Popping up from obscurity, I thought I'd do a quick update. So here goes...
I'm still working mornings at Starbucks, usually 4-6 mornings a week. I like to open, so I go in at 5, but I'm always off by noon. I love my job. I mean really love my job. I attribute this in large part to the fact that ours is a small, neighborhood store. It's a much more intimate clientele, our regulars come in many times each day and treat us well. It's been an excellent place for me to grow some self confidence.
I've also lost a bit of weight in the past year. Along the lines of seventy pounds and multiple pant sizes. At this time last year, I was still wearing a size 18. Now, I'm wearing mostly 6's, with a few 4's and 8's. This has been a phenomenal change for me. I have never worn a size six before - not even in puberty - I went straight from preteen sizes to a nine. So, I'm learning about all the social advantages that come with being a skinny girl. And how did this happen? Not really dieting, just a significant increase in movement. That, and I'm sure swinging manic played a part as well.
What's perhaps the most remarkable aspect of my physical transformation has been the paralleled changes in my husband. Now down below his high school weight, he has a smaller waist size than when we married. Quite honestly, he's totally ripped! Last year I was drooling over Jackson's soccer coach, but this year, Peter puts that man to shame! It is simply amazing to not only have this new body of mine, but to have a partner with a new physique as well - very cool indeed!
The kids are doing great - Jackson and Georga are both busy with special research projects for their gifted and talented classes. Georga has taken up figure skating and Jackson has emersed himself in Pokemon. I seriously had no idea how complex a game that is. He's also looking forward to trying his hand at basketball this Summer.
I have a new adventure as well - after 15 years of waiting for the right opportunity, I auditioned for a play a couple of weeks ago. It's just a little community theater, but they were crazy enough to give me a part. So... we started rehearsing last week and we open on March 1st. I was just amazed at how positively electrified I felt after just auditioning. The high lasted for days. It's great to feel like I'm stepping out of the repetition that has been such the constant of my life. I feel a great sense of relief that I'm doing something different.
All in all, life is good. Crazy busy, but good.
Pictures coming soon!