27 July, 2010

Slowing Down

I am the classic over-achiever. Or maybe I just can't stand still. I like to be doing, I am constantly in motion. Things move fast in my world which is why it's not surprising to anyone who knows me that I met and fell in the love with the man I married in less than a year. In any given season I can be involved in any number of activities. I love being busy, I am more organized when I am busy, I prioritize better when I am busy. I lived in a smallish town in California for over 20 years and I always had more than enough to do. I went to school, I worked at least one job if not two, I volunteered at my church... let's just say my hands could be as full as I wanted them to be.

In the months before I moved to North Carolina I was doing all of the above and co-directing a play and planning a wedding. It was crazy and I can't say that there weren't any meltdowns but I was in my zone. Dan and I had a fabulous time in Italy and it was a great transition time before moving my entire life to a foreign city, across the country, where people eat a dish called fried okra (no, I have not tried it yet). I knew before I came what was ahead of me. Dan is in the Marine Corps which is why we live in North Carolina but before we can really settle in we are heading up to Rhode Island where Dan will go through the JAG program. We'll be there for a little over 2 months. I am so excited to see Boston and New York and Providence. But, I am also feeling a little stir crazy. Because of this interesting schedule I am unable to do the things that I normally do: work, attend classes, volunteer...

This is the time where I get to take a much needed break. So, I am reading books, and writing thank you cards, framing pictures, and packing for the next part of this years adventure. It's a different feeling -- I can't say that I am used to it yet but I think it's good. This is the first time in my life where the new "phase" doesn't involve a new project. I am so grateful. I am blessed with time to focus on my newest adventure. I get to learn how to live with a male (coming from a house with 4 daughters, the only male I lived with besides my dad is our male house-cat, Houston). I get to start my life with Dan without too many distractions. And, for that, I am blessed.

P.S. If you are wondering what books I'm reading... I finished On the Road by Jack Kerouac (I was not too impressed) and When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (Hilarious!). I think I may dive into Crime and Punishment next -- If you have any suggestions I'd be happy to consider them ;)


  1. Loved Crime and Punishment -- good choice! You should definitely read it. Anna Karenina is super good, too. I really like Russian authors for some strange reason :-) Sounds like life is pretty exciting! I will be back in DC in a few weeks, so once you are back in North Carolina we should organize a friend reunion, as I would love to see you again and hear all about the wedding.

  2. I read The Book Theif earlier this month, after a girlfriend recommended it to me, and I really enjoyed it. If you haven't already read Water For Elephants I would highly recommend that one as well.