11 months of normal

I was reflecting this week on the fact that it’s been almost an entire year since I moved back to the States. Stability is hard for me; it always has been. Once I’m in a place for a few months I inevitably start thinking of where to go next. Even in places I’ve lived for more than a year, like Seattle and Thailand, I’ve broken up those stays with trips to other countries. And now I’ve been in the US for 11 months.

I was beginning to feel that my life was becoming very normal. Maybe too normal. I had a relatively stable job, home, relationship, and routine, and was feeling like a regular American. It was kind of nice and kind of infuriating. I have love-hate relationship with normal. Good thing it doesn’t stick around very long.

I got a new writing gig, which I’ve been continuing to do on my off hours. It’s given me enough money to pay off my debt from getting sick and book a ticket back to see my people in Seattle.

Just this week I got an offer to do a press trip to Guyana in July. Which I am super pumped about and 100% unprepared for. Something about wrangling crocodiles in the Amazon. Maybe. And survival training in the jungle. For being one of the least adventurous people I know, I sure seem to do a lot of adventuring. At least it keeps things interesting.

Anyway. Good things in the future, it seems. For now, work is good. What I don’t make in a livable wage I make up for in free snacks and soda water. Also got a free t-shirt this week, so can’t complain.

My friend/truest love/birthday twin Bridget is coming this week from Thailand, which I couldn’t be more excited about. She’s the best. My goal is to move all my friends to San Diego, starting with getting them to visit. I’m off to a good start.

That’s the gist of what’s been going on here lately. California doesn’t quite feel like home yet, but it certainly feels like a good place to be. Oh also, we got a cat. Her name is Gucci and she’s kind of a monster but also kind of cute.

Here’s a photo of me and Derek at a wedding this past weekend. Our third wedding in three years. And no, we’re not dating. Even though we’re cute as hell. I just make a good wedding date ❤️

One thought on “11 months of normal

  1. I think those “writing doors” that keep opening for you could be a signpost. Continuing with your dventures, travel and writing about the experiences, could be a winning combo. Instead of questioning why you can’t stay still for very long, maybe look at it as a gift? You can be stable as you move! And, the Guyana opportunity is pretty encouraging. Anyway, you seem to be in a good space! I’m happy for you.
    I’m putting my place in Maine up for sale this week, and with luck I’ll be at my place in AZ by the fall. It’s my (much smaller) version of what you are doing! 🙂


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