I CAN'T SLEEP. I just can't. In fact, I have been running on about 4 hours of sleep each night for a long time now. I don't do much but mess around on the computer, or clean, or get ready for tomorrow with the kids when I can't sleep. I've been thinking, (worrying), about getting some of my furniture/things out of the house, and I also am trying to get into a place for certain. I'm almost ready to throw up my hands and take anything at this point. Its a little bit frustrating to tell you the truth. My parents went to Wilmington for the weekend to look at some condo, and my brother moved back to Atlanta on Friday. So its been kind of a lonely weekend where I've been thinking too much about it all. I'm not sure about this whole custody evaluation thing. I feel like we should have gotten a final answer by now, but maybe I'm wrong. Its scary not talking to anyone though, and not knowing anything. I wonder what's going to happen? I worry too much don't I? Ha.

I want to start some kind of women's blogging group here. There are so many different, talented, intelligent women in this area that blog. I really think we'd have a good time together. Anyone want to second that? Anyone interested? SouthernRants, if you read this-what do you think about the idea? And Chewie, what about you? I think it could be a great little community that we need to tap into. Lots of awesome women here to inspire some greatness. We could meet the day after or before the MeetUp group. Just a thought. Hope some of you are interested. I'll even volunteer to start a MeetUp group just for us, and do the emails too. Anything to get us together. Goodnight everyone.

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Secret44 said...

Sounds like a good idea.

I've been wondering about you. I hope you're doing okay. I know you're under a lot of stress, but there are a lot of people pulling for you.

I've never met you, but I know what it's like when the "happily ever after" part doesn't come true.

Hang in there. My motto, borrowed from Friedrich Nietzsche was "That which does not destroy me, makes me stronger". I don't know anything about Nietzsche but I believe in that philosophy.

Hang in there.

mbondur12 said...

I agree with secret. The women's blogging group sounds like a pretty good idea if it is done right.

I also know what it is like to live with stress and not have the happily ever after part come true (I am about to write about that in my blog).

There are a lot of people pulling for you, and we all want what is best for your children, whatever that may be.

Chewie said...

I'm in. We'll have to be highly secretive about meeting times and places, lest we be set upon by GATEcrashers...

I think unhealthy food and froofroo cocktails should be involved, also.

My, won't the boys' ears be burning!

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