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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday should be Thursday

I had big plans for productivity last night.  I was going to do some things around my apartment, do laundry, get to the gym, and paint my nails.  I ended up laying around for longer than planned, eating popcorn on the stove for dinner, watching Dance Moms and some other assorted nonsense.  I stripped my nails, but never managed to get new polish on them.  I am not exaggerating when I say this NEVER HAPPENS.  I am known for my constantly changing, always in reasonably good shape manicures.  My nails feel so naked today!  I had bought a new color I thought I liked, but I put it on my toes last night and it was a bit blah.  It's fine for my feet for now I guess, but it's just not the right mood for my fingernails.  I need something bright and spring-y to pretend that it is NOT in the thirties outside and that I did NOT spend last evening listening to freezing rain pelt my window briefly.  :-o  I may actually just go get a manicure over lunch.  I like to do that periodically to get my nails back in shape since I don't do all of the maintenance on a daily basis personally.

I have maybe plans for dinner tonight with some girlfriends.  If it works out, great, but if not that's okay.  I MUST do at least one load of laundry.  I probably actually have 3-4 loads to do, an accumulation of blankets, towels, and other assorted nonsense, but I can get all the most pressing items in one load.  Beyond that, I definitely need to get to the gym again tonight.  These are my goals!  Laundry & gym.  I dream big, folks!  ;-)

So BF left this morning for his twee family trip to Williamsburg.  He said his family asked if I were coming.  I cannot imagine having my first meeting being on a family trip whereupon we'd all be stuck together for three days in shared space!  He'd asked me about it when they originally planned the trip, and I declined, telling him it was too soon.  I guess it's nice that they asked!  He did say that I'm expected at Easter dinner now, which is fine since I told him I'd go to that.

I've been reading quite a bit lately.  I read "Divergent" after seeing the movie.  Pretty enjoyable, but I suspect I would have liked it better if I'd seen it before the movie, or at least given it some time before I jumped into the book.  Did buy Insurgent, though,and will read that eventually.  I read this fluffy little book called "New England Witch Chronicles" LOL.  It's basically a YA witchy book, but I did enjoy it.  It's a series, so I bought the second book, "Conjured", which is on my to be read list eventually as well.  I also read the Veronica Mars Book, "The Thousand Dollar Tan Line", which is a god awful title.  However, it picked up right where the movie left off, I love Veronica Mars, and I really enjoyed the book. I will definitely continue to read this series just because of my love for the characters.

Right now I'm reading "Come Home" by Lisa Scottoline.  Not the best writing, first of all.  However, the story is decent and I feel compelled to finish it.  It's just one of those books that I feel would have benefited a lot from stronger writing.  Some of it feels a bit juvenile, like something I'd have written in high school.  It's weird, because the reviews for this book talk about what an awesome writer she is, but I just....something about it doesn't click right with me.  Again, good story, meh writing.

I have one more book on my Kindle waiting to be read, and that's "You Should Have Known" by Jean Hanff Korelitz.  I've heard rave reviews about this, so I'm interested to see what I think of it.  Same goes for "The Goldfinch", which I recently picked up in Target and desperately wanted.  It's one of those rare hardbacks that just felt good in my hands.  I decided to order it from Amazon, but now that the book just won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, it's back ordered by a couple of days, and I'm thinking I may just give in and buy it in Target.  Sometimes the instant gratification is just nice!  I shouldn't be in a rush since I have so many other things to read still!

Anyway, that's all I've got for now.  Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Showers

So it is pouring rain outside today.  It has been for the bulk of the day.  I stupidly left my apartment to catch my bus wearing flats, considering only briefly running to switch into my rain boots.  I decided I was running too late and figured I'd be fine to at least get into the office.

HA.  I came up from the escalator to ground level in DC and it was a straight up deluge of rain.  My pants were soaked by the time I got to work.  It took nearly two hours to get dry.  It continues to pour outside the windows, and I do not look forward to my commute home.  I will at the least be changing into tennis shoes to minimize SOME rain on my feet.

Work last week was crazy busy.  I was super productive as soon as I got that weight off of my shoulders.  I got a ton of work done and cleared off my desk and I felt really good about it.  This week the focus has shifted back to my day to day tasks, and yesterday was essentially a big walking headache.  I managed to survive it, though, and my friend A and I rewarded ourselves by going to Wendy's for dinner.  It was just what the stress doctor ordered.  ;-)

I had a really good weekend.  Possibly one of the best I've had yet with Bluefish.  I went out his way Friday night after work.  We had eaten dinner separately since I don't get out there until 8 or so, so we went and shared a red velvet concrete for dessert before going to see "Oculus".  I love a good scary movie, and I enjoyed this one.  He was mostly indulging me, but it all balances out!

Saturday we had a bit of a lazy morning, and then headed to brunch.  We got to eat outside since the weather was so gorgeous, and it was such a nice change after the neverending winter.  After brunch we ran several random errands.  We stopped for groceries after in order to procure food for grilling that night.  We spent the evening outside on BF's deck, enjoying the lovely weather, listening to a NASCAR race (told you, balance!) and eating chicken and steak kabobs with corn on the cob.

Sunday BF made pancakes for breakfast, which was sweet.  We then went miniature golfing (I won!) and to Costco, because we are glamorous like that.  We spent the afternoon sitting outside on the deck again, listening to the Nats baseball game and then grilling hot dogs for dinner.  I finally packed it up and headed home after we ate, as it was a long drive home.

By the time I got home I had a raging migraine, probably a combination of allergies and hormones.  I spent the rest of the night feeling pretty miserable, finally falling asleep around 11 pm thanks to a cocktail of meds designed to knock me out.

So this week BF is spending Wednesday through Friday in Williamsburg with his daughter, mother, sister, brother in law and nephew.  They are all coming back to his place Friday to stay until Tuesday.  The current plan is to go to the zoo on Saturday, and do Easter dinner Sunday.  I'm invited to both events.  :-o

It's a good thing, I guess.  I'm a bit nervous, but it will be what it will be, I guess!  No idea where BF and I are headed in general.  We had a big talk last Wednesday night and cleared the air on a lot of issues that had been lingering between us, mostly just communication issues.  I think it was a necessary discussion, though it was three hours of fun (sensing my sarcasm here?).  :-)  Anyway, we managed to have a really good weekend after, so I guess that's a good sign!

We also have a short weekend getaway planned for May 3-5.  We got a cute, modern cabin in the Shenandoah Valley near Luray for a couple of nights.  It has a hot tub, an outdoor fire pit, pretty views.  I'm excited to get out of the DC Metro for a couple of days and see how we fare!

Anyway, that's my latest, long-winded update.  Thanks for plodding along through that novel!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Download

So there's been a lot going on over the course of the last two weeks.  I had my annual exam a couple of weeks ago and during the appt. my Dr. recommended that I get a baseline mammogram.  I'll be 36 in June, but because my paternal grandmother had breast cancer, she wanted to start me a bit early.  I went ahead and made the appt. for two weeks ago today.  I went in and it wasn't a big deal.  I'd heard widely varying assessments of it being mildly uncomfortable to very painful, but it didn't bother me at all.

That Thursday the radiologists office called me and told me that they wanted me to come back in for some more pictures and possibly an ultrasound.  They'd found a mass on my right breast that they wanted to take a further look at.  Of course I panicked.  I was able to make an appt. for the following day, as I'm all about getting these kind of things resolved as quickly as possible.

I went into the office and had a spot compression mammogram done, which was basically just a smaller, more specific mammogram.  I then had an ultrasound done, during which the tech and then Dr. confirmed there was a mass.  They told me it looked like it was probably something called a fibroadenoma, which is a benign kind of tumor that is apparently very common in women in their twenties and thirties.  However, they said that sometimes things could present with those characteristics and turn out to be something else, so they would need to do a biopsy to confirm.

I scheduled the biopsy for this past Wednesday.  I could have had it done sooner if I didn't have ibuprofen in my system, as I had to be ibuprofen-free for five days since it can act as a blood thinner.  One of my girlfriends picked me up for a Starbucks coffee date, and then we went to the office for the biopsy.  It was in-office and took about thirty minutes.  They used a local anesthetic and it was basically painless.  I've had cervical biopsies before, and I think they use a similar tool for getting the sample.  I didn't look at it, but it sounds like a hole punch.

They took three samples and also left a clip in me that acts as a marker.  They explained that if it turned out to be a fibroadenoma, it would tell future radiologists that this spot has already been biopsied, and if something was wrong, it would tell future surgeons where to go.  I had one more mammogram before I left the office to confirm that the clip was in the right place, and then they wrapped my chest in a big old ace bandage afterwards, and I left the office with my bra in my purse and a sheet of aftercare instructions. I was told I couldn't shower for 24 hours (ugh), among other things.

My girlfriend took me to lunch after that once she confirmed I was up for it.  I took some Tylenol for the soreness, and she joked that that was the most flat chested she'd ever seen me...I was bound like a girl trying to hide her boobs!  I went home after that and just relaxed.  I tried to get comfortable, I iced my poor boob like I was told to.

I'd asked BF to come over that evening after work, as he knew what was going on.  He arrived around 4pm and we later had crockpot tacos for dinner.  I'd planned ahead for once!  He earned many boyfriend points that day and was asking me what I needed, listening to me vent my fears, distracting me when I needed it, and just generally taking care of me.  My other good girlfriend, A, also stopped by to check on me later that night.  I felt very loved!

I kept the following days as full as I could.  They'd told me it would take 2 days to a week to get the results back.  Thursday I kept myself busy as I could with mundane things around the house once I got home from work.  Friday I went to happy hour with some friends, then got home and crashed HARD by 10pm. Saturday I went to the chiropractor and I ran errands all day long.  Then I met with a girlfriend for dinner and ice cream, and she came over after to hang out.  A came by and joined us, and we just had a nice, impromptu girls night in that evening.  Sunday morning I went to brunch, then to the grocery store, and that night I was super productive around my apartment and wrapped up the night at the gym.

By Monday my patience was wearing thin.  I became convinced I wouldn't hear anything until Wednesday.  I was getting incredibly stressed.  Around three PM, the Dr. who did the biopsy called.  He informed me that it was, in fact, a fibroadenoma, and advised me that I would need to come back in for a 6 month follow up ultrasound just to monitor it.  Bottom line?  I was okay.

I felt such a huge, massive, overwhelming wave of relief, and when I hung up the phone I nearly burst into tears.  I went out to a friend's desk at work and told her, and she gave me a tremendous hug and I felt the weight of the last two weeks lifting off my shoulders.  I relayed the news to those who'd been there for me during the whole thing, and I felt this intense joy and happiness and gratitude for all of the good things in my life, all of the amazing people.

I know some people probably don't think this is a big deal.  They told me it was probably something benign, maybe I was just getting worked up over nothing.  But it was a big deal to me because I didn't know for sure, and it was incredibly stressful.  I spent a week and a half wondering if something really wrong was going on with my body, and wondering how I would deal with it, and if I would be okay.  It made me hesitate booking a weekend getaway in May, it made me unable to focus on anything beyond finding out that news.

Today the only remaining signs of this experience are the steri strips that are hanging on like champs onto my right breast, and the clip they left inside me.  When I went in for that mammogram, I thought I was just getting a baseline for future mammograms.  It didn't work out that way, and I found out that that's pretty common for first time mammograms.  They have nothing to compare it to, so everything can easily be irregular.  I found out that even ultrasounds and biopsies are not hugely uncommon results of first mammograms.  I never knew that.  It was a scary, stressful several days, but I'm glad I did it, and I'm glad the doctors and techs were thorough in their assessment.

Anyway, that's been a lot of my world for the last couple of weeks.  I have more to write about that's unrelated, but for now I'm going to wrap up.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

still here!

I am still here, and I'm still reading.  I promise to try better with a goal of getting back to blogging for real at least a bit more often next week!  In the meantime, clinging desperately to the first lingering appearance of springish weather, waiting for more, and super excited for baseball games to be re-introduced into my social calendar.  :-)

Still dating BF, tomorrow marks three months.  Going well, but it hasn't been without growing pains.  There are advantages to being more aware of your past mistakes and missteps, but sometimes too much knowledge can be a pain, too!  We did just book a weekend trip to the Shenandoah Valley for a couple of days the first weekend in May.  Looking forward to that little escape.  :-)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Practical Shoes are for the Birds

So in recent weeks I bought three pairs of shoes.  Two pairs of wedges (black and blue) and a cute pair of tan/light brown kitten heels.  Two of three were predominantly purchased for work, but they're all amenable to out of work situations.  They were super cute, so I was wearing them a lot.

Ouch.  I ended up with very pissed off feet from all of the new shoe excitement, and I've had to take it easy on cute shoes in the last couple of weeks.  Today, for instance, I'm wearing a nice work dress and BLACK FLATS.  Boring!  It's a bummer to not be able to wear the cute shoes, new or old, but I *think* the back of my foot is finally improving, slowly, so I'm going to try to keep it going.  Note to self for future:  ALWAYS put a heel pad or some kind of protector at the back of these shoes, and DO NOT wear excessively!

It's supposed to be 70 today!  Right now it's only 59, but come on, still not bad!  Another nice day part of the day tomorrow and then the crap weather returns in the form of rain and maybe flurries.  :-o  Thursday is supposed to just be really cold and lousy.  AND they're saying there is a chance of winter weather sunday into Monday.  I cannot deal with any more of this!  It's MARCH, weather gods.  Cut us some slack already.

Bluefish is coming over tonight and we're going to Old Town for dinner, specific location yet to be determined.  He's got a couple of ideas that he wants to try, and I'm going to let him choose since they both sound workable to me.  I wanted to do something that would allow us to enjoy the nice weather, so we'll be able to wander before/after dinner in Old Town since it's a scenic area and the waterfront is so pretty.  :-)

There isn't a ton more going on right now.  Just trudging through the work week.  Had my monthly acupuncture appt. last night, which was much needed.  Tomorrow night I'm going to dinner in DC with my ex-H and a friend of his that I've not seen in a couple of years.  Thursday night I may just do the gym and redo my nails, especially since I just bought two new colors.  I'd done shellac manicures two consecutive times in the last couple of months, which was super nice to not have to worry about anything chipping. However, it takes away from my freedom to change colors often, so I'm taking a shellac break!

Friday night I'm doing a happy hour with several former co-workers/friends, and bringing my friend, A, along with me.  It should be a fun evening and I'm looking forward to catching up and having a reasonably relaxed night out.

Random things worthy of mention right now:

** Birchbox:  I subscribe to this monthly box of fun for the low price of $10 each month, and it's SO fun getting a little collection of beauty and makeup items each month.  My most recent box is on its way, and I love wondering what I'll get this time.  In the past some of my favorites have been a couple of different perfume samples, some different lipglosses, lotions, etc.  They also periodically have limited edition boxes you can buy separately, which I did today.  Should get that in a week or so, so that will be more fun!

** Veronica Mars movie:  It's finally opening Friday!  Can't wait to see it and I'm hoping to either see it with my friend, A or to just go see it solo.  Super excited as I adored that show and am looking forward to having it back in movie form!  Go Logan! ;-)

** Divergent:  Yeah, it's a YA book turned movie.  No, I didn't read the book series.  But I will admit I kind of want to see the movie, and the soundtrack is awesome.  Bought it this morning, listening to it on repeat now, skipping around to my newly discovered favorites.  So far favorite song is "Run Boy Run" by Woodkid.  It will be amazing to listen to while driving at too high of volumes.  ;-)

** Girls, the TV show.  Loving this season, though I haven't watched Sunday's episode yet.  Definitely need a night/weekend to catch up on DVR!  I don't care what anyone says about Lena Dunham, I love her and think she's very talented.

That's all I've got for now.  :-)


Thursday, March 6, 2014

It's My Prerogative (to eat Wendy's)

So I've had a solo week.  For some reason, through a combination of snow days, lingering bad weather, a cold on BF's side of things, and a scheduled session with trainer, I went from seeing BF many times last week to not seeing him at all since Sunday.We have plans Saturday evening, and that will be our first get together this week.

Yesterday I was bemoaning this fact to him, and said it was probably for the better since he had the cold, anyway.  [Yes, he is a man, and so his cold is way more significant than it would be for a woman.  Yeah, I said it!]  So I let it go, and along with it the notion of trying to see him Thursday night, and resigned myself to seeing him Saturday.  I decided that I would spend my Thursday night doing a little shopping, running a couple errands. I made a list of my desired stops today while at work, and I decided that I'm having a serious craving for Wendy's, so this will be my dinner.

So at 3:30pm, Bluefish messages me and asks, "Do you want to get dinner or something tonight?"  I read it and my first reaction was frustration.  NOW you ask?  After I spent all week missing you?  I didn't reply to it right away, and when I did, I replied honestly.  "I don't really feel like making the drive to the midway point tonight actually."

He responded that he was actually still at work (thus would have come to me), but said he would go ahead and head home.  I explained that in the absence of plans with him tonight, I'd made some Bluemoon solo plans, and I was going to proceed with those.

"Alright.  I tried!"

Sure, he tried.  At the last minute, and I told him as much.  :-)

I thought about giving in when he asked. It was what I'd wanted all week!  But all week long when we'd talked about missing each other, no plan to fix this was suggested.  He kept referencing his cold, and how we'd make up for it on Saturday.  I felt disappointment each time he said these things, but accepted them and we agreed to plan better from now on.

So I could have easily given in when he suggested this at 3:30.  Did I want to see him?  Sure.  But on this timetable?  When I'd made plans in lieu of seeing him?  No, they were not important plans.  But I'd been looking forward to them throughout the day.  And I'd realized I wasn't feeling that social today, anyway. And above all that, I got up late and went to work with dirty hair (remedied only by dry shampoo, which is about as effective as a 25% real shampoo!).  So even though I've gotten compliments on my hair today (?!?), I know it's dirty, and thusly I do not feel super alluring. And I'm tired.  And all I really want out of the rest of this Thursday is Wendy's, to buy cat food, maybe make a couple of quick shopping stops, go home, make chicken enchiladas that will serve as lunch tomorrow and saturday, watch some DVR, and maybe go to bed at a reasonable hour.  This is what I want for my Thursday.

I adore my boyfriend.  I want to see him.  I'm excited to see him Saturday and I'm still bummed that this week ended up the way it did. But in the end, my plans with myself, no matter how trifling or silly they are, mattered more to me today.  My weekend is packed, and I know that I won't feel relaxed if I can't get these errands done, if I don't have a planned night to myself when I was expecting it.

I want to give BF the best version of me.  I know it's not realistic all of the time, but I know what I need in order to be a happy Bluemoon, and tonight, that's what I'm sticking to.

Hopefully it doesn't make him feel miffed or anything weird.  Hopefully he understands that sometimes, a little notice is nice.  And hopefully he will just be all the happier when he does see me on Saturday.  :-)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Two Months

So Monday marked two months since my first date with Bluefish.  :-)  I love that he's just as aware of these little milestones as I am.  We were talking about it yesterday (on yet another snow day here in DC!) and I commented that they'd been two really, really good months, and he added, "Two GREAT months".

I spent two full nights with him this weekend, which was another milestone of sorts.  Our opportunities to do that will be very, very rare, so we took advantage since we had the chance.  Friday night he picked me up from the Metro stop out by his daughter's school.  We grabbed some dinner before going to see her musical. The show was AWESOME.  It was so fun, so entertaining and actually really good.  BF's daughter, J, did such a great job in her first show.  She had three different smaller roles, but she rocked them.  She is not shy at all, she is such a performer!

After the show we found her in the crowd and I gave her a cute little bouquet of flowers I'd picked up for the occasion, BF gave her a sandwich from her favorite sub place.  ;-)  I think he did the knowing dad thing, I did the appropriate GF thing, and together we covered all bases.  One of my favorite moments of the night was toward the end of the show when J and some others ran right in front of our (FRONT ROW :-o) seats. She looked right at me and gave me the biggest smile.  :-)

We dropped her off at her mom's house after the show after waiting for her cast party to wrap up.  She wanted to know what our favorite parts were, what we thought, who we thought did well.  She was very excited to get our thoughts.  After that we went back to my place and I'll be honest, we crashed pretty early! It was a long day.

Saturday we got brunch, then BF headed home.  I went to the gym, ran a couple errands and then headed out to his place.  We watched some "True Detective", went out for dinner, and made some precut cookies for dessert.  I have really come to love his townhouse and I'm starting to feel super comfortable there.  It's so much space, and it's so clean and organized and nice.

Sunday we went to see "Non-Stop" at the movies before coming back to relax briefly.  I headed home about 3pm because I had plans with my girlfriend, A to eat pizza and watch the Oscars. That plan was a raging success and I ate a lot of delicious pizza that hit the spot and perused all the Oscar fashions.

So things are good.  Two months down! One other plus of this weekend is that I got to learn a fair amount of new information about BF's history, in particular with relationships.  His last couple real ones didn't exceed the one year mark, so I was teasing him that it was good to know when our endpoint would be.  He was quick to say that he hoped we would beat that benchmark, and we both agreed that so far we'd been pattern breakers for each other!  He usually dislikes sharing a bed with someone, I feel smothered easily, he gets tired of people easily.  So far, so good, we're avoiding all of those, and he sleeps really well next to me.  :-)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dressing to Impress

So I'm going to see BF's daughter again tomorrow night for the opening of her junior high musical.  I've seriously spent time today thinking about what to wear for the occasion.  I have these random visions of her friends seeing BF and asking her, "Who's that lady with your dad?"  :-)  I have no idea if this is going to happen, but I'm going as the date of the parent contingency for that evening, as her Mom is going the following day.

I'm also going to get up early to blow out my hair.  I've been doing it a lot lately, though I generally do it the night before.  Problem with that is that I then sleep on it and it does dumb things like flip up at the back and refuse to flip under with my flatiron.  ;-)  So I'm hoping that if I get up an extra twenty minutes early I can avoid that conundrum.  The straight hair is just easier to contain, anyway!

This week is going all right.  Had trainer last night and did some laundry.  Tonight I'm doing dinner with a couple of girlfriends and then trying to get to the gym afterwards.  Sunday night I'm doing an Oscars watch evening with my friend, A.  I do love watching those silly awards shows, mostly for the fashion, but I do love that Ellen DeGeneres is hosting. The rest of the weekend in between is up in the air!  May spend more time with BF since he will have his daughter all next weekend.

I can't believe that this weekend March is here.  Sunday would have been my 12 year wedding anniversary, which is craziness.  In most ways I feel really disconnected from the idea of having been married at all, much less to my Ex-H.  We are good friends now, but it's just so weird to think about us having been in that romantic relationship for so many years.  He was my first love, which in retrospect just makes me realize how young I was when we got together.  Life sure does unwind in unexpected ways!

I do know that I am so much happier with the person I've become in the years since we split up.  Each year has been progress of some sort, and while some years were harder than others, I cannot say enough about how much I've grown, especially in the last three years since my last relationship.  I'm not perfect, but I feel like I'm so much healthier mentally and emotionally, and I'm really confident in how I've steered my life.  :-)

Happy Thursday!




Tuesday, February 25, 2014

content is the new normal

It's weird to just keep being happy with basically all aspects of my life.  I'm doing fun things with my friends like comedy shows, lunches, happy hours.  I'm spending time continuing to get to know my boyfriend, and doing things like cooking comfort food dinners together for this never ending winter.  Case in point?  Tonight BF is coming over and we are making grilled cheese sandwiches (with proscuitto!) and having roasted red pepper tomato soup.

It snowed this morning, and while I'm so ready for spring, I have to admit the snow was gorgeous.  It was like being in a snow globe with huge, fat flakes twirling down from the sky for a couple of hours.  We're supposed to get more snow tomorrow, too.  I guess as long as it doesn't create too much of a hassle on the roads I won't complain too much?

I saw all of these different friends over the weekend and they were all congratulating me on my new relationship, my new man, all of that.  It's kind of funny, but I guess they all just know how long I've been single and frustrated by the options out there, so people are glad to have something go the right way in that area for me.

This weekend I spent Saturday night and a good portion of Sunday at BF's house.  Saturday night he grilled burgers for us, and Sunday he made chili.  He's a NASCAR fan, which I have historically made fun of and not understood.  But because it's an interest of his, I agreed to humor him and watch the Daytona 500 with him.  There were huge rain delays, but before that happened he was so cute explaining things to me, telling me about his favorite driver, etc.  I know I must like him because I found it all really endearing and also found myself watching the end of the race much later that night at home!

BF also met one of my GFs, A on Thursday night.  I think it went really well, and she really seemed to like him.  It was good to have a someone whose opinion matters to me meet him, and really nice when she saw what I saw in him.  :-)  I like gradually bringing him more and more into my world.

There's not a ton of newness going on besides this relationship, which hit the seven week mark since our first date on Monday.  :-)  I continue to wait for spring to come, and for the time for baseball games, miniature golf, and spending time outside!  Winter has to go away eventually....RIGHT?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

life is good

Life really is good these days!  Sure, we're in the midst of the neverending winter.  Sure, spring seems an eternity away.  But we are having a nice little break this week, and we may hit 60 on Friday!  I can't wait, and already the mornings feel bearable and warmer.  I am not excited for below average temps and possible snow next week, but the end can't be too much further away!

Work is going well this week.  I took Monday off to get a bunch of things done.  I got some maintenance done on my Honda, saw my trainer, took a cat to the vet for a checkup, and ran a few other errands in between.  It felt good to check so many things off my list!  I also made a nice roast with some vegetables in the crockpot, and BF and I had that for dinner, as he joined me late in the afternoon.  We watched The Walking Dead and just enjoyed hanging out.

I met his daughter on Saturday.  It went even better than I could have hoped.  :-)  She's thirteen, and so I didn't know what to expect.  We met for lunch at a place of her choosing (Mexican) and while it was a bit awkward at first, it improved.  We all ran a couple of random errands together after (Target, I kid you not), and I bought us all Starbucks before we left Target.  She then invited me back to BF's house to watch "The Wiz" with them, as that's the school musical she's in.  We watched the movie and then I stayed for dinner upon invite.  I left after that because I didn't want to push it, but BF informed me that she'd been looking for tickets for me for "The Wiz" on the way from Target to their house, so I am going with BF to opening night of her musical on the 28th.  :-)  I guess we'd call that a success?  She dressed up for lunch (more than her usual weekend attire with Dad) and was frigging adorable.  They have a really cute relationship and it was nice to see him in that light, since before it was just an abstract idea.

Things continue to go so well.  This weekend he told me that I am the best thing to happen to him in a long, long time.  It was really nice to hear, and nice to feel back!  This is all just so vastly different than anything I've encountered in years, and I'm grateful for it everyday.  He is so good at telling me the same thing, how he is lucky to have found me, and when he misses me, and giving sincere compliments when he feels them. This whole thing just feels good and true and like he's fitting into my life like he belongs there.

Anyway, I also have a fun week planned for the rest of the days.  Tonight is just the trainer, but I plan to watch the women's figure skating afterwards because I am still a sucker for that.  :-)  Thursday BF is coming over and we're going out to dinner with my gf, A, and she will be the first friend to meet him.  I'm excited for them to meet, as it somehow makes everything more real.  Friday I have an appt. to get my highlights done and a haircut, so I always feel awesome after that!  That night is a comedy show with a group of friends, and probably going out for drinks after.  Saturday I'm doing lunch with my old neighbor friend, and then heading over to BF's that evening.  Hopefully it will be nice enough for us to grill!  I will stay out that way until Sunday, too.

So many fun things to look forward to in the coming weeks!  Plus, I cannot wait for spring to start peeking around the corner....