So long time no post. We've been traveling for my work, and busy with Hannah, and she's started sleeping through the night (yay) but winds up getting up at around 6 most mornings (not yay). Which means that I kind of have to rethink my whole sleep schedule, getting up early to write, how I'm going to fit in The Artist's Way etc. Our babysitter likes to talk about how she "puzzles" things together, and that's what I'm trying to do.
I was thinking back on the summer, and how it didn't work out at all the way I'd planned. I had planned to go to Sweden for my best friend's wedding, and North Carolina for my stepbrother's wedding. Neither of those things happened. Instead, the following happened.
Memorial Day Weekend: the Saturday morning of Memorial Day Weekend I went to the doctor and got meds for my bipolar disorder. I took them that Saturday night, felt like a freight train hit me, and slept for 13 hours without waking up once.
Hannah moved into her own room Memorial Day Weekend as well. It was a big weekend all around.
The week after that I was in New York for BookExpo where I met a lot of publishers, took lots of long walks through the city, revisited some of my old haunts, and ate a lot of Pret a Manger sandwiches.
In mid-June the shit hit the fan with our neighbor when he came pounding up our steps swearing at us (he has some anger issues). We should have called the cops for disorderly conduct, but we were too shellshocked. Next day the County comes out and says that:
- we have to tear down the cat shed
- we have to get an inspector out about the home office
- we need to rehome half our cats.
That night I escaped to Seattle for the launch of the Amazon Fire phone and met Jeff Bezos the next day.
When I got home we decided that we were moving back to Pennsylvania by the next summer. We would swing seriously into Moving Mode, which meant getting rid of stuff, fixing up the house, and yes, rehoming our cats. I stopped feeling safe in our home thanks for the asshole next door, who also started coming up more often. Before The Incident we'd seen him twice in 7 years. Now he's up like every week.
Ok, so we spent tons of time and energy calling cat places and trying to find homes for older cats, which is a tough sell.
Then I went to Vegas for ALA Annual. It was hot. That's all I can say about that. Oh, and the Bellagio fountain show is amazing.
We started Mommy & Me swim lessons the last week in June. Hannah had a blast with the kids in the water, and even went off the diving board.
By the 4th of July we had homes for the cats lined up, and we were delivering them. J took down the cat shed, but it took a week because he was doing it carefully since we might wind up reassembling it in our driveway.
The inspector comes in mid July and says that J has to tear down the home office, and has 2 weeks to do so.
I work part time so he has time to disassemble, and Hannah and I spend a lot of time together in the afternoons.
We had our first yard sale on August 2, and made around $70, and got rid of 2 carloads of crap.
The home office was mostly torn down by her birthday, on August 7. Which she spent in the ER with strep throat. A 15 hour overnight ER visit. I'm still recovering from that.
Sometime in there I went up to San Mateo and got pissed off at the summertime tourists clogging up the airport.
After all this, the idea of going to Sweden - just the idea of it - made me nauseated. I just couldn't do it. So I bailed on my best friend and his wedding. So sad. I also bailed on my stepbrother's wedding. Too many people got married in August.
Hannah took her first steps August 9. She was really seriously walking by around the 19th. Now she's a pro.
This past week we were up in Santa Clara for a big event I do there each year. The drive through the Central Valley with an antsy 1 year old who can walk was pretty rough. I had told my boss back in mid July that I was moving, and was going to be working for myself. I might still stick around with my current job on a consultant/contract basis (and in fact I think it makes sense for me to do so, at least for a year or two), but I'm also hustling for other work next year, and will be going to the Pa Library Association meeting at the end of September.
And today, to nicely wrap up the end of summer in a neat little package, we had our second yard sale and made around $250. I sold the Asus tablet I bought in 2011 at Best Buy in Upland. J sold his first guitar. We're seriously getting rid of everything. It's awesome and freeing and amazing.
This summer I also started practicing daily meditation, daily writing, and using the loseit app. I'm within 7 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight. I walk around the lake at least 4-5 days a week, with smaller walks the rest of the days. It's great to start feeling healthy again. I'm fairly well adjusted to my meds - they don't make me feel like I was hit by a freight train anymore, though I do still need 8 hours of sleep each night to not feel like death.
Hannah is on a good schedule, and I get time in the evenings to myself these days. Also the mornings, if I can drag my ass out of bed early enough. Now that it's getting light so much later, the 5:45 alarm seems even more like a medieval torture instrument.
And I've read a ton of books on Oyster. I heart Oyster.
So that's where we are. Nothing went as expected, but that's kind of how life goes, and I'm really excited about the future. Working for myself, however that will go. Moving back home (which sort of fills me with dread, but is also exciting at the same time - plus J is really excited, so it's great to see him like that). Really committing to a number of big changes, which I think will be for the best for our family, and for Hannah. It's been a crazy summer!