Frrrrrriends! Oooohhhh how I’ve missed you sooooo!
I say “great” like ‘the great era of something or another’ but I guess in reality great isn’t the proper word. The absence hasn’t been so great either. Maybe?
I have a ton of photos as proof that I have been alive and still having adventures, but not so many. The last adventure I wrote about was the local car show towards the end of February.
I now have two jobs. I still work the same hours at Thunder (and will possibly get more as the season gets busier). The new job is at a shop at Sinbad’s in John’s Pass. I work Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights. I am trying to adjust to 13-ish hour day of both jobs on Monday and Tuesday. I only have one day off now where I am definitely struggling about how to spend it.
I’ve had a few people to ask why I haven’t written or updated anything, and that’s why. The other reason…
In some of my free time I was devoting every moment to reading. Instead of having a paper journal for my day thoughts, I started a journal re: thoughts as I read books. So every chapter or so, I stop and write. This gives me a chance to not lose what I read but also to have something to write about later on. Reading does give inspiration and you learn things that way too.
Books I had read: The Anatomy of Motive (crime), The Best of Fact (true essays), The Official MBA Handbook (business).
I am currently reading Sidewalk (sociology / society) and then a few poetry books. I really need to write my reviews of these books someday.
Cat is still doing good. I made the final transition to moving all of her stuff to the front of the house and she is doing well being there. I leave a blanket outside for her, as well as she sits on my two tables, all of her food and she’s got a nice covered porch to lay on. My neighbor feeds her when I am not able to due to working late.
There’s a parrot at Sinbads who has come to terms with doing nothing but taunting me. True story from last week: I asked him to talk to me and he said (almost) nothing until I shut the door for the last time for closing and then he starts out “hello” getting louder and louder. I said, “Sinbad! I know you must be doing this on purpose. You don’t speak all day until NOW.” You can tell he was grinning in his “POLLYWANNACRACKER” voice. It was too funny. He’s said “HAHA” to me and when I told him he was mean, he was like, “I KNOW I KNOWWW.”
In my absence, I have attended about two different boat shows – one at the Trop back in March and then the just-recent Suncoast Show in Sarasota. Both were really good. Love, love, love going and seeing my IMG family when Thunder isn’t at the show.
Last weekend (like most Saturday nights lately) I went to the Captain’s Lounge at Blind Pass then went to Ka’Tiki’s bar on Sunset Beach to watch Bill, Will and Larry play pool. That was cool, I saw my first live game. The bouncer also wanted to know my age because I looked far too young to be in there. Haha, YES! I still have it. The young looks, I mean. 😉
I almost regret not keeping a journal of important happenings along the way. Maybe I should, especially when I take a long break like this. I haven’t been on Twitter much, I took a month off of Instagram (but still took pictures on my phone) and then Facebook has been hit or miss.
One of our techs left a fish on my desk last week, and my boss was pretty freaked out about seeing it. He was like, “I don’t like that thing looking at me!” hahaha so I named him Fred and covered him up with a paper towel. He’s in my freezer. I guess by this point I should throw him out. This is the second fish I was gifted.
I got to design a cruise club event graphic for an email. That was cool because my boss-boss told me there were some compliments that came out of it. I haven’t designed anything since.
I haven’t written anything (poetry) other than summaries of books I’ve read. I guess I have entered the stage of ‘my brain is too tired to be creative’ and so there’s that creative block.
My mind is often “here” today–focusing on ‘the now’–but also trying to decipher what’s going to help for my future. I miss traveling, but I need a new car to do that, so that I don’t get stuck somewhere with no one to help me. I need to pay off some more of my credit cards so that I am not stuck in debt forever, but so I can spend my money elsewhere. I am feeling an itch to move again but I definitely cannot especially now that I have Cat. Her home is here and it would make me so sad to leave, or heartbreaking to her to uproot her from where she’s been used to.
Some things that I am really looking forward to is my one year at Thunder at the end of May. I am so so so so sooooooo counting down the days! It is UNREAL how fast “one year” has flown by! It seemed like yesterday I was still waiting to hear back from them. Despite the crap I’ve dealt with, they’ve been the best support and best of everything this entire year. Thunder makes me so very happy.
I am also thinking about throwing a week’s worth of a countdown “party” for my 29th birthday aka the pre-30th birthday celebration in August. It will be starting on 7/24 when we lost Joe. I really want to have some kind of sunset celebration and sending off balloons or something. Not quite sure yet, but I really want to do that.
This summer is going to be jam packed with working every day for the most part and then I am thinking something big around Fort Lauderdale boat show time (November). Maybe a weekend getaway for myself or something. We’ll see, but that’s what I’d like to do.
Anyway, if you’ve made it this far, congratulations! I promise I will start posting on a regular basis… now that I am semi-caught up!