So, just now I was looking out my kitchen window (/tangent:I have a kitchen window! Well, i had actually two windows in my old house, though one looked into the GARAGE and the other into an old oil tank, so I am THRILLED that I actually have a row of windows that have a nice view./end tangent) and there was a cutie little squirrel sitting in tree drying himself off. It has just finished raining and ruining all chance of my taking the kids to Shamrock of the Square today. I was feeling cheated that we are now so close that we can walk to all downtown festivities, when I saw the little bugger. And thought of my dear friend Miranda. We spent many o' afternoons watching the squirrels (and, yes, everytime I say "squirrel" I say it like Natasha Fatale) out our living room window. So, here's to you, Miranda-I should call you, eh?)
Pay It Forward Here's how it works. The first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will receive a handmade gift or treat from me. What it will be and when it will arrive is a total surprise. The catch is that you must participate as well. Before you leave your comment, write up a pay it forward post on your blog to keep the fun going. Then come back, let me know you're going to play and sit back and anticipate the arrival of your gift! Yeah, for homemade things and surprise packages!
As of Friday, I'll officially be moving! I will be picking up my keys to my new little bungalow in Hampton Heights (Spartanburg's only Historic District). It's a cute little place; I'll be posting before and afters. It's within in walking distance to EVERYTHING! The girls' new school, www.spartanburgcharterschool.org, church, the library, downtown, etc.
I really think that we are going to love it. We are MASSIVELY downsizing-like halving our living space. BUT, we have a nice fenced in backyard, and a full basement for storage. This is just the push I need to really simplify our belongings. When I get all of our stuff that we are taking with us out, I am going to have an openhouse in the old house to get rid of everything else. I honestly don't even want any money for it-I just want it gone!
So, goodbye country living, I love you but you are just way too expensive and wasteful!!
I've canceled my internet subscription. I'm not sure when it will be officially cut off, but it is happening. There are a few reasons that I feel I need to do this:
I will be saving about $40/month;
I will have a good 2-3 hours of extra time to spend a day;
We will be forced to go to the library more often so I can get online when I need to.
I just really think that this is my next logical step in striving to simplify and slow down my life. I'm really excited about it and hope that my children and I will grow closer and learn more because of it.
So, this is goodbye, but not really because I don't post everyday anyway! I will be posting about once a week-we will be going to the library every (mostly) Saturday morning.
For the last month or so, I've been in kind of an awakening. I am SO happy with my life right now. But, something has been nagging at me. On Halloween, I had my cards read by a woman at church. Without going too much into detail, she told me that there was someone that will be in my life who would be absolutely perfect for me. Strong, stable, grounding-all around awesome. Now, I don't know if any of you take stock in Tarot readings, but I literally got chills because I didn't say anything as far as what I was asking for, or give any information at all, but they were DEAD on. She said, she doesn't know if I knew this person or not yet, but he was waiting for me to make the first move, so to speak. Immediately, a person who I hadn't even CONSIDERED saying more than "hello" to immediately came to my mind. I see this person about once a week at most-at least once a month. I put the idea of who it might be out of my head because I honestly didn't want it to be about this person. But, the more I've tried to push him away (mentally), the more he keeps coming back-both mentally and physically. The kicker-the biggest bond between us-what keeps pulling us together-my children. They LOVE him. And he thinks "they are amazing." In his words. They have known him longer than I have, and they always want to spend time with him when we see him. Up until a week ago Sunday, I hadn't seriously considered the fact that this may be who I am meant to find or reach out to. He said something to me, completely innocuous-he said I was crazy and I asked him why he thought that, and he said, "I dunno, because I'm crazy." It was like something fired in my brain. I can't describe it-it could have been nothing-just him being his usually silly-self, but I can't turn it off now. That next night, we talked (okay, IM'd) for about 2 hours. It was right before I went to bed and he just popped up. Just like that. Later on that week, I asked him to help me with something and he had no problem agreeing to help. That night, we talked again for 3 hours. The next night, same thing. And now, I just don't know. It seems so natural now, talking to him, spending time together. But, am I reading waay too much into it? Do I really have an interest in him? I think so. He is absolutely wonderful. But, does he feel similarly about me? That I don't know. He's hard to read. He's so friendly I don't know if that is all it is-which would be great-he's a great friend to have. When he tells me that when he has kids he wants them to be as great as mine, is he just being nice? Does he just REALLY like kids? I want to find out for sure-but, I am a coward. I don't want to make things awkward by saying something or by being too forward and ruin a potentially great friendship.
Well. I know this is a break from my usual writing, but it has been bursting inside of me and I had to get it out. Any insight would be most helpful, words of wisdom, encouragement, a slap in the face, etc...
I ended last year with a bang...got to see all my friends and family from around the country-Jess from Hawaii, my bro. from SF, Amarylis from Maryland. It was a blast, and I spent waay too many mornings hung over!
So, I started this new year right. I completely redid my living room, made it simpler and less cluttered. I still need to get Tim's records and movies outta here, but at least they are organized and neat.