What a fitting word for today’s prompt–final! Many of you have been along the journey with me as I obtain my uncontested divorce. Who would have thought an UNCONTESTED divorce would take so long?!?! There were many hold-ups all along the way, but I was able to learn quite a bit through it all. At one point I even researched the credits I would need to become a lawyer.
One major hurdle was the process the Monroe County Supreme Court has in place for people submitting paperwork to obtain a divorce. Ed Gangarosa was assigned the responsibility to review my paperwork prior to it being sent on to the judge and he caused frustration, confusion, and unnecessary obstacles. I actually never received a letter stating my paperwork had been signed off and ready for me to be picked up, which is a complaint many have about him. After being contacted by someone stating that they did not receive notification that their paperwork was ready I decided to give them a call and ask for a status update on mine. I was told my paperwork had been sitting there for weeks waiting for me to pick it up. They insisted Gangarosa sent a letter, but I’ve been stalking out my mailbox and nothing was sent! I picked it up that day (Monday), and immediately filed it with the County Clerk’s Office–so the divorce is FINAL! I can’t even put the feeling into words, but the sense of peace that overcomes you as you sing a favorite church hymn is the closest I can come to attempting to describe it.
I did take the time to write up a detailed letter of complaint to Gangarosa’s supervisor stating how difficult he made the process and how I was trying to remove myself from an abusive situation, but he made it even more difficult. I’m confident that if they conduct an investigation into his communication with people they will find that he needs to go! People of Monroe County deserve someone who will take that responsibility seriously!
Happily divorced and ready for what God has planned next.
Some previous posts about my divorce:
Rebuild: Divorcing a Pedophile
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
A Somber Week, Still I Shine
Trusting HIS Timing
Another Step Forward
via Daily Prompt: Final
A fun project my students and I worked on was to create a soundtrack of songs that immediately put you in a positive mood. Students have a host of struggles which spill over in their academics, and since they enjoy listening to music I challenged them to create a list they can turn to or should I say, turn up (ha…see the puns there) if they feel a bad mood creeping in.
Ohhh…one more rule was that the artist had to be African American (or write lyrics touching on African American issues) because I currently teach African American Literature and this was a way I could incorporate additional learning.
I have found starting class off with a positive song improves the environment of the classroom…this is not always an easy task as I teach in an inner city school. (Students are ages 16-21).
Have you heard? What we put in our bodies affects us—we have the power to decide if that is for the positive or the negative. We discussed that when we are in a bad mood we tend to gravitate to and listen to music that makes us even more angry and upset. Being mindful about what you are listening to can change that.
Our Positive Vibes Soundtrack
Pharrell Williams “Happy”
Pharrell Williams “Freedom”
Kirk Franklin “Smile”
Tupac “Dear Mama”
Tupac “Keep Ya Head Up”
Alicia Keys “Superwoman”
Alicia Keys “Girl on Fire”
Tasha Page-Lockhart “Fragile”
Bob Marley “Buffalo Soldier”
The Temptations “I got Sunshine”
Otis Redding “Dock of the Bay”
Meek Mill “Traumatized”
Jussie Smollett Conqueror
Monica “Angel of Mine”
Comment: What song immediately puts you in a good mood? What song would you add to our list?
Divorce: I’m beyond excited to announce that I received a the final paper back in the mail Friday that I needed signed to move forward with the divorce. I have one more step and then I can re-submit them to the court which will most likely be in the next week or two if all goes according to plan. I found out the mail accidentally sent the envelope to another address which happens quite frequently for some reason, and then it was returned and took much longer than it should to arrive. I’m just thankful I finally received it! Positive start to my weekend for sure!
Love: I came home from work on Friday to find a thoughtful surprise from my boyfriend. He has been working a lot of overtime lately, so we haven’t had much time to spend together–he crafted a delicious healthy dinner and planned out a Saturday date day. He knows how much I’ve been stressing as I wait for the paperwork. This was much needed for us!
Fitness: I’ve been consistent with my workouts, routine, and eating healthy. I haven’t ventured out to try new machines like I’ve wanted, but I will. I did reach out to a couple people for some advice and one will be helping me out this week. I am feeling and seeing the results which motivates me even more. Next step…add some weights to the mix!
Rochester Public Market: Saturday morning haul…only spent $23 in produce and $10 on the roasted nuts! Who said eating healthy is expensive?!?!
Fun: Made a visit to Rick’s Recycled Books to add to my already lofty stack of books begging to be read. Highlight was Craig finding one he liked that happened to be autographed!
We drove to Mendon Ponds Park to take some wintery shots. I wanted to stay out longer, but I wasn’t quite layered up enough to keep warm. I did stay long enough to stumble on quite a bit of these little ones…moments like this is pure happiness!
As Sunday night comes to an end I’m finishing up the last half of the Super Bowl…and the commercials of course.
Ready for another fabulous week to begin tomorrow!
Natural Beauty: Stony Brook State Park
My Aunt sparked my love of Stony Brook State Park when she brought me when I was a child, and I have cherished the memories with me for years. When I became a mother I knew I wanted my children to see the beauty and create their own memories of this hidden gem. We visit almost every year and each time discover another reason why it is one of our favorites!
Stony Brook is also where my boyfriend and I went on our first date. He collected rocks while on our walk and used them to make a purdy amazing surprise for me (pictured below).
Crystal (post inspired by the word of the day…”Natural”)