August 26. That was the last day I posted on this here blog. Life has been a big piled up hurricane of fun and exhaustion and stress and blessing. One of the things I’ve loved about LANC (that acronym stands for “life after North Carolina” and doesn’t confer negative feelings to North Carolina) is that life feels like it’s in high definition. Nothing seems like it’s part of the drudgery. It’s like we’ve broken out of shells we didn’t know we were in. I love being out from under “American Dream” societal expectations. Having always disagreed with them, it’s nice to be in a place and time where my little rebellion is the norm. Down with picket fences! And I digress…
I was hired by my current company about 8 months ago and that time has flown by. I wear myself out every week reacting to the curve balls health care reform throws and I love it. It’s incredible to be part of this initiative, to work with such talented people and to be able to see the fruits of the labor on human faces. I don’t care where your politics are on this (please don’t share them either). All I need to keep me going is the image of a dear friend’s smiling face, holding the health insurance card she was denied for years (note: she lives in a state my company doesn’t work in…but I still love the story). After I tackle health care reform, I have big plans to turn the office thermostat up about 2 degrees. Brrrrrrrr…..
The Gentleman has been really thriving in his work as well. He’s been moved around quite a bit, but each time he moves it’s because he’s been hand-picked for the new role. Together, we’re facing down a big transition on the horizon and our second wedding anniversary. Does it sound bad that I feel like we’ve been married ten years already? It shouldn’t.
In addition to weekday activities for which we get paid, The Gentleman and I have kept our schedules full. I’ve had the great pleasure of leading a women’s bible study one night a week and we still love seeing our small group on Thursdays. In between, I’m back to marathon training (it’s in two weeks! Yikes!) and The Gentleman has graduated from Insanity workouts to Heavy Medication and a Straight Jacket (or maybe it’s called Asylum 2?). He’s also able to schedule in a dawn patrol or two every week (surfing). In between workouts and bible study, we manage to grab dinner with friends once and a while.
Naturally, weekends are a huge commodity for us. We’ve managed a few staycations, logged the miles on hikes, soaked up the Hawaiian sun rays and sample amazing dishes at some of our island’s best restaurants. Every couple of weekends, we’re so wiped out we just watch a lot of football. I love football weekends.
I’m hopeful that the speed of my work will reduce in the next month or so. There are so many things I’d like to get back to: cooking big meals, running club, this blog. In the meantime, I’m enjoying high definition life.
I’ve been working my face off along with a really talented team of people to respond to all the health care reform curve balls. I still love the challenge, but would like a slightly less cold offie