Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Yes, women can mow lawns

I have never had to mow a lawn before today.
 Sad I know, but I grew up with brothers and a dad who legitimately enjoyed doing it. I guess because it made them feel manly. Well our lawn was beginning to look like a forest, and I have no husband for two months so I had no choice. So I went and bought a gas can, filled it up, poured it into the tank then I stopped and realized I had no clue how to start the damn thing. Thank goodness my husband had his phone on him so he could help me out. So I pulled the mower to the side of the lawn where no one could see me in case there was a struggle which there was. I pushed "the button" three times, held down the handle bar, and tried pulling the string to start it. I pulled. Over and over. Nothing was happening. I contribute that to my exceptionally weak chicken arms. I pushed the button 3 times again and pulled. I must have pulled like 10 times before it FINALLY turned on. I was off. I finished I would say 3/4 of the yard before it died on me right in the middle of finishing. I tried pulling again. No luck. It wouldn't have been so bad but I just happened to be at the part of the yard right in front of the construction workers working on the new build across the street. No lie, they ALL stopped what they were doing and stared at me. I felt so stupid and embarrassed and they made me feel VERY uncomfortable. I'm pretty sure they were giggling and making fun of me. They didn't speak English though so I don't know. At that point I pushed it into the backyard where they couldn't see me and took a break for a drink (90 weather in the sun with yoga pants and black shirt is not ideal mowing weather. I thought I was going to die). Then I went back out to try and figure out what was wrong. Apparently I had already run out of gas because I didn't fill it all the way so I filled it, pulled the string and it actually started on the first try! I quickly finished and I felt damn accomplished after that. 
Yes Mr Construction workers, women CAN mow lawns and not screw it up. 
So mind your own business next time!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Back to school?

Well I did it. I applied for college again here in FL. I'm nervous yet incredibly excited. I know I will be accepted and I will be starting in the fall. I need to do something with my life, not just for myself but for my family. I have my Bachelor's in Psychology that left me with $20,000 in student loans and not a thing to show for it. I can't get a job without a Master's and to be honest my heart and passion just isn't in it anymore. So I applied at a local community college to get my degree in Veterinary Technology which I should have done to begin with. I worked as a Vet Assistant for 5 years through high school and part of college. I LOVED IT. Why I didn't pursue that path right away is beyond me. I don't know what I was thinking. I just completed paperwork to get Ripley into daycare on base. I know there will be a wait list but hopefully the stars align and things work out. I've been doing the whole stay at home mom thing for 6 months and while I love being with my daughter and watching her grow I just can't do this forever. I need to get out of the house. I need to get back to school and do what I am passionate about or I am just going to regret it. By the time I get back to school Ripley will be almost a year and I'm pretty sure I can take a few classes online so she won't need to be in daycare all the time for at least a couple years until I get my degree finished. I want to be independent and I want to make my money to help with the finances. I also want to save lives. I hope to eventually get a job at an animals shelter again. That was the most rewarding work I've ever done. 
It's going to be hard. I know that. I have no family, no real support system or help here so it's going to be a challenge. I will probably miss some classes due to a sick kid. I will probably be over stressed at times as I try to balance a marriage, school, and a baby. I accept these challenges and won't let it get in the way of what I know I was put on this planet to do. I will succeed and I will not fail. 
I cannot wait to start this new chapter of my life. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ripley is 5 months old

We now have a 5 month old. I am excited for her 6 month appointment to see how much she has grown! 
Here are some things Ripley is up to.
She loves to talk. Babble, Happily scream...all the time! I love it it's adorable.
She can stay in the seated position without assistance for about 5 seconds. She will be sitting on her own in no time. 
She loves toys that make noise and crinkle. Actually, her favorite thing to play with isn't a toy at all, but a travel pack of kleenex. 
She is such a happy baby. Smiling all the time and laughing. 
Her sleep schedule is a little wonky lately. She used to sleep all night but these last couple weeks she's been waking up every few hours again. I say growth spurt. 
Daddy is gone for 2 months so she has been co sleeping with me. It's just more convenient when she is waking up so often. It's quite annoying to trudge down the hall every few hours and since we breast feed I don't even have to leave the bed at night and that is awesome. 
We have friends here in FL with a pool and one in our community. We found out that Ripley loves being in the water! So we go swimming about once a week!

See you next month! That's when she will be starting her Baby Led Weaning and I cannot wait!


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