Living back near my hometown after 20 years is surreal. Everything is familiar, yet so different. I became so much of a SoCal girl living down in San Diego the last 11 years. I'm used to speedy driving, always getting on the freeway, and faster-paced living. Life moves a little slower up here. I think, ultimately, this will be a very good thing, but right now it's an adjustment.
We are slowly getting the house unpacked. It's a little slower than I would like because first I got sick, then passed it along to Momma B. Plus so much socializing! Between my family, Momma B's family, and some awesome new friends we made (right here in blogland, no less!) we've been very busy, well, visiting. As an introvert this is a mixed blessing. I love seeing everyone, catching up, getting to know new friends and my family all over again. Yet, as an introvert, being around people so much can be mentally and emotionally exhausting. Though physically we may not have done much, I still feel as tired as if we'd just run a marathon. I'm looking forward to a day at home tomorrow to just recharge and relax. Then I'll be ready to go out and see more people!!
We drove by the duplex and the house I grew up in - what a strange thing to see a place that was your world as a child through an adult's eyes. More bad memories than good, unfortunately, but as I told Momma B it's like I'm being given a chance to create positive, happy memories to replace the negative ones. That makes me feel very good.
I start my new job in a week. I'm nervous and excited. It's a long orientation, but somehow that makes me feel a little better. It's funny because once most people find out where I'm working I end up hearing either how wonderful the hospital is or how they think they know someone that works there (but it's always a question of if they work there or somewhere else ... it's rather amusing). To work at a place with such a great reputation makes me proud though. I'm happy to continue my career here.
Another exciting thing is, I found out that UC Davis has a master's program in Maternal and Child Nutrition. If I ultimately decide to focus on lactation and working as a lactation consultant, this would be a perfect way to go. So many possibilities lie before me.
As for TTC, we'll be waiting a couple few months before we get to start again, but I'm now on Momma B's insurance which, surprisingly, has better coverage than mine did. And Momma B was so cute the other day because she told me she's anxious to start again because our new blogland-turned-real life friends are starting their TTC journey and how fun would it be for us to be pregnant together?! I love that woman! So here's hoping July is the lucky month!!
I leave you with a picture of our new "backyard" ... less than five minutes from us. Beautiful!
|Old Fair Oaks Bridge on the American River|