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Belle
05 December 2012 @ 08:39 am

Wow, I decided to post on livejournal today, looked back to see how long it had been since I posted, and it's been exactly a year. Crazy.

I'm back to working in the schools again. The schedule is awesome (yay! Steady hours and lots of breaks) and sucks at the same time (boo, 5:40 AM alarm). I got off to a rough start, but things are settling down. I'm pretty happy with the job overall. Also, it's elementary, which makes me very happy.

Chris and I have been married 18 months on Christmas and have lived in our house for 14 months already. Time flies!

I started seeing a therapist about a month ago and mental health problems are easing already. She told me I need a productive hobby, so I've started drawing and am pretty happy with the results so far. Is anyone interested in seeing some of it?

Hope all is well. I check livejournal most everyday, but if you're a lurker like I am, give me an update on how you're doing.

-L

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Belle
05 December 2011 @ 09:31 pm

So Chris and I had been pescotarians for a long time, but in the last several months had started eating chicken and turkey again. Due to a bunch of circumstances (new birth control, testosterone injections, stress eating), I'd gained about 15 lbs since the wedding.

So, we decided several weeks ago to try going vegan as a lifestyle/diet change. We finally started this weekend, and it's amazing how much better we both feel already. We're not being strict about it (meaning if something's made in a plant where milk products are made we'll still eat it), but here's hoping.

We've also started using our treadmill and elliptical machines, so cross your fingers for me!

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Belle
25 October 2011 @ 06:54 pm

I have had the most stressful 2 weeks, holy hell, but things seem to be mellowing a bit.

We moved into our new house 9 days ago, and it's beautiful.

I got a brand new caseload at work that might be a bit overwhelming. 3 of my kids are about an hour away. That's a long, long drive in the morning.

My depression has snuck back in and is sitting heavy at the moment. Motivation is lacking. Irritability is high (more at my surroundings than people). I just want to curl up in bed and not move.

Hopefully I'm at the tail end of a downward swing. I'm trying to stay positive, which usually ends up with me breaking down on Chris at the end of the night.

Positive vibes, thoughts, and prayers are much appreciated until life can settle again.

Oddly, I didn't intend this to be a mopey post. Ah depression, you're even invading my livejournal.

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Belle
29 September 2011 @ 09:35 pm

25 was, by far, the most interesting year of my life. I graduated graduate school in December and got my first real job with the school system, which sucked. I technically got laid off because Texas public schools have no money.

I have a new job now with a pediatric home health company, which I love. My kiddos are great, my hours aren't terrible, and my bosses are amazing. Downside is that it's contract work so no days off, no paid time off, and lots of driving. So... We'll see if I stay on for more than a year.

The biggest change is that I got married on June 25! Married life is amazing. The wedding was amazing and the reception was perfect. I had several friends say that it was the only wedding where they'd ever had fun.

Another huge deal: Chris and I are buying/bought a house. We close on October 5th and move in October 15th. It's amazing and everything I could hope for in a house.

So... That's age 25. On to 26.

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Belle
25 September 2011 @ 10:21 am

I have a lot to catch up on this journal but for now, this is something I need to say.

Being introverted is an odd thing when everyone around you is an extrovert. I'm currently on vacation in New Orleans with three very social people (my husband, our roommate, and a friend) and one moderately social person. Things have been tense at times because of very different personality types between two in the group and as a peacemaker, this makes me work hard at keeping the group on okay terms.

All of this to say, it's hard to say, "Yes, New Orleans is cool, but I've had four days of constant time with people, and I just want to read a book." I have, in fact, said that this morning, but it makes me feel awkward and a bit boring that I don't care about walking another 5 miles today with people who don't get along, mostly shopping, which I don't like to do.

It's just hard to explain to social people that I'm not sad or upset. I'm just tired of being social.

Let me add the qualifier that my husband was awesome this morning when I expressed the desire to be alone. He's currently gone to pick up the rest of our group and bring me some breakfast.

A lot of this is my own insecurity, I suppose, of being the odd one out.

On that note, I'm going to curl up in my extremely comfy bed and read my book.

Hope everyone is well.

Libby

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Belle
24 February 2011 @ 10:03 pm
Oh. My. God. The stress. Work is eating me alive. I have an ARD tomorrow and an ARD on Monday. The paperwork is amazingly convoluted. Oh well. All part of a new job.

Also, good times on the home front. The new house that we're renting has had the entire plumbing go out. And I do mean the entire plumbing. The plumber said it was in the top 10 worst cases he's ever seen. Thankfully we're renting, so the owners are paying for all of it, and we owe nothing. So, by Tuesday, we should have all new pipes under the house.

Chris turns 33 next week on 3/3. Very exciting! I don't know what we're going to do for his birthday yet.

The wedding planning is coming along nicely. We got the final version of the Save the Date today, and it was awesome. Four months from tomorrow until I'm married. *is giddy*

Two weeks until Spring Break and then maybe I can breathe again. Breathing is nice.
 
 
Belle
05 February 2011 @ 07:49 pm

I am currently sitting at Cirque du Soleil: Ovo. I've been in love with these shows for years! I'm incredibly excited. And my mom got Chris and me great seats for a graduation present. Happy dance! 12 minutes to showtime.

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Belle
15 December 2010 @ 04:45 pm
I spoke too soon yesterday! I HAVE A JOB! It's working at three high schools at a suburb of Dallas, about 40 minutes from where I live now, which isn't far considering I live in a tiny town way outside of Dallas. Also, one of the high schools is only 10 minutes from where Chris works.

I'm so incredibly excited. I'm having a hard time calming down.

*happy dance*

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Belle
14 December 2010 @ 03:45 pm
Still no job. Why is the first one so hard? I know I'll have no problem once I have some official experience. *sigh*

In other news, I'm currently playing three table top games and loving them all. It's so much fun to create these awesome characters and just basically create stories with other people. That's my favorite part of writing. I'm not so good at the actual writing part.

In other news, ridiculously excited for Tron this week. Also, I saw the new trailer for Pirate 4, and it looks to be a lot of fun. We'll see how true that actually ends up being.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week.