My Plate Runneth Over

By: Amy Wise

Life…sometimes it can be a bit much. To say my plate is full is the understatement of the year. I need a giant turkey platter to hold all that is going on in my life right now. I haven’t been writing much because my brain is so full I can’t seem to write a cohesive sentence these days. So many words…yet none of them make sense. It’s like white noise swirling around in my brain. I need some serious meditation time. Or maybe an island with a really big drink! (Ya, that sounds good…I’ll take door Number Two.)

I know we all have challenges, and I know we all go through “stuff”, but dang, can I catch a break? As many of you know, we are still going through this horrible lawsuit with the water department over the loss of our business four years ago. If you aren’t familiar with our story you can check it out here and you can also read about it in the book Oil and Water and Other Things That Don’t Mix.

Recently we found out that the Otay Water Department settled with the landlord / builder who is both a plaintiff and a defendant, and as part of the settlement they are suing all of us for back rent and for breaking our leases.

Yes, you read that right: the very people who poisoned us, got us sick, and took away our business, are now suing us. You gotta love our legal system.

Because we lost our business, and have been in this legal nightmare for four years, our financial situation isn’t a “situation” –it’s just gone. History. Kaput. Null and freakin’ void. Needless to say, we have had to get very creative when it comes to money.

I not only write for multiple sites, magazines, and a book, but I’m also a part-time Program Director at a tutoring facility, and (starting this week) a part-time “assistant” at an accessory company that I have been a fan of for a couple of years. (The second job is thanks to a referral from the wonderful Marketing Manager of this very site!) Then of course there is my “favorite” part time job: the lawsuit. Conference calls, hearings, depositions, trial prep, and so much more. All of the ridiculousness has continued to suck up my time for four insane, long years!

As if my plate isn’t full enough already, our daughter just recently decided she is going to graduate high school a year early. We have had to do some fancy footwork to get all the puzzle pieces in place to make that happen. I’m SUPER proud of her and wouldn’t discourage her for a minute, but who knew we were going to add graduation and senior activities to our “platter” this year? At least her motivation is keeping me motivated!

Let’s see, what else…? My husband and I also “take care of” our neighbor who recently had many medical issues. I have been “living” with her at various doctors’ appointments and surgeries. Again, wouldn’t change things, because she means the world to us, but ouch – does all this have to happen at the same time?

I’m still doing what I love most, which is writing. I’m part of a book that helps others dealing with the worst water tragedy of all time; I have two jobs that are getting me through this case; I have amazing parents who continue to help us through it all; I have family that’s ALWAYS there; I have attorneys who haven’t stopped fighting; I have friends who are constant shoulders; I have wonderful women friends from my writing world who inspire me every day; I have an amazing daughter whose motivation keeps me going; and of course, I have (last but not least) my supportive, hard working, loving, rock of a husband! So what do I have to complain about?

So yes my plate is full, and as a matter of fact it’s spilling all over the place, but at the end of the day, it’s okay. As my hubby always says, “I woke up today, so of course it’s a good day.”

Now it’s time for some deep breaths and maybe some wine. Breathe in, sip, breathe out, sip, breathe in, sip…that’s better.

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