About the job...it's prompted a lot of interesting reflections. Like: this is the first time probably since my wedding that I've heard "congratulations" so many times. Now of course deep deep down I'd like to hear that word for a different reason...but it's still pretty nice and very affirming! And: we have a friend who applied for a job the same week but didn't get it. I was very sensitive to how I told him my news...catching the parallel? =) Being on the receiving end of pg announcements has taught me a thing or too!
And probably the strangest effect of the new job...for the first time in a long, looooong time, I've thought, "It's okay that we don't have kids right now. I'm pretty excited about what's ahead." Don't get me wrong: the desire for motherhood has not gone away! But having a new, exciting opportunity to sink my teeth into is taking a bit of the edge off the longing. And to be perfectly frank, this new job would not have happened if I would have gotten pregnant on my time schedule. Yes, I know that's assuming a lot, but the fact is that not becoming a mother when I wanted to meant that I could build up the experience and skills needed for this job...I still want to be a mom more than anything else, but I'm not un-grateful for my new job! (if that makes sense)
And one final funny story - it's been a bit of a whirlwind getting connected to all the new people I'll need to work with in my new position, and in a flurry of emails, I look at what I'm about to send to a new contact and read, "I'm looking forward to working with me." Whoops! Thank God I proofread that! I'm not that narcissistic, I promise =)
2. On to another happy thing...college football starts today. I'm happy about this mainly because it makes Mr. M happy =) We will be watching the ND game with our two little neighbor boys upstairs, who Mr. M is trying to indoctrinate into being ND fans. He bought them hats and everything...and he bought me this:
|notre dame dress with leprechaun|
3. Last weekend when our priest friend visited (the priest who married us), he said mass in our living room! That was really cool.
|Our living room set up to say mass. The pitcher is full of water, which we got blessed.|
4. Our garden is cranking out the tomatoes! My favorite: cherry tomatoes.
5. Last happy thing: three day weekend!!!! I needed this so badly after such an intense - in a good way! - work week. Besides the Notre Dame game, we're having a cook out with friends and my parents on Sunday, and then have nothing planned for Monday. Just the way I like it =)