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Monday. 11.7.16 8:56 pm
I guess the hiatus was short lived this time.

I'm thinking that the reason I was feeling off wasn't strictly due to the weird headspace, but also because my body was fighting something off. I spent the greater part of Saturday sleeping off and on. After finally not falling back to sleep sometime around 3, I felt quite a bit better. Clearly I needed the rest.

The time change didn't affect me much in the way of my internal clock. It is a little strange with it getting dark out so early, but I think the part that bothers me the most about it is that, due to my work hours, I'll be missing out on the opportunity to get amazing sunset shots.

I voted for the first time ever. Apparently that's a big deal. I've managed to go the last 12 years without ever voting. I gave absolute zero fucks about anything politically related, up until this year. Now I give one. One single fuck. And unless I move back east, I will likely end up just staying at one fuck, or will go back to absolute zero. I guess it depends on how things go in the coming months/years.

I also went to the gym yesterday for the first time in 4 months. I'm a bit sore today, but I'm going to try to push myself to go again tomorrow. I need to get back on track. I was going through some photos and came across the ones of me trying on wedding dresses, a couple years ago, and didn't like how they looked. The dresses were pretty ... I, on the other hand, not quite so much. I've not really gained anything more since I've been back, but I need to make sure that I keep it that way, or possibly knock off these last few pounds that I'd come close to being rid of.

Anywho, that's all I have for now. I'm not sure when I'll write again; I'm sure something will come up that's blog worthy. Until then. . .

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Wednesday. 11.2.16 6:28 pm
Perhaps it's a little too soon to say that I may attempt to do the every day challenge come next year. We're only two months away, and already I'm typing up a blog to say that I'm going to be taking a hiatus for a bit.

I'm in a weird headspace again. I actually had a whole blog typed up yesterday, and I was just about ready to post it, but then I read over it again and decided against it, so I just closed out of the screen.

It's not necessarily a bad headspace, but it's one that is causing me to be unsure of how to properly articulate my thoughts. They're not coming out cohesively enough for a blog. I may also end up doing the same thing several times over, where I type something up just to get it out of my head before deleting it all.

I shouldn't be gone too long. Most likely no more than a month. Hopefully I'll get this weird headspace thing sorted out soon.

Until then. . .

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Reality in dreams
Saturday. 10.29.16 9:21 am
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One month
Thursday. 10.27.16 6:43 pm
...I tried this earlier, but NuTang didn't seem to want to work...

Has it really already been a month since I left Seattle to start what would become such a wonderful two weeks away?

I know that I've only been back for a couple weeks, but I miss it quite a bit. I mean, I love it here, don't get me wrong, but I'm really looking forward to the trip in December. Even with as short of a trip as it will be. I'm going to have to make the most of that, however, because when I get back I need to start focusing on getting other things in order, which are going to take up quite a bit of my PTO.

Halloween is on Monday {which I'm sure everyone is aware of} and I'm excited to be wearing this outfit that I have reserved for the day. The shift is going to be a little wonky; I'm working open to close so I'll be getting a bit of OT that day. I was already scheduled to close, but I volunteered to open since the coworker who normally opens had to leave for a family emergency starting today. I don't mind; coming in earlier isn't really all that challenging, it's the taking breaks earlier and, on days like today, the leaving early that feels weird. It's nice, but it feels weird.

Anywho, this weekend I have plans throughout. One of the things that got canceled last Saturday was rescheduled to this one, then I'm going to a friend's place for a small get together/dinner that evening. It's been long overdue; we both have taken vacations since the last time we saw each other so it's going to be nice catching up. Then on Sunday I have plans to hang out with another friend I rarely get the chance to hang out with due to school and work. It's a full weekend, but with people that aren't going to overwhelm me.

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Short and to the point
Sunday. 10.23.16 8:41 am
Since I'm no longer on vacation, and almost two weeks back to my regular routine, my life has gone back to being significantly less exciting.

The cost of the tickets went down a little from Friday, but as I've passed the "perfect buy time" window, they were still about $20 more than what I'd paid for the two week round trip. Now, that being said, I could have saved money had I gotten a connecting flight returning to Seattle, but after the fiasco of last year, I'd rather not have to call in sick the next day due to flight delays. Getting a connecting flight would also mean having to cut time off my visit, and I'd like to do as little of that as possible, especially with this trip as short as it is already.

Literally all of the plans I had for yesterday got postponed. I enjoyed the day nonetheless. I drove over to Alki for the sole purpose of getting a picture of Seattle, and the Olympic mountains, so that I could post something on Facebook about my anniversary here. I also needed to go for a little drive; once I was on the freeway heading South, there was a small moment when I was very tempted to just drive to Portland. It didn't happen... one of these days it will.

I was supposed to go grocery shopping yesterday, but I decided to postpone it to today. I'm meeting up with a friend here shortly {the one plan for the weekend that didn't get postponed} and the Safeway by her place has more options so I'll stop there on my way home tonight. I also need to get a dress of some sort that goes with my Halloween leggings I have, so that I can get away with wearing them to work on Halloween. Since I only own strapless dresses, I haven't a clue what style dress to own for this. I really only have two items of clothing that are 'wintery.' I should probably work on building that up this year.

Anywho, there's really nothing left to write about. Like I said, my normal life is far less exciting. I think next year I will try to do another every day challenge, just to see if I can do it again. 3 years ago, I think it was, I only missed 7 days the entire year. Maybe I can get that down to 5, or fewer. January is still a little bit away, but we'll see.

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6 years
Friday. 10.21.16 5:32 pm
6 years ago today, I drove in to Kirkland, WA. It was around 8pm, and I'd been driving since around 6am the day before, with several stops for food, bathroom, and an overnight rest. I think I clocked in 14 hours of driving the first day, and about 9 hours the second. Needless to say, I was tired.

I didn't actually see Seattle until the 22nd, which is why I normally celebrate the anniversary on that date. But this one has a much larger significance than literally any other anniversary date.

This marks the longest I've ever lived in one place, my entire life.

The longest I ever lived in one place prior to this was in MD, from Feb 1991 though November 1996. That's it. Even combined moves, FL and NV still only came out to about 5 years, total, each. Washington is the longest I've ever lived in one place my entire life.

It's kind of surreal, thinking about how long I've been here. Like how with many things, time can be perceived strangely; it goes back and forth between thinking I've been here longer, and thinking I've been here shorter. Only every once in a while does it really hit me how long I've actually been here. Even in this apartment, I've been in this little tiny pod for almost 5 years. Aside from MD, that's the longest I've ever held a single residence.

I feel like I'll have to get sushi tomorrow as kind of a celebration. Sushi was the first decent meal I had once I actually got in to Seattle, so to celebrate this occasion, I feel like sushi would be a good choice. Although, sushi is always a good choice ...

Anywho, I wanted to talk briefly about my trip back to DC in December. One of the things I was told I absolutely needed to do was visit the brand new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Which, at this point in time, is by ticket only. The tickets don't cost anything due to it being a Smithsonian Museum, but they're in high demand so they're hard to come by. My Aunt was able to obtain several, but they're not until December.

When I got back last week, I was curious to see how much PTO I'd have saved up, and I needed to know exactly what date the tickets are for, so that I could see if it was even feasible to get the time off, considering how close to the holidays it is. I'm not nearly high enough on the totem pole to get approved for time off directly around the holidays. When I found out the date, I checked staffing, calculated the PTO I'd have accrued by then {since I have zip now, from using 80 hours of it on the two weeks I was gone} and realized it would be almost guaranteed for me to get the time approved for a few days just before the influx of people taking time off.

The second task was to see what the cost of an airline ticket would be and, with the exception of today, it's been sitting a little lower than the plane ticket I'd bought for the two weeks. I'd take a connecting flight heading out, then a direct one coming back, since I'm only bringing a duffel with me this time, not a suitcase.

The third and fourth tasks would be to see if I was welcome to crash at my Aunt's place again, and make sure that I had transportation to and from the airport. Since this trip is much shorter than the last one, I didn't really see the point in renting a car. I also felt like it would be nicer to get that extra time with my relatives by them chauffeuring me to and from places. I'm sure if there's a time while I'm out there that I'll need a vehicle, someone will be nice enough to temporarily lend me theirs. I'll even put gas in the car, whether they like it or not.

All the cards lined up rather nicely for this, and I'm hoping that the cost of the ticket goes down a little bit tomorrow, since statistically speaking Friday is the worst day to buy a plane ticket. Either way, I'm making my purchase tomorrow. Unless it suddenly blows up to like $600. Then I won't be. Which would make me terribly sad...

So here's to hoping tomorrow goes well! That would be kind of the ultimate anniversary gift, actually, if I were to get reasonably priced airline tickets to go to the place I want to go. . .

Keep your fingers crossed people. You'll find out on Sunday how things went.

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