Welcome Back, Old Friend

Over the last few months, I’ve been getting to know myself again.  It really has been like getting reacquainted with an old, dear friend.  It sort of feels like a cliche to say that, but it’s the honest truth.  I’ve missed me.  I’d forgotten myself and am happy for the opportunity to find my way back to my mental home.

I found out when I’ll be possibly serving on a jury!  Right after I posted on Sunday, I checked the Fairfield County Municipal Court site again, and they had the dates up!  All that worrying for nothing!  I’m adding that to my goals list for the year – stop the unnecessary worrying.  It looks like I’ll need to call in every other Wednesday after 4:30 to find out if I need to report the next day.  It’s not too bad, and I probably won’t end up having to serve, though I’d love to!  I consider jury duty tantamount to giving blood and voting; it’s my civic duty, and I’m proud for the chance to serve my community even in this small way.

Speaking of giving blood, some of you know of my struggles to successfully give blood.  I have tried to give blood twice and failed both times.  Both times I nearly passed out.  My theory is that my near-fainting has to do with my fear of needles, but I’m going to try it again.  I feel pretty confident about my chances this time around.  My Life Coach Kathleen has helped me with a technique that seems to have started to assuage those fears.  Six months ago, I couldn’t even see a needle on the television without feeling squeamish and oddly nervous.  Now, I can see a needle and not have any change in my response.  My blood type is O positive, which is the universal type; it’s what they give to premature babies when they need blood.  It feels like the right thing to do, so I’m going to try again.  If I fail again, I’ll work on it some more and try again!  I’m going to get over this fear.  I’m determined to.

In other news, I’ve decided that I’m going to make a trip to Chicago in May.  Every year, the National Restaurant Association has a food show in Chicago, and every year, some Hocking teachers and students from the culinary/hospitality schools attend.  It will be about $450 for the trip, which includes spending money, so the fee is only about $350, which isn’t too bad for 4 nights in Chicago.  I know at least one other person that I’m friendly with who is going, but being on a trip with virtual strangers does not bother me.  You all know me – I can talk to just about anyone!  And, you also know that I love food like a fat girl!  Plus, it’s a school-related field trip, which is an added bonus on top of the fun that it sound like it will be.

That’s all that’s going on in my world right now.  I think it might be a mellow couple of weeks ahead, which will be nice!

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