So much to talk about....
I think I'll go in sequential order.
Last weekend: There were a number of highlights from the weekend, culminating in the Scooters for Hooters ride Sunday. It was a fund-raiser for Breast Cancer, and 250+ bikes joined into the fun. It's the first time I've done something like this and I had a blast. I just love riding my bike - it's just such an energizing, fun, exciting thing. And the weather? It couldn't be nicer.
When I left Charleston on Monday morning I said good-bye to the bike. I didn't expect to see her again for a while as I had plans to fly to Phoenix to start my new job there on Wednesday. A number of things happened on Tuesday that changed the balance of opportunity for me. As a result, after considerable thought I did not make my 5:30am flight Tuesday morning.
There was no one thing that caused that. Part of it was continued concern over what needed to happen with my apartment in Charlotte and the dogs - some things have happened to complicate matters there. Part of it was the huge upheaval it would cause in my world to try to make being so far away work. And part of it was another opportunity in Charlotte that made itself available to me at the 11th hour. When there is only one option the only decision that needs to be made is to do it or not do it. When other options become available - well - more thoughtful decisions need to be made.
It's a good thing I deal with stress well, as this entire week has been a stressful one. I feel like a schmuck for indicating that I'd be in Phoenix this week to start a contract there, and then *not*. I've called a number of people, including my mom, who all agree that staying here for this opportunity seems like the best long-term decision for me.
So the bottom line is that any celebration about my planned return to Phoenix may be premature.
I don't like not having a job. It's stressful and the financial pressures weigh on me. Finding a job becomes a job all to itself and I've already expressed how I feel about that. I'll be happy when this unexpected "vacation" is over. If everything works itself out, that'll be tomorrow.
The highlight of this past weekend was the annual Carolina Coastal Fair. A certain someone and I go there pretty much every year and it has become something of a tradition. I suppose there's nothing special about it - it's just a fair. But it's one opportunity to binge on fried food, visit the photo exhibit, and just get out and about. We only stayed for a couple of hours yesterday but it was very enjoyable.
We rode the motorcycles there. Getting into the parking lots was a nightmare for the throngs of people who were arriving when we were, but there's a special entrance and up-front parking for motorcycles. The fact that it was 40 degrees or so when we started over there didn't dampen the ride. It was an overall wonderful day.
And, of course, the annual costume-fest we call Halloween happened this past weekend. As usual, it was no big deal. There was a time when it was the only time that my "other" self got the opportunity to express herself and was very important in keeping me sane. Now - no big thing.
I received an email from someone last week about a blog post I did last summer about dilating (read it here). Truth be told - I can't even tell you the last time I dilated. It has been months. I realize that there are those who say that they've regained a significant amount of lost depth once they started again but I'm fairly dubious of that. Regardless, I have no reason to regain what I've lost. As I said in my post it's absolutely fine for what I need it for.
One thing I think would be absolutely fascinating would be a study of people who are 10 or more years post-op. It'd be interesting to see how their "parts" hold up after some significant period of time and get thoughts after it's not so new anymore. There is very little attention paid to life after transition which I think is a very unfortunate thing. Health issues, employment issues, relationship issues, family issues, faith issues, general quality of life issues - I think getting an accurate picture of some of these things would be helpful for all of us. I'm just sayin'........
Gotta go. I've got a number of things to do today. This is already shaping up to be a big week.