Nicole’s state of the self 2007

Current mood: determined

I just walked back in the house from saying goodbye to Taylor. He is leaving for 3-5 weeks for Sheble’s Flight School in Kingman, AZ. This weekend has been hard, knowing that we’re about to embark on the longest seperation that we’ve had so far in our marriage. He was gone for about a week in October 2005 when he was finishing his Private Pilot License at Sheble’s. And I was in California for two weeks in May 2006 as Taylor was finishing up moving from Utah….but we saw each other for the weekend between at Andrea’s wedding in St. George. So 3-5 weeks seems like an eternity. He will return for a few days once he finishes his Commercial license to take his FAA written flight instructor test. And if he’s away for my birthday in February, we’ll spend a conjugal weekend in Laughlin. Until then, I’m a pilot widow.

This weekend I’ve been noticing how many things he does for me to make me happy. While he is gone, I’ll have to do all the dishes, cooking, cleaning, and Rosie-taxiing. I’ll have to double check the lights and locks before I go to bed. I’ll have to sleep in a bed only warmed by blankets and my own body heat. I love him so much and I know that this training will advance him for his future. So I’m a bit melancholy, but I’m sure I’ll be fine.

We had a wonderful trip to Utah for Christmas. It was great to see my family, friends, and old co-workers. I had lots of wonderful food that I can’t get in Cali (Leatherby’s, Famous Daves, and especially Cafe Rio (twice!!) When it was time to come home, I felt refreshed for a few more months.

Work is going fine. I’m working a little more at Chino Valley Hospital lately. It’s a longer commute, but I feel more appreciated there. Again, the new year of paychecks is a bit disappointing…..I’m making less this year than last because of benefit premium increases (and no raise.) C’est la vie.

Healthwise I’m doing okay. I saw the doctor last month and had a full lab workup. All tests are normal, which is good because I had been suspecting diabetes for a few months. I’ve lost about 17 pounds on Weight Watchers since October, which has helped my general well-being. I’m going to have to try harder to get to the gym while Taylor is gone. I’ll miss his babysitting for my gym visits. It would be good if I get into better shape while he’s gone and he notices my improvement. I can do it. I can do it. I can do it.

Rosie continues to love Kindergarten. It’s fun to see her learning how to read. Now there are no written secrets…she will spell out words on my secret notes to self and figures things out. School starts back up again, so she’ll thrilled.

So that’s the state of me for January 2007. I’m surviving, but not quite thriving. Will be better when my husband is making money. Yay!

Currently listening :
Finally Woken
By Jem
Release date: 23 March, 2004
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