I suppose I can update my blog since I haven’t moved from the couch or bed in the last two days….  Which means I have spent an obscene amount of time on Facebook, Pinterest, and various blog sites….  I guess that’s what happens when you get sick.  As a teacher, I like to think my immune system is pretty much invincible, and it usually is.  I rarely get sick, and when I do, it is usually a sinus infection that runs its course quickly.  Well I woke up yesterday to a sore throat and a very achy body.  Tried to go to urgent care yesterday but both the ones I tried were closed…boo.  Do people not get sick on Saturdays?  Anyway, I have been bingeing on OJ, Theraflu, and toast, and do feel a bit better today.  Hoping this crud goes away by tonight so I don’t have to worry about sub plans and who will be responsible for my lovelies tomorrow.  Ick, I HATE being sick.

Anyway, since the last time I updated, not a lot has gone on.  January is finally over, probably my least favorite month.  Besides being cold and icky, and not getting paid for six weeks (yes, you read that right, until the 31st I hadn’t been paid since Dec. 14th. Crazy school system), it is also an emotionally trying month, as January 26th is the anniversary of my brother’s death.  For those that don’t know me well, January 26, 2005 my brother made the decision to take his own life.  Death, of course, is never easy, and sudden death with no explanation or closure is even harder.  Everything that went on that day will be etched in my mind forever, so when it rolls around each year, it is never easy.  I am glad that I have such an amazing support system, because I know my family and I wouldn’t have made it without them (You all know who you are!).  It’s definitely hard being this far away from my family on those days, which I think my sister realized this year, her first time away from Ohio.  I received lots of caring messages and emails, but only a single person at my work mentioned anything.  I know not many people know or understand what happened or what to say, but I was so thankful that that one person took the time to say something to me.  As I was telling my sister, it’s strange because everyone gets all sappy and emotional on this day, but I think about my brother every day of my life, and sometimes it seems like everyone else just forgets unless it is a “big day” like 1/26 or his birthday or something.  Anyway, I truly am thankful for all the support I get from people and am glad that I can support others during this time, even after all that has happened…..

So, on a brighter note, I get to see the love of my life in 11 days, yippeeee!  I will be heading out to the Land of Enchantment (aka Clovis, NM) for my long weekend Feb 16-20.  I am beyond excited to see him and to really start getting some ideas of what is going to happen in my (our) life over the next few months.  This will *hopefully* be one of the last plane tickets I have to buy because before I know it, I will be moving out there 🙂 🙂  I truly believe that things always work out the way they are supposed to, and with all that is going on in my school/county, this chance to just pick up and leave this summer is just what I needed.  I am still looking for jobs out there and keeping my fingers crossed.  Either way, I am SOOO looking forward to just being in the time zone as him!!!  Lots to look forward to soon, I will keep you updated for sure!

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