New Pyrex Bowls

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Now that I have received my first paycheck, I have made a couple of impulsive purchases.  I don’t think $12 for a set of three bowls is going to set me back too badly, but perhaps if I made a hundred silly purchases, it would.  And I could easily buy 100 little things.   I must get very very serious about my money in these last couple of years of earning.

But first!  I am going to North Carolina this weekend to see two of my brothers. I am so excited to see them.  It has been 2 years.  They are 81 and 80, the 80 year old is in a nursing home and has been for years.  He has Parkinson’s disease, which is a pretty heartbreaking disease.  And scary.

Every time I think I don’t want to exercise, I just think of him, and I get out there and do whatever it is I am supposed to do that day.  I have a triathlon in a little over a month and I have been training.  Even at the end of these days when I am so tired.

I am into my 4th week of work this week.  It has kicked my butt more than I could ever have imagined.  I am so tired.  So tired.  I am also picking up one of my granddaughters after school each day, so I am working from 7 to 3 to accommodate that.  Then driving for well over an hour to pick her up, drop her off, and get home.  Exhausted.  I will get used to this, and she will be out of school in 2 weeks.  Phew!

This too shall pass.  Everything does.  Absolutely everything.

I am realizing how much the world has changed and how quickly and how I am from an entirely different era.  I am very glad of that.  I am glad I raised myself, even though having available parents would have been nice.  I am glad that back then it was easy to let yourself into the house after school and make your own dinner. I really didn’t think I was neglected or abused, it just seemed like that was how I was living.  My kids were also “latchkey kids” because I was so busy working and trying to put food in their mouths.  They also did not and still don’t think they were abused or neglected.   It was no great scandal back then.  Thank God.  They are all three very independent people, and I am grateful for that.

You know what else I am grateful for?  Being sober.  Having old friends who have also stayed sober all these years, and being able to see them on a regular basis.   I can’t imagine what my life would be if not for the Grace of God and the program.  What a miracle!

Thank you for so many nice comments on my last post.  I think I am going to try to blog more regularly.  I will try to actually collect my thoughts first in the future.  ha ha.  Maybe not.  I also popped into the confessional this weekend impulsively…. the priest asked me if I hadn’t had time to gather my thoughts and I told him no.  He very kindly took me through the Ten Commandments and asked me yes or no questions.  It was one of the most wonderful confessions ever.

Love to you…. Mary Christine

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13 Responses to New Pyrex Bowls

  1. Hopester says:

    So nice to read your post! I have a thing for bowls. Just tonight my youngest son asked if I needed all of them and I told him if he was choosing between practical and pretty to please leave my pretty ones in the cupboard. I have never had a set of pyrex bowls like that but have often wished for them. Maybe now I will go looking!

    I have just started swimming again after a winter of depression. It feels good. I have lingering fatigue, too and really, that is my only complaint but I do wish I felt rested.

    All that car time with a grandchild would be wonderful.

  2. Nancy says:

    So glad you’re back to the blog! I so enjoy reading about your insights and every day life.
    Thanks for the reminder that “this too shall pass”! And it does, doesn’t it?

    Nancy in Cali

  3. quillain says:

    So nice to hear from you! Those berries look good. Are you making a pie?

    I keep having moments or tiny revelations in AA that I want to tell someone about — of course, now I can’t remember any of them!

    I drank again but I still want what AA people have so I kept coming back. I think I have the willingness this time. I am following the lessons I learned from your blog: read the Big Book, go to meetings, get a sponsor. And just don’t drink, even if your ass falls off.

    My spouse got fired yesterday; we already weren’t doing well financially. I wanted to drink, but I didn’t. I also remembered something from your old blog when you were having difficulties at work and you said something like, I love this job but if I don’t have it I will still be okay. That perspective is giving me great comfort right now. Instead of worrying about all the things we might lose if he can’t find work soon, I can remind myself that even without those things I can still be okay. I can work on my spiritual condition; I can choose to be happy and grateful.

    Enough about me. Travel safely to North Carolina!

    • quillain says:

      Oh, I wanted to say, today is day 10 in sobriety for me.

      • YAY! I hope it is around day 50 now?

      • Ellie W says:

        It isn’t yet; I’ve had some slips. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to come back because I know not everyone does get that chance after they go back out to drinking. I wasn’t doing the things I needed to do to let this wonderful program work for me. I have a new sponsor, and she is taking me through the big book page by page. I feel very blessed. When I do get to day 50 I will come back and let you know. 🙂

      • Ellie, please hang in there. They say it takes every drink it takes. One day at a time, little by little, we start to accumulate sober time. It is so much easier later on.

  4. Susan Masson says:

    Hey Mary Christine. Thanks for another post! Something that really helped me with spending was paying off my credit cards — it took awhile because I don’t make a lot, and I had dug a fairly deep financial hole for myself, just with purchasing random stuff — financial death by a thousand little cuts. But I paid as much as I could every month, and in the end, the fact that it took awhile kind of “taught” me the value of money and being debt free. Now I pay my card immediately and I really try not to use it at all. And it has really helped me slow down and spend less. I love the freedom of no credit payments every month! Best of luck with it all. I am burned out on the job and I can’t wait to let go of it all.

    • Susan, I have been through this before, but lost my way last winter when I had two kids living here. Intellectually, I know what to do. But it has to make that 12 inch trip to my heart, right? I am getting there. Canceled a trip to New Mexico and one to Chicago. Instead I am taking camping trips which cost a mere fraction of what a hotel costs.

  5. Ellie W says:

    Happy sobriety birthday!!!

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