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Not dead. Just buried.

It feels like it’s been a million years since I posted last. Which seems to have become a theme ever since I moved back to California. Which is funny – funny sad, not funny ha-ha – because I really thought that one of the things that would happen once I was in California was that I would write constantly. CONSTANTLY. I thought I’d move to California and become a mega-writing-machine. Instead I just work all the time. But I’m not complaining, I’m really not, because I enjoy my job and I like the people I work with and thank goodness I have a job, especially a job I like with people I like. Also, that’s really just an excuse, is what that is. I still make time to watch at least two hours of television every night, so I could be writing, I’m just not. Let’s say I’m on a bit of a hiatus. While I adjust. Still. Still adjusting after nearly four months in El Lay. I am. I take a long time to adjust.

Aaand moving on. Guess what? I got a bike! Mike gave me a bike for Christmas! He gave it to me early so I could start riding it now, and I love it, I really do. I am using the bike as my sole form of transportation and I must say, riding a bike is way more fun than driving. It’s true that my round-trip commute has stretched from thirty minutes to an hour-and-a-half, but what does that matter when I spend it with the wind in my (helmet-covered) hair? Also? Cycling nine miles a day is going to do wonders for my physique.

Speaking of Christmas presents, Christmas is in two weeks and I don’t have a single gift for anyone. Not a thing. There are twenty-five people in my immediate family for whom I need to shop and I have no idea what to get any of them. I’m beginning to get nervous. I hope that next year I have a little more foresight and start my shopping in September, instead of waiting until the last minute like I have done every other year for my entire adult life. Why do I wait until the last minute? Because I’m a procrastinator. I really am. It’s terrible. Yesterday my mom took me and my 14-year-old niece shopping so we could pick out our Christmas presents and you guys, I am getting some awesome stuff for Christmas. But what am I giving? I have no idea. I thought it would be fun to use bakers clay to make my traditional dismembered gingerbread people into Christmas ornaments for my loved ones to enjoy year after year, but when I mentioned the idea to my mom she looked at me like I had frogs jumping out of my mouth and said, “But …. why?”

Because, Mom. It’s AWESOME.

What are you giving your loved ones for Christmas? How early do you start your shopping? Do you have any ideas for me? Because I could really use some help here…

Complete Turn Around

Phew! I’m just coming off a twelve-and-a-half hour work day, and I can’t tell if I’m exhausted or completely amped.

You guys, so far this week has been a million times better than last week. For one thing, I had a great work day today. After last week’s misery I was granted forty hours of training with a coding guru, and today was absolute bliss.

I guess I haven’t told you what it is I’m doing, have I? I’m learning web design. And HTML, CSS, javascript, and all that jazz. And up until today I’ve been learning it almost exclusively by myself, using various online video tutorials whenever I get stuck, which is constantly. This is not easy stuff. However, this week I’m in serious training and today was so. much. easier. The icing on the Monday Cake was when, after my eight hours of training, I used my new HTML skillz to format all the content on this:

It’s not fancy, but I’m super impressed with myself. I had to build tables! In HTML! You guys!

But the exhaustion is beginning to catch up with me. My shoulders, arms, neck, and butt ache. But oh! Valentine is doing great. She’s happy as can be, her gum-holes are healing beautifully, and we’ve nick-named her “Gums.” Theo went to the dentist today, and he had to have a tooth pulled too, but only one. We have learned our lesson and from now on we will take much, much, much better care of their oral hygiene, I promise.

Also? It’s been sunny for three days now and I’m in absolute heaven. Even though my face has been pressed to a computer screen for twelve-and-a-half hours, just the sunlight streaming in through the windows is enough to make me giddy.

I love you guys. Thanks for being there when I needed you.