Wednesday, July 23, 2008

First post!

How exciting!! The first post of a brand new blog!

There are a lot of things going on in my life right now, and I just felt like I needed an outlet for some of the things in my head. I wanted to be able to write things down without worrying that I was monopolizing a conversation or that I might be offending someone or making them worry. I'm not sure why it feels better doing it this way than creating a private word document, but I guess I feel as if I'm telling someone else... just not anyone specific, at least right now. So for the nameless, faceless masses (suuuure) that are reading this right now, thanks for 'listening.'

Alright, introductions. I'm 28 years old, and I live in Northeast Indiana. I was born and raised here, though we moved around for a bit, and I did take a break from the area to go to school at IU, Bloomington. But there's something about the area that draws you back. Probably my family. Speaking of family, I am married to a great guy and have a BEAUTIFUL 16-month-old daughter. Don't get me wrong, that 'great guy' can make me insane at times (::sigh:: now is one of those times), and my beautiful daughter can try my patience with the best of them, but I love them with all of my being. Almost all of my extended family lives here as well, so I've grown up being very close to all of my aunts, uncles and cousins. I adore our family get-togethers, and the holidays are really special to me!

Up until June, I taught 6th grade language arts in a middle school. (I haven't yet decided how much information I'm going to give out yet. I'll probably end up telling you everyone's names soon, but for now, I'll hold my cards close to my chest.) I had taken 5 months off work (well, about 11 weeks, but then summer hit, so it was perfect timing) when I had my daughter, but then I went back for another school year. That was the most difficult thing I've ever done. My daughter wasn't in daycare, which made me feel better (I'm a firm believer that kids should be cared for by family if at all possible), but that meant that my husband and I never saw each other. Unless you can't stand each other to begin with, THAT isn't good for a relationship!! Anyway, we decided around January that I would take a leave of absence from my job. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to stay home full time and JUST focus on my family and home, but I do need to work in some capacity. So I do have the option of going back to my job next year, but I'd rather not. I'll get to the why's and wherefore's in another post.

Anyway, that's a lot of the basics... there's more, but I've got a lot to get done tonight, and I can't spend all night blogging!