Very gentle hugs to those in fragile health. I hope the new year brings healing of all kinds.
Kind of related, we've been having a hard time getting insurance for dd3. We fill out the forms, send them in, get an A-ok, then the bills bounce with a "dependent not enrolled" note. We got a "termination of coverage" letter yesterday and after I finally reached a human at the insurance company DH went in to do battle with the HR office (insurance rep saw the problem as being on their end). Well... turns out the HR office had submitted the forms correctly but the NY state office that does the actual inputting made a mistake... they added dd3 to the dental plan but not the health plan. They also had her birthdate and name wrong. Sooooo... the HR office is sending everything again, this time with an "eyes on" attitude, and she /should/ be good to go by next week. But we still have to re-submit everything from the past 2.5 months. Argh! The HR office did say this was the first time they'd ever seen a mistake like this, and dh thought it was funny that she had dental coverage but doesn't have teeth!
*bah!* insurance! i received a bill for $2000 for something having to do with Z's birth a year later. I almost passed out. Luckily, after resubmitting, it was SIGNIFICANTLY less... but what the heck...i mean, you're my insurance company do you really want to pay for my hospital bills WHEN YOU GIVE ME A HEART ATTACK! haha.
Revolting - I hit that at 25, too. Then again at 30. Now I'm on the way to 32 - I still don't have a "real" job (and soon I won't have a job at all), I am still two semesters of electives away from finishing my degree, and I have no real plan for life, other than starting our farm and making lots of babies. And I'm ok with that. The key is to remember hat success truly is in the eye of the beholder. Are you really driven to do all the things you thought you'd have done by now, or have you just always expected to do them because that's what people do? You're at a great age to take anothet look at your life and the direction your going. Your young enough to still accomplish all the things you want to do, or to decide to head off in a totally different direction. Think hard about what success really is to you - what will lead you to a whole and fulfilled life - and then go there, not where others (or society as a whole) expect you to go.
Yes! I was thinking on a very similar wave length... as well as you, ktg. I feel like now instead of worrying about accomplishments I'm more concerned about enjoying the journey. Like, what adventures are we going to have today? I worked at coffeehouses for, well, all of my 20s and I miss that terribly but now (when I'm not at home with Z) I'm a preschool teacher - and I feel like that is totally my calling...for now... but i have an advanced degree in English which I may or may not ever use... ?? But I can't worry about that - like you said, ktg, I know a lot more now than I did then and plan on knowing more and more... I think I'm going off on a tangent now...haha.
Again, I agree with ktg on the drill. You can do so much with it!
Oh I wish I knew what I was going to be when I grew up, but I don't!!! It's more like an evolution of likes & dislikes, strengths & weaknesses. Right now I'm mulling over a 10 year plan to get myself out of my current position and into a really different field. It involves schooling which means a lot of part-time schooling since I'm el primo breadwinner currently. What I can say is that I know a whole heck of a lot more stuff now than I did at 25 and that's nice to look back on and recognize even if I can't put it on my resume necessarily.
I know you will find something even with the lousy economy, perhaps something more part-time to allow for pursuit of what strikes your fancy/interest or stirs your soul.
As for power tools - oooh drills are cool and I love mine which is made by DeWalt (love this thing!!) I also have a hand sander which is nice (again I want a bigger one) and I'm trying to convince DH to get me a circular saw for the holidays so I can try out making a table or a set of bunkbeds for the boys. I've been holding my dad's one hostage since the summer in building my compost bins. Nail guns are nice too. Once I get a feel for building perhaps a jigsaw and or miter saw too for bigger/complex projects. A sander might be a good start, to take down a finish and let him restain or paint old wood furniture.
We have our tree. I hope we can decorate it tomorrow night. Friday will be our Yule celebration, and then Saturday we're going to a Fraggle party as a Weeba Beast.