Friday, December 29, 2006

Where Are You Going, and Where Have You Been?

This is a strange week for me. It's the lull between Christmas and New Year's. The kids are gone to their dad's in Indianapolis, and I have spent the last 2 days hanging out at Baron's house. We went to Bardstown, Kentucky, for a day, exploring the shops, seeing all the historic buildings, and then drove out to Taylorsville Lake to see the amazing dam they have there. I was going to show you pictures, but for some reason Blogger doesn't want me to post any pictures today. We also went out to eat, shopped, watched some movies, and played 2 tense games of SCRABBLE. He kicked my butt in the first game, but I held my own in the second and only lost by a bit. Maybe it would help my chances if I bought him a 6-pack every time we played! We had a great time together. Time for just the 2 of us is time we cherish. Anyway, we spent some time talking on our mini-vacation together about our New Year's goals, and it got me thinking about where I want to be in 10 years from now. Here's the flashback:

How much have you changed in 10 years?

*In December 1996….

How old were you?

Where did you go to school?
Indiana University Southeast. I was working on my Masters.

Where did you work?
I didn't. I was a stay-at-home mom.

Where did you live?
Same place I do now.

Where did you hang out?
McDonald's playland, the park, and playgroup with my kids.

How was your hair?
short and brown

Did you wear glasses?

Who was your best friend(s)?
Suzanne, Kathy, Carla, Kim.

Who was your regular-person crush?
My then-husband. (sigh)

How many tattoos did you have?

How many piercings did you have?
including ears? 4 (2 in each ear)

What car did you drive?
A van.

What was your worst fear?
Not being able to pay the bills.

Had you been arrested?

Had your heart been broken?


IN December 2006…..

How old are you?

Where do you work?
I teach in a public elementary school in Louisville, Kentucky.

Where do you live?
Same place I did then. (another sigh)

Where do you hang out?
In my car, or with my kids.

Do you wear glasses?
Only at night.

How is your hair?
Medium length, brown again.

Who are your best friends?
Regina, Carla, Baron.

Still talk to any of your old friends?

Who is your current interest?

How many tattoos?

How many piercings do you have?
Same as 10 yrs. ago - double-pierced ears.

What kind of car do you drive?
2004 Taurus.

What is your biggest fear?
The house falling down around us.

Have you been arrested since, if so, how many times?

Has your heart been broken since then?
Oh yes. (another sigh)

Divorced. Not Bitter (I don't think).

Wow, this one really gives me pause. My life was so different then. I was a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids 6 and under. I thought I was happily married. From here, those days look so easy. Makes me wonder where I'll be in 10 years from NOW......

In 10 Years from NOW:

How old will you be?
52 (gulp).

Where will you work?
I'm sure I will still be teaching, maybe at the same school.

Where will you live?
This one I know - I WILL have a different house by then. I am already working on fixing up this house to sell. It will happen in the next 5 years or less.

Where will you hang out?
Well, in 10 years all 3 of the older kids will be out on their own. I'll just have a 16 yr. old boy here with me, so I hope I will be doing things with him. I hope I will have a life companion by then, but whether I do or I don't, I want to have time to go to the gym, to volunteer, and to travel.

What will you look like?
I will have lost all the extra pounds and be in terrific shape. I will probably still have medium-length brown hair (NO GRAY!) and I will still wear contacts. NO old lady, librarian glasses around my neck on a chain!

Any more tattoos or piercings by then?
I will have at least one more tattoo. I am already thinking about what I want to get. No more piercings. Pierced ears has been and always will be enough for me.

What kind of car will you drive?
I want a truck - a big ol' quad cab F150! But if gas continues to go up, I will probably be practical and buy an economy car, in favor of paying college tuitions.

Any arrests?
Hell, no. I'm smarter than that.

Heart breaks/crushes?
Well, I know what I want now, but I don't know where I will be. I hope I will have found someone to make a lifelong committment to and we are very happily pursuing our dreams together.

So there you have it. Something to think about in the New Year. What can you be doing now, to get you where you want to be?


sunShine said...

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

"I want a truck - a big ol' quad cab F150"!

Nice! I hope all your New Year wishes come true.

Anonymous said...

Providing him with unlimited quantities of beer during your Scrabble games would probably help your success significantly.

HoosierGirl5 said...

Sunshine - You too, girlfriend!

Corky - Love them trucks!

RWA - Are you saying I NEED to get him drunk to win? Hmmph!