February 23, 2012

Huh.

Funny thing.

I’m back in Seattle.

Remember the boss who got fired with the result that I was booted out the door an hour later? He landed safely elsewhere, tracked me down in San Diego, and offered me a three-month contract position at the new company. As the saying goes, “In this economy….” Plus he’s a nice boss. And he had lured away other people from my last job so I knew there'd be friendly and familiar faces around from the get-go. So here I be for the nonce.

Thanks to the passage of time and support from friends and family, health is better than when I did a face-plant on the driveway upon first arriving in SD so I figured I’d take a gamble on coming back, after much discussion with:

Self, which went something like, “Yes. No. Yes. No. Maybe. Yes. No. Oh, look, a bird!”

Sister, which went something like, “No.”

Financial advisor, which went something like, “Yes.”

Therapist, which went something like, “Yes.”

So, I crammed my belongings back into Crazy Ivan and threaded my way back up the coast. But (and please forgive me this one, Ken) this time I did it the sane way: in five days, three to six hours of driving a day with stays at slightly-dumpy-but-they-take-cats-at-no-extra-charge hotels along the way.

The cats were in no particular hurry to leave since they had grown accustomed to the California lifestyle…

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…but they were troupers, as evidenced by this, taken the night of Day 4, after their usual sleuthing-about in the new room. (There is also a slight possibility that the tranquilizers hadn’t completely worn off yet.)

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Not a lot of photos from the trip because I was determinedly focused on getting from Point A to Point B each day but there was this…

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…Mount Shasta, taken after Crazy Ivan and I had ground our way up one side of the pass and down the other. Fortunately the weather was with us the entire way, thank you, Mother Nature.

And I arrived home to this, which put a huge grin on my face:

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In other news, I’m knitting. Sort of. It’s knitting. It’s legit. It’s just that…it’s dishcloths. To go from this…

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…to this…

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...is a bit of a comedown but I’ll take what I can get, and whatever my wrists are willing to do, so I’ve been churning these things out like a madwoman. Two stayed in California, and these two are promised to a co-worker. Anyone want a dishcloth?

Oh, and one other small thing. Went to California looking like this…

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And came home looking like this…

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