My life at the moment: September 2019

Currently I’m feeling a little stuck, writing wise. I’ve got so many ideas for things I want to eventually talk about, but the second I go to write them I can’t seem to find the words. But I miss having something new to publish! So, today we’re just going to take it easy and catch up with each other for a minute.

Here’s what’s been going on in my life lately.

We got another cat….

One night we’re eating dinner and I hear meowing outside. Like, right outside our front door. There’s a neighborhood cat we pet sometimes, and we assumed it was her. Instead, we opened the door and found this tiny little three pound kitten. Because, well, it’s us, we brought her inside immediately and my mom got her some  food. This little baby was starving. She basically inhaled an entire can of wet food in less than 2 minutes and wanted more as soon as she was done. But more than anything, she was sweet. She wanted to be pet and snuggled for hours on end.

We spent a few weeks trying to find her owner, but honestly, we think someone dropped her at our door intentionally. She wasn’t dirty, so she hadn’t been outside for long, and she was literally sitting directly outside our door. Anyway, we tried just in case. No one claimed her. We were about to hand her over to a kitten rescue but then at the last moment decided she was already family. So, meet Pippin Tigermouse! Oh yeah, she has a Mickey Mouse shaped spot under her tail, hence the ‘mouse’ in her name.

Young woman (Karly) with short, curly, pink hair holding a small grey tiger kitten with white paws up against her face.

Working from home continues to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself

There are days when I really miss going to an office. I miss having my little cubicle to decorate and seeing other people. Just getting out of the apartment every day was nice because I tend to feel too isolated after several days at home. But all in all, I’m so thrilled I was able to get this new job. I love my team and my manager. My brother and I now work together, which is great because I always have someone to help me out when I get stuck. And I love what we do as a company, which always is nice to be able to say when you really mean it.

Working from home isn’t perfect and it has its own set of difficulties. Nothing as bad as not being able to stay hydrated and use the bathroom as needed, though. I do not miss getting sick every week and then panicking I’d lose my job over it. And I definitely don’t miss feeling like an outsider every day, either. Seriously, my old office felt like high school all over again most of the time.

Plus, now that I’m working from home, there’s almost always a cat laying next to me. That’s like, the ultimate perk.

Wheelchair repairs remain the absolute worst

I haven’t had Edna, my new wheelchair, for very long. Just a few months. And it’s been… not the smoothest transition. First, there was the time that it needed reprogrammed after it literally drove me off a curb. Yeah, that was fun. And then there’s things like the armrests are uncomfortable and don’t support me the way I need them too.

Most recently, though. It’s my leg rests. They’re adjustable so I can elevate my legs throughout the day, which is important because I have terrible circulation. My legs and feet literally turn purple, that’s how terrible. But now, the leg rests get stuck when I’m trying to elevate them. Sometimes I can’t get them to go up and other times I can’t get them to go back down. I’ve already had someone out to check them out, but now we’re in the waiting game for parts to come through.

It could be worse, as far as repairs or malfunctions go. But my wheelchair is like part of my body. Even ‘insignificant’ problems feel pretty significant. As grateful as I am to have a chair that’s new and under warranty and for the most part actually works, most days I really miss my old chair. It takes time to get comfortable in a new wheelchair, and I’m not quite there yet with Edna.

I’m not blocked out of Disney anymore

Which means, you guessed it, I made my first visit to Food and Wine 2019. I was reunited with the Brazilian cheese bread and nothing else matters. My friend also recently got her pass back, so we were able to go together for the first time in over a year. I don’t have anything new to say about Disney that I haven’t said a million times before, but I still feel like those parks are actual magic and I’m excited to go back a few more times before 2019 is over.

I’ve gotten back into reading and writing

A few weeks ago I finally got myself a library card, and I’m so excited because for three years, I couldn’t finish a book for the life of me. I don’t know why, but sometimes my brain decides to be a jerk and doesn’t let me enjoy things anymore. Reading was one of those things for way too long. I’m currently reading Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Little Fires Everywhere. If anyone has a book rec, leave it in a comment! I’m trying to read 12 books before the end of the year. It’s a small goal, but I started so late and I’m trying to be reasonable with myself. I’m halfway there already!

Writing has also started to be fun again. I said at the beginning of this post that I’m feeling stuck writing wise, and that’s true. The thing is, now I actually want to write again. And not just for my blog, I just want to write all the time. Poetry, journaling, random little story ideas. I’m even thinking of doing NaNoWriMo this year! My phone is littered with lists of things I can’t wait to find the words for. I got out of the habit of writing (and posting) on here, but I think the break was important because forcing anything creative is never a good idea. For me, anyway.

I’m so excited to get back in the groove of things again. Thank you for waiting for me.

What’s been the highlight of your month so far?

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