55 reasons why…

1. My son is sick.
2. I am sick.
3. We’ve been at home together recuperating.
4. It’s been wonderful to be home with him.
5. It’s been really tough too.
6. Being sick and providing care is challenging.
7. Remind me, I haven’t been sick since I stopped eating school lunch, right?
8. Three months ain’t half bad!
9. I have to wash some dishes.
10. I need sleep.
11. I’m thinking about my life.
12. I need to make some decisions.
13. I probably need a new job (a new school).
14. I should update my resume.
15. My friends are also leaving the school.
16. We’re tired.
17. I’m sad for the kids.
18. I’m sad for me because my favorite coworkers won’t be in the same building next year.
19. My husband agrees that I need a new job, hopefully closer to home.
20. He wants to have another baby (!)
21. I’m considering it…
22. But.
23. I ate school lunch for a year — not exactly a great pre-pregnancy diet.
24. And
25. We have an interesting housing situation.
26. It’s the economy.
27. We rent and we still own.
28. We couldn’t sell our old place so we have a tenant.
29. I guess we’re going to put it on the market again.
30. We’re going to lose big money.
31. How would we afford another baby?
32. Our bills aren’t small (mortgage, rent, daycare, even food…)
33. Cooking from scratch is transformative and worth every cent.
34. And at least there are savings in not spending money eating out.
35. I enjoy creating stuff in the kitchen too.
36. Oh yeah, I created something else…
37. The book is coming along great.
38. It’s in the hands of the publisher now.
39. Sometimes I think about when the book is published (later this year – TBD).
40. I’m terrified.
41. I reveal everything.
42. What happens then?
43. Some say it’s a feather in my cap.
44. I say it’s an unknown.
45. Writing was the easy part.
46. I love to write.
47. If I write something again, it’s going to be fiction!
48. Non-fiction is intense.
49. It’s personal.
50. I’m a worrier, not a warrior.
51. I wasn’t prepared for this.
52. Eating school lunch for a year has changed the course of my life.
53. Going back is not an option.
54. But I need a rest.
55. I want to take some time off.

Starting now.
I have never taken a full week off before.
Here goes…
I’ll be back to blogging on Wednesday March 30th.

I’ll be around — on twitter sporadically (where I chat) and on facebook too (where I share one link to a food news item every couple days).

And someone is calling for me from his bedroom…we’re still very much in the trenches…

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26 Responses to 55 reasons why…

  1. RLR March 24, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    We are almost over being sick here – the whole family! And it's super hard to be the caregiver while you're sick! Take it easy – and hope you recoup quickly enough to enjoy the 'vacation' week!

  2. Belinda March 24, 2011 at 2:47 am #

    I hope you guys feel better! Everything will work out the way it is supposed to!

  3. Monica March 24, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    Good for you! Take a week, take a month – take whatever you need. Be kind to yourself 🙂

    And I hope you and your little one feel better soon!

  4. Brooke March 24, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    Wow! Sounds like you have been pondering EVERYTHING! I truly hope it all works out!

  5. Justine March 24, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    Feel better 🙂

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  6. Niel K. Patel March 24, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    A break does the mind and body good!

  7. oreneta March 24, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    Enjoy the break as much as you can while sick and while your son is sick….enjoy!!!

  8. Cams March 24, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    Everybody deserves a break. Especially for those people that are very stressed with their work and for their family. Taking a break and relaxation is good for the mind. We can't think properly when we are very stressed.

  9. KC Quilter March 24, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Take care.

  10. liz March 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Take good care of yourself and your son! See you next week.

  11. Brie March 24, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    I hope you both feel better soon!

    Spring brings about a new awakening in most people we all seem to ponder where we are going and what we are doing…I think its because nature is renewing its self and coming in to bloom, which makes us want to do the same.

    Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. – Joseph Campbell

  12. Anonymous March 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    sounds like a great time for a spring break, and looks like you are in need of a spring cleaning of your brain. Enjoy the break.

  13. Jenny K March 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    Enjoy your break, get lots of rest. We'll miss you and we'll be here when you return!

  14. Brandon March 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Hope you and your son feel better. A week off will do everyone in your family some good.

  15. ~meredith~ March 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Have a good week! And try not to be too worried, changes can be for the good 🙂

  16. RainbowW March 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    a non-food observation: there's *NEVER* a "right" time to have a baby. so look into your heart and decide if you want one too. if you do … you do, and there won't be a more right time.

    as for pre-pregnancy diets … you're fine. go for it.

  17. Megan K. March 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    Sleep! Relax! Feel Better! We all need a break sometime 🙂

  18. Krista March 24, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    I hope the rest does you a world of good and you are all back on your feet to enjoy Spring! You have a lot on your plate right now, it's no wonder your run down. This may be your body's way of asking you to slow down, which I know is extremely difficult!

  19. Anonymous March 25, 2011 at 1:12 am #

    Take a break! You deserve it. And don't worry, everything always works out as it should.

  20. Anonymous March 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Wow! You certainly do have a lot going on, and on your mind. Even if you didn't, this blog is your project and you should always feel free to handle it any way you want. Those of us who enjoy it and look forward to reading your posts will be happy with however you approach it.

    Rest up and feel better! 🙂

  21. Angry Tax Payer March 26, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    #56
    Shut up

    Your problems are not any less important nor different than any other working American.

    Teach more, whine less.

  22. Sara K March 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    /hugs!

  23. Aidan March 28, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    I hope you both get well soon. I can't wait for the book. You are interesting and courageous. Cool.
    aidan

  24. HoneyFernDotOrg March 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Nothing wrong with decompressing.

    I do, however, wonder what is wrong with Angry TaxPayer and why s/he is reading this in the first place.

  25. Lisa R. Suriano March 29, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    Sounds like you are at a crossroads. A little retreat is just what you need and deserve. Take some deep breathes and some good care of you – – – your path will become clear.

    Feel better 🙂

  26. shari March 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    hope you are getting over the sickness. It's always a tough time of year for that. hope the break from blogging is helping! I agree with HoneyFernDotOrg, geesh. Oh well, know that your wished all the best. 🙂

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