Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I haven't even told you where I work...what I am doing!
Well... I work at Katy High School and I teach IPC and Chemistry...which is basically 9-12 grade.
And it is amazing. I love my kids...there are some that are nuts and need....well I really can't publicly state what they need...but anyways...
Yay for blogs! I miss it! But I do not have time...I don't even have time to catch my breath 4 out of the 5 days of the week.
But know that I love it...and I love them...and I am SUPPOSED to be here with them...loving them and forgiving them...and being tough on them...and being empathetic to them...and most of all teaching them.
Miss Miss...Love Love!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
It was a shocking realization that a year had passed that quickly…
I think the past year was amazing!! Honestly, it was way easier than I expected. I have posted previously how everytime I talked to older married folks, they would always ask me for an update, and wait with their faces distorted, ready for me to tell them how awful marriage is. It was so bizarre. I kept expecting it to get harder and harder. But it did not!
Don't get me wrong, sharing of vows does not instantly make you perfectly perfect for your spouse...you are still two broken sinful people who live in a confined space (atleast we did...in 777sq ft...sick) ...but its how you handle the miscommunications, the bumps, the moods, the circumstances of life...that makes marriage AWESOME.
Hunter is naturally very hospitable, I try, but I am not.
Hunter likes to try new things, I would prefer to not.
Hunter is pretty spontaneous, I am not.
He is an introvert, I am an extrovert.
I am fascinated by social interactions, he could care less.
I think/analyze until my brain short circuits, he can't even comprehend that, let alone do it.
I multitask, he cannot.
I am always looking forward, he is perfectly content with the present.
This is just the beginning.
Luckily, we learned that we are way similar too…
We have the exact same sense of humor. We have laughed until we almost peed... a lot in the past year.
We are both very clean.
We both are super frugal.
We both like to be listened to.
We have the exact same views on Christianity and apologetics…kind of bizarre if you think about how many ideas there are floating around.
We are both very low key.
We are both very compassionate people towards our respective causes.
It is such a blessing to have someone 100% on your team…who would fight for anything you wanted, simply because you want it. He has lived out what a best friend truly is. He has actively pursued me like Christ does his church. (Ephesians 5:23) He constantly seeks for peace in our home (Psalm 34:14)
The point is…my husband pursues Christ daily and lives it out in our marriage. That is why the past year has been strong.
We really try to constantly examine how to improve and grow in areas that are weak.
Let me tell you…it is WAY easy to be careless about weak areas in a marriage. Just living day in and day out…getting by. Or just being passive, not even realizing you’re upset until you blow up with 6 things on your mind that piled up over the last month. Passive people! How do you do it! Being passive is not found in my gene pool. Us Witthuhn’s, we’ll let you know when we are upset, immediately.
If that happens, you will be halted by a much bigger problem before too long. I gag at the thought of that.
So basically, I am pumped about the next 60+ years...my husband is the sweetest most servant hearted man in the world. I can't wait to be like the old people on UP!...so preshy.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Like life has taken over and I am just a passenger...and I am NOT ok with it.
I reallllllllly have a TON of exciting things to rant and rave about...but where the flip does time GO. It's like you add 12 hours of class onto your already full time job and marriage..and boom..before I know it...it's MID JUNE.
So...its my birthday. Or Birday, as Hunter and Erin say it :) And I am one year closer to babies. Seriously, that's how I gauge my life progression...I can't help it.
And for some reason, I really want a princess cake. Actually, I want a princess party.
Tomorrow, my fam and Hunter's fam are getting together to celebrate...and I kind of want them to dress up in prince and princess costumes...and I am really not kidding.
Maybe it's my unconscious really sick way of holding on to my youth...
Being realistic, I know that will not fly...with the men...surely they'd turn that idea down...so maybe I can just settle on a princess cake...
Friday, May 22, 2009
to go to SEA WORLD! ..in FLORIDA
Do you know why?
Look at that picture...minus the weird looking (but lucky) little girl...
We are going there because they have POLAR BEARS...and SHAMU! and dolphins! and a hotel with a floating river that goes around it! and 11 restaurants in the hotel! and a spa...and polar bears!
My favorite animal in the whole wide world is a polar bear. and Hunter got me tickets to go back stage to meet one.
Ok..no not during feeding time like crazy lady in the news...but like a real life back stage hook up!
It is our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY this Sunday....and we are going on another vacay. = no work for 10 days!
When we get back...I will definitely have plenty to add on:
the past year..YEAR!? what!
where I am in my "career"...check last post for recap
um...another huge change...I freaking chopped off all my hair..like all of it..
and SEA WORLD!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
As much as I wish I still this little, I'm so not.
Let me recap.
I have a major life decision going on right now: Where am I headed in my career and/or do I want to change careers?
Option one: staying at MD Anderson and being promoted within the institution doing research related jobs
Option two: change paths completely and start teaching high school science (preferably biology or chemistry)
For a few months now, I have been pursuing both endeavors wholeheartedly so that any burnt bridges were not my doing... but the Lords doing...
I am enrolling in an alternative certification program this summer, to be ready to teach by THIS FALL. what? that shouldn't be legal. But it is...and I am already preparing for this crazy opportunity...
I also applied for a promotion position at MD Anderson.. I would still be under a research grant (safe in this economy) and I would be working directly under a prestigious doctor in neuro-oncology (brain cancer) research. Needless to say...huge deal. I would be getting up to a 15% raise if I was chosen for this position...not to mention the endless professional connections in a medical area of interest for Hunter and I (brain and spine issues are an area of expertise that Hunter possibly wants to pursue).
This was a HUGE interview. I did not take it lightly at all. I took tedious and detailed notes because I knew that with the upfront perks, it would be hard to say no to this opportunity if it was given. (Perks are mischievous and they can trick you into choosing a job that you hate day to day)
Without going into too much unnecessary detail, I thought the interview was awful. I walked out of there feeling more unwelcome and socially cold than I have ever felt around living human beings in my life.
I have thought about this from all sides...I mean they could have been doing a scare or intimidation tactic...to see how much stress I was capable of. I get that. But if your going to do that...in the last 3-5 minutes of the interview...lighten up a tad, you know? Or just be warm and welcoming for 60 seconds. JUST 60 SECONDS. That would be enough for me! Just so I know that if I get the job, I am not going to work for unhelpful overcritical colleagues.
I get a call from HR...and I got the job...if I want it...
Great. Not only did the doctor like me, he wants to give me almost a full 15% raise...
My thoughts: ...wait ...did I read this guy wrong? He liked me? Is that how he shows people that he likes them? AM I MISSING SOMETHING?!
I tell H.R...I need time.
They say...you have a day. 24 hours. go.
I then proceed and try to figure this out with my own wisdom. I weigh options...I do pros and cons....I talk Hunter's head off...even though he knew the answer all along...
See, the answer would be simpler if this was just a matter of..do I take the promotion or not...
I would surely meet with that doctor again and do a round two interview...this time with me in control...and see how personable he can be.
But there was more...I am choosing between career paths! Do I take a job where I am in a lab...not around a whole lot of people...and the people I am around...are ..well..lab people. (just a different realm of social ability, but there's nothing wrong with that! it just may not be plausible for an extreme extrovert like me to work everyday with just as extreme introverts)..
Or do I take a job..that I don't have yet...and am not even qualified for YET!..but that will be working with people everyday..(more than I probably want to) ..that will kill me daily..but also bring me to life just when I think of giving up..and that I will love...and that I continually am encouraged that I will be good at...and have so much passion to do!
With an hour until I had to call HR, I pried my fingers off this decision and let it go to the One who is way more qualified to decide. I prayed for half an hour straight..in the middle of a work day...and for some reason, I felt like I was supposed to check my email...
I had just emailed my former biology teacher an hour earlier, so I thought it pertained to that. But no.
Just sent into my inbox was an email from a scholarship website I had joined in highschool...and the title was : "How to evaluate a job offer".
Oh yeah. Chills? I had them...
I read it with my mouth wide open. Heart pulsing. In complete gratitude to the Lord. Do you know that feeling? When you are smacked into humility. That was me....I was so thankful for that COMPLETELY UNDESERVED guidance. The email broke down every aspect of a job: salary, job duties, boss, colleagues, etc. Every elaboration on each section pointed to NO. I would be settling with this job. It was not for me. Someone would love to have this job...but I was talking myself into it...
So, I turned the job down.
I am not done pursuing teaching. If I don't get a teaching job this fall..or if teaching ends up not being that path for me...then I will apply for another promotion later...I am at least very encouraged by the HR department. They completely respected my decision and actually think I made the right one. PERFECT.
Now I just have to convince everyone else who looks at me crazy when I say I turned down a promotion...in this economy ...
Like I said...I made a big girl decision ...but because of the graciousness of my sweet Lord, I am positive it was the right one.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Men clad in soldier's garb sat on the ground near the trio...
Women clad in sorrow huddled at the foot of the hill...faces tear-streaked.
All heaven stood to fight. All nature rose to rescue. All eternity poised to protect. But the Creator gave no command.
'It must be done...' he said, and withdrew.
The angel spoke again. 'It would be less painful...'
The Creator interrupted softly. 'But it wouldn't be love.'"
-In the Eye of the Storm, Max Lucado.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
but change is hard...
there are so many up-in-the-air questions right now in my life...
like a lame limbo era...
and I hate limbo...
I remember limbo like it was yesterday...with marriage around the corner..but no hubby ...graduation around the corner..but no diploma yet...limbo is lame....Question one: Where is my career going? Should I look into progressing my current career? or Do I find something else I am passionate about? I am young and educated..and motivated...I could do anything! Now what do I do? and in this economy...
I have yet to blog about it...but in March, I started a part time job tutoring highschool kids in biology, chemistry and math. And I LOVE it. Yep, you read right...I am currently working 1.5 jobs. And yes, one full time job is plenty...holy crud, working is worlds apart from college...it'll wear you out...
...but, before you judge..and think I am crazy... my mindset before I started looking for a part time job was: I have little to no responsibility in the context of kids/house/etc., and I am already the bread winner right now..why not be the SUPER bread winner...
plus...if I am going to be the SUPER mom/wife I want to be ..I want to build my stamina..haha and who doesn't love emparting wisdom (spiritual or intellectual) to youth AND... a little extra cash doesn't hurt.
Tutoring has unexpectedly reintroduced my passion for teaching...In my first year of college, I signed up for a program that allowed you to take a few extra classes along with my biology degree and come out with a teaching certification by my senior year. I stopped this program, however, after a year because I was sure I was going into medical/PA school. I didn't need any extra classes...especially pointless ones...
Well...then I met my husband.
Not that all dreams have to stop when you meet your husband...I mean thats not optimal...
But my career path changed when I got married.
Our lives became one...
Suddenly, it became obvious that it was extremely unwise to go to a VERY expensive school..to invest in a career that would GREATLY compete with my current desire to be an amazing wife and mother...
I wholeheartedly DID NOT want to incur any debt on my family that was not DEFINITELY going to be made back in due time...
I DID NOT want to add any unnecessary financial stress on our family because I was "entitled" to my dream career.
How is that being a "wife of noble character"? How is that "bringing my family good not harm"?
Truth is...Hunter will be our bread winner for the family..not me. That doesn't mean I should NEVER make money for our family..in fact I should try and use all my creativity to bless Hunter with a supporting income...but after he gets his degree...the torch will be passed..and it will be passed with a HUGE smile.
Even if I was to practice medicine after I graduated from a 3 year PA school...I would be ITCHING to have kids eventually...
I know there are plenty of moms who can have kids and a full time job...but I can't.
I seriously would rather be doing NOTHING else than being home...even as much as I love medicine...hospitals...doctors...pagers...whitecoats...blackberrys..and cubicles...
I remember when my mom told me she missed some of my "firsts" because I was in day care when I did them....and she was a full-time worker (she was of course single and did not even have a choice to stay home)
The legit sadness in her eyes because she could not be there with me was overbearing...I still to this day have to remind her that it is OK that she missed a lot of my childhood...
With every opportunity in my life..if I am a student..I want to be a wonderful wholehearted student..If I am going to be a bread winner..I want to go above and beyond...if I am going to be a mom...I want to be a FULL time mom!!I would never want to spread myself out with a full time career and a full time family...SICK!
I know I know..there is always the choice of doing part time...but why would I pay all that money to go to school, just to work part time...when my position as full time mom is FREE! No debt!
The point was..I am loving teaching....
One of my students got a hundred on her quiz in class the next day after one of our sessions!! She was so excited!...Honestly, I was more excited. I wanted to hug her and jump around the room screaming! She had no idea what she was doing before she came to see me...and then BAM..she understood and killed the quiz.
So do I teach?..this is a career that I can stop and start whenever I want...it doesn't cost 100K...and I'll be able to utilize my experiences teaching when/if I decide to homeschool...which I am truly considering (not because I am scared of public school...bring on the wierdos...but its because I want to be 150% involved in my childrens education. Helping with their homework and teacher-parent conferences are not enough)...
It's an option...
Another option ...is moving up in the cancer research career path...
MDACC is a WONDERFUL place to work as far as the institution goes...
I get to work across the street from Hunter...I love being in the medical field...and cancer research is SO meaningful...and thank God...it is paying the bills still...
Question two: Do we take advantage of a plummeting housing market or not? Do we continue to throw rent money away every month to live in 800 sq feet...or do we invest in a cheap house that will give us a crazy return?
Do you know how much money it takes to live 3 seconds away from the medical center...it is expensive.
Luckily we have found great deals on apartments..but still..the cost of living is nuts...
Question three: Do I look dumb in glasses?
Well, too bad...because I have to wear them...for like ever
Not even joking...I have been diagnosed with chronic conjunctivitis...
In other words...as a poor college student..I did not take care of my contacts..and my eyes tried to fight off an infection that was my contact...and under a microscope they look gross...
So, no contacts for me for a long time...and now I am glasses-bound...
SEE all these changeeeess!
Too much for me...I like consistency..I like routine and predictability..with some spunk.. don't get me wrong..I don't like boring...just normalness...
Well..this is only the beginning...Way more to come...
Monday, March 9, 2009
Remember that time....
that time that I have not blogged about anything pertaining to my life...
the life that is flippin full of crazy awesome moments that I need to log into my blog...
well get ready there partner..
here we go.
Do you know him?
He plays for the Houston Astros. (baseball). He is very very open about his love for Jesus.
He's fantastic. Even when he makes fun of Aggies 5,000 times in 15 minutes.
He's very funny. One time, an opposing team threw twinkies on the field at him because they think is fat....and he picked one up and ate it.
He makes me laugh.
Well, we had dinner together....me and Lance.
OK, we may have been about 50 feet apart, but we had dinner together.
Don't judge me. It was in the same room....so therefore...it was together.
This is him...eyeing me across the room. I waved...he waved back. Or maybe he was itching his forehead. Either way...we had dinner together.
This is me in front of his name tag.
Best night ever.
The real story for all you lack of imaginationers....Hunter's grandma and her boyfriend (yes, boyfriend) kindly asked us to join them for the annual Baseball Sports Writers Dinner.
We dropped everything to go. Lance got the team MVP award for the 5th time and he made a speech.
Worth every minute.
I interacted with him while he was speaking. Laughed at jokes about the Aggies that maybe offended me...who cares...he can joke...we sucked it up at football. if it was anyone else I may have tried to defend my alma mater..but not with Lance. I sighed when he recapped this past year...and reflected upon outstanding plays and future goals when he asked it of me.
We had a great dinner.
P.S. Hunter is aware of my slight obsession and is prepared for the worst when I actually do get to meet Lance.
I have done some decorating and some bargain furniture shopping
I told you that we got a couch off craigslist....
I basically feel as though we stole this from the people selling it. Don't tell them...but they could have gotten way more money for it if they just asked.
It's comfortable...it's beautiful...it fits perfectly...and makes me feel good about myself.
I love saving money. I love finding a good deal. It really invigorates me. It makes me feel like a good business woman....and it makes my husband happy too.
I mean 75 bucks...come on! It was all a matter of circumstance...the couple was 9 months preggers with new furniture coming early the next week.
Oh yeah, and I also painted those panels above the couch.
Do like 'em? I'm picky so I am not ready to commit for life...but they will do for now...
I love painting..I want a painting room. I could do it alllll day. If I am not careful, I will.
Some other projects are:
Recovering our dining room chairs...this crazy fabric pattern!! I love it!
Like, words cannot express how much I love this pattern...and how spunktastic our chairs look right now...but I am super happy with the result.
Especially when I found dishes to match.
The etching on the outside of the dish and cup handle match the sophisticated victorian swirly pattern of the fabric. Makes my heart flutter.
I actually stopped decorating our apartment.
I ran out of room.
Hunter is happy about our checkbook...and I am sad about my halted hobby.
So, that leads me to my next update.
We are looking at some apartments to move to after our lease is up. haha.
I call it being "good stewards" of our money...because I think we could get more space for the same price we pay...but in all reality I do kinda just want more space to spread my wings...and to decorate the crud out of.
There is an apartment complex that is just for UT students/faculty and MD Anderson employees....and so we are looking into it. It would give us a ton more space for the same price.
I've also looked at some Duplex,Triplex, and Quadplexes in the Third Ward..
Do you know where that is?
Like it is the definition of crime.
We'll see what happens.
I have more to update but no one's attention span is this long. :)
Love love love.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Does anyone else cry?...like I have tears all down the front of my shirt...its embarrassing really...
I really wish I could blame it on hormones..or pregnancy....but alas...its just girly mushy emotions..awesome.
My purpose for this blog: I have proof that men know nothing about movie awards...nothing.
Hunter and I were discussing how 'Slumdog Millionairre' is sweeping every category...and we were mentioning how we need to see it and also 'The Reader'...
and then he says something that made me laugh hysterically...over emotion or not...it was blog worthy.
He says, " We need to compile a list of all these Grammy movies and watch them"...
Grammy movies!!! that would be like if I said we need to compile a list of all those Golden Globe songs and make a CD of them...
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
It was all that I had hoped for...
It was all that we NEEDED.
We switched back and forth between calling it our 2H.M. and our 8M.E.
2HM= Second Honeymoon
8ME= Eighth Month Evaluation
Evaluation of course meaning on our marriage
It was soo nice just to sit and ask each other tons of questions pertaining to this VERY important entity...
like: What am I doing well at? What do I suck at? (be gentle) Overall, are you happy? Has marriage been easier or harder than you expected? What do you wish I would do more of? What area of my life do you wish I was more vulnerable with you? When can we have kids? (ok that one was from left field and obviously I asked that one...)...etc.
We didn't like write any questions down or pick up a cheesy marriage book at B&N on our way...
We just made time to sit ...look at each other...and stir up some conversation to evaluate/improve our beloved unity.
I knew we needed some time away from the city..but I didn't realize how much we maybe simply needed a thought provoking convo...sometimes its hard to sit still enough to think about the good and the bad...sometimes the bad gets swept under the living room rug while we deal with the hustle and bustle of life...and honestly...dirt under a rug is disgusting....just cause you can't see it...doesn't mean it isn't filth!..and I'm not even a germaphobe...
So the results of this fabulous 8M.E...are: we are very encouraged with this little...who am I kidding...HUGE blessing we call 'marriage' and we decided to keep going...haha for all those who were at the edge of your seats..
Honestly, sometimes when older married couples ask me how Hunter and I are liking marriage..I always feel like their faces are ready for us to say "It's awful!"..or when our answer is not negative at all..their faces change to "Just wait"...that's just not right!! Are our views of marriage and our expectations so distorted??
I am 100% sure that it will not be peachy fuzzy warm and sweet for the next 50+ years...meaning...we will probably go through LIFE...the ups and downs...births...deaths..financial tension...who knows..maybe some spiritual tension...but for some reason..our first 8 months have been shockingly easier than we expected and flippin FUN!
That boy cracks me up...
Ok quick story...
We have kinda a tradition started that on Mondays...we go get a doughnut at Shipleys (YES! the one we go to is open til like 9pm!) and then we go to Starbucks to read...and check up on Carl (a middle age follower of Christ who works up at Starbucks and struck up a convo with me after seeing me read the Bible..)
So tonight I wasn't feelin like leaving the house (we got a new couch! I will post all bout it!)...so the novelty of the couch is still fresh and I wanted to stay here and sit on it and blog :).. So I told Hunter, when he inevitably asked if I wanted to go get a doughnut...that I wasn't feelin it...but that he was free to go by himself ..and he ..paused for just a second...(I literally saw a light bulb go off in his brain) and he, with all the 3yr old he had mustered up inside, said... "Does that mean I can have two doughnuts??!"
How flippin cute...
Saturday, January 17, 2009
So much to tell...
So much excitement and fun!
Such as ...I had dinner with Lance Berkman on Thursday night!...LANCE...my flippin FAV sports celeb EVER. that is actually an understatement. ...
I know you're like WHAT!? nuh uh!..
So anways...I can explain that later..
I am packing..
We are going on vacay....(vacation)
Honestly, we need this.... I am dying to go somewhere with my Hunter...
Somewhere...where I am not thinking for hours how I can decorate/clean/change....
and with all of the wedding/holidays....we have been around each other...but there has been a deficit in the amount of set aside 'us' time. Where we talk...indulge in each others lives....just able to connect and refill our spouse cup.
I can't wait!!
I will tell you every detail when we get back! We have soo many fun things planned...and lots of just chill time planned! woo woo!
Ok ...We are off..
Unavailable for the next 3 days...
We love you...don't call :) haha just kidding...no but really..
speakin of just kidding...watch this..