My Life in a Nut Shell

3 surgeries for Endometriosis, countless medications, and lots of difficult years trying to conceive. We put the medical stuff on hold and decided to work on being parents instead. In July of 2000 we were blessed beyond all measure with a phone call announcing the birth of our daughter, Megan. Megan's birth mother had given birth the day before and was leaving the hospital. We had no warning that Megan was coming. At 4:29 in the afternoon we were a couple, at 4:30 we were parents. Deciding that we wanted a sibling for Megan, we looked into all our options. This time insurance covered IVF. One round and we were blessed with triplets, Abigail, Brigid, and Caroline. Did you know that there is a 70% chance of divorce in families of Higher Order Multiples? Almost two years after the triplets were born my ex-husband and I separated and eventually divorced. During that time both my Mother and Father passed away from cancer. In February of 2007 my sister came to live with us to help out. In December of 2008 she had to leave so now it is me on my own with the girls. In February 2010, Lisa passed away and finally found her own Peace.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Day 2

Day 2 of Thanksgiving blogging.  Let's see.  Three tests today in school.  One on a 90 degree cut that we started yesterday, one on air forming the cut (that's blow drying), and one written exam.   In order I got 100, 100, 95.  I'm really proud of the first 100 because that was the cut I struggled to get.   It ended up really well.  Now I just have to pick up the pace.  Can't imagine a client coming in for a cut and it taking me a day and a half to cut it!!  

I went to pick Megan up from Field today.  She volunteered at Blessings in a Backpack and then I picked her up to take her to volunteer at a riding stable.   She is in Beta Club (3.5 or higher.  She is a smart fart) and needs volunteer hours.  Thank goodness she is 12 so she could volunteer at the stable.  She was grinning from ear to ear when I picked her up.  I'm hoping they let her ride the horses on occasion as I just can't afford lessons.  Either way it was awesome to see her smile.  That was my thankful post on FB today.  I'm so glad I could take her to be with her one true love, horses.  In the van on the way home, she said she smelled like barn and horses.  I teased her that she was going to fall asleep tonight in her same clothes just so she keep the smell in her room.

Horses are what make Megan's soul sing.

The trio all made the cheerleading squad at Field.  Finally!  It was a miserable day in the Harrigan household last year when NONE of them made it.  So that is just one more thing to add to the taxi service that is my life.  The girls are training for their first 5k in December.  Brigid is only allowed to walk it because she is on an activity restriction for her Chiari.  I hate Chiaris.  Abigail is so-so on the running.  She could take it or leave it.  Singing is what makes Abigail's soul sing.  So she is in the choir club.  Caroline has found one of her soul songs, running.  She ran the 5k in practice and then added 2 more laps.  Her coach said she is good and fast.

When I picked up Megan at Field, I was coming straight from school.  I'm taking school very seriously and want to make a good impression so I have been trying to dress as if I worked in a salon.  That is what the school wants us to do.  I've been picking up pieces of clothing at Goodwill and thrift stores.  Anyway when I got to the playground I got 2 compliments.  One was that I looked like I worked in a salon.  Yay me!!  The other was asking if I could give fashion makeovers!    Yay me again!  I haven't really paid attention to my looks in a long time.  Now I am in a field where I have to present myself as someone who has it all together. I'm soooo enjoying that part.

So that's Friday in a nut shell.    

Thursday, November 1, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude and Writing

My goal is to write everyday for the next 30 days about gratitude and my life.  I feel like I've gotten away from being so vocal about gratitude.   Here's my gratitude for today.  

I spent all day, and I do mean all day, trying to perfect a 90 degree cut.   You would think cutting hair would be easy.  You line up and then you cut.  That's what I thought.  Show me how to cut hair in a day and I can do it.  Yet I was totally wrong.  Today's cut involved pulling the hair out from the head 90 degrees and cutting it to a length of 3 inches.  I just couldn't get it.  At all.  I was getting frustrated and I think I was frustrating my teacher with all my damn complaining.   I hate that I drove her nuts.  I was THAT student.  What a dork.

I kept working and working and working and then it clicked.  The proverbial lightbulb.  Boom.  There it was.  The cut.   I did it!!  And I managed to cut the shit out of my knuckle in the process.

Short and sweet.  Tomorrow my goal is to blog about Halloween and the fun the girls and I had.

Stay tuned!!!