I can’t believe how long it’s been since I sat down to write something here. It’s been a pretty eventful couple of months, let me tell ya. So, I’ll tell ya…
Since I was here last, I did start school. From orientation to registration to my first classes to that “Oh my God, what did I get?” feeling while waiting for my first grade, it’s been fun, frustrating, fascinating and frightening as hell (how’s that for alliteration?). It still is, especially the frightening as hell part. I can’t believe how much work there is – I’m only just starting to develop the discipline to actually get it done. It’s certainly more work than my last job was! But it’s more interesting, too.
My house still has not sold. It’s very discouraging and I’m trying to figure out what to do if it doesn’t sell in the next few weeks. I may need to look at renting it out. I go back to check on things about once a week and it’s really, really hard. I vastly underestimated how attached I am to the house. It breaks my heart to lock up and leave every time I go. I need very much to get it sold and behind me. Anyone want a lovely and lovingly tended house?
My mom had major surgery about 5 weeks ago and is finally home and recovering pretty well. It’s been a very tough haul for her (and for Dad), but the doctors are encouragingly optimistic about the results. I just spent a few days with her and Dad, helping out at home so they don’t have to eat takeout meals every night. It was such a relief to see them – they’ve been through the wringer the last couple of months, but seem to have weathered it fairly well.
I had to drop one of my wildlife rehab gigs because of lack of time, but have kept going with the one that’s primarily raccoons. It’s a little spot of sanity amongst the craziness. We’ve had about 40 babies this season and about half of them have now been released back into the wild. The others are waiting their turn to leave – they just need to get a little bigger. My guess is that they’ll all be gone by middle of November. Working with them has been one of the great joys of my life. I hope all our babies live long, happy, healthy lives out in the world. And that they stay away from people.
So, it’s a challenging time for me. I was reading something today by one of my favorite authors and inspiring reinventor of herself, Claire Cook. To paraphrase her – most of the toughest stuff in life moves me forward. I believe that’s true and I can only trust that everything that’s been happening somehow moves me forward.