Thursday, November 17, 2011

Overcoming or Over-thinking Obstacles? [Thursday Think Tank November 17, 2011]

Never fear...I did not forget that today was Thursday.  Believe it or not I have just been amazingly motivated today and have gotten so much accomplished that...well...I just hadn't found time to take a break to write for TTT!  Sacrilegious.  But, while one toddler is down for a nap and the second one seems to be entertaining herself quite happily I thought I should steal the moment and type while I have a free hand...or two...

Thursday Think Tank
As you may have judged from yesterday's post there has been a lot going on right now in my personal life.  This has led to some deep contemplation and not always positive results.  Don't you just hate those moments in life?  I am talking about reflection at all stages of life really...  Maybe if I just get it out here it will help me clear the air a bit so do bear with me or skip ahead I won't be offended!

The Young
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.

The Venerable
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 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 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.

Starting with...

The Tree
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!

Glass Icicles

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!

So as always...

Feel free to rattle off anything that has been brewing in your creative heads.  It can be anything, quilting, home improvement, fashion, crafting, DIY gifts, cooking...whatever you have recently thought "hmmm, you know what I should create" is perfectly appropriate for the Think Tank.  Have a blog?  Grab the Thursday Think Tank button displayed on the right.  

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- rebecca lynne


Lucy | Charm About You said...

I can't believe how much you have going on in your life!! You're so busy it's a wonder you get anything done ;) Glad you didn't forget, Thursday is one of my favourite days of the week! I love all that mercury glass, so pretty! Your tree is going to be beautiful :)
I have no advice about the schools, I'm in the same position. Congratulations on the job!! You'll be brilliant x

Allison said...

I think those ornaments will look fine together :) my sympathys in regards to your Grandmother, I hope you can find a way to visit her soon.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

You do have so much going on! Congratulations on getting to choose between two jobs! I hope you find a daycare you are happy with and a school you like. I also hope you manage to go and see your Grandmother soon. I don't think you need to worry on the Christmas front - your decorations are beautiful and your tree will look fab :)

Snoodles said...

My goodness, but you have a lot of decisions to make! For us, it was easy -- hah! We homeschooled. Easy, ay? NOT! But it was something that was so important to us that we made changes in our lives to allow us to follow it. You will do the same - making changes, I mean. You sound quite level headed and smart. You and the Mr. will decide what is best for your wee ones and make positive things happen in their lives and yours. Now, about those ornaments - lovely! But might I suggest that you get some unbreakable ones for the lower part of that tree? LOL Toddlers are notoriously curious about the pretty baubles....and those look VERY fragile!! I'll put your decisions on my prayer list - take care!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I hope you get the daycare sorted out soon - what did Mr MRL think of the other place? Good luck with the job and I hope you get to see your grandma soon...oh, and the decorations are beautiful, I have every faith in your ability to pull them together!

Toni said...

So many decisions! Some worth the stress, some not. Good luck with the school/daycare situation, that is never a fun one to worry about. Good luck with the job, too! Great that you don't start until after the holidays, anyway! Have fun with the tree!

Katie said...

Maybe it's because I grew up with ornament vomit on our tree, but I think your examples look great together. We seriously had anything and everything hanging.

You do have a lot on your mind! I hope you find time to spend with your Grandmother.


Kelli Fannin Quilts said...

Wow, I missed this whole post! So sorry about your grandma-- :o( I hope you can fit in a visit soon! And well, you are super-mom for sure.. my head is spinning just reading about all of the other things! Best of luck with your new job, and don't stress too much about the schools.. maybe put that on a back burner until all the other things are in place and running smoothly. *said the champion procrastinator* lol

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daveidaho said...

Rebecca Lynne - You have posted a beautiful piece of art in this post of four women doing something on what appears to be a mountain top. Do you know who the artist is or the name of the work?

Thank you!