I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging lately, so I’m taking the first steps today to get back into the groove. It has been about two months since I’ve really blogged, so I figure I should note what has happened during the time I’ve been away. Those of you on FB pretty much already know all of this!
I helped my mom move to Denver. This was an interesting trip since she had injured her back and was in severe pain. I had to do all of the driving, and we even spent several hours at the emergency room in Grand Island, Nebraska. (And no, we have no idea why any town in Nebraska would have the word “island” in it.) We eventually made it to Denver, and spent our time there getting her settled. But we still had fun with my siblings and siblings-in-law, even introducing them to Ethiopian cuisine.
Craig had a birthday. We had a wonderful birthday dinner at Woodberry Kitchen here in Baltimore.
I finished a couple of knitting projects. I’ll share photos of them soon.
Craig’s mom got sick and died, as you already know. A couple of weeks after her death, we had a really nice family gathering on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, where we scattered her ashes. We each dropped a red rose into the water where the ashes were spread, and it left us with a peaceful visual.
We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary! We’re pretty proud of that accomplishment.
In celebration of said anniversary, we planned a special trip to Rome and Venice. We leave next week, and we can’t wait!
I found out I’ll have another job change come January. My boss is taking a six-month sabbatical and I’ll be acting executive director of our small nonprofit while she’s away. This means I’ve given up my job search, and that’s really okay with me. It was getting exhausting being continually on the hunt for something new and not having anything work out. This will be a good learning experience for me, and good for my resume. And there’s a pay raise involved, which is always a good thing. The timing will be good in keeping me busy while we get into the last phase of our wait.
My youngest brother, Matt, got engaged! I’m so happy to have Shelley as a future sister-in-law.
I had a birthday. I am no longer in the 18-34 age demographic range. I find this strangely upsetting.
Both of our dogs got some nasty gastroenteritis sickness. Rocky had to spend two nights at the animal hospital after vomiting blood. It was pretty scary. Thankfully we got Macy on the meds at the first signs of problems, so she didn’t get nearly as sick.
I ran my first 5k – the whole darn thing!
I got bold and decided to change my hair color. After over ten years of blond highlights, I am now a true brunette with a hint of auburn. I really like it, but I’m still getting used to it when I see myself in the mirror!
My volunteer work with the animal shelter is a bit out of control lately, but it is definitely keeping me busy on top of my strange work schedule.
We are now 11 months into our wait, and I’m pretty confident in saying that we’re halfway through. Even our case worker referred to us as being on the top half of the list when we spoke with her the other day. It’s nice to feel like we’ve made some significant progress.
So, that’s about it from here. More soon, I promise…
[Sorry for the poor photo quality – these are all cell phone photos. I promise to take the camera to Italy!]