together.
The one thing I've learned is that I love Maine. For all of it's problems, Maine is and will always be home. If I ever move away, I know I will always come back. Maine is where my family is from. Maine is where my history has happened. I've been fortunate enough to have either lived in or visited most of the state, and I have always been able to find natural beauty and good people. Maine really is "the way life should be."

My husband has lived in the same town his entire life. He was born, raised, and lives in this town. It is as much a part of him as his family is of it. He knows every person, tree, and stone in that town and the surrounding areas. He's never lived anywhere else, although he has traveled to many other places.
Lately, my husband has expressed to me the desire to move away. To leave the life he's led and start over somewhere new. Still in Maine, but somewhere away from the place he grew up. It's a huge step for him: making the realization the he isn't as happy in his town as he used to be is a difficult one to make, and imagining creating a new life elsewhere takes a lot of courage.
There are, of course, drawbacks. The first is that he owns our house and has a secure job that pays fairly well. It is hard for him to walk away from that much security (especially after all the uncertainty he has had in his life already). Added to that is the knowledge that should he ever need anything, there is a support network around that can and will help him out. It is comforting to know that you have neighbors and friends that keep an eye out for you.
After talking to me about it (which I'm sure didn't happen until he had done hours of careful considering and thinking about his decision), we have come to a *very* tentative plan of paying off as much debt as we can for the next two years, finishing my schooling, and getting the heck outta Dodge. Where we are going to go, we aren't sure yet - we both love the coast and want to stay in Maine, but haven't thought beyond that. We have no idea what he will do for a living (I can easily get another teaching job). Bear is finally ready to make a change, a big change, in his life. I am so excited for him and for us. Whatever happens, I know Bear and I will have some grand adventures. We will test ourselves and each other and come out stronger in the end.

I can't wait to see what happens next.

Monday, June 02, 2008

So Many Words for So Few Days

Bear and I returned last night from our weekend of fun/work in Boothbay Harbor and Waldoboro, ME. My brother and his fiancé flew in from Arizona to his mother's house in Waldoboro for a weekend of wedding planning. We hadn't seen them since our own wedding last June, and couldn't wait for them to get here. Bear and I drove down Friday afternoon and checked in to the historic Moody's Diner cabins for our two-night stay. The cabin was quite cute - obviously run by older people (as witnessed by the curtains and other decor), and clean. And just what we needed. Friday night we visited with M and T (bother and fiancé), as well as the long lost brother Mike. I made my husband and M proud, because I was very polite. I even hugged him. And as T noted, I did NOT spring the numerous verbal traps that Mike walked into. We haven't really talked about anything. It wasn't the time. But everyone who knew how I felt mentioned to me how restrained I was. It was nice knowing that my effort was acknowledged.
Saturday morning, after breakfast, T and I headed to bridal shops to look for her shoes, underthings, and tiara. We found all three in Portland, where I bought my wedding dress last year. It was very successful, considering how we managed to lose Route 1 a number of times. The whole way down and back, T and I talked. And talked. And talked. We really got a chance to get to know each other for the first time. And you know what? I absolutely ADORE her. She is just like me (and I didn't think there was such a person), but even feistier. She is beautiful, articulate, and genuinely warm. I am beyond thrilled that this woman will soon be a member of my family.
Saturday night we headed to a Bob Marley comedy show after a wonderful dinner. The theater we saw him at was very small, so we got to see him up close. I swear we made eye contact a couple of times. I was a little worried he was going to say something when I got up in the middle of the show to pee, actually. That's how close we were. He didn't, thank God. After the show we went immediately to the bar. Mike was DD, which allowed me to get drunk, really drunk, for the first time in a long time. I had TWO Long Island Iced Teas (two wine coolers will do me in, so that should give you an idea). I remember everything - even telling T my ENTIRE life story and having to hold Mike's hand to run across the road to the car. I wasn't stumbling or anything (even in three inch heels!) but I wasn't about to chance it, either. I definitely remember Mike sliding down the stripper pole in the dance club (why was that thing even there, anyway?) while stone cold sober. I had to shake my head.
Sunday morning Mom and Dad showed up for breakfast. It was nice - T sat with Bear and I so that I didn't have to sit with Mike. It's not that I don't like him... it's more that he's a jackass and irritates me with his inane comments. Bear and I had checked out of Moody's, but weren't quite ready to go home, so we followed M and T to the Spruce Point Inn where the wedding will be held. M had seen it before, but T had not. The only thing she knew about it was from the pictures I sent her last fall. It was so validating when she saw the place she and M will say their vows and got choked up. She was in awe of the entire place, which made me so happy! I was thrilled that I had helped guide her to a decision she was so obviously thrilled with.
When Bear and I decided to leave, T and I hugged. I didn't want to say goodbye, knowing it will be four months before I see her again. I hugged M, too, but really?
It's T that I'll miss more.

There are other things that I'll remember from this weekend - T scaring the crap out of three grown men as she runs at M's Jeep, yelling and screaming. Making eye contact with T during Bob Marley, knowing that we were thinking the same thing. Cuddling with Bear early in the morning. Sipping coffee with Bear while waiting for the world to awaken. The stripper pole and Mike's feet in the air as he slid down. The waitress that flung our drinks at us. Getting to know this amazing woman that I will soon be lucky enough to call my sister.