Well. Hello, there.
It's been a while-- or at least, it's been a while since I've been really invested in writing an actual blog post. Without going into too much detail, these last few weeks have been a bit rough. I've started grad school (and love it-- what a nerd I am :)) and my new job, which are lovely but challenging. Then suddenly, two weeks ago, we lost our family dog, Delia. I know not everyone will understand (and that's fine) but losing a pet is so incredibly difficult, especially in the circumstances we lost Delia. She was young, only 8, and was in perfect health until 12 hours before she died-- and then suddenly, she was gone, just like that. She was quite possibly the sweetest dog I've ever known-- everyone loved her, and even my friends who weren't dog people often told me how much they loved her. She was a therapy dog, and so devoted to bringing peace and comfort to those who were ill. Needless to say, her loss was a shock and is still difficult to comprehend at times.
As if that weren't enough, the apartment I thought I was in the process of getting settled into is no longer my apartment. To make an incredibly long and difficult story short, we discovered some incredibly not good things about the property as well as the landlords, and decided to cut our losses and get out immediately. My lovely roomie and I did find a beautiful apartment that is big, bright, and full of character and charm and completely, 100% what we were looking for, but our lease doesn't begin for a little while, so I'm in apartment limbo again for another month. As we wrap things up with the old place and move onto the new, however, I'm incredibly grateful for the way things turned out and the fact that we are getting out of a bad situation before it's too late.
Luckily, now, things seem to be slowing down (knock on wood :)). I'm getting into a groove, and am feeling a bit more myself. I'm not going to make any lofty promises that I can't be sure I can keep, but at the moment, I am feeling more like sharing, more like writing, and more like my blog has a place in my life again. I wasn't ready to talk about the past few weeks' events while they were happening, but now I am. Real life happens to everyone, and I know that you all can understand where I am coming from, regardless of whether you share it publicly or not.
I hope you all can understand my absence, both physical and mental, from blogging these past few weeks. I hope that you'll stick with me as I begin to post more frequently again, and re-find my voice. I came close to calling it quits altogether, but that simply didn't feel right. I also knew that I couldn't just bypass the events of the last few weeks and pretend they never happened and put on a happy face-- I simply do not work that way. My mini-hiatus helped me clear my head, and I knew the only way I could start to blog again was to lay all of this out on the table, and go from there. So. Table: laid. Me: moving on. Thanks for listening, and sticking with me, and being so lovely. I can't promise where we'll be going from here, exactly, but I do promise that I will keep on going-- and I hope you continue to read, and come along for the ride :)