Mocha Mamas

This morning I had breakfast with Stella who is one of my, I would like to call it, mentors. She used to work at the Library and has left the nest to live in Retirementland. Every once in a great while we will get together with another co-worker of mine that I still work with and have breakfasts just to chit chat. We've been doing this for about... 4 years. Stella retired shortly after we started but we still find the time in our schedule to meet up in the early AM for a sunrise breakfast.

Stella seems to be doing really well (per usual). She made plenty of mention about her son and daughter in law moving down from Denver to live in San Diego. They are enjoying it as a newly wed couple and are ironing out the kinks that are presented. Her and Ed are doing well and have given up meat, entirely, but they aren't strict and Nazi about it, which I found comforting in hearing. She continues to stay associated with the library assocition which always makes me feel comfortable because she knows what's going on. Michelle was supposed to come but couldn't for specific reasons so it was unfortunate that we couldn't fellowship together as a whole tripod of the Mocha Mamas, but we made do.

I learned a few things while speaking with Stella. This is why I keep her around, in all actuality. She's just a blessing to keep!

1. We don't need anymore money ---- I love how she continued to say that. She volunteers with so many organizations and it is always uplifting to hear about her rewarding experiences in doing so. While she has been retired for nearly 5 years, she is definitely still "working" actively in her life as an amazing human being.

2. We don't need meat --- so Stella is about 4'11 and was weighing in at 125, a healthy 125, and she recently discovered that her sugar and blood pressure levels were raising so she decided to cut meat out of her diet. Even though they did this, they're not totally Nazi about not eating anything with meat. They are flexible with their meals so that they don't become uncomfortable with each other and with others that eat meat. I thought that was enlightening to hear. They just maintain a balance of having less meat than they normally have by not eating it at all, but definitely allowing for an occasion to welcome a piece of chicken. That was super nice.

3. San Diego is expensive --- I have been in discussion with the Hubs about moving and relocating to San Diego however after speaking with Stella, I've been struck by the reality that San Diego is an expensive place to be at. You literally pay for amazing weather and the beach, whether you live near it or not. The cheapest house, not mansion, runs for a whopping 400k. A town house would probably start you at 120k. My parents live in a 5bd 3 ba home that was purchased at 190k out here in the Desert. That just doesn't add up for me! On that note, the Hubs doesn't want to rent for more than 5 years anywhere... which means that he wants to have a savings built up enough by a 5th year of renting to be able to put a downpayment on a house. That little thinker, that Hubby of mine. In any case, I LOVE San Diego, a part of my will always be in San Diego, but it's important for me to weigh out the cost-effectiveness of it over our lives. Especially with the intent of having children. We want kids... our friends and fam want us to have kids... lots and lots of kids... LOL

Too bad I'm finishing this blog from being started a few weeks ago and forgot what else I learned, but those three are the ones I distinctly remember. Hehe :)

Anyhow, adieu for the day.
Mrs. Muli


Boy, today I actually get to rest. Kind of not really, I still have class tonight.

I've come to a point where I am finally realizing how intense and crazy my schedule is, and how intense and crazy I am for allowing it. The amount of driving I have been doing lately is absolutely absurd! I have begun feeling the strains and stresses in my body. It's uncomfortable and achey and I need it to stop.

I need to look into some schedule alternatives now that I have begun my practicum site. I haven't had any clients yet since my client's social worker cancelled today - actually, it was court ordered, so that means it was out o anyone's hands but the judge. I'm thankful though. I was anxiously anticipating my first client and of course grew nervous at the thought of being with an entire family, but my anxiety calmed after hearing the visitation was cancelled. That just gives me time to anticipate my first client again.

I'm sitting in bed telecommuting from home with the thought that I really need to make all three significant factors of my life work in harmony in order to be happy. Work, school, and practicum. The amount of stress that I endure while being at home is just overwhelming and tiring. It's not burn out yet, but that's what it's projected to be. I have to prepare myself mentally, and that is definitely going to take some sacrifices.

In all these things, I don't worry much. God has always shown His favor in me, so I rarely have time to worry. I see all stresses as challenges that have solutions, and that's my coping skill. It's worked for a while, I'm stickin' to it!

Anyhow, that's life right now. I'm still tired... still tired.

Mrs. Muli