“Okay, butterfly woman, let’s go.”
“Just a second – I’m holding a box of dogs.”
I made it home to Houston on Saturday afternoon, and delighted in my new home Saturday night and all yesterday.
I haven’t even unpacked everything, and I still love it… I even stayed up until two AM last night unpacking boxes, because I was so happy about where I now lived that I wanted to get things set up as soon as possible.
Tonight, I am back to an odd sleeping situation, sharing a sort of shack-like room – an average-sized room that stands alone in someone’s backyard – with my aunt, a family girlfriend, and a box of puppies, all in what feels like the middle of nowhere (aka Oklahoma).
(No offense to Oklahoma here – it just feels like the middle of nowhere to me, quite similarly to how I say that the college I attended is ‘in the middle of nowhere north Texas, almost to Oklahoma’.)
What a January if absurdities and adventures, eh?
P.S. I saw a super Texas Chevy truck yesterday, while out riding my bicycle (looking for Target, and taking about an hour to go the estimated 16 minutes that Google Maps thought it would take me), that had a vanity license plate with “NHL EH” on it, and then two hockey stickers on the back window. ❤
I did it. I accomplished exactly what I’d wanted for today (and then some), and I cleaned out and cleared out that big box and its last 8%. And as nervous as I might have been about doing that – trust me, this getting rid of things I’ve had forever and resisted getting rid of for at least a decade has been an incredible strain on me. I mean, having all this stuff, exactly how it has been stored (a total mess), has been a huge part of my identity. I guess it was a big part of myself of which I wasn’t really proud, but that doesn’t make it any easier to clean it up and let it all go. I’ve never done anything so intense for myself as I am doing right now. (Not actively, anyway… Japan was tough, but I wasn’t actively seeking out all of that. I had no idea what was in store for me when I signed on for that job.)
That being said, I find that I’m almost more concerned about tomorrow’s events than any of this cleaning up and out stuff. I’m going to a sort of luncheon for people in the Texas and Oklahoma area who returned this past year from the same program in which I participated, the returnees. Something about it kind of terrifies me.
And I’m really not sure what it is…
Anyway, I’m going to do my meditation and painting I had planned for tonight. Sweet dreams, this half of the world (and good morning and afternoon to the other half). 🙂