New Adventures

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Sometimes I wonder if I am the evil one.  When he tells people the story of the divorce, I wonder if I am the evil one.

I wonder if he still reads this.

Things have been going okay.  I dated this one man in September.  It started out lovely and ended horribly.  In a way, that was good.  It wouldn’t have done me any favors to fall in love with someone who was completely and utterly wrong for me.

After that short affair, I was reminded of this quote, from “Sense & Sensibility.”

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I am like Marianne.  I wish for things, which turns to hope, which turns to expectations.  I must remind myself to not let myself get carried away, because then I will be disappointed.  I am always disappointed.  I have high hopes, high expectations for situations, for relationships, and then I am disappointed when things go wrong.  Perhaps I should lower my expectations.

There is plenty to keep me occupied.  Halloween is quickly – oh GOSH so quickly approaching.  Sewing has consumed me.  Afterwards come the holidays.  This season – October through January 1 – is my favorite time of the year.  There are parties and gatherings to keep me busy.  I can shop my heart out.  I’m in charge of my family Christmas this year, so that will keep me busy during December.

My work shuts down over Christmas and New Year’s, although I’m in a department that technically still works over the holidays.  There are four holidays, four weekend days, and four “working” days over the shutdown.  Usually I continue to work through the holidays, but this year, I’m going to take a vacation.  I’m going back to Dallas to see my dearest friend.  I wonder if it snows in Dallas?

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I’m flying out there the day after Christmas, returning New Year’s Eve.  I’ll spend that evening with my sister and brother-in-law, like I did last year.  We will watch the parade on New Year’s Day.

I’m not sure if it’s better to watch the parade on television or in person.  On the one hand, it’s so much fun to camp out overnight.  But there’s something to be said for celebrating New Year’s Eve in a pretty dress, with friends.  The best of both worlds would be to buy reserved seating, so that you could show up at 7 AM and definitely have a spot.  Maybe someday.

So those are the adventures waiting for me over the next few months.

This is a good end to a good year.

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Lately

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Beth’s birthday party was a few weeks ago. We all went bowling to celebrate. Originally, we were supposed to go after the family reunion for my birthday. But we were tired. Then we made plans for July, but the bowling alley had a tournament going. So finally we went in August. We had a super fun time together as a family.

Nine Days in Texas

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I got back two days ago from visiting my old college roommate in Texas.  I had a super fun time.  

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It was a very fun trip, and I’m excited to go there again in October.  

 

Things Lately, In Pictures

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My birthday came and went.  Beth, Mike, and I went to Magnolia and gorged on delicious cocktails and food.  We saw The Piano Guys, which was fabulous.

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The weekend after, I went to the Getty with Jocelyn.  They had a few exhibits on religious art, plus an exhibit on Yvonne Rainer (modern dancer/choreographer).  Then we feasted at Islands.  

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Last week, before class, I went to the Santa Monica Pier.  It was cloudy and sultry – absolutely lovely.  

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I spent a few days with my parents for the 4th.  We grilled hot dogs and pork chops, and roasted star shaped marshmallows.  

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Five days until I go to Texas!  I’m super excited.  Amanda and I have the whole nine days all planned out with sewing, movies, karaoke, Hurricane Harbor… all sorts of fun.  Meanwhile, I need to purchase a luggage scale so my suitcase doesn’t go over 50 lbs!!     

27

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Time for my annual birthday post.

Last year, I wrote:

So now I’m looking ahead at 26. I’m moving out in 8 days. I have no idea what the next year is going to look like. I have absolutely no doubts that it will have some dark, rough times. But I hope it will have some wonderful, happy times, too. I hope that, one year from today, I’ll look back and say, “Wow. 26 was actually a really good year.”

Oh boy, what a year it’s been. I had nightmares and panic attacks up until about two months ago. I spiraled into a dark place in November, when I filed for divorce. Around early May, things started getting brighter. I think it was a mixture of making new friends, enjoying my classes, and working towards a goal I’ve had for years – grad school. I’ve had a lot of happy times – Gina’s wedding, the holidays, the women’s retreat last month. I’ve spent a lot of time with my family, more than I have in ages, and I’ve really enjoyed that. Mom is, more and more, becoming my friend. Dad is always a treat, and it’s fantastic to see Kim growing up before my eyes.

26 was a pretty decent year.

But this year, I’m looking forward to more happiness. I want to prioritize traveling and preparing for the GRE this fall. I’m going to try avoiding spending time on boys, but focusing more on my passions and goals.

I’ve seen this floating around on Pinterest for awhile, and I really like it. I like how it encompasses this idea of choosing to be single, having a fantastic, incredibly fun life. I think, next year, when I write this post, I want to look back and say, “Wow, I had a lot of fun being 27.”

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Father’s Day

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Saturday night, I went down to Cerritos to spend the night at my parents.  

On Sunday, we all went to church together, then we got Arby’s.  We had planned on getting Chinese from our favorite place, but it was closed.  The owners went to a family reunion.  

For Dad’s gift, I got them a Yonanas machine.  It turns frozen fruit into a soft-serve type dessert.  It was very tasty!  Image

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Things have been going well recently.  My divorce was final in May, and things have been calm.

Early in May, Mom, Kim, Beth, Aunt Debbie, Cousin Heidi, and I went on a women’s retreat.  It was really fun to be all together.

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Later in May, Mom, Dad, Kim, and I went to the Getty.  I took a half day at work, and they picked me up on the way there.  We saw the Victoria & Albert exhibit, the gardens, plus a few others.  It was really nice!

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For Memorial Day, we christened Mom’s new grill, and we had a feast of sausages, veggies, and a bastardization of the American Flag, made with chocolate and carrot cake.

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So things are going great.  I’m about ready to kick off the summer with the family reunion and my birthday.  I’m super excited for all the fun!