Well it's been two years since I last posted, and that post was about how a on of stuff was changing. Boy was I right.
I left my job of five years to spend time getting into a better head space and looking for something closer to my family. It took almost a year, but I was able to find a good job that was somewhat close to where I grew up. It was a slight pay cut, and I came into a situation that was complicated and messed up. But that gave me an opportunity to come in and immediately put my mark on something. Over the last year, I helped my department move from a system that was strangling their ability to do most of their daily tasks, to a system that is much snappier and easier to use. Of course, moving 25 reps from about 10 different countries from one system to another is stressful and a lot of work, and there were plenty of fires to put out along the way, but I'm happy with where we finally are and moving forward should be much smoother. And some of that is because of me, which is something I couldn't have said at my last job.
Soon after starting the job, I decided that I was finally in a better place mentally and decided to be more active in looking for a significant other. After chatting with a lot of people and going on a couple first dates, I eventually got a message from someone while I was at a good friends wedding. I replied way way way too late that night, but we hit it off right away, and eventually she asked if I wanted to meet for a quick drink. We ended up talking for over three hours. The only reason I didn't stay longer was because I had to go pick up my dad from his high school reunion, which i never even thought would come close to running up against. Then we met for our second date, and ended up having dinner at a bar for another three hours. She was everything all the other people I dated were not, easy to talk to, fun to be around, smart, witty, not too shy, not too loud. Whenever I met someone before her, it always felt like work to keep the relationship going. And this was just...easy. Our one year anniversary is this month, and we're celebrating it by going to Iceland in a few weeks. I can't wait.
I also got really sick while we were dating. Around last Halloween, I went home early one day cause I wasn't feeling well. I woke up the next morning unable to move, and stayed like that from Friday until Monday. My muscles were aching like I had just run a marathon without training, and my joints were swollen and painful to the point where it hurt too much to move them, so I didn't for four straight days, that's when I finally called my mom to come pick me up and bring me to the doctor. My PCP was away, but another doctor was available to help and thank goodness for that, cause she was great the entire time. It took weeks and weeks of blood tests, and visits, and specialists, and x rays. Eventually it turned out that it wasn't one thing that was causing all my problems. I had mono, a strange form of pneumonia, and strep throat all at once. It turned out that the symptoms of each were magnified by having the others. But the multiple doctors at my family medicine, a rheumatologist, a dermatologist, and an infectious disease specialist, along with about 6 x rays and 40 blood tests, didn't know what it was for three weeks. Eventually they figured it out, and got me the medicine to get better. I'm still not back in the shape I was from before it happened(being literally unable to move for three months will make you pretty weak), and my wrist still hurts when i bend it too far, but i'm out of the woodsand now it's just a matter of getting back on the horse and getting my full strength back.
And now that all of that has happened and things are going smoothly, I'm finally getting my house ready to put on the market, and looking for a new house back home that fits all my requirements. It is a lot of work to get a house ready, especially when I made it such a mess while I was sick. but it is cleaned up now, I'm having the basement carpeted tomorrow, doing a bunch of landscaping, and hiring some general contractors to fix up the stuff I'm not able to do. Then once it's ready to go, it will probably sell very fast. Then I have to look for a place to stay while I'm searching for a new house.
Pretty much each of those paragraphs could have been their own post over the last few years, but as you can see I've been pretty busy. I've still kept up with most of the content on the site(damn Day 5 was good), just a little busy figuring everything out so I haven't really thought about coming here and posting. It's good to be back, and I hope I make it more frequent than bi yearly, cause I liked posting before. It was a good way to talk about stuff I don't normally say in every day life.
Also, I got a cat.
PS - I was trying to remember the other day if I was a member for 9 years or 10. It's been 11.