Wednesday, August 11, 2010

busy bee

The great thing about having an empty uterus and a broken heart is that I don't have much time to think about either right now. Life is on autopilot going about 100 mph, and I'm busy focusing my energy on other things.

Last night, I officially became a RESOLVE volunteer with the Central Florida chapter. I'm very excited about this. It's an ideal way for me to be involved in this community in a different capacity than I am with blogging. I've attended the meetings for about a year now and have grown very close with my support group leader. My entry into volunteering was a mutual thing: she hinted that she needed help, and I was waiting for the hint. Next month will be my first big event: I'll be working the RESOLVE table at The 6th Annual Paths to Parenthood Conference. So if you live in the area, stop by and say hey. I'll be the one looking extremely nervous

We're planning trips! One is already booked: we are going to visit my brother in Atlanta in mid-October. I'm excited to meet some of his college buddies and go to my first Georgia Tech football game (the first Saturday in a long time that I won't be wearing orange and blue). We are also getting ready to book our flights to Knoxville in early November to see Joey's sister and her boyfriend. And, since we made a "one big trip a year" pact, we decided on a location for next year's vacation: San Francisco and Napa. Neither of us has been to either place, so we are looking forward to it. We plan on going around the same time of year we went to New York, in late May, to celebrate our anniversary and Joey's birthday, but we have to wait to book anything until we get our official school schedules straightened out for spring and summer semesters.

My first semester of graduate school starts in less than two weeks, and registration is on Monday. I haven't been in school in over three years. Will I remember how to write a college-level paper? Am I truly ready for the 18 hours a week of "homework" I will need to complete? I don't know. But, I do know that I'm excited and looking forward to the challenge. Please remind me of this statement this time next month when I'm whining about group projects and a full DVR.

Speaking of school, I'm proud to announce that my husband earned his AA degree! He's worked so long and hard to achieve this, and I couldn't be more excited for him. Because the deadline to enroll in UCF's orientation passed, he won't be able to start on his BA until the spring. He's a little disappointed, but I keep reminding him that the semester off is good for him before he starts again with a full course load. Plus, this means he can keep Danica company on the two night a week that I'm in class.

Danica is just as happy and wonderful as ever. We've had her for less than two months, but it's hard to remember what life was like before she came home with us. She's incredibly loving. At first, she was more affectionate with Joey than with me, but now she loves to love on me. When she wakes up in the morning and Joey puts her on the bed, she immediately plops herself down on my chest, puts her paws on my face, and buries her head in my neck. She isn't a replacement for a child, but I am so glad we have her. We love her to death!

Finally, I have to ask for some good thoughts. Joey hasn't been feeling well lately, and yesterday he broke down and went to the doctor after coughing up blood. He goes in for an upper GI and an abdominal ultrasound sometime early next week.

We hope it's nothing serious. But the way things roll around here with our health, I'm not going to make any assumptions.

29 comments:

Jin said...

Yuck - I had an upper GI/abdominal ultrasound. Not fun. I hope he feels better and yay for him!

And I like you more now. My sister is in her final year at GaTech, so our family cheers for them (until GaState gets up and running then I'll switch, lol - its our first season this year). Hopefully our weather will be nice again by that time and not one degree away from Hell.

Yay for Resolve and school (yikes! the thought of going back to papers makes me sick right now, as much as I love school).

Arlyne said...

thinking only good thoughts & sending positive vibes to Joey for his tests!!! (((HUGS)))!!!

Your trips sound like fun, & it's so awesome that you will be a RESOLVE volunteer! :)

Josey said...

That's so cool about RESOLVE - I'd love to get more involved with that, but not until I've "come out" to my Boss that we're trying. Bit by bit...

A big part of me often misses school and learning something new every day. Then I freak out about the thought of classes again. :) We'll see, I'd love to get my Masters, but it's not a done deal for sure.

Praying for Joey - not fun!! At least he's getting it checked out.

T said...

Joey is definitely in my prayers! I hope you get some answers soon!

I love that you joined the Resolve team. You inspire me to get out there and be an advocate as well. I am going to look into opportunites in my area.

suchagoodegg said...

Tons of positive thoughts to Joey.

And yeeeeaaaah on all of this awesome stuff you have on your plate. I'm so excited for you, busy bee!!

We'll have to email abt Napa offline. Hubs and I got engaged in Sonoma Valley and went back last Fall. It's perhaps my favorite place on earth. P)

Rach said...

Wow, yes very busy!!

Crossed Fingers said...

Wow! You sure have been a busy bee! The RESOLVE sounds very cool! You'll have to fill us in on how it went.

LOVE all the trips you're taking, I have never been to San Fran or Napa - are you planning on visiting the wineries?

Congrats on going back to school AND for Joey's AA! That's so awesome!

I love hearing about Danica - she's so cute, I think we need more pictures. haha.

I hope Joey is OK - coughing up blood would freak me out as well. Please update when you can, he's in my T&P.

Cheryl said...

You really do have a lot going on! Good for you starting grad school. I always "intended" to do it but it just never happened. Danica is just so precious and I'm glad that you are enjoying her every day. As for your trip to Atlanta...have fun. I am a UGA grad but still love the jackets. Shhhh..that will get me in trouble! As for the hubs, please keep us posted. So frightening. Nothing medical is ever fun but the upper GI wasn't too bad for me. He will be in my prayers.

Browniris said...

It sounds like you have A LOT going on right now. I hope that you have fun on your upcoming trips, good luck with grad school, and I hope that everything goes well with Joey's tests!!!

Kakunaa said...

I hope that everything is okay with your hubby! Will be thinking of you.

Rebecca said...

Awesome about the RESOLVE volunteering! I wish I weren't so isolated and could do the same!

I hope everything is OK with Joey! That is scary!

Trisha said...

Your life sounds as busy as mine! Danica is so cute! I'm so excited for you with your involvement with Resolve! You'll do great! Good luck with adjusting back to school! I hope Joey feels better soon!

Danielle said...

Congratulations on the RESOLVE volunteer gig! You will be a wonderful addition to such an amazing organization. Lots of good thoughts for Joey, too!

Alex said...

So impressed that you're a RESOLVE volunteer! Look at you, giving back! The vacations sound awesome - you're going to love Napa and San Fran. I hope Joey starts feeling better real soon - definitely sending good thoughts your way!

Danica is adorable - aren't dogs wonderful???

Wade's World said...

My husband and I graduated from UCF...love it down there! That is awesome about your RESOLVE stuff :) Love the dog! So cute!! And I hope Joey gets well soon...and that is awesome that you guys are planning trips! I think I covered everything :) Have a great day

Kelly said...

Yay, Katie! Yay! You have such exciting things going on. I'm so proud of your for volunteering and for starting your classes! Don't worry...you'll be just fine. Your trips also sound absolutely fabulous! Hmmm...perhaps I should cut down on the exclamation points. :)

Keep us posted about Joey. I hope that he feels better soon.

Secret Sloper said...

Some really good news, what with grad school and vacations and volunteerism and Danica! (Such a little lovebug she is). I hope Joey is checked as totally fine soon.

Dawn said...

THinking lots of good thoughts for Joey!

Danica is such a cutie. There is nothing like cuddles from a pup. My beagle, Lucy snuggles with me when she sees me upset. I can't imagine not having her.

The Steffens said...

Oh dear! So sorry to hear about Joey. I'm sure that's scary. But hoping it's not a big thing. Keeping you in my prayers.

Carli said...

I will definitely be thinking good thoughts (and saying some prayers as well) for Joey's upper GI/abdominal ultrasound.

Also - fun stuff about the trips. I am close to Atlanta, so depending on how long you will be in the area, if you are interested in meeting, let me know!

JC said...

I'll say a prayer for Joey and hope everything is ok.

Yay for volunteering with Resolve! And guess what...I signed Fred and I up for that conference!!! I got the email about it and since it was on a Sat I asked F about it and he agreed to go. We just want to hear the adoption part but we'll see. I also figured if we backed out it was only $30 lost on a very good cause. I almost emailed you to see if you were going. But I'll def stop and see you if we go =).

someday-soon said...

Such a cute pic, lover her little face =) Hope Joey feels much better soon!!! Good for you for keeping yourself busy and productive. Yeah for some fun trips on the horizon!

S.I.F. said...

I'm so excited for you and that volunteer job! I think it will be such a perfect fit for you... You're going to be amazing!

Adele said...

I hope the Upper GI and u/s go well, and I will be thinking good thoughts. And congrats on going back to school! Paper writing is like bicycle writing - it might feel rusty at first but my guess is it'll start to flow pretty soon.

(S.F. and Napa are GREAT!!!)

jensays (what would jen do) said...

hope Joey feels better soon.

My grandmother in law lives in San Fran and every time we visit her we go to Alcatraz and do the tour. I'm the one that insists on going, husband is just going to make me happy.

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Erin said...

You have so many exciting things going on! I think you will make an awesome Resolve volunteer...they are lucky to have you!

Good luck to Joey and his tests!

Stephanie said...

Danica is SOOOOOOO cute! I know we'd be lost without our pups. RESOLVE is so lucky to have you - I wish I lived closer to FL! Good for you getting out and active with a cause you understand and care so much about! Also, I feel ya on the school thing, I'm still trying to complete my undergrad and its definitely overwhelming at times, just remember take a break every once in a while to watch that DVR ;) Finally, sending Joey prayers, upper GIs are no fun. I've had them twice, but they are better than lower GIs! Mine ended up being acid reflux and then an ulcer in my esophagus - here's to hoping Joey's cause is just as minimal! **HUGS as always!!**

Kaitlin said...

Sending tons of good thoughts for Joey. I'm jealous of your trips. I'm hoping Hubs and I can do something soon. But who knows if we will have the money.

PS Danica is adorable.