Mayday, It’s Already May!
Well, hello there!
Can you believe it has been MONTHS since my last post? I have been wanting (desperately) to come back to the blog for quite some time now, but it never seems to be the right time. February passed and I thought, “I should be able to start in March.” Then March came and went, and that turned into, “April will be better anyway.” Needless to say, that didn’t happen either.
The truth is, there may never be a “good time” to start writing again. But I don’t really care. I’m back, even if it means posting short updates just to tell you what I had for breakfast or some of the cool things I am learning or doing at the moment. I’m not a fancy person, so why do I need a fancy blog? (I don’t.)
I am still looking for a new job
My last face-to-face interview went really well but they picked someone else for the position. I had another phone interview with a different company after that and it was not so great. But it happened, I learned from it, and hopefully, it will work out better in the future.
I’ve expanded my job search to writing, graphic design, and web design/design. I took a few web development courses in college and loved it, so I have started practicing and learning so I can start adding web dev projects to my portfolio and applying to jobs in the area. I feel fairly confident with where I’m at, and I’ve even started learning a few new things, like Bootstrap 4 and jQuery.
I just have to keep reminding myself that I don’t have to be superwoman. I am learning, working on my portfolio, and doing everything I can. So, I need to remember to be patient with myself and not expect miracles to happen overnight.
Trip to Virginia
I finally got to see my mom last month. We took a trip to Virginia with some friends and she drove up and we spent the day together at a festival. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy it made me to be able to spend the day with her. My biggest regret about living in Ohio is that I am so far away from my family. It might not seem that far, but when you have four dogs that have to be kenneled so we can make the drive down, it gets way too expensive.
Lunchbox Can’t Handle Stress
Speaking of the dogs — before we left for our trip, we dropped them off at the vet’s office to be boarded. Lunchbox had a massive seizure as soon as we walked in the door. They took him in the back and put him in the medical area to take care of him. It wasn’t the first time he has had a seizure at the vet’s office, so we knew he would be okay. It just really worried us. Like, a lot. We were worried about him the entire time we were gone.
Before you ask, the answer is yes. Yes, we left him at the animal clinic. Yes, we still went on our trip. Yes, we felt extremely guilty and worried sick about it. And yes, we thought about canceling our trip and taking him home immediately. The reason we didn’t is that he was with people who could give him the help he needed and get to the bottom of whatever his issue was. We could have taken him home, but then we wouldn’t know what was causing it or how to help him. So, we left him in the caring, capable hands of his doctor and all the wonderful people who work there.
After his second seizure, the vet did a bunch of tests (did I mention it’s expensive to board 4 dogs?) and we finally got to the root of the problem. Lunchbox has such bad anxiety from all the people and other animals that it causes him to have epileptic seizures. They last about 60 seconds but they are really violent. That Saturday, he started taking anxiety medicine and it really helped. Still, we aren’t going to board him again unless it’s an absolute emergency. We will look into hiring a pet sitter to come to the house if we leave again. That should be a lot less stressful for him, especially once he gets to know the person.
Goodbye Warped Tour, Goodbye Sweet Summer
If you know me from “back in the day,” you might remember an angsty teenage me BEGGING my mom to let me go to Warped Tour with my friends. It was over 3 hours away and she didn’t even know the people I was going with, but she finally agreed because it was in the same city that my aunt and uncle lived in at the time and I promised to stop in so she knew I was safe. It turned out to be one of my fondest teenage memories.
Andrew and I went back the year after we got married, and maybe once or twice after that, but we haven’t gone at all since we moved up to Ohio. Every year we see when they are going to be near us, and every year we say, “It’s ok, there’s always next year.” July is always a crazy busy month, and it wasn’t easy for Andrew to get time off work during the week for us to go. So, we didn’t.
Now that Andrew has a better job and more time off, we decided to give it a go this year. I’m really glad we did because there won’t be a “next year” for Warped Tour. This year is their final full cross-country tour.
We bought our tickets the minute they went on sale. There’s no way we are going to miss this if we can help it.