If you read my previous post, you know that last week began with a so-so doctor visit and a lot of angst. I wanted to share how my week ended up being pretty great despite that blah beginning.
Here’s a list of awesome things that went down at the end of the week, in chronological order:
1. Make New Friend: Check
On Thursday I got a package from the blogess behind Journey Through Infertility. Do you see all of that stuff?! She sent along everything that helped her during her fertility journey (she is now pregnant with a little girl)—a zillion books, meditation CDs and even a yoga DVD! I was crying like a big old sap as I unpacked everything. I still haven’t sent my one sister her Christmas present from last year (I know, I am a jerk), and someone I’ve never met took the time to gather all of these things and send them to me. Oh, and she included a five-page letter. A letter! She said the contents of the package were mine on the condition that I pass them along to someone else who needs them when I don’t anymore. How great is that? I can’t wait to pay it forward. Getting this package felt like a giant hug.
2. Sample Sale!
I work at a fashion company and every few months they hold sample sales for employees. Everything is dirt cheap. You can fill a bag of clothes, shoes and accessories for $50, and the home items go for $1, $3 or $5, depending on size. I love sample sales. And when I say love I actually mean I’m obsessed. It’s the closest thing in my adult life to the Christmas mornings of my childhood. My friends and I line up an hour and a half early and wait in anticipation. We peek through the windows at all of the stuff lined up. We plot our strategy. When they open the doors, everyone runs in and starts filling their bags as fast as they can. There’s not really even time to look at what you’re putting in your bag—you just have to grab it like a maniac. Yes, it is insane and gluttonous. And yes, I always feel a little gross afterwards from all of the frenzied greed in the air. But it is so much fun.
3. Bette Effing Midler
So I don’t know if you know this about me, but I am in love with Bette Midler. My fascination with her began when I was a mere 12 years old and has been going strong ever since. Don’t ask me why. I have no idea. But I mean, what’s not to love? Yesterday after the sample sale, one of my childhood dreams came true. I saw Bette Midler. In the flesh. She was giving a keynote at a women’s health symposium. Again, I have no idea what she was doing at a health symposium. Mere details. She spoke for about an hour and I had a goofy smile on my face the entire time. Holy crap. It was—dare I say it?—divine.
4. My Sweetie Got Certified
Tim found out this morning (ok, well I woke him up at 4:26 a.m., begging him to check his scores) that he is now a National Board Certified Teacher. Basically this means that he can teach anywhere in the country without needing to certify in each state. Getting nationally certified is an extremely competitive and rigorous process. Tim spent the entire last year gathering data, videotaping his classes and writing essays for his portfolio. Plus, he had to take a mammoth test. This is a huge accomplishment for him and I couldn’t be prouder.
So all in all, it’s been a kick-ass four days. I still don’t know what I’m going to decide regarding my fertility journey, but these recent events pulled me out of my angst in the most wonderful of ways.