Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I love when a plan comes together

It has been tough juggling two lives. My current life is living in Roanoke Rapids, NC while working as an assistant editor in Emporia, Va. Some days I don't know if I am coming or going. All of this is being done while I am trying to pack up my two bed-room apartment. There are boxes, full and empty, everywhere. It is very chaotic but everything is working out.

I am old school and love to write out daily to-do list on colorful sticky notes in my day planner. I could put it all on my phone but I love being able to cross things off my list.
My crazy to-do list!

All of the these boxes are for my future life in Mount Olive, NC (aka Pickleland). Thanks to a friend and a previous landlord, I have a one bedroom upstairs apartment in a beautiful old house. I call it my penthouse. I have rented this place based on a glimpse of it six years ago when I lived in the apartment below it. I am so excited because this is a sign that everything is going to be okay. Even though I am a messy person, there is a certain amount of structure to my life. To others, there is total chaos but to me, it is my life.

I have been to area liquor stores so much for boxes that I am on a first name basis with many of the store clerks. I have used my packing time to listen to 80s music and dance around the living room. I am also using these last few weeks to cook what it is in the fridge and freezer so it will be one less thing to pack.

I will miss Roanoke Rapids because it is the place where I have made some lifelong friendships and sincerely started my journey of recovery from ED. I also embraced my being a geek. It is hard to believe in a few weeks, I will not be here at my desk in Emporia but in two and half hours away.

As I have packed, I realized a few things about myself:
--I am a newspaper junkie.
--I could open my office supply store with the amount of sticky notes, blank notebooks and pens I own.
--I could also open a bookstore with all of the books I own.
--I own more books than dvds.
--I will miss the fact that I had three closets in this apartment.
--I will miss my neighbor.

I am really looking forward to this next phase of my life.

1. Boxes from liquor stores are the best!
2. Found my favorite sweater while packing!
3. So grateful for this new opportunity!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Embarking on a new adventure

It is just me being playful!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!! It has been an amazing week. I had another snow day off in the middle of the week and I have a new job.

First the snow! This is the third time for snow. I have seen more snow this winter than my entire life.

It started snowing while I was at work in Virginia.

During my 30-minute drive, it started to come down hard. I was very fortunate to make it home in one piece.

I love looking the snow from my back porch.

Right now, I am so happy. I could float away like a balloon. I will be moving from RR back to Pickleland in March. I am so excited because I will be three hours from my son. I am so excited I could scream. It will be a challenge to pack and move in a month but I am up for it.

Of course, right now my life is in disarray.

There are tons of boxes everywhere.

With the help of my friend T, I found an upstair one bedroom apartment above where I previously lived in Pickleland. I feel so blessed. I will admit that I am very scared and nervous but I know God is watching over me.

I am trying to contain my excitement because my friends in RR are happy for me but I know they will miss me as much as I will miss them. I have enjoyed living in RR. It was a place where I truly started my recover from ED, made some lifelong friends and found myself.

If I had it to do all over again, I would still come to RR.

I start my new job on March 11. It is a slight cut in pay but I know in my heart that I am doing the right thing. I am looking forward to this new adventure in the next phase of my life.

1. Being able to play in the snow!!
2. Drinking hot chocolate and eating chili after playing in the snow!
3. So thankful for all of the blessings in my life!

Monday, February 3, 2014

More snow days and other adventures

Last week was absolutely insane. I only worked two days last week  because it snowed Tuesday evening and I spent Wednesday and Thursday stuck inside my apartment drinking hot chocolate, reading magazines and packing.

In North Carolina, snow does not happen much so cities and towns don't allocate the money for snow stuff. When it snows, you hunker down inside and enjoy it. Plus, I work in Virginia so there was no safe way to get to work. 

I had several adventures in the snow.

I made a message for my son.

He made a message for me.

Took photos of where I lived.

I am packing. There is a chance I could get a reporter’s job that will put me just three hours from JJ. Three hours! I applied for it on Tuesday and was ask to come for an interview this Saturday. Insane! I will be close to JJ but it will mean leaving my best friends and others in RR. Plus, I could be leaving my current job and leave them in a situation. But it will mean returning to Pickleland. It is like I am coming back full circle. I am nervous, excited and scared. I am not sure how all of this will turn out but at least my apartment will be cleaner. I have made some headway through the clutter that is my life.

I know right now it doesn’t look clean but it is hard to pare down four years of living in a place.

After working a couple of hours on Friday, I left early to surprise my best friend with a singing telegram from a well regarded singer in the area. She is not an easy person to surprise but I did it. I have never see her blush so.  In December, I participated in a silent auction and won the singing telegram for her.

I had a second socializing opportunity for January. My best friend invited me to her Super Bowl party. It combined three things that I am not comfortable with—food, people and football. I ended up doing very well without falling asleep and reading.

I  made a pretty awesome spinach dip. I had a chance to hang out with my bestie and her adorable five month granddaughter. During Bruno Mars half time show, the little one and I danced around the living room. All in all, it was a very good night.

This socializing stuff is tiring but fun!

After I finish writing this, I am the guest speaker for the RR Rotary Club. I am not a public speaker. I’m just the girl behind the camera with the notebook wearing the cute outfit. I am definitely stepping outside of my comfort zone this year.

1. My son sent me a message in the snow!

2. If the interview is successful, I could decrease the distance between JJ and I.

3. Feeling so blessed!

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