So I wanted to try something a little different today. I have some thanksgivings, and those will be my “thumbs-ups.” And I have some gripes, aka “thumbs-downs.” This is something Karen used to do, a blogger I used to follow when I was a weight-loss blogger myself, which I thought was a fun way to share life’s blessings and curve balls, keeping both sides in check without becoming unrealistically positive or annoyingly whiny. We all have our daily struggles and battles, and while I do like to focus on the positive most of the time, I also like to keep my blog as real as I am, and I’m not always a ray of sunshine. lol! So let’s try this out…
Thumbs down: The Haus is still unemployed and it seems the longer he is, the tighter our budget gets. Things keep breaking and they pretty much have to stay that way. My car hasn’t moved from the driveway in almost a month. Which means more gas money spent since his ginormous extended bed F150 guzzles it, which means less money available for fixing my car–vicious cycle. My cell phone broke two weeks ago. My CD player broke two months ago. I started Body by Vi and my blender broke…so no more shakes. (The irony of me finally saving enough to pay $100 for a month’s supply of shakes (that’s two shakes a day) and not being able to replace my blender to drink them is not lost on me.)
Thumbs up: I have a cheapo CD player I bought in 2004 that uses up batteries like nobody’s business, but at least I can still listen to audiobooks at work! Plus I have rechargeable batteries so that cheapo thing can just suck up the juice as fast as it likes…I’ll keep on keepin’ on with the rechargin’.
Thumbs up: The Haus finally has a job prospect that is promising. PRAYER IS APPRECIATED!
Thumbs up: While typing this, I just won a used phone on eBay for a song! Woot!
Thumbs down: I missed Aerosmith when they came to Wichita in 2003, I believe it was, and soon after became a huge, HUGE fan and kicked myself black and blue for missing the concert, which by my sister’s account was in-cred-i-ble.
I didn’t think I’d ever have another chance to see them since they were old fogies-lol. Several years ago I found out they would be in OKC, just a few hours from us. I snapped up a couple tickets only to get a refund just a few weeks before the date because Steven Tyler had to have throat surgery and they cancelled much of their tour.
And now, now they are coming to Wichita for the first time in like ten years…and I just can’t go. This is such a big deal to me that I would go to the concert over fixing my car, but there is just no money to work with. Seriously a big bummer. There may have been some tears.
Thumbs up: God brought a very special woman into my life during a time when we both desperately need each other. We are both dealing with fertility issues and we met for lunch this week and it was just wonderful. Wonderful. She’s actually the sister of a best friend but I fought becoming friends with her because that’s what I do with everyone. I hold them at arm’s length, scared to get too close. I knew she had fertility issues, and I happened to run into her after she just had a miscarriage after trying for a long time, and the book I was holding in my hands when I saw her, I kid you not, was He Remembers The Barren. It just was meant to be. And now she told me that she might be able to get free Aerosmith tickets for us through the base (her husband is in the military). I’m not holding my breath, but that would be icing on the cake.
Thumbs up: we switched to an insurance plan through my work when Dennis was laid off, and it has been a big blessing in allowing us to get many tests & see doctors for diagnosing our fertility problem with very little cost to us.
Thumbs down: Unfortunately my prescriptions (I have five-two insulins, one thyroid pill, blood glucose testing strips and needles) are twice as much through this insurance, and with money being scarce these days, a $120 increase per month is a big deal.
Thumbs up: open season for switching insurance plans starts next month!
Thumbs up: I started selling my award-winning carrot cakes, and thanks to my cake money, I was able to pay for my prescriptions this month. The irony that sugar money is paying for my insulin is not lost on me. lol
Thumbs up: Before I say this, I want to preface it with telling you that I consult with Dennis before I share anything about him or us on my blog and I don’t share anything he would be uncomfortable with. In the case of our fertility issues, he actually has said he’d like to do a guest post from the male perspective when it comes to infertility to help other couples facing it, so he’s obviously pretty comfortable with the subject. That said, I had several tests (still am wanting one for progesterone, though, as I suspect it’s low) and an ultrasound and it was a relief, and truthfully a shock, to get some good news. I got an A+ and I didn’t even have to study-haha! Our situation could be so much worse. We are waiting on the results of one more blood test but it’s looking like natural supplements will be our main help and I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from women on twoweekwait.com that have overcome problems like ours with supplements alone and had children, so I’m cautiously optimistic even after all these years. In this instance as well, prayer is so much appreciated!
(P.S. The irony of trying to get pregnant while my husband is jobless and I can’t even afford fix my car is not lost on me. What can I say, I know it’s going to take a while and I’m not wasting any time! At the same time, I know everything will happen the way it is supposed to, and I have faith it’s just all going to work out, whether it’s how I hope or not. :))
So that’s three thumbs downs and nine thumbs ups. There are very rarely any times in my life when my thumbs downs will beat the thumbs ups. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with acknowledging upsets, allowing some complaint, as long as it doesn’t turn into the focus. The silver lining is way too shiny to dismiss. :)
Your turn! What is a thumbs down for you right now, and what thumbs up cancels it out?