I’m going to try my best to break down the last 8 months into a single post, here goes.
My girl Ali, who I used to work with many moons ago, came down from CT to spend a week with me. We hadn’t seen each other in a decade but the second she got in my car from the airport, it felt like no time had passed. It was a low key week and not much happened, but just having someone who’s been there for unconditionally, was something I didn’t realize I needed so badly. Fingers crossed she’ll be back next month!
Ava turned 5 years old in July. I don’t know where the time went. She had another Paw Patrol themed birthday party (shocker) at an indoor inflatable ‘playground’. She had a bunch of her preschool friends there to celebrate and loved every minute of it. This years birthday cake was the best we’ve had made yet. I’m attaching a photo of the cake so you can see how awesome it was.
Ava graduated preschool in June and started kindergarten in July. 99% of elementary schools in NC are year round and have a schedule of 6-7weeks on and 3-4 weeks off. She loves her teacher and her classmates and she’s doing really well. Dan and I are incredibly proud of her.
It shouldn’t have been a surprise to longtime friends and family I’m close to, but I, I guess ‘outed’ myself as bisexual on social media. It’s not something I’ve necessarily kept secret, but it’s not information I’ve ever casually provided. Dan has always known and has never had an issue. I don’t know that my mom really believes me LOL She’s heard stories of drunken night escapades, but I don’t know that she thinks the sexually attraction doesn’t wear off with the alcohol. I don’t know if my dad knows or not, he wouldn’t care or remember anyway!
I made the decision several months ago, to not actively participate in relationships with quite a few family members. The reasons why vary, but they all required more energy than I’m willing to spend right now. I don’t and haven’t had the head space or the room for other peoples issues and I don’t have any interest in putting effort into people that don’t reciprocate. I’ve asked other family in my immediate circle to respect my decision and aside from a few select incidents, they’ve respected my wishes.
My in laws (mother in law, father in law, 2 out of 3 brother in laws, and nephew) came down the first week in July to help Dan install the hardwood floors downstairs. It wasn’t an easy visit that went particularly well, but Ava loved having them here, so it was worth it.
My car accident lawsuit is STILL ongoing. Coming up on 2 years in November since the accident. I can’t express how fucking frustrated it’s been to have this thing still going. We’re on the 3rd case manager, the first one was fired, the second quit, and the one that’s been on for a months is awesome. She communicates with me at least once a month and we’re FINALLY about 30 days out from closing the case.
Dan and I are going to be actively looking for a new house in another town and county. We need a bigger house and acreage and you can’t find that in Raleigh, so off we go.
That’s about all the excitement that’s gone on this year.
Ava’s birthday cake done by Sweet Traditions in Raleigh, NC