My girls are in daycare right now two days a week. After much debate we enrolled them in the hopes of introducing them to what will happen when I return to work. But, after two weeks, I am debating whether to shift them to another place. Sigh. There isn't anything wrong with where they are...and there are a lot of positives...but there is another daycare that is different. I can't say better, after all so much of this is subjective, it is more accurate to say that each place has different strengths. Needless to say if we change it must happen soon before they become attached to place Number 1. The Mr. is going to visit Number 2 place tomorrow and hopefully his insight will shed some light on where this is headed.
In addition to all this I have been investigating schools. Public - the various public school districts in the area and which one is the lesser of all the evils - versus Private. My girls are young...but for those parents out there you know that these things sneak up on you before you know it! I've been chin deep in test scores and Principal's phone numbers for two weeks. Being a parent is hard work! Each time I find new information I feel that I have gotten no closer to reaching a decision. Greeeaaaat.
Meanwhile, while building up my new life here, my last remaining grandparent has been in the hospital since August 1st. August 1, 2011 was quite a day...my birthday, our moving date, and my Grandmother's first admittance to a hospital. We all kind of knew this was the beginning of her decline and it is so hard to see it finally happen. She was just recently was admitted to a nursing home and with the holidays around the corner that has been on my mind a lot. She is 8 hours away from here and I am trying to figure out how to fit in a visit soon.
The In Betweeners
On top of family conundrums here and there I have had my own internal struggle. I was debating between two jobs. And yes. I know. Two = options. I am very very very fortunate to even have a choice! And yet why is it that when you have a choice you are so often miserable deciding?
Anyway after much back and forth... (I mean serious back and forth. I had Pros versus Cons lists up the you know what.) I finally reached a decision. I have decided to return to public service and will be working for the local gov't starting in January. It will be a great opportunity to do something different with my legal education and instead of being in a courtroom on a daily basis I will be exploring more transactional work. I've wanted to do that for years now so this is going to be a really enriching, albeit possibly boring, experience!
So...where does that leave us? Don't worry MRL will still continue...in fact if I know myself at all, and I think I do, MRL will probably be even more important to me because I will need a creative outlet to contrast all that legal mumbo jumbo! I have learned that my most creative periods have been in direct correlation to whatever boring career or academic choices I have made. But, I still have my work cut out for me! I have lots to get done before January and I should take advantage of the time I have left.
I did, as promised, get started on my tree last night. Hahahahahaa...unfortunately the 6ft artificial tree that we own does not look as majestic in our House as it did in our small Brooklyn Apartment! The poor Mr. carried up all those boxes of ornaments only to have to bring them back down again (to protect them from little curious fingers!). Today the girls and I went on an expedition and located a suitable 7.5ft tree...heh heh...with lights already attached (yay!) that I hope to be in my living room this evening if I have any say about it. Ahem.
Unfortunately this leaves no twinkly cheery holiday pictures to show you of a finished tree. But instead, I will leave you with some pics of my favorite ornaments that I purchased last year! The problem I face is that I cannot commit to a type or theme. I love all different kinds of ornaments from all different eras and styles. I didn't decorate a tree last year as we were visiting family so I have no idea whether my ornaments will gel or not. Either the tree is going to look all thrown together (likely) or it will look interesting and eclectic... And with impending visitors coming the first week of December to celebrate Christmas I am dying to get a head start to see if I can sort it all out!
|Antiqued Mercury Glass Garland|
|Mercury Glass Finials|
|Miss E's Glass Frog Ornament|
|Miss V's Glass Red Pig Ornament|
|My collection of museum quality faberge eggs|
|My collection of vintage mercury glass indent ornaments|
What do you think? Am I cruising for disaster? Probably...luckily if I start early enough I can find a way to make all of these things look like they were created to hang together... Ha!