I’M BEGINNING TO WONDER if life really does go faster when you get older. I keep meaning to sit down and write, but there never is any time. So I thought I’d put together a synopsis of my last six months and call it:
Ten major things that have happened in my life since October.
1. Generation Fabulous turned out to be not quite so fabulous.
This was a heart-breaker, but c’est la vie. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? I’m not the first person in history to learn that you should never go into business with a friend…or a stranger either, for that matter.
The good news is that the crash and burn of this venture forced me to face some cold, hard facts. Namely, that I know nothing about swimming with sharks running a business. And that’s okay.
2. I went to Haiti with Midwives for Haiti.
I wish I could say that I made some sort of difference in Haiti, but I’m afraid that Haiti is exactly the same now as it was before I went. The only one who is different is me. But that alone made the trip more than worthwhile.
While I was in Haiti I reconnected with my first passion and remembered why I became a nurse in the first place.
And like Dorothy at the end of her adventures in Oz realizing that she never really needed those ruby slippers to find her way home, I realized that I never needed blogging to turn my dreams into reality.
NOTE TO SELF: Blogging isn’t a reliable vehicle; it’s just a damned good way to describe the ride.
Maybe I’ll get a tattoo across my chest to remind me what I’ve always known.
3. I Became a Traveling Nurse
After I returned home from Haiti I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next, but I knew a couple of things for sure: I wanted to stay off of social media, and I needed to make some money to help plug up the money drain.
Fortuitously, within a few days after I got home, I received a text message about a job from a travel nurse company I’d talked to over two years ago.
The job offer looked decent, the pay wasn’t half bad (no kidding), and best of all it would take me off the mountain for the winter but not too far away that my husband and I couldn’t see each other frequently. So, with my husband’s blessing I decided to try my hand at travel nursing and off to the Bay Area I went.
Here’s my view from my first day of orientation. Not bad, huh?
I love travel nursing.
What started off as an 8-week assignment turned into four months of the funnest job I’ve ever had. Two weeks ago I signed my second contract with another facility, and soon I’ll be off to somewhere new. I can’t wait!
4. My husband and I went to San Diego.
Just before the start of my travel contract my stepfather-in-law passed away. Ed was a wonderful man and a good grandfather to my children. He will be missed.
Our plans for our entire family to go to the funeral bit the dust when several of us contracted food poisoning and couldn’t make it. My husband and I ended up going alone and staying for a week in a pretty little house we rented in Mission Beach.
Every night we walked out our front door to watch the sunset.
5. We spent Christmas in San Francisco.
One of the best parts of travel nursing is that I get to choose where I work. For my first assignment I chose a hospital near San Francisco. I love that city and it’s close enough to the Mountain so that I’d see plenty of my husband and maybe we’d fit in a mini-vacation or two (or three).
On our first getaway we stayed at the Mark Hopkins Hotel where we enjoyed this breathtaking view of San Francisco at night:
And we did touristy things like ride the cable car…
…and eat at Fisherman’s Wharf:
6. We went to Napa.
The hospital where I was assigned was very close to Napa. I have extremely fond memories of a vacation we took to Napa years ago right after my son left home. I couldn’t wait to get back.
We had a fantastic time in Napa. Expect to see a blog post dedicated just to this trip. We ate, drank and were extremely merry thanks in no small part to wonderful wineries like Hopper Creek…
…and crab cakes at The Market in St. Helena:
7. Sam’s Adoption was Finalized!
Our family can hardly contain our joy that Sam is finally ours forever!
Sam has made me the happiest and proudest Grandma ever!
8. We went to New Orleans
Using our United Airlines frequent flier miles wisely, my husband and I planned a bucket list trip to NOLA.
The Big Easy did not disappoint.
Again, this trip needs its own blog post. I hope I write it. We had a MARVELOUS time. My liver has almost recovered.
9. I went to Washington as a UN Social Good Fellow for Shot@Life
I only had about three hours to play tourist while I was in Washington, but I did get to see the Lincoln Memorial.
10. We’re Downsizing!
Yes. In seven days the movers are coming to take us away from our beautiful home in the cedars and deposit us, along with much less of our stuff, into a smaller rental in the housing tracts.
The reasons behind this decision can’t be contained in even one blog post. Maybe it needs an entire blog of its own if I ever had the time to write it. Suffice it to say that it is the right decision, at the right time, and for all the right reasons.
I hinted that there were major changes coming over a year ago when I talked about holding a fire sale on my life. I just didn’t realize all the chaff that would end up burnt and blown away.
But burnt it is, bridges and all. And for once in my life–even as those holding the can of gasoline and box of matches stand there pointing at me–I’m not the one who set the fire. Not this time.
But all that’s over now.
And for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, and in sickness and in health, Jeff and I are on our way.