We're back! We made it to Vegas safely. . . thank goodness! I can say that this time around, I did most of the driving. I didn't even get pulled over . . . I wish Steven could say the same. Ha!
In all fairness, he only got a warning (in Iowa - on the way to IL). I'm only calling him out because he likes to criticize my driving.
Picture dedicated to my brother Christopher, who says, "Keep sending me pictures of palm trees and I'll move out there." So I'm taking his word for it; he may be getting 1-2 pictures a daily.
Anyways, a glimpse of what has been on my 'impatient' mind (as my mom would say) as of lately. . .
- I forgot how much I love tennis! We played a few times while we were in Illinois and had so much fun; that we made a deal to play more often when we got home. First night back. . .and we actually did go and play! I won the first set!
-I don't remember ever being so impatient (see above). Mid-ranting about something, I apologized to my mom for being so unpleasant during the majority of the trip. We had a good trip. . .that's the truth. . .but if something frustrating came up that I would have to address or even hear about (medical bills for past and present procedures, coordinating plans while we were there, hearing about others' drama and frustrations), I was done. I would not have wanted to be around me. I'm surprised that my family didn't tell me to go back to where I came from! Upon my apology, I told my my mom that I feel like I have very little control of what is going on in my life and that I hate it. She told me that she completely understood but that I'm also showing signs of despondency, which should probably be addressed. I'm lucky to have a mom who will sit down and listen. She's always been that way and I am grateful for her feedback.
-I have a million things that I want to do around my house and the majority of them have to do with getting organized.
-I'm not feeling the urge to socialize. That sounds sad, considering I thrive being around others . . . but no, I'm happy doing things by myself. I'm happy to be around people, I'm not a buzz-kill. At least, I don't think I am?
-Cooking has become sort of a passion of mine. I love it. I baked and cooked for my family back in Illinois and I've decided that researching new recipes, is as exciting as cooking in itself! This morning I made stuffed French toast, and tonight; we had pulled BBQ chicken. Leftovers are being used towards a Pinterest recipe!
-I'm glad that I cut my bangs. It's a good change and Steven really likes them. . . surprisingly! Christopher (my brother) and Steven call me "Bang-Bang". It's funnier with the accent they use . . . makes me chuckle every time. We'll see how long the bangs stay. I'm thinking it's a phase; a need for control. For now, good.
-Speaking of control . . . I got on the scale last night . . .fully prepared to see my weight plus an extra 6 - 10 pounds. I even took my hoodie off for the extra leeway. My mom's cooking plus the fact that my chest grew back (maybe TMI - but when your hormones are chemically induced to go from menopause to faking-your-body-into-thinking-it's-pregnant, in a matter of seven months . . . it happens), I fully anticipated weight gain. None. Thank goodness. It may sound completely bratty to be grateful, but I'm also completely irrational these days. I'll blame it on the bi-polar hormones.
-I thought it would be a tough adjustment with the change in landscape, but no! It feels good to be in the bright sun and see all of the palms again! Plus, I kind of fell in love with our little home all over again!
And there you go. The joys of a restless mind.