Been missing my blog, and so I popped on to re-read and was horrified to see when I last wrote. How have this many months gotten away from me?
Since last I dipped into these pages, life has incurred the inevitable ups and downs. I will try to briefly sum up.
Ups: I found a job working at a vet's office in a little college town in the "high country". Was able to move out of my parents' basement and into an adorable little place of my own. It's two bedroom/2 bath, built into the hillside of a mountain in a beautiful but tiny resort town that is only a few miles away from where I work. This is all just right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, where the hiking is stunning. I am currently experiencing my first Winter ever of living in a land where it snows... often. The cats have coped well with the move, and enjoy being able to watch deer and bunnies feeding in the yard. There is light in my windows, fire in the fireplace, and gorgeous scenery outside.
Downs: The vet's office job is not really highlighting my skills, teaching me anything new or completely paying all my bills (I still have so much debt from my life in LA that I'm trying to pay off, on top of all the new costs of living.) Additionally, the office has a lot of politics and is getting to be pretty uncomfortable. I'm still strapped for cash most of the time and were it not for my incredible parents' generosity, I'd be starving most weeks. Snow, while beautiful to look at when it falls, is not always fun to drive in, and when it begins to get slushy and muddy, it's just plain nasty to deal with. Plus, a large part of my job is walking dogs during the course of my day... which means being outside, in temps that have gotten as low as -45 ("real feel" temp with wind chill factor. The actual temp that day was only -12, if I remember correctly.)
I have made one real friend here. She too has a love for marine mammals, has an interest in educational outreach, is terribly over-degreed for the job we share (she's got a Masters in Marine Bio) and has spent time living in Hawaii. Not to mention that she has a wonderfully dry sense of humor, and a fondness for paranormal romance novels, wine and margaritas. We keep each other sane at the office.
After 6 months of celibacy hiding out in my mountain retreat, I also figured it was time to stop avoiding all men and put myself back out in the scene. I began attempting dating again. I really was just trolling online for my usual cougar fodder, but ended up meeting someone quite unique. He was raised in So Cal, shares my intense passion for the ocean, and he's *gasp* older than me. That's all I'm willing to say on the matter at this time. Given my history, I'm playing this hand closer to the chest... but I will say that I'm smiling more, and enjoying being wooed.
In short, I am in all ways, back in the game. Moving forward. Seeking strength in self and the energies of the dark winter forest that surrounds me. May 2014 be a year of positive changes and re-imagined dreams for us all.