Back At It

Well, it’s been almost two years since I last posted, and much has transpired. In no particular order…

Jeff and I sold our 3-story and upgraded to a much nicer 2-story townhome in Carolina Beach. Our home is .10 mile from a greenway and just 7 block from the beach. I absolutely love the kitchen. We purchased the home in May, and I have yet to return to our mountain home (although Jeff has been back numerous times).

Jeff and I adopted Sumu (short for Samuel and pronounced Sam You). He is a delightful kitty, and we’ve quickly bonded. Luke and Samu have become fast friends. It took a while for Meg to adjust, and she still doesn’t much care for Samu. Not to worry about Meg; she still gets lots of 1:1 love from me.

I’ve rekindled my love of running. I am not at all focused on speed and/or racing, but instead making most every run a workout with a purpose. For example, yesterday I ran 1.5 miles, sprinting (faaaaast) for 10 foot strikes per leg and then doing 10-count burpee. In upcoming posts I’ll provide more details.

I started and then (for the first time in my professional life) quit a job. Again, I’ll likely write about lessons learned in an upcoming post. Suffice it to say that Jeff encouraged me to quit, as my unhappiness was negatively impacting our marriage. Friday evening I was already dreading returning to work Monday morning. I have the world’s second best husband. Jeff obviously has the world’s best husband. I have the tee shirt to prove it.

I’ve been learning Spanish using the Duolingo app, and I’m on a 237-day streak and just began Unit 4. My stats also include learning 1.8K vocabulary words. I do wish I had someone to speak Spanish with to ensure my grammar is correct. Notice I didn’t say pronunciation, as that comes much more easily to me.

I’ve been binge watching many shows, with my favorites including Better Call Saul and Elite. Ive also been watching many shows where the cast speaks Spanish, e.g., shows from Mexico and Spain. I always watch with subtitles, both English and Spanish. I pride myself when I notice an error in translation, e.g., “WhatsApp” referred to as “text.” I watch all shows with subtitles, and am amazed at the egregious errors. For examples, “You reap what you sew.” Uhm, unless this is Project Runway, the correct term is “sow,” as in plant.

I remain COVID-free. Get your boosters, folks.

I continue to bake, and my latest obsession is experimenting with pizza doughs and crusts. I still have no desire to enter any contests, particularly those that have a time limit. I like to take my time when I bake and savor every moment. I also will never say “Go big or go home.” I do continue to share baked goods with neighbors, and our CB neighbors have become fast friends.

I also continue to play the piano. Whilst I do have a keyboard at the beach, it pales in comparison to my Yamaha digital at the mountain home. I’m looking forward to playing holiday tunes.

The one thing that I truly enjoy doing that I haven’t done in, well, almost two years is writing. This should satisfy that need.

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