Monday, June 16, 2014

Summa Summa Time!

I haven't really been writing a whole lot, but that's actually a good thing. Writing has always been an outlet for me. I started this blog as a way to help me adjust to moving, and it did its purpose. Not that I am perfectly adjusted, but I have been living life and taking it day by day. I wake up some days and feel really shitty. I miss my family and friends up north. But a lot of days I wake up and am so grateful that I ended up here.

I have lived in Florida for over 9 months now, which is hard to believe. It feels like time is standing still when it's nice out year-round... and I swear I am not saying that to rub the nice weather in your face (although if that will convince you to move here, then yes, yes I am). There is just no extreme seasonal fluctuation to make it feel like the year is passing by. That also means I have been feeling much better, because the less the weather fluctuates, the less my mood fluctuates.

Eric and I have met a ton of really cool people here, so we are finally starting to feel like we have a bit more of a social life. We have awesome coworkers and friends here. Lately, we have been going to the beach, pool, playing games, going out to eat/drink, going to the movies, trying rare beers, and riding mechanical bulls at bars. Wait... what? Let's pretend that didn't happen.

I am completely done with work for the summer. The last day of school was 10 days ago, and the last day of work was this past Friday. IT FEELS SO GOOD. Everyone has been asking me what I am doing for work over the summer. To that, I say NOTHING. At least not this year. One of the benefits of a school schedule is that I get to relax for 2 months, and honestly, I am the kind of person that needs that. Especially right now, when I am trying to figure out the remaining details of our wedding and flying home for 9 days in the middle of July. I may do some babysitting, but I don't think a full-time summer job is a good idea for me right now. If you think I am lazy, you are wrong. People who work in the schools have an incredibly demanding and draining line of work, and it's not something you can just leave at work. Counseling is the kind of job where it's hard to leave things at work anyway, even when you don't work in a school. Having a couple months off to look forward to may have been the only thing that kept me going this past year. I love what I do, but I am really, really bad at practicing self-care.

Speaking of self-care, I had started going to kickboxing, but I destroyed my back a few weeks ago. It was so bad I could barely walk. Remember that mechanical bull I mentioned? Well, after that little incident, I woke up the next morning and felt FINE (although dehydrated...). It popped my back right in to place or something. If you ever have back issues, just go out with your friends and ride a mechanical bull. Way more fun than a chiropractor.

Anyway, I think I am going to try to get in to running again. Loved boxing, but it's a little too expensive right now. Plus, I can get in to a routine of running in the morning now that it's summer. I woke up early and ran on the beach this morning. I did 2 miles and it didn't even feel like it... til afterwards. Running on sand is a bitch. But the breeze was awesome, everyone was happy and waving, and there were a lot of cute dogs to look at!

I am going to try to write a few times a week. It'll force me to get out and do things, so I have interesting stuff to write about. Luckily, I have other school worker and mommy friends who have time off to do things as well :) If they're not around, I guess I'll just sit by the pool or go to the beach... woe is me.


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