Hey, at least I don’t have to water the flowers

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It’s been one hell of a long day, the customers and phone calls just wouldn’t stop coming! ¬†The plus side was that the day flew by, but the negative? ¬†I’m exhausted. ¬†I was so relieved when I pulled into my driveway, and even more so to be able to sit down and relax with a hot cup of coffee. ¬†The short little thunderstorm helped with my nerves too. ¬†My plans for the rest of the night? ¬†Well, right now, just relaxing in the kitchen, watching the boyfriend cook dinner (sadly enough he cooks more than me). ¬†Then after dinner? ¬†Relaxing on the couch and watching my favorite sci-fi show… Lost Girl. ¬†To say I’m excited about curling up in bed tonight is most definitely an understatement.

So things have just been generally crazy around here. ¬†I have some great company to endure the chaos with, my friend Kate is still a constant. ¬†We managed to tackle a good portion of the housework this past weekend and knock out another portion of shopping for my little Noodle’s birthday, I’m almost done and Kate got her a ton of stuff! ¬†I still have some bigger ticket items to get, but most of the little gifts are set. ¬†On Sunday I went over to her house to visit her family (which is another one of my adopted families, they were there for me through all of the domestic crap with my ex as well as the first 2ish years of Crohns). ¬†Unfortunately I missed her parents, but there’s always next weekend! ¬†I can’t wait to see them again. ¬†Last night after work, Kate and her sister came over to visit… that was awesome and Ry took it upon himself to make us all dinner. ¬†To say that he’s got a thumbs up from those two is an understatement… and their opinions mean a lot to me.

Beyond all of that, just menial chores and work. ¬†I’ve been pondering over a pretty big decision in my head too… this fall I believe I’m going back to college… not to work on that Bachelors in Business (honestly because I’d rather eat my own ass than take one more accounting course), but to head for (starters) my Associates in Criminal Justice. ¬†End goal? ¬†Bachelors. ¬†If I get bored? ¬†Masters. ¬†Criminal Justice is something I’ve always been interested in, but of course I never wanted to become a Police Officer so I just abandoned it not realizing that I could take it so much farther. ¬†So after doing lots of research, I think I’m just going to dive in. ¬†I’m excited… more like thrilled… and even more so that I have the support of so many people. ¬†I can’t wait.

In the mean time though, it’s time to get ready for dinner. ¬†I hope everyone is doing well since I haven’t had time to check in on anyones blogs this week. ¬†Happy Almost Hump Day.

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Back in the game.

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I had coffee with one of my good friends last night. ¬†Her and I have been friends for years, we’ve known each other since we were kids back in the old neighborhood. ¬†After I moved out we lost contact for a few years until I moved into an apartment with my ex-husband in Lindenhurst. ¬†One day when I was doing laundry, I bumped into her on the stairs. ¬†The girl I had known from the neighborhood lived in the same building with me. ¬†I was shocked, mostly because it wasn’t a huge building, it only had 12 units in it…. and was one of many buildings. ¬†What were the chances that we ended up in the same place?

She was there for it all.  She was there when I was pregnant with my daughter, her family brought me a gift after we came home from the hospital.  She was there when I was sick that year with undiagnosed Crohns.  She was there to see the fights with my ex-husband, her family was there to call the police for me when he beat me up.  She was there to face him when he blew up.  She was there when I put him in jail for domestic abuse.  She was there when I had to get my bruises photographed while my husband was in a cop car.  And she was there when he was arraigned the next morning.

She was there when I started a new life, when I bought my house, divorced my husband, worked through becoming a single mom.  She played a big part in my life.

Then life got busy.  She moved, I started two jobs, and life went on and we lost touch for a little while.

Then her ass finally joined facebook and we started talking again. ¬†She came over for coffee (like old times) last night, hung out with me, my daughter, and it was like we never missed any time at all. ¬†It was nice talking to someone who knows my past, who is completely on my side, and isn’t only friends with me when it benefits her. ¬†It was nice hearing her family wanted to say hi, and hearing the stories about them and her boyfriend. ¬†It was nice telling her all the stuff Noodle has been doing, and about Ryan. ¬†It was hilarious getting riled up about the same shit we used to. ¬†Before I knew it, 4 hours had passed.

There are plans to continue hanging out.  Continue.

I am happy.

Good friends are hard to come by, and the ones that are there can pick up where we left off with out a blink. ¬†I’m lucky to have her and my other friends in my life, everyone has had such a positive impact on me and my daughter, and I’m grateful for every last one of them. ¬†:)