|My first trip back to Florida since we left luckily coincided with my sister's baby shower!|
|It was so great to run with my twin again!|
|I got to see some of my favorite people!|
|We bought a house! (Okay...a condo!)|
The story of finding our condo is long, so let me try to be brief: we saw this lovely one-bedroom in Wallingford and I fell in love. We actually had the funds to put in a competitive escalating offer, and for the first time in our search, were the highest bidder! But some other buyer won out, because he offered to waive the inspection. We thought this place was gone and we continued our search, but I was heartbroken. I felt it was the one that got away.
Along came another condo; same general neighborhood, not as nice but still a possibility.
We were in the middle of filling out our offer forms when our real estate agent called us: the buyer for the other condo backed out, unhappy with the parking situation, and the one that got away was ours at our lowest offer if we wanted it! (The seller had the option to go with a rental company and decided to sell to real people instead, bless.)
In a whirlwind of paperwork, we got our ducks in a row and the rest is history. We closed May 23rd and officially put down roots.
|First day at my new job!|
Long story short, I went through the interview process with another company for a role I really wanted — it was a step up in my career, included a salary increase, and focused on the skillset I'd been hoping to sharpen — and suddenly I was offered the job. To be perfectly honest, I didn't think I would be. I had my final interviews on a Friday and spent all weekend talking myself out of the possibility that I'd get an offer.
I was immediately conflicted. I have never left a job without a really "valid" excuse, like "Oh hey I'm moving across the country," so I had no idea how to even have this conversation.
I kept saying, "Why did I put myself in this position?" I knew I had to take this leap, but I was extremely anxious about it all, worried about burning bridges and jumping into the unknown right as we were closing on the condo. (I will say, agonizing over it in therapy certainly helped.)
In the end, my manager was extremely supportive and happy for me and the colleague I bonded with most has become a real friend outside of work now.
I gave myself a week off between resigning and starting the new job, so, come June 6, I returned to an office for the first time since March 2020.
|We have no idea where this mallet went. More to come on house reno!|
|One of many waterfalls we hiked to in Mount Hood.|
|In my gym rat era.|
September/OctoberWe had a long, hot, smoky summer that finally gave way to cool, dry weather. My idiot brain decided I wanted to run the My Better Half race again for my birthday, and thought maybe it was time to get back into running half marathons, so I started training…kind of.
Matt and I began combing dog rescue sites for a dog to bring home, but every time we applied, someone else had gotten there first.
|The picture that made me go "I have to have her!"|
Maddie, as she was called then, wouldn’t come home to us until late December, though. The day after we paid the adoption fee (November 19), Matt and I flew to Florida for Thanksgiving.
|Meeting little Emmie for the first time!|
|The whole fam.|
|My nephew actually kind of remembered me this time, which was extra fun!|
|In the wee hours of Dec. 19, Zoe came home!|
On the first night of Hanukkah (December 18) we drove out to Arlington Municipal Airport where her transport van came in. Around midnight, the van finally turned into the parking lot. The volunteers went down the list of dogs in alphabetical order, and when the M’s got close, I caught a glimpse of her as they took her out of her kennel. She was so small and so tired and so very timid.
|Best Hanukkah gift ever!|
So, 2022 ended on a high note. Actually, it’s not really cool to say so, but the whole of 2022 really wasn’t half bad. We bought a house; I started a new job I truly love; we got a puppy; Matt finished volunteer fire academy and began volunteer firefighting; he got EMT certified; and right before Thanksgiving, he got an offer from Seattle Fire, and will be starting academy with them in February.
|Graduation from Mountain View volunteer academy.|
My other goals for this year all revolve around the simple idea that I want to build my life into something that makes me feel whole and fulfilled. I want to feel I’m not wasting my days. So I will continue to run and lift weights. I will make friends. I will dive back into this blog and into my creative writing.
I’m not sure how to explain how I feel right now. Not motivated or hopeful, but instead…certain. Moving to Seattle was a chance to kind of start fresh, and it’s taken some time to settle in and get my bearings; now it’s time to start building the life I imagined for myself when we first visited in 2018.
|Our little family on New Year's Eve.|
I hope you’ll join me for this year of becoming.
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