Saturday, June 28, 2014

'Round Here

You know when there's so much to do and say that you're just paralyzed with what to do next? That's where I am. 

I want to tell you all about the move, how I'm feeling about it, and what's going on with the new job, but I just can't focus on any of it. I thought maybe my reluctance to post (coupled with the fact that I am OVER Facebook, which is how most of my readers get here) was a sign that I needed to retire my blog, but I think that's an overreaction. I don't want to give this up! I'm just stressed and being pulled in too many directions. 

So, I'm taking a little break. I hope to be back in the fall when the dust has settled. Maybe sooner. 

In the meantime, I'll say this: I'm really excited about what's in store for me and for us. I keep telling people that, and I'm sure they don't believe me because I say it without any trace of enthusiasm, but that's just the nerves. I really am excited about having a manageable, predictable schedule. I'm excited about our tiny apartment that will allow us to save money and live in a great location. I'm excited about maybe being able to eat dinner with my husband every night and have an occasional weekend getaway. I'm excited because we'll have affordable healthcare. 

Basically, I'm excited because I believe this move will help us lead a more fulfilling life together. We're going to miss Monterey like crazy, but I think we'll enjoy having a more peaceful day-to-day lifestyle. That's the kind of thing I want to document here on this blog. 

Thanks, as always, for reading. Take care of yourself out there. Be good. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

8 Good Things

1. What do you hate not doing? I've always liked the suggestion that instead of trying to force being good at everything, you should go in the direction of the things you already do really well and enjoy, and use that aptitude and interest to create more great stuff in your life.

2. Giving things away! The move is now less than two months away, and I'm excited about the fresh start. I gave away almost my entire CD collection to my students (I still have the music on my computer, just not the discs). I gave away a yoga book and my Gigantor Laptop Bag, and I've started setting aside some other things to give away.

3. And speaking of bags, after a long search, I finally found  a purse I'm crazy about. Since I no longer need a huge bag that serves as a mobile office (because MY OWN OFFICE), I wanted a kind of chic bag that I can take with me to classes without looking like I'm headed to the grocery store. But I also want to use it when I'm headed to the grocery store. I wanted handles and a cross-body strap, an outside pocket, and one large open area inside. And I wanted it to go with everything. Picky much? Yep. It's pretty much the best bag ever.

4. Knitting a shawl. I also recently finished a hat in a minty blue color that my husband claimed for himself (it's inside out in the photo above--oops), a monster cozy for my Sony Reader, and a set of fingerless mitts (okay, those aren't finished because I need to seam them--boo). 

5. A swimsuit that fits AND covers that area no one wants to shave AND is made in the USA. It's going to be triple-digit weather when we move in August, and I foresee lots of pool visits. I got it on Zulily.

6. Black beans. Pictured above is black beans, sweet potato, and avocado served over spinach. Another favorite lately is black beans and mango salsa served over rice or spinach. 

7. Low-sodium V8. Yes, I'm aware that I'm 100 years old. 

8. The Artichoke Festival last weekend. We were underwhelmed until some of the kids from Samz School of Music performed. I was blown away by an 8-year-old girl singing "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and a 12-year-old singing a soulful, "Give Me a Reason." Then, just when we were thinking of leaving, we found an exhibit of artichoke sculptures. It turned out to be a good day after all.