What a whirlwind.
Since I last posted, we went to Portland and Seattle, to Disney World, to Boston. We’ve been fully vaccinated, Dale for months now. We decided to go to Mexico next month for Cinco de Mayo. We’ll be in Dallas for the Fourth of July, Vegas over Labor Day weekend, Santa Barbara a few weeks after that, and Paris in October.
Weddings are picking back up. A few of those trips are to shoot weddings (including that of my original blogging BFF Whitty Sparkles). Dale is so thankful for it, I know he missed doing what he loves! In the meantime, he sold his preset company, Rose Gold Flamingo. He’d taken his side hustle and turned it into a thriving business, and he was just ready to move on it something else. And he did! He took a contract working with a longtime friend of his and her company, and he’s traveling all over the midwest doing marketing for her.
I’m still working remotely, which means I’ve been home with Scout for all fifteen months of her life. That is undoubtedly the greatest silver lining that came from the last year. By the time my maternity leave ended in mid-April, we had already moved to remote work. I haven’t worked from the office since mid-December 2019. Admittedly, I don’t ever want to go back in-office full-time. I’ve gotten so used to working with Scout that I can’t imagine leaving her every day. Right now, our go-back date is July 5, but we have no details on what that means (or whether we’ll hit that mark). Is it bad I’m crossing my fingers that we don’t? I never pegged myself as a woman who would want to stay home, but 2020 changed everything, didn’t it?
I’ve gotten myself obsessed with Orangetheory, and it feels so nice to be back moving again. I’ve been at it about ten weeks now, and while I haven’t lost weight (seriously, not a single freaking pound), I feel good. I feel strong and powerful and more confident. My body has changed some, even if it isn’t reflected on the scale. Beyond that, though, beyond the vanity, I love that I look forward to my workout, and I get a little sad if I can’t go. Like … what.
So much has changed, but so many things have remained. For some reason, I’ve continued to pay the domain and hosting fees for this space I once loved so much, but now sits collecting cobwebs in the dark corners of the internet. Some things I’m simply not willing to let go, and I think this is probably one of them. Maybe 2021 is the year blogging makes its comeback, in the way we blogged in 2012. GIFs, personal stories, dramatics and all. Just in case … I think I’ll keep coming back and checking in.