Thursday, August 27, 2015

So I did a thing...

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I quit my job this week.

Such a simple statement to describe a decision that was anything but.

I always assumed that I would work.  For a long time, I didn't think I'd ever have kids, and I was okay with that.  I'm a firm believer in making your own happiness and not depending on others to give your life meaning and fulfillment.  But as I got older, the idea of children wasn't quite so... scary. Still, I figured if I ever did have kids, I would be a working mom.  After all, I invested quite a lot of time and effort in my education and I wanted to put it to good use.

Even after I got pregnant and was surfing the tsunami of hormones, I knew I would continue to teach after my maternity leave was up.  I am, after all, a Modern Woman, and I wanted my daughter to see that it is possible to work and have a family.  Countless women before me had fought hard for the progress I now enjoy, and it's my responsibility to keep pushing forward so that Little Roo can inherit a better world, one where women aren't dismissed and discounted on the basis of their gender.

And then I gave birth.

Little Roo has been a revelation.  Before, she was this abstract idea and I had no trouble imagining how I would fit her into the 'baby' slot in my life.  She would simply be an addition, much like the attic addition to our house.  We would adjust, but life would go on much as before.

Let me pause here so that the parents reading this can finish laughing.

Naive doesn't even begin to describe my pre-parent thinking, but that's okay.  I don't think there really is a way to imagine just how much life changes after your baby is born.  Needless to say, Little Roo has completely transformed my life.  The best way to describe it is a metamorphosis--going from caterpillar to butterfly.  It's a one-way street, and you can never go back to not being a parent.

Not that I want to.

Anyway, the more I get to know this amazing little human, the more my work life faded in importance.  Never in a million years did I think I would *want* to stay home with a drooling, non-verbal, incontinent creature, and yet I can't bear to be apart from her.  I figured I would be counting down the days until I got to go back to work, but I found myself counting down the days until I would have to go back to work.  The thought of leaving her broke my heart, and I'm just not strong enough to do it,

So after much discussion, Mister and I decided that I won't.

It's going to be a big change for us, that's for sure.  And the decision has been a little bittersweet, because I truly did love my teaching job.  I worked with some amazing people, and I am going to miss seeing them every day.

But in the end, I know we made the right choice for our family.  And in addition to taking care of Little Roo, I'm also going to be able to call myself a full-time writer for the first time in my life.  Scary?  Yes.  But also exhilarating.

My daughter will still learn that it is possible to work and have a family--I've come to realize I don't have to leave the house to show her that.  And I know I will still be teaching, even if I never set foot in another classroom again.

My life has changed direction (again!) but I'm not disappointed.  On the contrary, it's exciting, this new road we've chosen.  

I can't wait to see where it takes us.

If you've been reading my blog, you know that Fridays are reserved for a post where I celebrate the little things that have happened during the week. This is a blog hop created by Vikki and now hosted by Lexa Cain, and it's one of my favorite blogging things to do.  I encourage you to check out her blog and the full list of participants, because who doesn't love reading about good things?

Friday, August 21, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things - Vaccines!


We made it through another week!  How's everyone doing?  Hopefully well!

This week, I'm celebrating the fact that Little Roo got her first round of vaccinations.  As a microbiologist, vaccinations are a topic near and dear to my heart, and as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I explained to all my friends and family that if they wanted to see the baby, they needed to be up to date on their whooping cough and flu shots.  Since they're all used to hearing me sing the praises of vaccines (and since my grandparents actually remember the toll of some of these illnesses from the pre-vaccine days), they agreed.  It was important to me to protect Little Roo the best way I know how, and so far, that has worked.

While she hasn't had all of her shots yet, I feel a lot better about taking her out in public knowing she's on her way to being fully protected from Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough), Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Pneumococcus and Haemophilus influenzae (both can cause pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis), Rotavirus, and Polio.  She's too young for the MMR vaccine so I still have to worry about measles, but I've come to understand motherhood is all about worry.
And now it's my turn.  We're starting to get flu vaccine in my area, so I hope to go out this weekend and get my shot.  An ounce of prevention, and all that good stuff.

I'm also celebrating getting to see a friend this weekend.  She's coming over for lunch and some board games, which should be a lot of fun.

I hope you had a good week.  What are you up to this weekend?  Leave a comment and let me know! :)

If you've been reading my blog, you know that Fridays are reserved for a post where I celebrate the little things that have happened during the week. This is a blog hop created by Vikki and now hosted by Lexa Cain, and it's one of my favorite blogging things to do.  I encourage you to check out her blog and the full list of participants, because who doesn't love reading about good things?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things - Hello? Is it me you're looking for?


Another week gone by, another chance to celebrate!

This week, I'm celebrating getting back in touch with an old friend. We were thick as thieves in grad school, but as the years passed we fell out of touch a bit.  Geography hasn't helped, seeing as how he and his family currently live in Thailand, after a stint in Africa.  I wish I could go visit, but alas, finances and family prevent such a trip. Fortunately, the internet comes to rescue! We're going to chat tomorrow morning, and I can't wait to hear how everyone is doing!

I'm also celebrating that on Monday I turned in my book, Colton Baby Homecoming!  This one will be out in March, 2016, and I really enjoyed writing it.  It's my first contribution to a Colton miniseries with Harlequin, and it was great fun to play in that sandbox.  Keep your fingers crossed they ask me to do it again sometime! :)

Hope you had a good week!  What are you celebrating?

If you've been reading my blog, you know that Fridays are reserved for a post where I celebrate the little things that have happened during the week. This is a blog hop created by Vikki and now hosted by Lexa Cain, and it's one of my favorite blogging things to do.  I encourage you to check out her blog and the full list of participants, because who doesn't love reading about good things?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things - Pedicure edition


Hi everyone!  Sorry for the sporadic nature of my posts over the past few weeks--it's amazing how the days get away from me now!  Anyhow, I trust you've all been doing well.  I'm emerging from the zombie-like state of intense sleep deprivation that I've learned accompanies Little Roo's growth spurts.  She just went through her second one, and apparently, they make her allergic to sleep.  Lovely.  Nevertheless, we have survived.  Now that she's letting other people hold her again (another side effect of her growth spurts is that she cannot be held by anyone other than me.  At all.  Not even for a few minutes while I try to relieve myself, which is probably more than you wanted to know.  You're welcome.), I have plans to get a pedicure tomorrow.  It will be glorious.  I kind of feel sorry for the nail technician, because my feet are in serious need of care.
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Good thing I've been going to the same lady for about ten years!  And now for the truly important question: what color polish should I get?  I've been thinking about it for the past few days (yes, really) and I have yet to decide.  Cast your vote in the comments!

So that's my weekend in a nutshell.  What are you going to do?  Hopefully something fun!

If you've been reading my blog, you know that Fridays are reserved for a post where I celebrate the little things that have happened during the week. This is a blog hop created by Vikki and now hosted by Lexa Cain, and it's one of my favorite blogging things to do.  I encourage you to check out her blog and the full list of participants, because who doesn't love reading about good things?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things - Air Conditioning Edition

Hi, everyone!  Greetings from Texas, where the temperatures are only getting hotter.  According to the local weatherpeople, we still haven't hit triple-digits yet, but it's only a matter of time.  Remind me again why we live in Texas in the summer?!

This week, I'm celebrating a few things.  I got the cover for my November release, and I just love it!  Let's take a look, shall we?

Hello, my pretty!
This weekend also marks an experiment. Mister is going to take a night off on Saturday and go hang out with some friends. My Mom will come over, and we're going to rent some movies and hang out with Little Roo.  Then on Sunday, it's my turn for some R&R.  I'm debating on what I want to do. Spend the afternoon writing?  Go see a movie?  Dive into a book?  So many choices, but let's be real--I will probably wind up sleeping :)

What are you up to this weekend?

If you've been reading my blog, you know that Fridays are reserved for a post where I celebrate the little things that have happened during the week. This is a blog hop created by Vikki and now hosted by Lexa Cain, and it's one of my favorite blogging things to do.  I encourage you to check out her blog and the full list of participants, because who doesn't love reading about good things?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things - 3 day weekend and Camp edition!


Hello, everyone!  How was your week?  Anything exciting going on in your part of the world?

This week, I'm celebrating the start of Camp NaNoWriMo.  For those of you who don't know, Novembers are deemed National Novel Writing Month, where participants aim to write 50,000 words during the month.  The idea is to turn off your inner editor and WRITE.  It's so much fun, they also have camp sessions during April and July where you get to set your own word count goal.  It's a really enjoyable event, mainly because of the air of excitement that surrounds the whole thing.  If you're also camping this month, I hope you'll look me up--my user name is Lara Lacombe :)

I'm also happy to report that Mister has the day off tomorrow, in celebration of July 4th.  We don't have plans to go anywhere to watch the fireworks (too many bugs and way too hot for Baby Girl), but he definitely wants to fire up the grill.

What are your plans for the weekend?  For US readers, do you have any plans to celebrate the 4th?

If you've been reading my blog, you know that Fridays are reserved for a post where I celebrate the little things that have happened during the week. This is a blog hop created by Vikki and now hosted by Lexa Cain, and it's one of my favorite blogging things to do.  I encourage you to check out her blog and the full list of participants, because who doesn't love reading about good things?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Support the Troops Auction!


Hi everyone!  I'm popping in to let you know about the Support the Troops Auction, being hosted by Herding Cats, Burning Soup.  She volunteers her time with the USO, and all proceeds from the auction go to benefit the troops.

There's a lot of great stuff up for grabs.  I've donated a signed set of my books (Deadly Contact, Fatal Fallout, Lethal Lies, and Killer Exposure) along with a $10 Amazon gift card.  Check it out!

The auction runs until July 3 at 9 pm, so you have plenty of time to take a look!  I hope you'll participate! :)