Monday Mind Dump, Round 2

It’s Monday again. While I’m really not a fan of Mondays, it does mean I get to try out the “Monday Mind Dump” once again. I borrowed the idea from Rachel on her blog, and after trying it for the first time last week, I received a lot of positive responses.

If you’re thinking of trying out Monday Mind Dump on your blog, you just let the thoughts flow. They do not need to be IF-related; in fact, it’s nice to take a break from that topic once in a while. Here’s what’s been on my mind today:

1) I had a dream last night that really spoke to who I feel I’ve been as a person lately. In the dream, a friend of mine had a baby, a girl, and because I was so wrapped up in my own IF issues, I completely missed the birth. I realized weeks later that not only did I miss it, but I never tried to find out her name or say “Congratulations”. And I felt really, horribly guilty. I woke up with this thought – “It’s not all about me.” Sometimes in this jungle of IF stuff, I think you can get yourself lost. Who were you, before you started TTC? What did your friends like about you as a person? Are you keeping your old values and goals close by, or have they been replaced? Today I feel as if I want/need to be there for my friends. I’m excited for all the steps through life they have taken, or will take, including getting married, buying homes, and having kids. Whether or not I’ve shown this caring side of myself to my friends in the last six months – well, that’s to be debated, but I wouldn’t argue if they said I hadn’t. There are many dreams in life people strive for, and I happen to be reaching towards one right now. But so are my friends. And I need to make sure I’m around to put my own life aside, and be supportive to other people. I’ve always been bad about calling/texting/making plans with other people, including those I care about. So it’s an ongoing goal to reach out more and make those connections.

2) A friend of mine gave me the book The Hunger Games today. I’ve heard nothing but good things, but I have no idea what it’s about. I’m super-excited to give it a read. Anyone out there read it? Don’t tell me too much, but what did you think of it?

3) My teacher brain is on. There are a lot of teachers out there who are reading this blog. Some of you, I’m sure, are better than others at turning off your brain once you get home. I could use a few words of advice on how to do that. As is, I came home, excited to write this post, but the things that were immediately on my brain were all teaching-related. Not because I’m dying to continue thinking about my long day, but because I can’t shut my brain off. My kids really did  not do well on that math test today. Where should I keep the money they are raising in the fundraiser? What am I teaching in science tomorrow? It’s an endless stream  of thoughts – the ultimate Monday Mind Dump. Unfortunately, they are not interesting thoughts.  They’re boring; slightly high-strung. When I get home, I want to stop thinking about school. Any suggestions?

4) CD 5, and the first Clomid pill is down the hatch. Here we go, Round 2. I have high hopes, and I’ll try not to let myself fall too hard if it doesn’t happen. 50 mg worked last time, at least with ovulation. I just hope I catch ovulation, because I’m wondering if it might happen on a completely different day. Last cycle it was CD 24, very late.

Okay, that’s enough for now. I’ll be back Thursday, for my first ever Thankful Thursday, courtesy of Belle‘s blog. Have a good week everyone!


12 thoughts on “Monday Mind Dump, Round 2

  1. Ess says:

    I’ve been hearing an awful lot about this Hunger Games too. Let us know if it’s worth checking out. I just started reading ‘The Help.’ It’s great so far! Although I’m not a teacher I do suffer from work brain from time to time. I find reading actually helps with it or getting into a good TV show.

    • futuresoccermom says:

      I will definitely let you know what I think of the book. As for “The Help”, I thought I was the only one in the world who didn’t read it yet! I really want to. That’ll be next on my list.

  2. beckyborgman says:

    I love your thoughts about your dream. Such a great reminder for us all struggling with IF. And also, I read all 3 Hunger Games in less than a week. They are awesome!

  3. Psycholovista says:

    I LOVED Hunger Games. What a great read. And I cannot wait for the movie that will be coming out in a few months! Reading young adult fiction that’s packed with action has been a great source of coping for me…have fun!

  4. Not-So-Fertile Girl says:

    2nd comment b/c I got too excited about talking about The Hunger Games to finish reading the post first! 😛
    I find that even though I don’t always feel up to it, cooking really helps me turn off my teacher brain. I put on music while I cook. Between focusing on the recipe/cooking & singing along it doesn’t leave me much space for school-related stuff.
    I’m having a hard time tonight though. I had a horrendous day at school involving many things, but especially an irrational parent. Hubby is out at poker tonight & parents are out getting dinner so no cooking distraction for me!

    • futuresoccermom says:

      Haha you are too funny! I suppose cooking would be a good way to turn off your brain. Unfortunately, I suck at cooking and my dh does it (well this is actually very fortunate). Glad to know it works for you!!

  5. AJ says:

    The Hunger Games series is awesome! I cannot wait for the movie to come out in March!! Enjoy. It’s a great way to take your mind off IF-related things!!

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