Saturday, July 20, 2013

Where I Am Now

Since I last wrote here, a few things have changed.

I am, by the grace of God, no longer on hold with the California Employment and Development Department. I got a job! I write things and mess with the Internet for an organization in downtown San Francisco, and eat lunch by the water when it's not too cold. That's all I'll say, because: Internet. (MAYBE I'M A SPY.) (I'm not a spy.)

I also bought and moved myself and the cat into a new home, a spacious and sunny apartment in a small building. It is, for the most part, a wonderful thing: growing tomatoes on my back stairs, grilling in my be-twinkle-lighted backyard with friends while the neighborhood goes all war-zone on the Fourth of July. It's far from fully furnished and decorated, but I'm happy to have that be a process. Better to not have my entire home look like June 2013, and who I am now, because who I am now is certain to not be who I am in a year or two. I can build slowly.

Lately, I've been spending a lot of time in my home--after a long spell of traveling and houseguests and parties to attend and parties to host and meetings at church and "meetings" at my choir pub, I am indulging my inner homebody and sheltering in place. I'm cooking simple food, and finishing some handknit socks, and watching a little TV--I just finished the new season of Arrested Development, which I enjoyed mightily but which wore out my cynicism bone for awhile. I recently taped together some cut-up paper bags and traced a sewing pattern for pajama pants, and now that the machine's out on the dining room table, I can't wait to sew ALL THE THINGS! It's been a few years since I sewed consistently, but I'm trying to brush up on my skills while I sew through some of the fabric I've been hanging onto for so long. Luckily, my friends are having children at Duggar-like rates (collectively, not individually); I can always claim that my baby-gift production requirements pushed me into it. Infants: It's all their fault!

Anyway, it's nice. Maybe I should be outside more, but I'm enjoying having a new home and spending time in it.

I just thought you should know.