Monday - trying to find my groove.

I was reading Marianna's blog and got the idea for a way to break through the writer's block and blog more often. Look for more in the coming days as my schedule settles down and I find my new routine

Young Woman's Daybook ~ Monday, December 7, 2009

Outside My Window... It's still dark outside, but the last few days I've been watching our neighbor's trampoline fill up with leaves. The snow last Friday was very pretty and thankfully did not stick and cause problems.

I am thinking... The transition from the pharmacy back to the office is underway, and right now I'm just waiting for my new job to be ready for me. In the meantime I'll be helping out in the pharmacy during the day until I start. Once the new job begins, I'll help out on Saturdays. It will be busy, but worth it in the long run. Plus, it's the right thing to do, even though it's a more difficult choice (but isn't THAT the case more often than not?)

I am thankful for... There are too many things to be thankful for this year, even though we're still in a tight spot this year it's so much better than it was last, or even the one before that. I'm thankful this year we can focus on the real meaning of the holiday and not so much on the "stuff" that goes with it.

From the kitchen... Yesterday Christine gave us some fresh eggs from their chickens. I used those to make a breakfast casserole and it turned out well. I had a piece for breakfast this morning, with my coffee and yogurt, and sort of wish we had more of those eggs. It was an interesting new thing to try.

I am wearing... Right now I'm still in my jammies, but I'll have on my scrubs before too long. I really am excited about getting to wear "real" clothes to work and not have a literal uniform (although anyone who knows me probably thinks my unofficial uniform of cardigan, t-shirt or button-down, and jeans is probably a bit boring.)

I am creating... Our Christmas decorations are going up, and I am searching for the candles for my Advent wreath. I'm also putting together a list of crafty things I can make for gifts in these next couple of weeks. I also need to find my red velvet ribbon and make a big bow for the wagon on Saturday (see below.)

I am going... We're participating in the Hometown Traditions Christmas Parade here in Livingston on Saturday. We spent part of yesterday putting lights on the covered wagon and picking up a few things to finish decorating on Saturday morning. I am very excited about this!

I am reading... As always I have several books going. I just re-read Eclipse, and am also re-reading The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis.

I am hoping... It will be very good when my new job starts, and I hope that transition is smooth and positive for everyone involved.

I am hearing... The morning news is on in our living room, as it is every morning, and right now the traffic and weather is on.

Around the house... We have several things piled up for the parade Saturday, and I have a lot more cleaning and setting up to do before my family gets here on the 23rd.

One of my favorite things... Right now my Peppermint Mocha creamer is just about my favorite thing in the house. I know it's getting close to Christmas time when I see it in the dairy case.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week... More cleaning is on the schedule, along with putting together some menus for the actual holiday and decorating. I want to firm up my craft plans and get those started as soon as I can so I'm not too rushed at the last minute.

The Lord is teaching me... It seems patience. I never wanted to be one of those who prayed for patience, but that seems to be the lesson I'm learning these days. I've never really been a patient person, but perhaps that's the point. I need to worry less, or worry about the things that really matter and not get caught up in all the superfluous things going on around me. Probably goes along with focusing on priorities and managing them properly.