Well, we are full on in it right now.
- Breast reduction: I’m less than two weeks away from reduction surgery, and will be taking 3 weeks off from work to recover. I’ve been planning my leave coverage and working to get my short-term disability approved. It’s a little stressful, and I have a lot more to do. I need to pay $4000 before the surgery, I need to buy a few things to wear while recovering, and I need to meal plan some easy soups and things I can warm up without the need to reach into cabinets or lift anything heavy. This pending surgery is also scary, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had the time to think about it too heavily, which is good. I’ll probably be panicked the night before, but I am beyond excited for the “after”. It’s going to be life changing and this is a true blessing. Leading up, I’m not drinking alcohol and trying to eat well, so I’m also feeling healthier and looking trimmer, which will make the effects of the surgery look even better. Meanwhile, I’ve scheduled my hair to get done before hand, scheduled the house to be cleaned and am overall just trying to get my ducks in order.
- MBA math prep: During all of this, I have also been immersed in MBA math classes. I am taking 3 courses that I need to finish before I can actually register for this semester’s classes. I need to be finished, ideally, by April 15. This will give me a week to register and figure out financial aid. Over the last 3-4 weeks, I have been studying most days for hours. So far, I passed my Statistics and Accounting courses. The tests are really hard. I actually had to take the Accounting final twice =/ but I passed. Now I just need to complete the Finance course this week and I’ll be home free. It’s been so hard to study every day, take notes and prepare for these tests with such a rapidly approaching deadline. I can’t wait to finish this last course. When I’m in the actual program, I can’t imagine it’ll be this difficult. I won’t be trying to learn an entire subject matter in one week, beginning on Monday and passing a final by Sunday. But I’m making my way through and I’m getting there.
- Life: It’s hard to have a full school workload, work full time, schedule and prepare for a surgery, and juggle domesticity. I look forward to the three weeks off because I can get some things done, like sending out my wedding thank-yous (My lord I am so embarassed they are still here), finishing my registration for school, and whatever else I need to do. Life is really busy right now, but I’m holding it together. One reason I decided to go back to school is because I learned during wedding planning that I do well with a packed schedule and pressure. I have a lot of time, I realized, to devote to something outside of normal life, and why not put it toward my future? So even though I feel overwhelmed at times, and right now is particularly busy, I can handle it. It’s nice learning about yourself. I’m sure when we have kids I’ll be even more overwhelmed and busy, especially with school and work, so this is like practice?
- Niece: Speaking of kids, Brittany had baby Kennedy two weeks ago. I had the absolute pleasure of spending four days there last week. I fell in love with Kennedy, and so admire Brittany’s strength and dedication to breastfeeding. However, it’s HARD to have a newborn. It turned me off from kids for a second, but once I got to spend time with the baby, I realized it really is worth it. Due to my surgery, I probably won’t be able to breastfeed solely, so it’ll be a tad bit easier for me. But even with that, it’s still exhausting and life changing. I know we’ll have kids, and probably sooner than later, but right now I am so enjoying not having a baby.
- Job: I have an interview today for a full-time work at home job. I don’t know that I’ll get it – I haven’t yet after having several similar interviews, but you never know. I think I am nervous though because I want a remote job so badly. It would allow me more time for school, time for myself, and provide the ability to visit Mark when he’s on the road and work from his hotel. Also when we do have kids, I would have more of the flexibility I need. Changing work schedules is really something I want to do, especially for our future, so I just have to have faith that the right thing will come along. I just hate interviewing – I used to be so good at it, but these days I feel so rusty. I hate preparing for them. But I will spend some time today preparing, and do my best. If I can pass these tests, work full time, prepare for surgery and keep my house from falling apart, I can prepare for a 30 minute phone call.