I was hoping this week would be better than last week — culturally, socially, personally — but it wasn’t really. I’ve been feeling blue for a variety of reasons and haven’t quite shaken it just yet (almost though). How are all of you? Who needs some support? Or, who is having a great time and wants to share some good news and general positivity with us? What are some things you’re happy about or looking forward to?
I’ll start: In two weeks, Jackson starts preschool and I’m really excited for him. I’m excited about the things he’ll learn and the new friends he’ll make and the growing independence he’ll begin to embrace. I’m also excited about what those few extra hours he’s in someone else’s care each week will mean for me. I’ll have five whole mornings now to myself — to work (on DW, on freelancing, on the books/ bigger projects I never have time for), exercise, maybe meet a friend for an early lunch occasionally. I think it’s going to make such a big difference in our lives, and I think a little more time apart will be great for our mother-son relationship.
My friend, Matt, is coming to NYC for a visit over my birthday weekend in two weeks, and then he is moving here (temporarily, but still) a few weeks after that. I’m so happy one of my closest friends — someone from my old life in Chicago — will be here to help anchor me in this crazy city. He is the most fun to karaoke with and makes me laugh hard, and I’m really looking forward to having him nearby for a while.
I’m taking Jackson to visit my parents again in a little over a month. They moved back to the states last summer after 40 years overseas, and it still feels like a luxury to hop on a plane in the morning and be able to see them a few hours later (and not pay the equivalent of one month’s rent for a plane ticket).
And next week there are TWO episodes of Bachelor in Paradise. Chris Harrison promises they’ll be “the most dramatic ever.” So, there’s that!