What a busy time! I am used to a calm laid back lifestyle. Not much going on, free time to do what I want (outside of work that is), and very few plans.
But NOW!! Holy Cow! Life is erupting for me. And I'm loving it!
First of all--the substitute teaching thing is actually happening! I thought I had to attend an orientation which isn't being held until August, but it turns out when you have my kind of certificate (I actually had a REAL teaching certificate upon graduation from the Univ. in 1974--of course it long since expired and in order to update it to be a full-time teacher I would have had to take 15 credit hours, but I only updated it to SUB, which required only the 3-credit hour class I took last fall), it is evidently a "more qualified" certificate than some people sub with, I don't have to attend the orientation, and instead of waiting until this Fall to start substituting, I am getting calls right now. I had two calls Thur. night, but due to my doctor appt. Friday, couldn't do either one of those which bums me out. Since I don't work at my "regular" job on Fridays, that would have been perfect, plus they were for the afternoon only, which would have also been a good way to "get my feet wet." Then I guess Friday morning around 11 (I was out shopping), hubby was home early from work, and he said I got 2 more calls to sub on Monday. Yesterday while I was at work, I got 3 calls. So I finally got into the on-line subfinder system (my internet at home has been very sporadic lately, it kicks us out all the time--so I didn't trust it to get into the system, I was afraid I would get halfway through and get kicked out and then not know how to start over when I got back into it!), and got my phone number changed to my cell phone so now I will be able to get the calls. I want to try this substitute teaching thing at least ONCE, just to know if I like it or not. I hope I love it. I know I'm nervous about it. I used to have dreams that I'd finally gotten a REAL teaching job. I remember in the dream feeling so excited that I had this whole class, with a whole year ahead of me, to do whatever I wanted to teach those kids. Well at first when I thought about actually substituting, it terrified me. It's been SO LONG since I stood in front of a roomful of kids. But now I'm thinking about it more in those "exciting" terms. I think it will be fun to interact with a group of young people again. It's been a long time! So I'm hoping to get an opportunity to try it, either this week, or in the next couple of weeks before my surgery.
The second BIG thing....I got my surgery scheduled. I'm having a hysterectomy on May 22. It's funny--my first appt. with this gynecologist was April 13, which was the 5th anniversary of my father's death. Now my surgery will be on the 22nd anniversary of my mother's death. It's sad that we remember those days, I'd like to be able to forget them. But they're just engraved in my memory forever. SAD days, but days we can never forget. The nurse that scheduled the surgery told me I would need from 4-6 weeks to recover. I said ALRIGHT! I'm really looking forward to having some time at home, even though I know those first few weeks I might not feel all that great. It will be a good trial for me. When I retire I will be at home all day, alone. So this 6 weeks will be a good time to see how I do with that. Will I be bored? Will I find myself snacking too much? My hubby is sure I will love being home alone. I'm not so sure, but this way I can try it out! So in that way I am looking forward to this surgery. Also looking forward to not having this constant urgent need to urinate! They're also going to repair (move up) my bladder, since both my bladder and uterus are prolapsed. So that is a good thing!
The third thing is my upcoming vacation. We are leaving Friday for a week or so, traveling the midwest. We are first going to Springfield, MO for a bowling tournament with my boys. Of course we may get to Branson and Silver Dollar City while we are in that area, I'd like to see one of the music shows in Branson this time. Last year we did nothing in that tourist trap. This year I want to do more! Then we are heading out to either St. Louis (the Arch! Budweiser Brewery tours! the Zoo!), or Memphis (GRACELAND!, Barbecue!) We're not really planning anything beyond Springfield. I told hubby it was nice to be at this stage in our lives. We have no commitments at home, not even any pets (although youngest son lives at home, and would be there to care for them anyway). We can go and do as we please! I'm really excited about this time away from work and home. But I know it's always nice to get home after being gone too!
This last thing is kind of minor--the Omaha paper had a request in last week to send in recipes for Fluff salads. Well I make a frozen fluff salad for holidays quite often that is simply delicious, but definitely NOT low-cal. It was a recipe I adapted from a restaurant cookbook. The restaurant, which was in Kansas City, and one of our favorites on our many visits to that town, has gone out of business and I think I changed the recipe enough that I can call it my own. Anyhow I e-mailed them my recipe for Frozen Cherry Fluff and on the way home from the doctor's office last Friday, the reporter from the newspaper called me and interviewed me. I'm going to be one of the featured recipes in tomorrow's FLUFF story! So that is kind of fun.
Then of course--there was running into that ex co-worker yesterday in the hallway at work. She has moved to a different building here on campus but is affiliated with our department so I have run into her several times in the last year, but she would never speak to me. Now I worked with her directly for several years so we knew each other very well. She was always kind of snooty however, and I thought maybe she was just ignoring me. I'm not very out-going, so I never spoke to her either. But yesterday I saw her in the hallway outside my office, and said, "Hi Pam!" (Her name is the same as mine!. She looked at me and then looked again and gave me a big hug. She said, "I did not recognize you, I would not have known you except for your voice!" So then I told her how I had seen her a few times and she never said a word to me. She said, "Well I must not have recognized you!" So that made me feel good. I still don't like her much, but it's nice that she did say something (in a round-about way) regarding my drastically changed appearance!
Another new thing in my life is connected to my iPhone. I'm loving playing Words with Friends with LOTS of people. I used to play a lot of Scrabble, the old board game, and of course it's just the same game, only played on my phone. Then I find out I could have been playing it on Facebook all along. Who knew?
So my life is packed full right now and I'm loving it. Today I have to stay late at work to attend a Graduate Student Awards Reception. I am the Graduate Program Coordinator and have arranged the whole reception, so that will be fun, even though it involves staying late. I came in later than usual this morning, and it was nice getting an extra hour of sleep. Hubby says we can go out to eat tonight since I'm working late. That is a nice treat on Tuesday night!
All these activities, well most of them anyway, would not have been pleasant or even possible for me before my weight loss (I could have played Words with Friends when I was FAT--in fact it would have been a good activity for me--the only thing you have to move is your fingers!). Hubby often comments on how I used to complain if I had to do anything at work that involved extra effort, walking anywhere else on campus, or just going up and down the stairs! Now I embrace it all and consider it GOOD exercise. I would not even have tried most of these new activities. Now I can fully partake in everything and really ENJOY it. I feel more self-confident and have so much energy to walk and play and DO! Life is grand!