The last few weeks have been absolutely crazy. During a moment of calm last night, walking the pups outside the hotel on a 10 degree Charlotte evening, it struck me how life flow keeps bringing us back to the same places.
I had to be out of the apartment as of yesterday so we spent last night at a La Quinta here in Charlotte. I've stayed at this particular hotel many times before - it's near the airport so it was a natural place to stay during flights in and out of town. When I came into town in December 2014 and it looked like I might actually be relocating back here I stayed here while scouting out the area. When the pups and I drove across country from Nebraska with a big trailer full of stuff behind the truck it's where we spent the first few weeks of our time here. It's only a little ironic, I suppose, that we spent our first night there after pulling up the stakes that we set during that time.
I've written about moving here before - I'm no stranger to it. Sad to say, I'm a veteran of it I suppose. This one was a little different because it's the first time I've had all my stuff in the same place in a long time so it was much more labor intensive than most recent efforts. I've been slowly moving stuff to Charleston for several weeks now, a little at a time, culminating in moving the big heavy stuff last weekend. It's sad to admit this but there are a few things we didn't have room for at the moment so I've got another storage unit, again. I'm hoping it's only for a month or so...
The energy I've put into this has been significant. All the moving, the cleaning, the logistics, the driving - my world has been jumbled for quite a while now and I'll be glad when it gets simple again.
To complicate things, we had snow and freezing rain here in Charlotte earlier this week. Behind that is frigid cold temperatures....it was 9 degrees outside this morning when I woke up. Given the brutal winter that others are experiencing I can't complain too much. And it's certainly not as though I haven't been through this kind of cold before. Still - I'll be glad when spring arrives. I saw a robin yesterday....freezing it's little feathers off.
The next phase of this project begins today. My mom will be watching one of my pups so I've got an 1,100 mile drive on my hands. It's my birthday on Sunday and I typically don't make much of a fuss about it but it's be extra nice to be able to spend it with my mom. I'm expecting to leave later this afternoon and spend the night in Birmingham, AL before doing the last 10 hours tomorrow. I'll rest on Sunday...although I've spent several birthdays in my car all day I'd prefer to spend some quality time with mom before I head back.
I've been on a high protien diet since the beginning of the month. I feel like a bloated fat pig - I haven't been able to find time to exersize and somehow weight just seems to happen. Anyway, I reached my breaking point late last month so I'm on my way back down. I can attest to the fact that it's harder to lost weight as you get older but I'm firmly dedicated at this point. Three weeks in - so far so good. I rarely weigh myself so I don't try to micro-manage it. I do know where I started, tho, and the best part of the whole deal is feeling pants you've been wearing get looser and looser....
That said, several weeks ago I bought Girl Scout Cookies from some of the people at work who have daughters and were selling them. I'm always happy to help out when it comes to those kinds of things. They got delivered yesterday and I was surprised to learn that I bought 15 boxes of them. Good thing they stay fresh for a long time....given my current mindset I won't be touching any of them for quite a while.
I haven't been good at keeping up with life here lately. I realize that. I've had half a dozen blog entries started and saved as Draft that I plan to add to later but eventually the moment passes so I just delete them. I'll try to be better. I find it interesting to review past entries sometimes just to revisit things I've done or said or felt so I don't like big gaps.