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Moving, hurricanes and Comic Con-- recapping a crazy Fall of 2018

It is Nov. 11 and a lot has happened. A lot!

I moved out of a three bedroom house into a one bedroom apartment with a sunroom. The place is huge. I love it. Agent Kitty loves the sunroom even more than me and has claimed it.

My bedroom is large enough for my queen size bed, dresser, and chest drawers. There is still room for three bookcases and possible a twin size bedroom. I officially started living here Sept. 3. And for a few weeks, it was heaven.
Then came a little hurricane called Florence came for an extended stay. In the end, there were no deaths in Marlboro County but a lot of damage and devastation. Southeastern North Carolina had a ton of damage. A lot of people have lost their homes and world.
Marlboro County had a lot of flooding. The thing I remembered the most was wondering if it would ever stop raining. The rain started on Friday, Sept. 14 and continued until the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 16. The power went out early Saturday morning. I spent that Saturday wondering if…
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Visiting 'home'

Happy belated Independence Day!

For the first time in forever, I had the Fourth of July off. Actually, it was three days. And it was amazing. It was a chance to visit Eastern North Carolina. I consider this area home because it is the place where I feel like I found myself.

I hadn't been back since I moved in February. I have been homesick so I didn't want to go back. When I left SC on July 5, I was more than ready to go back. I just meandered up I-95.

I exited after Fayetteville because I wanted to have a pit stop in Goldsboro, NC so I could go to my favorite Goodwill and hit up Books-a-Million. 

I never go thrift store shopping with a clear goal in mind. I always start in shoes and then head to dresses. I take a break and go to books. Then it is back to skirts and shirts. I have mastered the art of the scan while making my way down the different rows. Overall, I brought some books, a purse and a cool pair of boots.

Once back on the road, I headed for exit 171 for Roanoke Rapids, …

It's been awhile...

It will be five months on Thursday since I moved back to South Carolina. I am finally adjusting to moving away from ENC and Pickle Land. I have learned to take it day by day. The positive bonus of all of this is being able to see JJ more and to go to his school activities.

Recently, we had an early holiday together!

Overall, it was a wonderful time! I missed my friends and ENC but I am closer to him!

1. I am thankful for being a reporter!
2. I am very thankful for my son!
3. I am thankful for my life!

Unpacking more than boxes

It took me roughly two weeks to pack up my life in Pickle Land and move to South Carolina. It was two weeks of packing during every spare moment I had.

It is taking me much longer to unpack. I am about halfway there. A few weeks ago, I found some of my photo albums and an album with articles I wrote while in college. The first story that I had ever written was in there. I showed it to my son.

I took my son on a trip down memory lane. I showed him pictures of me as a child, in high school, in school, and with his dad.

One photo that made him pause was a photo of me at 73 pounds in a bikini. It was taken at a Memorial Day cookout when I was in the mid-20s. I can still hear the sounds my friends made when I stepped outside to the pool. At the time, I thought they were amazed by how good I looked. No, they were shocked by how skinny I was.

Years ago, my son's father shared my ED story with him. I am not ashamed of my fight with ED but it was my story to tell. Plus, my son was about si…

Still adjusting...

It has been more than a month since I started my new position and moved back to South Carolina. It has its nice moments but I am very homesick. I am trying to adjust to all of the changes. It is nice being able to spend more time with my son.

Last night, he was in a play. I got to sit in the audience and watch him sing in the chorus. Next week, my son and nephew will spend the weekend with me. I need to be on my "A" game with two 12-year-olds.
It has been a long week. I think I am going to go home, chill on the couch and watch some CSI. I can unpack on Saturday.

Daily Dose
1. Spring will be here soon.
2. The weekend is here.
3. My baby is nearby

New job, new city

A lot has happened since January 1. I wanted 2018 to be different and I got my wish. I applied and got a news editor position in South Carolina. This meant moving from Pickle Land to BSC!

From January 20 until now, my life has been about packing up my Pickle Land house, finishing out the notice of my job there, finding a new place to live, starting a new job, transporting my cat and getting all of my belongings from Pickle Land to BSC without going completely crazy.

It has been a crazy time. I am homesick beyond belief and very overwhelmed with learning a new job and city. But this decision was made for my son. This move has put me an hour from him. So it is worth all of the headaches, the boxes, and the anxiety.

1. I have a cute little house!
2. My cat is no longer mad at me!
3. I am closer to my son!

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year! I will admit that 2017 wasn't the worst year of my life but it wasn't the best. I feel like I spent the entire time trying to go uphill. And when I was close to the top, I would get knocked back down. Some high points were my son turned 12 and I got a cat.

Anyway, it is a new year and it is full of possibilities. I can feel in my gut that things are going to be better this year. I have set some public goals and one very private goal.

My first goal is to stop taking things so seriously. I want to enjoy life more.
This leads to my second goal, which is not to work so hard. I feel like I base my life around work. In 2017, I started saying no more and focusing on me. In 2018, I want to have  more of a work/life balance.
My third goal is to volunteer more. I don't just want to write about volunteering but to actually do it.
I will always continue to try reading more.
I want to be a better mom for my son and a better friend and family member to others.
I want to put mys…