Updated: Apr 15, 2021
With one year in quarantine around the corner, we are all doing relatively well.
Ben has been working on a project for our neighborhood. He will be making all the greenspace more drought tolerant, to not only lower costs in our neighborhood, but also lessen our impact on the environment. Honestly, he is strengthening bonds with our neighbors, as well! The project went into full swing last week. He presented a proposal to the neighborhood HOA after months of research and debate.
He was approved, and within 48 hours there were tree trimmers on our street. It was the first step in clearing some of the areas, as well as making things safer for everyone. Super-tall eucalyptus trees can be dangerous. The trees were shredded and we were able to keep the mulch for part of the project. Unfortunately, it was dropped off haphazardly, so Ben has been working every morning, moving the mulch. He is also spending free time researching the next steps like contacting the county of San Diego to see what kind of reimbursements he can get for the project. We are all very excited.
In addition to that, our backyard garden is doing well, some may say too well. There are plenty of plants and flowers that are growing out of control, even though some are struggling a little. It’s always a learning process.
There hasn’t been as much baking going on, but the baking that has happened has been phenomenal. Several rounds of “Millionaire shortbread” hamantaschen popped out of the oven for Purim, and a mixed berry buckle, inspired by Kelis’s episode of ‘Selena + Chef’, a few weeks ago. I have been trying to get him on the sourdough bread train again though. It’s been a while since we have had fresh sourdough from our starter!
Millie & Jimmy are nothing if not themselves, a lot of crazy and full of love. They recently were groomed, and I have never seen them both so anxious before.
They aren’t too excited about going to the groomer in general, and I don’t blame them, but this time in particular they refused to get in and out of the car, and I even heard Jimmy barking from inside when I was in the parking lot. That could not have been pleasant inside the groomer's shop. Our groomer is amazing, though, and I think if there was a problem she would let me know and she didn’t say anything.
They both still get very worked up when they hear the dog next door and are very protective of this space outside, even though they have never actually seen this other dog. It has made them more aware of other dogs barking in the neighborhood, which they hadn’t cared about before these folks moved in. Hopefully one day soon they might make friends, it’s a long shot, but stranger things have happened.
I am going through a personal journey now as well. Mostly regarding my career, where I want to be, and the person that I want the world to work with. In the last month, I have realized that I am no longer the type of person that can take any job, find the parts I like, and turn it into something that can manage for a few years. This is the employee-type that I have embodied my whole professional life. I knew that not having a degree would put me in these types of positions, but the last few years of my career had started me on an actual path. Being laid off from a position that held such great growth potential was a massive blow that I still feel every day, and will probably continue feeling the effects of for a long time.
In other news, I’m trying to be healthier again. That "COVID-19 pounds" is a drag. I have dug back into the words and advice of a dietician I saw a few years ago, as well as working closely with my brother while he is on his journey to obtain his personal training certificate. These things have helped me eat lighter, eat more veggie and more fruits, as well as more lean proteins. All those good and plentiful things and to try to be a more active person. I don’t know if it's doing anything, but the emotional wellness of working towards something is enough, and it’s nice to be back in the kitchen with a purpose. And honestly, anything to not think about my job situation.
I am also still in school, working toward a degree. To finally have one would mean a lot. I’m struggling a lot in the class that I am currently in, but I have been doing well in every other class, so it’s honestly not getting me down. I just need to make it through the course. Lastly, the wedding plans are still just that, plans. Next year’s ceremony will be great, of course. And while we have planned a lovely “mini-moon” for ourselves, it’s tough to think that we should be planning an amazing blowout for our friends and family. The mini ceremony with a handful of people will be very meaningful and I am looking forward to it, but being able to celebrate with everyone (and be the center of attention) is truly what I am looking forward to.