First off, I'm back online at home! I've got so much catching up to do that I won't get it all done today that's for sure. But I'll touch base on a few things. I'll be able to respond to emails by next weekend I'm hoping; I just don't have time these days to write during the week.
Also, I've been working for a whole month now and have gotten into the new flow of things. My drive isn't nearly as bad as it was when we first moved here and I was working, so that's a relief. But I still have to get up early - 4:30 - just to avoid commuter traffic. But that gets me to work before the bad traffic hits so the drive is a breeze and I get to the office early enough where I have quite a bit of time to myself before the official work day starts at 7:30.
I brought all my work clothes out of storage and it was like Christmas rediscovering everything; most of which I'd totally forgotten about. Now I'm all organized and I must admit that I don't mind not wearing jeans and t-shirts all the time. It's fun to dress up again; I even bought some new knee boots last week for winter. And I'm trying some new updos thanks to JenW mentioning Torrin Paige's wonderful videos.
When I first started looking for a job, I was quite dubious about finding one because of hearing about how difficult it would be. But I interviewed for two and was hired the next day after the second interview and started working five days later! I was also worried that I'd have to work in retail or some other industry that I'd not enjoy, but found an IT company and fit right in there... beautiful offices, lots of perks and friendly people. So the job is great.
Would I rather not be working? I don't even know at this point. I like contributing financially to Mike's and my goals and with the way it is here where we live, our main goal now is to get out however we can. So, our plan is to pay off our mortgage as quickly as possible, sell our place and then find a more progressive and friendly place to live. We might not even stay in the US... we sure like the looks of Toronto and a few other places. But that is all off in the future a few years, so I imagine I'll be working awhile just to reach our goal. We're both very unhappy in this backwards place - so why stay here? Now that we have our goal mapped out, at least we have hope again!
An example of how messed up it is here: Mike had to go buy a gun for protection. The restraining order on his ex mechanic - the one who still wants to put Mike out of business - ran out a couple of weeks ago and Mike has seen him drive by his shop a few times. And there are so many people around here who used to be on meth or are still on it who are so volatile that Mike has been attacked several times. It's totally insane. He had to get a gun to protect himself. Isn't that a sad commentary on where we live? (And, even sadder, this isn't the only place in this country like this.)
I'd really like to live somewhere where I could have an intelligent and reasonable conversation about current events without people resorting to name-calling and reciting "facts" that simply aren't. Is that too much to ask? Do any of you live in places that are more progressive and not so backwards? And not too expensive to live in (i.e., San Francisco).
And yes, we still have our chickens. My little buddies. In fact, we're building them a more secure run now that I'm not around during the day. They're going through their first molt and are looking a little raggedy.
And the garden is still producing a lot - really more than I want to deal with at the moment. The weeds are taking over, but I don't have the time to deal with maintenance anymore. Here are the peppers I picked day before yesterday just before I cut most of them up and froze them:
It's rained a bit lately and I couldn't get down to the garden to pick anything and when I did, most of the okra was honkin' huge. Very cool looking, but you just can't eat them when they get that big because they're too tough.
Our little blue jay finally took off. I miss him; he was so much fun. One day when we got home from being gone most of the day, he flew down to the car as soon we pulled up and then got on top of my head while I walked up to the deck. And another day Mike and I were sitting on the couch right in front of French doors and he was on the other side of the door closest to me flapping his wings and insisting I come outside and feed him. He was a lot of fun. I don't think the cats got him because I looked high and low and couldn't find any tell-tale feathers scattered anywhere. I hope he finally joined the blue jays that are always flying around here... maybe he got a girlfriend?
So that's a bit of an update. Mike and I are doing fine because we now have an exit strategy. With hope and perserverance we'll tackle this latest hurdle. And, as they say... never surrender.
Life is an adventure and you ever know what's around the next corner. If you think you do, you usually get slapped hard in the face. Ha!