I was talking to my therapist yesterday. He asked me if there was anything in particular that made me feel a certain mood I had been experiencing lately. It didn’t take me long to answer him. I told him I hate social media. Hate it with a passion. We got to talking and ultimately came to the conclusion that “the grass is always greener” and FOMO – the fear of missing out played a heavier role in society than one could ever think.
Blogging is as personal as the blogger wants to make it. I’ve divulged a few things about myself but just like any other social media user, you only know what I put out there. Here are 5 facts that you may not know about me.
- I’m a cross-sticher. I learned needlework at a fairly young age (my earliest memory of it was when I was 9). My mom crochets and used to cross-stitch on occasion so I became interested in both. Unfortunately (for me), I’m left-handed and my mom had a hard time mirroring crocheting for me. I got frustrated and gave up on that but picked up stitching. I don’t do it as often anymore since having children but every few weeks I’ll get the urge and get a few rows completed on my project. I’m currently working on Thomas Kinkade’s Cinderella’s Once Upon a Dream which is a beast but beautiful so far.
- Band geek alert! I’m a skilled musician in the violin, flute, and piccolo. I’ve been playing since I was in 3rd grade and took to it like a fish to water. I really enjoy performing arts and miss playing on a regular basis. I’m hoping one of my children choose to play an instrument one day.
- Misophonia drives me crazy! Oh, man. Sometimes the little sounds that shouldn’t bother people make me want to sucker punch someone. People chewing food or sometimes just breathing loudly gets to me. Snoring really grates away at me. I’m sure there are other noises I can’t pinpoint but they can surely get to me
- Batman is the best hero ever. I’ve been a huge DC Comics fan since as long as I can remember. There’s no rhyme or reason for this loyalty as no one in my family was a huge fan when I was growing up. I know way more about Batman than anyone ever needs to know. I’m slowly coming around to Marvel but that’s because Deadpool has me cracking up.
- I have Thalassophobia. Well, Thalassophobia and the fear of bodies of water in general, really. With all this running, one would think I would have at least dabbled in a triathlon once or twice. I really want to. Thing is, I really hate water and swimming in it. Being in open water is one of the worst things ever. On deployment I never went for a swim call out in the open ocean. Getting my swim qualification while in the Navy was torturous. I won’t go near lakes. I even hate driving over water on a bridge. Two major reasons are that I hate the idea of my head going under the water and the idea that I don’t know what is in the water. I know the basic swimming strokes and can do them very well. The minute my face goes under or I get a bit of water up my nose I panic. I think a lot of this fear has to do with an experience I had when I was about 5. I was like a fish in the pool. Then I got pushed into the deep end of the pool and sunk to the bottom, unable to swim up or orient myself. Someone jumped in to grab me but since then I couldn’t bring myself to go into water. The few times I did, I wouldn’t go anywhere where I couldn’t touch the bottom. It’s escalated from there to being scared of more than just the deep end of the pool. Excellent choice choosing the Navy, right?
This past Monday we had the wonderful opportunity to attend the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House. I hadn’t really looked into this event in the past. In fact, I don’t think I even realized it existed until 2 years ago when I saw my former Operations Officer attend it with her son and husband. That got me thinking about how much fun it would be for our children so I decided to enter the lottery for the next year’s event. Unfortunately, I relied on assumptions of when the lottery would open and didn’t check the website until it was too late and missed out on last year’s event. This year I kind of forgot about the Egg Roll until a Facebook page I follow, Macaroni Kid Pasadena, announced that the lottery was open. I entered our family figuring that the worst that would happen is that we’d get rejected. I promptly forgot about the event again until I got the email about the lottery results. We got selected!
So now a little bit about the process of getting into the White House Easter Egg Roll and our experience that morning.
I decided I wanted to start a bit of a “5 Things Friday” which I know is quite common among the blogging community. I’ll try and make it a regular things but I won’t make any promises =).
It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and type anything. This past month has just been so busy with getting our daughter ready for Pre-K, doctor/dentist appointments, and the job hunt. Somehow, through all this perceived chaos, I’ve managed to stick to my marathon plan. I’ll write more about that when I’m 1 month out from the race date. Right now I just feel like unloading about other things.
I think I’ve mentioned it briefly before, but I don’t usually write about personal life on here. I like to keep some of it off the internet for personal reasons. However, today is a bit day. Today 4 years ago I gave birth to my little baby girl. I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already! I look back on those years and am so amazed at how much she has grown up. She went from my little tiny baby to this beautiful young girl rather quickly!
The last time I did one of these I was still pregnant with Jake. I wanted to do one when he was a newborn but there really wasn’t much time or structure to my day because, well, I had a newborn. Now that my little man is almost 6 months old (in a week!), I think it’s safe to safe I have somewhat of a schedule down.
When I left the Navy back in August 2014, I wasn’t sure where I was going to go from there. Since my husband was also leaving the service and had more of an idea of what he wanted to do, I took a step back and told him I’d follow him where he ended up job-wise. Since I was seriously struggling with my depression and eating disorder, we both knew I needed to get some stability first then tackle the job scene later. With all this in mind, we agreed that I would stay home for the time being, take care of our daughter, and take time to research job opportunities while I established care with psychiatry out here in MD. I only meant to take a year off then jump back into a job. I even lined to apply for the police academy this past year. However, I had to put that application on hold when I found out I was pregnant with my son. Now we’re past the 1 year mark and I’m facing the job market again. What has pushed me towards entering the working world again so soon after my son’s birth? Education, really.