Happy Tuesday! This is going to be another random, heart/head spill type post like the last one...I hope you're okay with that! If you read my old blog ages ago ("On a Pink Typewriter"), these posts sort of remind me of that space, i.e., where I just blogged the everyday happenings with no larger cause or message other than to share what was happening around me.
I'm on day two of a fresh week of fUNemployment, aka a week of zero work because I ended my old job this past Friday, and start my new job on Monday. Not going to lie, it's kind of nice to be able to just chill and not worry about any work tasks or dialing into a conference call at the crack of dawn... though I have been busy the last few days with just regular life stuff.
I'm writing here from good ol' Newport Beach... aka the city I lived in until like two weeks ago? Yep. That's the one. Lately I've been back and forth between LA and Newport on the regular, for doctor appointments and cleaning my old apartment, and to use up the remainder of an expiring class package at my local spin studio (not kidding... it was expensive so I'm going to make use of every penny!). The lease on my old place isn't officially up til the end of this month... #payingdoublerent.
Even though I moved my entire life to LA already, for the most part, these various appointments/things on my to-do list keep calling me back to Newport. That includes yesterday, which concluded with me sleeping in a completely empty apartment on an air mattress, along with my dog who was so confused about what was going on that she ended up climbing onto the air mattress and sleeping with me (i.e., ON me) for the entire night. I feel like such a nomad, or a gypsy, as well as a bag lady. Not currently glued to one place - always on the move, much to my chagrin - and with a million bags along with me, stuffed in my car. And a 55lb dog, because why not, right?
This will probably be my life from here on out, or at least a version of it, because I've decided to keep a specialist (doctor) here in Newport for a health condition that I have rather than finding a new one up in LA. Obviously I won't have an apartment down here to sleep in come June and beyond since I've yet to reach ultimate Beyonce status or hit the lottery, so that means a lot of same-day roundtrips in the car are in my future, or crashing at friends' places. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining - it's a choice I willing made for myself - but more just observing. As in, it sort of just hit me what I signed up for. :) But that's life, right? We make decisions and move forward with the consequences, weighing out what's the best option for our lives in the given moment.
So moral of the story is I feel like a lady floating between two worlds. In sense, it's nice because y'all know I love Newport and have struggled with the idea of moving away, but at the same time, it creates a bit of an unsettled feeling. Living from suitcases and spending every other weekend in your car is not quite the ideal lifestyle, in my mind, epically considering the fact that I don't LOVE driving, and I know I need to find some self-care ways to make this new component of my life more enjoyable and not clouded in stress or anxiety.
I'm trying to focus on the gratitude aspect here, because the mere fact that I have a health care community that I appreciate and love so much caring for me in Newport that I'm willing to drive an hour one way to continue in their care is pretty darn special. Plus, let's be real - all my southern Californians out there know that driving an hour one way is a (sadly) standard commute to work for many people around these parts - and that's five days a week! SO, what I'll be doing isn't the worst I could be experiencing, for SURE.
I'm heading back to LA tomorrow, and then rounding out the week with a trip to New Orleans for a dear friend's wedding, which I'm a bridesmaid in! I'm fond of New Orleans (jazz! yummy food!) and haven't been there in ages, so can.not.wait. Get me some beignets, stat! Not a bad way to end my week of funemployment, right?
My stomach is growling so it's time for lunch over here. I hope you're all having an amazing week so far!
Any NOLA suggestions, please let me know! I love the carousel bar in the Hotel Monteleone (hopefully it's still operating...), but would LOVE to hear of some good restaurants to hit up!