Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lemons to Lemonade

This day last year, I had a pretty scary day. I lost my job three days shy of my wedding. I didn't just lose it in a normal way, I lost it in a really dramatic way. Those who need to know the details do, but just know that it's a hell of a story.

I was so angry about it for a number of months. I was scared and bitter and unsure about what the future was going to hold. Then, miraculously, things started falling into place.

I found a job that seemed like it was tailor made for me. I had to move from the city I'd grown to know as home, but it was too great an opportunity to turn down. The move set in motion Justin finding the perfect job for him. From there we moved into an apartment and began the crazy journey into home-ownership. We now own our home, love our jobs, and live in a place where we have no shortage of family and friends within a short drive (or in some cases a walk) away.

My life has gone from up in the air to settled and comfortable. I feel like in Wilmington, our lives always were surrounded by a question mark. Now I see a clear path. If I do what I do for the rest of my career, I will be happy with that. I couldn't have said this about my previous job. Justin loves his job and works for a company and man that he respects, which is much more than he can say about the last guy. Though we're busier, we're more content.

So this is proof positive that sometimes when life hands you lemons, the lemonade is the end product whether you expect it or not. There is always a plan and purpose even if you can't see it at first. I have learned a valuable lesson through this and intend to keep this in mind while I sit back and sip on the lemonade my life has made for me!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The War of the Remote.

My husband and I have a problem. He likes boring television and I like good television. Where I watch something entertaining with a good storyline, he chooses to watch the History Channel or even worse...THE GOLF CHANNEL!! Don't get me wrong, there are sometimes very interesting History Channel programs. However, when he chooses to watch them every time they air, which is about 5 times a week each, it gets really boring.

I feel like this is a disagreement we will have for the rest of our lives. It is very rare we agree on a television show or movie to watch. This makes the remote pretty valuable. Usually in our house, if you're the first to sit down you gain control for the night. The problem is, if you get up and use the bathroom or get a drink or snack, you lose the right to the remote, thus get stuck watching boring television.

Some would say that we should just watch separate televisions, which is a possibility, but there are some problems with this solution. First, the other TV in the house is small and is not as fun as our big one. Second, I like watching television with him. It's comforting to sit together. During those rare times in which we agree on a television program or movie, it's perfect. But most of the time, it's the remote wars.

I guess there could be worse problems to have in a marriage. I am very blessed to have such a great husband and a great marriage. Even better when I have control of that darn remote.