Yep, you read that right, folks. I am grateful to the DMV. In particular the Westfields location. I needed to transfer titles on a few of the cars and get new license plates, and the lady who helped me was so pleasant and efficient. In fact, she was even kind and reassuring when I continued to fill out the wrong lines or not fill out the correct ones. All in all, not a bad experience at all.
I am also grateful for my dad who is running around getting the same cars inspected. It is the task that I dread each summer. Luckily for me, I have a dad who is willing to take care of it for me. He is also taking Sam to Costco to load up on necessities for school. I am so very appreciative.
PS Although I could have done without the “Virginia is for Lovers” at the bottom of the new plates….
Two out of three payroll/retirement related checks that were sent to us have been returned. It seems that after issuing the checks, the different departments realized that we were not, in fact, entitled to those funds. So, they sent us letters requesting the money be repaid. I am glad that I procrastinated and did not deposit these checks. I am thankful that I did not think that we had an extra almost $9K. If I had deposited them and used the funds then I would have had to still come up with the money immediately. Instead, I was able to just return the checks that were issued. Both issues have been/are being resolved, and I know it will all work out in the end. Sometimes it is okay to procrastinate!
PS Sam and I spent quite a bit of time today talking about Dave, in particular the last time she saw him. Yet, it still took me until about 8:00PM this evening to realize that it was Monday and that another week had gone by. I consider this some sort of progress.
1. Relaxation in the sun and surf.
2. Making new memories while laughing over old ones.
3. Navy jets regularly flying overhead.
4. Dolphins and pirate ships can be spotted going by.
5. Lifeproof iPhone cases save the dave.
Well, I made it through my first major milestone without him. It was sad, but I did it. I shared funny memories with the kids – How hungover he was that entire day before the wedding. How he loved to tell the story of going to get traveler’s checks in his rather pukey state. How I met Jeff, the little brother he admired and adored, for the first time at the alter during the rehearsal. How it rained the day of our wedding, but we didn’t care. How my dress got stuck in the door as I entered the church so I was laughing as I walked down the aisle. How our students attended, and how they collectively gasped when we kissed. How much FUN it was.
What I realize is that I’d rather be a little melancholy in my memories than to never have lived it at all.
Today marks two months since we were together. One foot in front of the other. One day at a time.
happy anniversary, babe. i miss you every single day. i wish you were here.
i love you.
Over the last two months, they have grieved and cried and been angry and upset. But they have also remembered and laughed and supported one another. I am so lucky that Dave and I had these amazing people together.
My stress level hit about a 9 out of 10 yesterday. Some of it caused by things that I need to take care of and others are things that are out of my control. Because I am determined to focus on the positives as I move through these challenging days, I will skip the laundry list of stressors and instead count my blessings.
1. We get to run away to the beach and bask in the sun with our toes in the ocean.
2. My generous and big-hearted parents are dog sitting Winnie, our 2 year old basset hound, so that he doesn’t have to be alone or in a cage somewhere. He has the worst type of mast cell disease and is on limited time.
3. I am thankful that we have trusty and reliable pet sitters who will take of our other basset, Cupcake, along with the fish and Christopher the guinea pig.
4. I am grateful to Eric, my other son, who will take care of late night Cupcake care and feed/water the rest of the herd (2 tortoises, 2 snakes, 1 leopard gecko and 1 bearded dragon). Have I mentioned that I had a hard time saying no to Dave when he wanted to bring home another pet?
Let the stress quiet down so that I can enjoy these waning summer days with my kiddos. Sam returns to school on the 23rd. We need this time together to relax and gear up for the fall days ahead.