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These are NOT Dark Times (TToT #9)

these are not dark times

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I know I write about things that are sad or depressing. . . Probably more often than I'd like. It is a good outlet, though, to be able to write about it. Some things really shouldn't take up space in your head for too terribly long; it's just not healthy. Blogging helps me get my thoughts in order & purge my brain of things that maybe shouldn't dwell there forever. (Thankful #1) It's a beautiful thing.

With that said, I want to put some clarification out into the blogosphere, (see, now, Lizzi? This word has caught on with me, apparently. Consider it stolen!). . .

These are NOT Dark Times

Even if things aren't quite all glitter & rainbows. . . (Image from

Things, lately, might not be all glitter & rainbows (although, I am not all that fond of glitter — I call it ravers' scabies — but, I think you get my point!), BUT, I do not believe myself to be in hard times. I just don't. (Thankful #2) YES, it is hard being away from my closest friends & family, in a state that I am learning to love like. We have a vehicle that is on its last leg — & it is our only vehicle. I am housewife, even though I despise most things domestic (& am no good at it either!). The handsome husband is stuck on a graveyard shift at a job that, in my opinion, has not turned out to be what we originally signed on for. . . Seriously. I could go on. . . There's plenty more. . . But, this isn't a bitch-&-moan kind of post. . . &, frankly, I don't want to dwell on all of that crap today.

The fact of the matter is that our time in Arizona is temporary. Washington State is home & we will go back eventually. (Thankful #3) We will figure out our vehicle situation somehow because we always do figure things out — together. (Thankful #4) Being a housewife is part of the kick in the ass I needed to enroll in college after saying for years that I wanted to. (Thankful #5) If it weren't for it making complete sense for me to leave the workforce to move for the handsome husband's job, I wouldn't be in this situation. SO, I am getting my degree so that, (hopefully) if we are ever in a situation like this again, I won't be the one who needs to be all domestic. 😉 And, we have a plan to remedy the handsome husband's job situation. (Thankful #6) All we need is time & each other. That is how I see it.

I know what dark times really look like. (Thankful #7) (I touch on it in my last post, if you're curious.) These are not dark times. It's quite the opposite, actually. . . Overall, I am about the happiest I've ever been in my life. (Thankful #8) This is largely because I know myself better than I ever have before (Thankful #9) & because I have an extremely supportive, loving, hard-working, protective, & handsome husband that I sincerely believe God had to have made with me in mind. (Thankful #10)

There's a lot to be thankful for. I see it everywhere — & that is something else to be thankful for! (Bonus Thankful? 😉)

On an only slightly related note (in the interest of getting this thought out of my head), I have JOKINGLY said that my life has been so eventful, I could almost write a novel about it. . . Well, what if I wasn't really joking any more? And what if there wasn't an “almost” about writing that novel? What if — hypothetically, of course — I took the events of my life, put a fictional spin on them, & turned it all into a novel (or two or three)? I have no delusions about becoming rich or famous by doing this, mind you. But it'd be fun if someone actually read them. . . Is that a crazy thought? Probably so. . .

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This post was written in participation of the Ten Things of Thankful link-up, hosted by Lizzi of Considerings every weekend. Please pop over there to see what other fabulous people are thankful for this week.


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27 thoughts on “These are NOT Dark Times (TToT #9)”

  1. ‘Raver’s Scabies’; ‘Craft Herpes’…people SERIOUSLY don’t like the glitter sigh

    I LOVE glitter. It’s so pretty.

    But I’m glad you found those Ten, and I’m glad there are rainbows and lollipops and lightness in your world, and that you’re keeping perspective about the temporary nature of your living situation. It will end. You will go back. It will be okay 🙂

    Ohhh WRITE IT ALREADY 😀 Why not, right?

    1. LOL. I said “raver’s scabies” to my cousin & she immediately shot back with “craft herpes.” LOL. I had never heard that one before! 😉 Funny enough, it is YOU I thought of as I admitted my dislike for the stuff. . . I see you post about your delight in receiving a “glitter-filled” package from someone every now & then. . . Luckily, I am not one of those people that thinks that everyone else should think like I do. 😉 This just means there will be more glitter for YOU to enjoy in this world, since I won’t be hoarding any of it! 😉

      And — hypothetically, of course — I might be near-convinced to at least start mapping out a few story lines & seeing where it takes me. . . 😉

  2. I know all too well what it is like to feel stuck living in a place where you don’t want to be, and where things didn’t work out at all the way you expected. Good for you for finding the light moments and the gratitude in the midst of that. It can be really hard to do that.

    As far as the hypothetical novels are concerned…..GO FOR IT!

    1. I am learning that finding thankfuls is actually quite easy when you practice doing often. 😉 I will — hypothetically — remember your encouragement in regard to the novels. 😉

  3. I think about fictionalizing my life and writing a book about it all the time. The underlying feeling of your post is positivity and hope and gratitude and all raver’s scabies. (lol)

  4. Write the novel. What have you got to lose?
    Both of our cars are old and in varying stages of being terminally ill. Getting them fixed enough to keep going is still cheaper than a car payment!

    1. Repairs for ours won’t be, unfortunately. The truck is over 20 years old. When it goes, it will defi itely be its time — especially since it is the transmission. Eh. It is what it is. 😉

  5. I lived in the Seattle area when I was 16 – 22. How I miss it out there. I’ve only been back once and that was too many years ago.

    1. I can certainly understand missing it. Lord knows I do. It’s a beautiful area. . . But, for me, it is largely about the people too. Most of my family is up there, my best of friends, my two sons. . . It hurts to be so far away. You live; you learn. 😉

  6. Lizzi used (one of) my favorite words, ‘perspective’ I am almost as amazed at how much reality shifts if perspective shifts, as I am at how ‘perspective-shifting resistant’ my own daily reality is…

    good TToT list

  7. The more you look for thankfuls, the more you’ll find. Amazing how that works, isn’t it?
    I hope your husband’s job situation all works out. Sounds like heading back to school is a great option for you right now.

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