Well it's been almost three weeks since my last post. Whether I made it clear or not, I kind of made a deal with myself to take a break from blogging until life settled down for me. The last couple weeks we have been cleaning, packing, living in a hotel, unpacking our new place, and traveling a lot. It's nothing at all that I can complain about, because I am so fortunate, but it has definitely been exhausting. We literally finished unpacking the last box at our new home in Denver about 20 minutes before a taxi picked us up and whisked us off to the airport. Right now we are in Pittsburgh while Kerstan attends a conference, and tomorrow we are flying back to Texas to attend my brother-in-law's wedding and pick up Hans and our second car to drive back to Colorado. We get back and will have half a day before Kerstan and I both start our new jobs.
I hit a weird rut when I hadn't met some of my blogging goals after the first year, and when you add that to the craziness that has been my life the last couple weeks (mixed with not having the internet hooked up yet), I just gave up on blogging for a little while. Luckily our new home is already inspiring me, and I can't wait to see how all the natural light it has helps my photos.
Today I am taking a little break from my blogging hiatus (can you take a break from a break? haha) because I was inspired by my sweet friend and one of my favorite bloggers, Kaelah. Here is what I am up to currently (besides avoiding the suffocating humidity that is taking over downtown Pittsburgh).
Reading: With how hectic things have been, reading has been a really nice escape for me. Though I haven't had as much time to read as usual, I have been enjoying (and crying through) A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. It's not one of my typical genres, but I have been really enjoying it. Ishmael writes about his experience as a child soldier in Sierra Leone and how he recovered and regained his humanity after escaping the war. Knowing that it's a true story makes it even more chilling and often difficult to read.
Wondering: About our new life in Colorado. Everything is changing for us, in terms of our location, our jobs, and even all our furniture (so exciting!). Since I got only a small taste of life there before I had to leave, I have been daydreaming of being back within viewing distance of the beautiful Rockies constantly.
Feeling thankful for: At the risk of sounding cheesy, everything. Life is giving me everything I want and more recently, and I am constantly thankful. My wonderful husband has worked so hard and refused to settle for anything less than what we wanted, and that landed us in the beautiful city of our dreams with a great job. I am so fortunate to have found a job doing exactly what I want to be doing, and our new home is all that we wanted and more. And to top it all off, I have the love and support of both of our families. I pinch myself constantly.
Eating: Unfortunately, I haven't had a meal at home in two weeks now! This is so, so rare for us. We typically cook at home just about every night. We love eating on the patio together, and I love to cook. Since the movers took our stuff away, we have had to eat out for pretty much every meal. 10 days later we got our stuff back and unpacked, but we had to leave right away. I am so looking forward to getting home and cooking again.
Watching: Whatever is on hotel tv. We've been lucky to stay in pretty nice places, so I've gotten to check out some HBO and lots of HGTV. We don't have cable at home, and our internet hasn't been hooked up to watch Netflix/Hulu yet, so watching House Hunters and Love it or List it in the hotel rooms has been kind of a treat. I caught Full House a few times on our hotel in Denver, and yesterday I got to see half of the first Harry Potter movie, which was very exciting.
Working on: Keeping my anxiety at bay. As someone who feels very stressed at all times, having a situation that is actually stressful (such as moving) is really hard for me. I don't like giving up control of anything, and watching other people handle my stuff and having to work on their schedule has been a challenge. I've been taking a lot of deep breaths and constantly counting my blessings to remind myself that everything is really great and I have nothing to worry about. It's much easier said than done.
Loving: A new beginning. Starting fresh in a city where we know no one can be pretty frightening and stressful, but I am really excited about learning all about our new home. My favorite thing so far is getting to turn off the a/c and sleep with the windows open - the mild Colorado weather is amazing.
Hoping: To meet some friends in Denver. If you live there, let's get coffee!