Catching Up

It was unfair of me to publish that last post and then disappear. The fact is, although it took a few weeks, B did find a new job. In fact, he found work in a new industry and is on his way to making a real career for himself in something. That’s all I’ve really ever wanted for him, is to find work that he enjoys and can settle into. So far he’s doing well and is much happier than he’s been in a long time. Life has been a lot less stressful for both of us as a result.

I’m still working from home, although there may be some light at the end of the tunnel, finally. We’re being allowed to return to the office voluntarily in the fall, with a gradual return to regular office work by the start of 2022. I’m already talking with my carpool about who plans to return and how often; they’re giving us flexibility in the number of days we telework vs. go to the office, at least for the first few months, so the key will be having people to ride in with, because I’m sure as hell not paying to park if I can avoid it!

It’s getting harder and harder to take my daily walks because the weather is so ungodly hot most days. I’m getting my steps in, but a lot of the time that means just walking circles around our house or going to the local shopping mall. I really need a treadmill; I’ve been walking every day for nearly 6 years now, so you’d think I could justify the cost to myself, but I still talk myself out of it all the time. It doesn’t help that we’d have to put it in the master bedroom loft, aka the “fifth” floor of the townhouse, and nobody wants to haul something that big and heavy up these many, many stairs.

Speaking of the new house, I have to say we’re both really happy here thus far. There’s so much space! I’ve been tending the garden out front, which is new thing for me; although I’ve always enjoyed mowing the lawn, gardening was never a favorite. But we have some hydrangeas that are blooming beautifully, and I’ve added some new ones to fill in some space and planted some lantana around the lamppost. Although I still hate dirt under my nails, and I’m not ready to claim a green thumb, it is nice to see things growing under my care. I have several house plants I’ve managed to keep alive for a few years now, and last month I bought a couple of bamboo plants for the living room.

The best part of the house, however, is the ability to host my son for extended visits. He’s been down to see us twice now, and although the first visit was a little rough because he was overwhelmed by too much “new stuff,” the second was wonderful, and I’m eagerly anticipating a third once he finishes summer school in August. He started back to in-person classes this week and apparently has been really happy about it, getting himself up and dressed and ready for the bus without any prompting. I’m sure he’s missed being around his friends just like anyone else, even if he does usually prefer being left to himself.

I don’t know if I’ll get back to any kind of regular posting, but I’ll try. The lack of anything interesting to write about makes it difficult, but maybe I’ll find some inspiration somewhere now that life is starting to return to some kind of normal.