Friday, January 10, 2014

A New Year

I can't believe it is 2014!!  We're 10 days into the year and shit has been pretty eventful already, almost too eventful for my liking.

We had a fabulous time in L.A.  As an Oregonian I am supposed to hate Los Angeles, and it's still not somewhere I'd want to live in a million years, but it admittedly has grown on me the last couple of times we've gone down.  We tend to do fun, random stuff instead of touristy stuff though, and since Eric lived there for 11 years he's a great tour guide.  We spent good quality time with his brother, and our New Year's Eve was the most fun one we've ever had I think!  Here's some pictures from our trip

The exterior house used on Golden Girls!
Selfies with James Dean at Griffith Observatory

Venice Beach on New Year's Day after a 5 mile very hungover walk...
We came home on January 2nd, and my sabbatical from work officially started, so I am not going back to work until March 3rd.  So, I was pretty much on cloud 9 about that.  Then life decided to throw us a curveball on Monday, and my poor hubby (along with several of our friends/coworkers) got laid off from his job.  Yeeeeah.  We are admittedly not terribly broken up about it.  I have vaguely written about work here, and I'm sure you guys can read between the lines and know that the job has been tough lately, so this was almost a relief and very freeing for him.  Obviously being out of work is a very serious thing, but I feel deep down that everything will be ok, and that I will have a happier husband in the long run.

Then on Tuesday, and friend texted me to tell me that our friend Tom's dog Dexter died suddenly that morning of a seizure.  I had babysit Dex several times over last year while Tom was out of town, so I was very attached to Dex and the news was so upsetting.  Dex was a big (emphasis on the word big...he was probably 100+ pounds) goof and totally sweet, and besides the fact that I loved him, we are nearing the 1 year anniversary of Natasha's death, so all of this kind of brought that stuff back.  It's just all so sad.

And of course the other big news is that I am leaving for Louisiana tomorrow for TWO WEEKS!  It's the longest I've been able to go down and be with my family in a long time, and of course I'll be doing my half marathon.  I am not prepared for it in the least, but I will struggle through it.  I am sad to leave Eric for 2 weeks, it's been the longest we've been apart since we were dating, and that was like 8 years ago!  I will try to blog while I am there, or at the very least post a picture after my half.

Anyway, it's been a head spinning 2014 so far.  I have the feeling this is going to be the year of a lot of change, but I honestly feel very positive and ready for it.  A lot of things definitely need to change, and I'm game for it.  2014 is going to be a clean slate.


  1. Wow! That's a lot of stuff to cram into the first 10 days of a year. I hope the rest of your year is happier!

  2. Wow, hope the rest of the year looks up for you guys! Maybe the job thing was a blessing in disguise.