Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I LOVE TO DANCE!

And so does Abigail! Check out the pics on Flickr, and for now, enjoy this!

P.S. Sorry the quality is not the best- I recorded this on my camera, and I was laughing quite hard!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Movin' to the Burg, I am!

I will just say it: I love Harrisburg! My photojournalistic approach to my trip to PA was ruined because I kept finding that I didn't have the time or motivation to take pictures because I would much rather be actually doing things, but here are some of the shots I got:
Driving into "downtown" Harrisburg (not exactly the "big city" that I am used to...)



The Broad Street Market, just a few blocks from my soon-to-be home.

Todd giving his dad a haircut... (it turned out quite well. Who knew he was a man of such skill?)

Anyway, there are more pics on Flickr, so check them out.

By the way, I got the job...

And I take boards July 13.

And if I can figure out how to post video to Blogger, you are in for a real treat called "Abigail's first ballet recital."

Saturday, June 03, 2006

My two favorite faces...





There are those who would caution me not to write about and post pictures of Todd on my blog.
They are the type of people who demanded that I not write about them when we were dating, because we were supposed to be "on the downlow" (which is to say that no one was supposed to know we were dating.)
They are the type of people who scorned the use of pet names in public, the ones who outlawed hand-holding and smooching and calling us "us" or "we."
Todd is not one of those people. And while I respect his privacy in every sense, I think you all deserve to get to know him a little bit because he is such a big part of my life.
So here he is. And who better to share the (computer) screen with him, than the love of my life?

Nursing Pictures




Because I know that some of you won't look at my Flickr site...

Father's Day, a bit early...

At 5:30 on Thursday afternoon my father walked into my life. Or rather, I walked into my mom's house and he was sitting there.

It would take quite a while to effectually describe my relationship, or rather lack of relationship, with my dad, and to be quite frank, I don't think I want to tell that story. But what I will say is that basically he has not been involved in my life since I was 3 years old. Sure, we've kept in touch- written letters and called and such- be we weren't and aren't close. And I haven't seen him in 4 years.

Which means that when I say it was a shock to see him, it is a bit of an understatement. I was angry that he showed up unannounced. I was frustrated that he came to Illinois after I had specifically asked him not to. And I was irritated in a way I couldn't understand... About something I could not nail down... And I wasn't sure I even wanted to talk to him.

But I did. And that is how I discovered what it was that was irritating me. As laissez-faire as he may seem and as non-committal as he is, it doesn't minimize the fact that he was not only rude by showing up unannounced, he was also selfish and controlling. That was it. That was what was irritating me. And even more than my dad being that way, it was a trigger for me to other relationships with men who were selfish and controlling. And manipulative!

That is the thing. These men would never say that they were selfish and controlling, because they are such good manipulators... It is always someone else's fault... It is always my fault. And because I know the truth, it makes me mad to see this behavior. However, because I know the truth, I can protect myself from that behavior.

At any rate, my dad is apparently back, with a vengeance. But now, I am all grown up. And I can set the boundaries. And I can help myself. And I am.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Milestones

Yesterday, Mandy bought 2 pairs of flip-flops.

Yesterday, Moriah had a phone conversation that lasted about 40 minutes.

Yesterday, I set up an interview with Penn State Hershey Med.

And today I bought sheet music for John Rutter's "The Lord Bless You and Keep You."

I love how people change and grow!
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