Sunday, February 17, 2013

We're back or at least hope we are

I am very sorry we both have been MIA for the past few months. A lot has been going on with us and most nights by the time we finish what life says we have to do each day, we fall into bed exhausted.

I have always been very active politically as it is one of my passions. As such I have been starting to structure my professional career in order to finally fulfill my life long goal of working in politics. In addition I have been doing a lot of volunteering within the political arena. I strongly believe in the items I support and oppose and I am pretty vocal about it. Currently it is mental health reform for personal reasons. My mother has suffered from mental illness my entire life so I know firsthand some of the problems with the health system in regard to mental health, as well as how society views those who have been diagnosed with a mental health disease.

My other passion is education. Our children need and deserve better education and a chance to compete in a global workforce when they are out of school. Sadly we are not preparing our children for this. Therefore we are falling behind and our children are the ones who will and do suffer. I believe pre-school like kindergarten should be mandatory for all children and that it has to be accessible and affordable for ALL families. But enough about my politics.

On top of all of that, over the last several months I have determined I miss having children in the home. Of course this contradicts our decision to not have children. And I do not want to have a baby. However, there are millions of children in foster care looking for a permanent home. So, that is something M and I are exploring with no definite decisions being made. Especially considering my career goals will eventually lead me across the county to Washington.  We are discussing our options and how we will deal with the changes in my career etc.

All of our four legged babies are doing well, and last week we added another puppy to our family. M found him running down a busy street and saved him. He has not been chipped and no one has reported him missing. As such it appears he has joined our family. Considering he was filthy and underweight, we imagine he was probably dumped. He is a Maltese poodle mix and the vet estimates he is about 8 months old. He has made himself right at home and loves to cuddle up with me and the other babies each night. He also gets very excited when M is here.

With everything else going on I am still going to the gym daily and at least three days a week I am going twice a day. I have muscles that hurt that I did not even know I had (laughs). However, I am down 62 pounds since June. I find the gym helps me work off stress so I do not yell at everyone. And I am sure it is a major reason why I am sleeping better at night. I am too tired to do anything else

Again I apologize for not posting sooner and will do my best to check in with updated more often. I have also let M know he needs to check in. How is everyone else doing?



  1. Wonderful to see you back to blogging! I myself don't post very often since my journey in plural marriage ended. I applaud your decision to strive for work in politics. For almost 20 years I was employed in politics; and before that in community organizing and environmental issues. Doing those things I met many, many people; and people are what politics boils down to.
    I enjoyed that life and to this day still have very strong opinions politically, and find myself caught up whenever there is a national or even local election going on.

    One thing is for certain, you will be very busy! Politics has a way of catching you and not letting go.

    Glad to hear you are doing so well and look forward to seeing more posts.

  2. I believe you, new#3 and I are very much alike politically as far as interest and action go, but I think I am opposite your views. That's ok with me. I worked for years with people in a political arena with whom I disagreed. Did nothing but sharpen my arguments.

    Glad you are well. I've missed you and NTH also. My husband died the last day of January. He'd been home the last time since Christmas eve. The whole thing, the last year especially was nothing but a gigantic horror. I argued with social workers and medical people about turning down their "help". I will give up not one ounce of independence in favor of their "help". I pay my own bills, thanks, and hire who I want and for how many hours I need. Ron's suffering was beyond belief.

    So I see a new pope was elected today. I would have loved to be in St Peter's Square. I love to be where people are happy. The crowd looked very happy when the white smoke was visible. It's so nice to be around a happy bunch! Of course the comments will come fast and furious about how their religion won't change, as if it should. I mean, you follow it or you don't. My only beef is that they should have remembered a long time ago that Jesus in the New Testament showed a nasty temper, which should have been used during the molestations and to rid the curia of those who protect bad people and insulate themselves from consequences and change. The fact remains that I am still delighted with events that give us hope. I still have hope.