Saturday, March 22, 2008

Lemonade, anyone?

Waiting to exhale. That's what it is. I've been trying to gather my thoughts into a concise and pragmatic little package -- and then Erin at Expecting Executive captured it to a T.

Between this disturbingly overwrought presidential campaign, a looming recession being driven by so many diverse influences from an unnecessary war to an economic fiasco of sub-prime lending proportion, and an overall vibration of dischord, I've just felt...unnerved. Waiting for the other shoe to drop, waiting for the winds to change, or, yes -- waiting to exhale.

I'm an optimist to the nth degree, the one always looking over the rainbow, seeing silver linings, and making lemonade. It's in my DNA. I'm cheerful. It's annoying, and I can't help it. Trust me, though, there are some days when I just want to be pissed off at what has been dealt to us, mire in the role of victim and hate the entire world.

But then I drink a bottle of wine get a good night's sleep and there's a whole bright new world out there to appreciate again. There are so very many people who are in a situation ten times worse than ours.

Yes, 2008 will be a turning point for the whole country with the election, recession and what happens with the Iraq War. It will also be a turning point for us personally. In spite of what 2007 brought to us (a failed business, a civil lawsuit, and a financial hole that is six figures deep among other delightfully challenging tests of our character), I have a pretty long list of great things to be jonesin' about this year:

Mr. Outdoors now has a job. A great job. A better one than he's ever had, including the one right before we thought quitting Corporate America and buying a business would be fun.

The Best Friends are moving back here after a 6 year absence. This is the best man from our wedding, the one Mr. Outdoors irrevocably bonded with in college, the only family we even considered when we inked the guardianship paperwork for our kids if we ever leave this world in an unplanned way. But then again, Mr. Outdoors + The Best Man x Whiskey = Trouble, so check back with me in six months and see if it's still on this list.

My mother-in-law is coming to visit from Switzerland for the month of May -- to meet her almost 2-year-old grandson for the first time.

In the world of small families, extended in-laws are inner circle. My brother-in-law's sister is moving here for a new job, and she's always been a good friend. And it also means that my own always-too-busy sister may finally get her family on an airplane and visit after four years of steadfast excuse-making, now that the only two aunts her boys have will be in the same city.

My brother-in-law (the one on the Mr. Outdoors side of the gene pool) will be bringing his family here for a visit this summer, also all the way from Switzerland. We haven't seen him since fall 2000, so, if you do the math, they have never met our kids.

This is the last year my mom will work until finally retiring in December. That means she'll start spending her summers here and winters there (there = Florida, the other side of the continent...too far away).

I have found my passion in blogging. It's like public therapy. Can it get any better?

But, at the top of my list as always, are this:

and this:

and this:

I'm off to make another batch of lemonade...although it might need some vodka in it.


Karen MEG said...

The world needs more optimists like you.
The photos... beautiful!

The Herd Mom said...

I love this post filled with gratitude. I'm sure you've prompted many to reflect on their little awesome blessings - you did that for me today. Thanks!

A Mom Two Boys said...

Well...hopefully 2008 will hold great things for you. And, if some things go south (as things tend to do!) there's always more Vodka & wine to be had! :0)