When it rains, it pours.
The last two weeks have been, to say the least, insane. Everything has been happening in the same realm of time. This usually isn’t a problem, but when there are so many things needing to be accomplished that you have to make a list on your phone to keep them straight, it can become a bit stressful.
I’ve named this the first of my new Sighs & Smiles posts, which I will write during those times in life where interesting things occur but they aren’t enough to make a singular post. Life’s good. Life’s bad. Wrapped up in one package.
- My cat, Callie, came down with a urinary tract infection; her second in six years. I noticed the signs right away and kept an eye on her, then when I found definite evidence I took her into the vet for an analysis. Sure enough, I was right, and $121 later I was out the door with medication to start giving her. Not great timing considering the move takes place this week, but I guess I should be happy it happened with enough time beforehand so the medicine can start working. She also needs to lose about six pounds, and if you’ve ever tried to put a cat on a diet, you know how tough that can be.
- The biggest sigh of the past two weeks could have been a lot worse. I got bucked off a bolting spooked horse that wouldn’t listen to my verbal commands or reign controls. I landed hard on my side, but luckily not on pavement. However, as you can see in the photograph, I must have hit my face on something because I had one really large shiner, a scraped forehead and nasal bridge, and a badly bruised shoulder/collar bone area. I kept ice on my face constantly, but swelling still took about two days to subside. X-rays showed no broken facial bones, so I got really lucky. Just one more thing to add to what I didn’t need to happen right now.
In the photo, you can see my black eye(s), but I didn’t want to freak you out too badly so I have a little bit of makeup over top of the bruises. Lovely.
- Due to the accident, I didn’t even really get a “last day” at the newspaper. I didn’t really want to show my face in public (can you blame me?), and needed to visit the doctor. Instead, I made a quick stop in to turn in my key, clear my desk of anything I needed, and say a quick goodbye to the coworkers who were there. I also had to cancel my celebratory evening out with friends so I could keep ice on my face. Concealer in this case was not an option. In addition, I wasn’t able to say a proper goodbye to my boss because he came down with bronchitis. So I will have to make another trip to the office before I leave town.
- Even though I didn’t get my final day at the office like I had expected, I did finish up my last two weeks and was able to say goodbye in an email or in person to many of the contacts I speak to most often. It felt good to wrap everything up and not have to worry about what’s coming down the pike for next week’s publication, even though I already had some things completed.
- I found an apartment! After narrowing down my search based on availability, distance from my new workplace, and cost of living, I looked at two different places and chose one that will be perfect for me and allows room to grow if needed. It has a LOT of storage space, a great kitchen, and a balcony. I can’t wait to move in, start setting it up how I want, and make it my own through paint and decor. I also will be able to purchase some newer, higher quality furniture after a month or two, and who doesn’t love that? Once I get settled, I will create a post to show it off.
- This move has made me go through all of my belongings, and I’m very happy to say I’ve parted with a lot of items I’ve been holding onto for way too long, or pieces I simply forgot about. Instead of tossing the clothing, shoes, and bedding that still could be of use, I gathered them together and went down to a local resale store which assists the area’s women’s shelter. It made me feel great knowing my gently used, unwanted items could be helping a woman or family in need either directly or through the funds the store receives from selling them. Please consider donating to a similar cause when you clean out your closets! It’s one of the easiest and most locally beneficial ways to give back.
- One of my closest friends and her mom sent me a belated birthday gift card to IKEA, so I have the ability to find something new and nice for my apartment! I took a look at the website and found the perfect coffee table for the living room. I can’t wait to pick it up!
I’m so ready to get back to a “normal” life!