Life has been complicated for me in ways I am not going to share publicly. I have worked hard to remove negative, and in one instance despicable, people from my life. Funny how you don’t realize how much people take out of you until they are gone. I have quit two jobs and taken a full-time position I love, well mostly love. No job is perfect. But at this job I am surrounded by intelligent, caring individuals. It’s refreshing. Life affirming. Instead of teaching nine classes per semester, I teach three per quarter. Overall, it is slightly less money–but I am concentrating on taking care of me and not everyone around me. It’s a good thing.
I have lost a parrot, Tubs, a 16-year-old lovebird.
I gained a dog, at least for the present, Taz a 2-year-old bull mastiff, black lab mix.
Strider remains her contrary self.
Ryan is still chronicle-worthy. Ian has grown up and moved out. John still plays music regularly. I am still working to lose weight, write a book, garden, and read. I have done so many things since I last blogged–had a grandchild, been to concerts, museums, plays, read books, visited friends, family, bought a car. Had kids move out, move in. I’ve gained friends, lost a friend or two — one who was never really my friend to begin with. I’ve felt love and betrayal — sometimes from the same person at the same time.
I have started a new blog to chronicle specific things; restaurants, movies, tv shows, museums, concerts, stage shows, books… you can read it here.
Anyway, I intend to post to both blogs and possibly add a photoblog.