Monday, January 17, 2011

More About January

I was hoping January would be a month of rest, after all the holiday business. What WAS I thinking?!

Alec's birthday is at the very end of the month which means I need to order his gifts early enough to get here. Right after Christmas, the last thing I want to do is buy more stuff! Our shopping is limited where we live so online is the way to go, especially since he has such eclectic interests. Carmen's birthday follows two weeks later so I generally try to get all the shopping done at the same time. She says she really doesn't need anything which is fine but on her birthday, I'm sure she'll want to open something!

Adding to this is the reality that my husband has gotten himself a new job. Yes! It's true! The story is long about all the twists and turns of life at our local hospital. My son, Chad, and I are seriously thinking of writing a book about all the nonsense (we'll change the names of the victims, naturally). Chad has a great title for it. Anyway, Todd has finally been freed of it all and starts his new job on Alec's birthday (great timing!) Sadly, he has to spend two days of training in Portland on Alec's birthday and the day after, which is a bummer for us but we are so happy for Todd that it doesn't really matter.

He applied for this job back before Christmas. They said they would begin the interview process after the first of the year. It was hard to wait, and wait, but then they called to say he was one of the finalists. We waited two more days and (drum roll, please) they called to say, "You're the winner!!"

Not really, but that's what it felt like. When Todd came into the kitchen, after that phone call, I looked at him, dying of curiosity. All the kids ran in to hear the news. Then he said he got the job! It took a bit to sink in. And then tears (me, not Todd!) We are all so happy for him. Looking forward to a normal schedule for him and us. No more nights or weekend work. Finally. Praise the Lord!

I really kept this job in God's hands. I just kept praying for God's will. If it wasn't what was best for Todd or our family, then so be it. But I'm so glad God answered our prayers the way he did. I'm very proud of Todd. It's a new position with a new heart doc in our area, part of a huge hospital network so there is security in that. Once you get into a hospital system, you can transfer easier to other hospitals in that network which would be helpful if we move in the future. It's a blessing.

And, of course, a new job calls for new scrubs. That's the fun part for me! Too bad Boden (see last post) doesn't make nurse's scrubs!

Friday, January 7, 2011


Well, it's a new year. The Christmas decorations are put away, the house is back to normal, our school schedule has begun again. And the rain has come.

Just a normal beginning to a Northwest January.

At least we are not freezing and there are no weather delays in these parts. We are expecting some snow this weekend but probably nothing much, if any. I appreciate living where I do in the winter, raining or not. The older I get, the less I can take freezing temps. Oh, sure, if I gained perhaps 30 pounds, I might be able to keep warm but I'm not that desperate. I just wish they made more fashionable Arctic clothing. Todd prefers to see me in sweaters but, darn it, it's hard to find women's clothing that is warm enough for me without making me look frumpy. I've been saying this for years: They make men's clothing warm, well-sewn and long-lasting. Always. Women's clothing isn't meant to last long or be warm. I'm sure there are exceptions but I probably can't afford them. Well ... wait a minute. Todd did buy me a yak sweater from a German company for Christmas. It was made in Mongolia of undyed yak wool. It's beautiful browns, striped on one side and reverses to an interesting weave on the other. A hat and scarf came with it. And it is warm and beautiful. It sheds like a yak would but that's no surprise. However ... we can't afford to have a drawer full of yak sweaters. Now I know how those Mongolians survive those cold winters.

So, o.k., MOST women's clothing isn't warm or made very well. Even Boden (sorry Johnny) tends to wear out after a few washings on delicate with delicate soap and lay flat to dry care. If you don't know about Boden, Johnny Boden is the humorous owner and spokesman for his British clothing company of fabulous clothing and great catalogs. I love them but I wish they lasted longer. Perhaps I wear them too much. They are worth every penny, though. Boden clothing makes me feel young and pretty. Eddie Bauer clothing (Seattle, Washington origin) is actually made better (most of the time) but it's more Northwestern type stuff - flannel, hike-worthy, rugged stuff. Definitely different from the Boden London style. I like them both, depending on my mood. Does anyone care about any of this?

Sorry, I've completely forgotten why I sat down to write except that I knew I needed to move on beyond my Christmas post. Hope I didn't keep you from something vastly more important!

Happy New Year!