Seven days in and I’m coming at you with my first Great List from my new life in Oakland. I’m not sure I would classify the last week as “great” per se, but it wasn’t terrible either. Every transition takes time, so I’m just trying to roll with it and keep a good attitude. I did have one little breakdown, but life is stressful y’all! Sometimes you just gotta cry it out. I actually think it was a positive thing in the end. Breakdown inducing items aside, here’s what’s been Great so far.
1. I was video chatting with my friend Conni yesterday, and I was explaining to her how January was the most stressful month of my life. I felt like I was straddling two cities, looking backward and trying to perfectly wrap up my time in San Diego while simultaneously looking forward to what was already going on in Oakland. I truly felt ripped in half. The Greatest part of this week by far is the relief from that feeling. I’m fully here now. No more day trips, no more “what’s going to happen? What’s it going to be like?” It’s happening. I can finally focus all of myself on one city, one life, and one set of responsibilities and it feels so much more manageable.
2. Having my family back together has been pretty Great too. The Hubs and I have been living separately for nearly two months and it’s so Great to be able to see him everyday, to share our lives again, and for him to be back with the dogs. This transition has been tough on him as well, and I can’t imagine how difficult it was not having a dog around to cheer you up after a hard day. I can tell he’s pretty happy to have them around too.
3. I’m also glad to be cooking for someone again, and buying groceries. The kitchen in our temporary home leaves much to be desired, but at least I’m no longer eating random bits and pieces in order to clean out my pantry. If I had to eat buttered noodles one more day in a row I think my insides would have exploded. I’m making do with my limited resources, and my crock pot. I’m glad I thought to put that in the car!
4. Yesterday we went to Point Isabel Dog Park which is maybe the best off-leash dog park I have ever been to. There is a gorgeous view of the water and both bridges to San Francisco as well as fields and paths and water for the dogs to play in. Both dogs got super muddy but there was a professional dog wash with an adjacent snack stand where you could get a coffee while you wait for your dogs to be cleaned! Amazing! So far this has proven to be an extremely dog friendly city, and I’m looking forward to finding more doggy gems in the coming weeks.
Onward and upward. Looking forward to another week of firsts…hopefully only the good kind. Have a Great weekend.