#1) My best friend, Kathy, still lives in Austin TX. She has been chatting online with a guy from -wait for it-Queensland, Australia, for many months now-and he is right this minute visiting her for a three week vacation! This past week Gary ( Gazza) helped her move her dad to a final living space at a rehab hospital. There really won't be any re-habbing; at 90, with Parkinson's, Norman's days are, sadly, few. I'm glad she had help-I would have gone had Gary not been there; I have done this crap with both my parents already and I know how bone-tiring it can be.
It also brings up some weird feelings for me-I know that crazy Aussie humor, the sharp wit, the total honesty-and the whole mateship thing. The US would do well to emulate more Aussie ways, IMHO.
We are at least getting Flat Whites at Starbucks soon! LOL Basically it's coffee that's like a latte, but bolder, and like a cappuccino, but with less foam. It was Daz's fave coffee drink of all time.
But when K tells me about how some Texans don't understand Gary with his accent,or how he's amazed at the sheer size of the highway system here, or....well,, anything Oz related, I have something-nostalgia? Wistfulness? that surfaces. It's all fine, I'm happy for them both and am thrilled it's all working out for them, but I can't deny the sightly jealous feelings that are there. Life. It's always interesting.
#2) Job shopping has begun. If I don't teach until the 2015-2016 session, that's fine-but my goal is to work for two years, bank as much as possible, then take a year-long vacation sabbatical. Hubs and I need to travel while we are still on this side of 65, IMO.
I've been reading blogs about people who have done such a thing, and I/we want to do it as well.
Mark is a little freaked out by it, but intrigued as well. Since we rent, we can just put all our stuff in storage, and we can travel as long as the $$$ works.
With careful planning, I believe it will work well. My goal is to pick twelve places to live in for a month at a time; places we've always wanted to travel and explore in. Living in rental homes is cheaper than hotels/etc. I'm excited to start planning this next grand adventure!
#3) Getting the garage under control may just make me totally crazy, LOL. I want to get rid of
EVERY> THING> but husband has other needs/wants/anxieties about keeping things.
He's come a long way, so I can wait a bit longer. Eventually, he'll let some more things go.
#4) I still love the idea of January and its cliched blank page. I'm more committed to ME this year-my meditation, my yoga, my bootcamp workouts, my teaching-I've taken care of everyone else this past year pretty well, getting us settled in SD and all that jazz-now I get to be first. Woohoo!
#5) Moving was the best thing we've done as a couple. We belong here for sure. I have tomatoes in the garden RIGHT NOW (!), and lettuce coming up. Many things are flowering, and the weather has been rainy ( a great thing) but warmer than usual ( I am NOT complaining!).
We've started volunteering with JIT/Foster Youth, and I am going to mentor this upcoming year-should be awesome. It's a program for kids that have aged out of the foster care system; they have a dismal track record for college/success and this program seeks to change that through relationships that stand in for what families usually do. I am stoked to do this, and hope I can really make a difference.
Happy Monday, Jan 12, 2015.