I have to admit, the first couple weeks of staying home and playing housewife kind of freaked me out. From piano teacher, to pooper-scooper, to cotton-picker, to Loan Officer, to Project Manager, I've had a job since high school. My inferiority complex got the best of me when my friend Lauren and I were shopping at a little dog boutique and the owner said they hired out the stay-at-home moms to hand cut their homemade dog treats. That afternoon, when J walked in the door I just burst into tears and told him that I was now one of those stay-at-home wives who people hired to cut dog treats. I also felt like I didn't have any exciting conversations anymore, because I no longer had work stories to tell him. AND, after my 4.5 year education and 5 year career, that I was back to doing what I did in Jr. College: scooping poop. (When I take Manny on walks in our neighborhood, we of course have to bag up his poop.) Thinking back, J was probably holding back laughing hysterically, but true to form, he sat me in his lap and let me cry it out. He also encouraged me that I would get busier as we get involved with things and if I really felt like I needed a job, I was more than welcome to look for one.
I think the suddenness of ALL the changes just got the best of me. The last couple of weeks have been much better. I joined a gym, which I really enjoy, and have met lots of nice ladies. I also have been able to do some organizing that should have been done years ago, and keep busy running errands during the day. I have to admit, it is nice to have ALL the grocery shopping and cleaning done by the time J gets home. And I actually have the energy to cook dinner at night and clean up afterwards. ; )
For those of you wondering if I AM going to get a job-no-I am not planning to seek out a full time job. If we are thinking of starting a family within the next year or two, I hope to be able to stay home with the baby! I AM looking forward to a new venture though as a Thirty-One Consultant, that I hope to be starting soon! This would be a part time job that I could do from home. More on that as it progresses.
Okay-so enough of the personal stuff--let's get to the fun stuff. Dallas totally meets some of the stereotypes it is acclaimed. Here is a totally RANDOM checklist of some of the good, the bad and the ugly observations of our life here:
- We receive a different church flyer in the mail about every other day.
- I am 20 minutes away from a Premium Outlet.
- The land is flat as a flitter. If we get on a bridge, I think I can see my parent's house in Mississippi.
- Quite the opposite from Tallahassee-there are not many trees at all. In fact, I don't think I've seen a pine tree since we left Mississippi.
- Most of the stores here have front parking spaces for Expecting Mothers. I asked J if I could go ahead and use them because I DO "expect" to be a mother ONE day, but he told me NO.
- Everyone-EVERYONE has some type of Texas Star paraphernalia in their yard. Except us. That will change soon.
- Did I mentioned TEXAS PRIDE?
- We just thought we knew how to rock big hair in MS---everything IS bigger in Texas.
- I was passing by a school the other day and the moms picking up their kids had football jerseys on....no joke. I won't lie, I will be one of those mothers. My jersey might even say: "Wells Mom".
- One of the ladies in my gym class thought it was atrocious that I was going grocery shopping in my work out clothes after class. I put a cap & hoodie on and didn't give it a second thought.
- Handmade tortillas are quite popular here, and we are very happy about that.
More Texas fun: our fabulous Realtor sent us a welcome package the other day that included some typical "Texas sayings". Here were a few of my favorites that had me rolling:
- "Big hat, no cattle" (Means all talk and no show)
- "It's so dry the trees are bribin' the dogs" (Means we could really use some rain)
- "They ate supper before they said grace" (Means living in sin)
- "Time to paint your butt white and run with the antelope" (Stop complaining and do what you're told)
- "You can put your boots in the oven but that doesn't make them biscuits" (You can't make something it's not)
So I'll end the post with a couple pics of our trip to Downtown Dallas a couple weekends ago. It was really fun and I look forward to going back to explore the aquarium, museums, etc.