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There are certain things you can control, and certain things you can't...

Oh what a weekend. Definitely good. But man...

I had to spend this weekend recovering from the disaster that was me going on vacation. The vacation, was great. The abrupt departure and consequent harried shuffling through everything I own, not so great. I wish I had maybe taken some time to tidy up before I left.

Also I had to do laundry... which may or may not be the first time I've done laundry since... oh... November? It's been a minute. I just don't wear the kind of clothes that need washed all the time. Now, as I read over that again let me clarify. Laundry is where you do multiple loads and actually have to concentrate on the cycles of the washing machine. The random load of pajama pants every two weeks (yes I have 14 pairs) does not mean that you need to do laundry.

I forgot how exhausting laundry is.

Plus, I have a bunny. Did I mention that? Did I also mention hims is fat? Cause he is.

He typically doesn't shed. Meaning when I snuggle my face into him I come away without all those little hairs tickling my nose!

Well, about six weeks ago, he started to lose his winter undercoat. Which should take about two weeks for him to groom out, and then he's down to the nice sleek little guy you would love to cuddle.


Because six weeks later, I had to completely de-hair my house yesterday.

While I was gone Melissa and Brian Babysat for me. Which was great (Thank you Mel and Bri) but they are not pet owners. And when you are not a pet owner, you don't realize the day to day rituals involved in not having a "(Insert pet type) lives here" house.

So yesterday, after I emptied the vacuum cleaner six times, I realized that Bunners was still going through the shedding. So now we're fighting the eternal battle against the softest most snuggly bunny hairs there ever were. And they are everywhere.

This means a bath today, which means I will be shunned for the next 12-24 hours. But hopefully, doing less of the tickly hair removal.

It also looks like I might be getting into that hobby we discussed. I'm looking forward to it. Trying something new and getting some reward out of it. I'll keep you posted on the results.


Wow. Life repeats itself? NOT ANYMORE

Since I decided it was time to blog again, I figured that meant it was also time to revisit previous posts.. and wouldn't you know.. on January 26th 2009 I posted a blog listing 12 things I wanted to do in 2009... Guess what. I didn't do them. But let's revisit and see where we can make more progress...

12. I want to seriously look into getting licensed to do hair. I would enjoy it immensely and it would be nice to be a professional.

Right... so that didn't happen. And I can tell you why, but wouldn't that be making excuses? Actually, now that finances are different, and my work commitment is different, it could totally happen.

11. Get my own place. This is probably the biggest thing I want to do this year. There is so much I love about living with Melissa and Brian, but I want somewhere where I can get up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water and not have to worry about finding clothes.

I got my own place! And it is cute. And you walk in and it looks like I love here. YAY! (Thank you Mel)

10. Get a pet. A giant rabbit tops my list, but a new kitty or puppy would be good too.

I got a BUNNY! Hims name is Bunners and he is fat!

9. Go to the gym at least twice a week. Even with my work schedule, if I can only go in on the weekends, I want to go.

Still want to go..........

8. Go back west. (I totally just got the credits to Pretty Woman in my head... did you?) There are some serious parts of Seattle I miss, some people I would like to meet in person for the first time, and some people I just want to see.

Just got back from a vacation! And I went out west! And I totally loved it. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE

7. Work less or more, but find the happy medium. Even though I don't think about work when I leave the office, I also don't want to ever think about what is going to be waiting for me when I get back. Whether I work more to do that, or work less, it doesn't matter.

I have a different job. and I work no more than 45 hours a week. WOOHOO!

6. Go to the dentist. I have now got no less than 3 broken teeth. I think I need at least 1 more root canal, and I definitely need to have a tooth pulled. There is a reason my dad had dentures at 21, and I think I have reaped the genetic benefits of that act.

I guess... umm... well... I haven't even gone.

5. Find a new hobby. Or resurrect an old one. I really want to do pottery again. I wonder if there is anyone that would like to go with me?

Still need a hobby. Who wants to take a pottery class with me?

4. Spend more time at Disney. There are a million of you that would say that I already go a lot, but the fact of the matter is, there is so much that I miss there.

So I did spend a lot of time at Disney, until my pass ran out. Then decided it was a good time to wait and not renew right away. But it will happen again. I feel like this one was accomplished.

3. Talk to more people on the phone. I rarely return phone calls, and never initiate conversation. There are a billion people I need to talk to and miss back home, it's about time I did that.

Epic Fail. And any of my good buddies will tell you that. Still a work in progress though.

2. Show my Dad Orlando. I hope to have the chance to do that in the Spring when my dad travels across country on his first vacation in over 10 years. (Sound familiar? I'm only up to 3 years, maybe 4)

Well, I took a vacation,, and dad is supposed to come in May. So this could happen.

1. Be happy. I've been lucky to meet this requirement for most of 08, and definitely this first month of 09, all I ask is that it continues.

So I don't know if you know this, but I was completely lying here. BLATANTLY. Two months later, I managed to finally go see a doctor and get on medication which helped... A LOT. so. I guess I did accomplish it. WIN!

So revisiting this list has brought quite a few things into perspective. Namely, that life is a work in progress. And it will be until it's over. And that's okay. You don't have to figure it out all the time.

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ha ha ha

We’re going to do this again.

Just for the record, that sentence originally said, “Looks like we’re going to do this again”. But that’s what this is about. I have decided that it is time. It’s time to get myself back together and organized. It’s time to have that outlet. To live each day.

I just went through a massively life changing experience. I went home.

There is something to be said for going home. The fact of the matter is, you learn that you have people who love you. UNCONDITIONALLY. Who can you say that about besides your family? Relationships with your significant other can pretend to be that, but they never will. It’s impossible. It’s the human condition. It’s just the way it works.

I was reminded of what it is like to have people need you. And your input. It’s been quite a few years since I had that. Somebody need me. I’m not ashamed to admit I love being needed.

I learned that I am a woman. A real, grown ass woman. Who has grown leaps and bounds from the girl that left Seattle 3 years ago. It boggles my mind.

I learned that being able to sit and watch your dad make you supper can be one of the highlights of your year.

I learned that taking your mom to see a 3D movie can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Ever.

Because of this trip, I’m looking forward to the next year. I’m looking forward to the options and new people that are going to present themselves.

I’m looking forward to my next chapter.