Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Music Monday #2 - Here Comes the Sun

I haven't gone to bed yet, so as far as I'm concerned, it's still Monday, damnit!

The last couple of days have actually been pretty good, despite the looming issues of the IVF authorization, the PGD clinic issue, and a lingering insurance/billing issue from the last plan year.  Friday night, I got to visit some friends at DH's curling club and then played fun music and watched my Lady Terps come back from 20 points down to beat Georgia Tech.  Saturday, an APO thing that I expected to take about 6 hours was done in 4, and I then got a great deal at WalMart on something for my office and then baked 3 batches of cookies.  Sunday I got a lot of Christmas un-decorating done and also had a great band rehearsal.  Today I got a lot of office organizing done (mostly at work, but some at home), figured out where the above insurance mistake was made, and then came home and made a healthy version of eggplant parmesan.  Little things, overall, but nice.

The real highlights, though, are that twice in the past day or so I've seen that my work and abilities are recognized and valued.  Yesterday afternoon, I got an email asking if I was still interested in helping out with logistics for a quizbowl tournament.  In a follow up email, I found out that he wants to put me in charge of a major aspect of the planning process.  I hadn't heard anything for a while after offering last year to help, since it wasn't planning time for it yet, and it was nice to hear that my efforts were still wanted.  Then tonight I found out from another friend that a project I worked very hard on for my local region of APO (for those who are new to the blog, I still volunteer a lot with my service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega) was considered good enough to be adopted on a national level with very few adaptations and is about to be published.  Working on this project had been a new and really great experience for me.  I was working outside of my comfort zone, creating something that had not existed before within APO (at least not that I could find) and doing so within an area that I did not feel like I had much experience in.  I was proud of what I created, though, especially when I had passed it on to someone who I thought would find it useful and it then got passed on to and praised by the higher-ups that didn't really know me.  For those that have read The Five Love Languages, my two primary languages are Physical Touch and Words of Affirmation.  Being a Words of Affirmation person, it's important when people I know and care about tell me I did a good job, but it's a whole different level of impact when someone who I respect but who doesn't really know me praises my work.  And now, in addition to that praise, I have the knowledge that I added something of real value to the fraternity as a whole.

As if all that wasn't enough, it snowed today!  Yes, I know it's funny to post about snow given what song I'm highlighting, but I'm a huge kid when it comes to snow, but it brings metaphorical sunshine to my life.

I don't know how long the sunshine is going to last.  But in this moment, I'm able to enjoy the sunshine and not worry about how long it will last.  I'm not sure how long that ability is going to last either, but I'm going to ride it while it does!


  1. I'm new to reading your blog. I am a friend of a friend (KZ). I just wanted to let you know that I hope you get some answers soon about your IVF and PGD. Good Luck!!! I also love reading what you have to write.

  2. I am so proud of you for your innovation with APO & all the things you accomplish, how you just shine! I have to say that the more time goes on the more you are a true reflection as my daughter! That's not to add to me, but to compliment you. You always amaze me with the things you bring from within yourself! You are a truly amazing woman & I couldn't be more proud of you than I am at this moment, except when you pull the next rabbit out of your inner hat :)