Hi there. It’s been years since I’ve done one of these. I’m just getting back into blogging after a years-long hiatus of sorts. This is what happens when you don’t post for a few years:
FOG had over 160K views in 2016. The most ever. And here we are, halfway through 2022 and I’ve just broken 11K. Other than the 1,411 posts already on this blog, it’s almost like starting over. It’s just as well really, since I am about to start over in real life too. Besides, I never really liked having a ton of followers. It was too much pressure. I prefer having a small number of regulars over a bunch of random strangers traipsing through my online living room, leaving sometimes mean comments, and never coming back.
It’s good to see that a few familiar faces are still around from FOG’s heyday. Though many more are missing. I hope that, even if you’re not blogging, you’re doing well. If you used to come here way back when, leave a comment to let me know how you are. If you’re new, then welcome. There are 1,411 posts for you to read (not that anyone would).
Since I do have so many posts, I’ve been working on a Best of FOG page where I link some of my favorites and/or the most important posts I’ve written. It’s still a work in progress.
Oh, and as far as the starting over in real life I mentioned, I’m moving away from Los Angeles sometime in the next two years. That’s been decided. The hard part is figuring out where. I still only have a list that hasn’t been narrowed down all that much. The main contenders at this moment are Raleigh-Durham, NC, Richmond, VA, Portland, OR, and metro Seattle, WA since I can’t afford to live in Seattle proper.
The criteria is somewhere without harsh winter (a little snow is fine), more affordable than LA (which only narrows it down to anywhere but San Francisco & NYC), and has a diverse population that isn’t entirely Trumpy (purple is okay). It’s not as easy as you’d think to find places that fit all of that.
Next weekend, I’m flying to Detroit with my sister where our mother will pick us up. We’re going to spend a week driving around to see if we can find anywhere that ticks the boxes for all of us.
Hopefully, sometime in August, I’ll fly up to Seattle to visit my bestie and drive around the PNW to do the same.
I’ve been working, which is good, since as I said in this post, for pretty much the month of April, I didn’t get much work done at all. Not good. I’ve been on antidepressants for a week and a half now. It takes about a month for antidepressants to build up in your system, so it’s far too early to see any results, but I do feel the placebo effect a bit. Just knowing that I’m taking something helps.
Next week is a busy week for me. On Monday, I have a root canal scheduled, which is great since I haven’t been able to chew on the left side of my mouth for a week or two. Ouch.
Tuesday, I have to take my dog in for evaluation at the doggy ranch she’s being sent to while I’m gone. This place is amazeballs. It’s a cage-free “pet resort” with pools, places to run, and tons of other dogs to play with. I’m mildly worried about her passing the evaluation because of her leash aggression, but since it’s cage-free, I’m hoping it won’t be much of an issue. She’s fine at the dog park, which is essentially what this place is, so fingers crossed.
Wednesday, I have to go into the office and meet a sale rep who’s flying in from Canada to meet with us. I haven’t been to the office in a really long time. I was going in once a week, but that sort of petered out a few months ago.
Thursday, I’ll kill lots of things with an axe and Friday, I have to pack for the trip. I’m not one of those people, like my sister, who packs way ahead of time. She started packing when we bought our plane tickets. I’m a last minute, shove everything in type. I tell my sister that it’s not like we’re going to Mars. There are stores on the other side of the country that sell the same stuff they sell here. Even if I started packing a month in advance, I’d inevitably forget something anyway. As long as I have my meds, contacts/glasses, and my phone/ipad, I’m good.
Other than that, not much else is going on. I don’t feel particularly stressed, depressed or anxious. I’m just sort of status quo, other than the pain in my tooth, which shall be remedied Monday. It could be worse. It could always be worse.
How are you doing?