It’s been a while since I’ve had a post where I’ve just talked. Sometimes I get so caught up in sharing tips and recipes and Stitch Fix boxes that I kind of lose sight on one of the things that really makes blogging awesome – connecting with others! I know that you guys want to meet the person who is sharing all of these stupid cleaning tricks and podcasts, but of course, I worry that personal updates are just a bit boring.
I’m going to ignore that fear for now, and spend the next few minutes sharing what’s been going on with me and what I’ve been thinking about. Then, in the comments, I hope you’ll share your own thoughts back with me, just like we were “real world” friends catching up over a cuppa.
I’m now a few months into being a full time freelancer, and I love my job. Long time readers have shared this up and down journey of excitement and fear, and I’m pleased to continue to affirm that it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My biggest experience right now is that work is quite quiet for the moment, and I’m often left with afternoons where I have virtually nothing to do. Instead, I clean the house, take Ru for walks, fart around on social media… you’d think it would be a blessing, and it is in comparison to doing “busywork” like I used to at my agency, but I also have an illogical guilt that I don’t have more to do. I’m sure I’ll be plenty busy again soon, and that in the future periods of quiet this feeling will fade into just gratitude. But I’m learning right now that sometimes there are just Tuesday afternoons that are dead, and that’s okay.
Our roommate moved out a month ago, and Reg and I have spent lots of time and money reorganizing the house. It looks utterly amazing. Gone are the piles of camping gear or costume boxes stuffing the corners. I’ve continued to fill the space with plants, like I love to do, and it just feels so comfortable and grown-up and natural here. I promise to share pictures at some point, but there are still enough blank walls that require art or awkward arrangements that need to be sorted, that I’ll wait to do it right.
On the flip side, last month was a very expensive one. In addition to spending a grand setting up my new home office with a used Pottery Barn desk, an office chair, a rug, etc., I also dropped nearly $2k on my car for basic maintenance stuff. I nearly choked as I paid my credit card bill on the first. Reg laughs at how often I swear I need to be better about saving, because so often I say that and then fail to follow through, but I really need to be saving right now… after I buy new rain boots.
My need for frugality is also bumping up against the fact that I’m just straight-up bored! Since I now spend most of my week working from home, I’m less inclined to just laze around on the couch in the evenings or on the weekend. The problem is I’m both broke and not in the habit of making tons of plans. I’ve been taking Ru to the park almost every morning, but there’s only so often we can do that. I thought I might get back into running, but about 20 minutes into my first jog my IT band began flaring up again. I need to sort out my exercise habits right now in general.
In other health news, I recently switched from taking birth control pills to an Nexplanon implant. It’s a “matchstick sized” rod that’s put into the inside of my left arm. Like the pill, it releases the hormone progestin to keep me from getting pregnant, except that it doesn’t include estrogen and it lasts three years. I had originally gone to talk to my lady doctor about getting an IUD, but when she heard about my struggles with acne she suggested this option instead. It’s my first time in over SEVEN YEARS that I haven’t been on the pill, and I’m pretty curious to see how my body will react – Will I lose weight or gain some? Will my boobs get smaller or bigger? Will I have worse or better periods? How about PMS? I just don’t know! But I am relieved to no longer need to remember to take a pill every day, because there’s nothing as scary as accidentally missing a day (or two).
Aside from all of this, I’ve also taken up blogging more frequently again. The truth is, as I’m sure many of you know, it can be hard to fit in blogging and social media with a full time job! But since work has been quiet lately, I’m too broke to go do anything, and I’m a little lonely working from home all day, blogging has been a wonderful outlet. I hope to continue at the very reasonable clip of 3x a week moving forward.
So it’s your turn to tell me – what’s been going on with you?