I’m pretty sure when you stop blogging for 3 entire years people pretty much forget about you and you’re permanently off of their radar.
Let’s do my history. I began blogging in 2003 at sparkliesunshine.net. I always hated the .net part and in (I think) 2007 I switched to lostinplendor.com. I had just ended a long term relationship and a change felt right.
Unfortunately for me and my blog I lost my office job in 2008. This led to me spending absolutely no time online for days at a time and I just couldn’t blog anymore.
When I got working again I had two part time jobs that both equaled out to 50-70 hours a week (for very little money). It was such a difficult time for me. My girlfriend KC and I had also moved into a house with 3 college aged girls who were often throwing parties…let’s just say it wasn’t a fun time.
Here is where it gets a bit confusing…
During that time I interviewed for a job that was a little over an hour away. The main office however, was 2 and a half hours away and that’s where I needed to go for the interview. I decided to make the trip and go for it.
I got the job! I was elated. I got training and everything was set in motion. I soon found out that the company had lost funding for the program I was hired for. They offered me another position, but it was at their
KC and I did a lot of talking and we decided I should accept. This led to 7 months of my life commuting a total of 5 hours every day. I got through a lot of audiobooks including all of Roots. Funding returned for the other position and with a bit of a raise I couldn’t say no to more money and less driving.
You guys, I ended up hating the other position. I was completely miserable. I stayed for 6 months and was at my breaking point. I was about to quit when I found out the person who used to supervise my old position was no longer with the company.
I jumped at the chance to apply! I got the interview and soon learned that I got the job!!! The only downside was since I was transferring I was locked into my old position until they filled it. This led to one of the most miserable months I can remember. Finally by January 2011 I was set in my new position.
Everything was looking up except for one huge issue, KC. KC had been at her position at a university for 2 years. It was a union position with good benefits. Not something you just throw away. She had been looking since I got hired, but now that I was back on the long commute it was more crucial than ever.
We both started applying as much as we possibly could to every university within an hour drive from my job. Amazingly we got a call back from a university that was 15 minutes from my job. By March 2011 she was in a new job at a new university right next to my job.
I thought things would be rosy and bright from that point on, but we just got the commute out of the way. With no savings and plenty of regular bills already we weren’t able to get an apartment right away.
We still commuted for a while, but soon realized with the waste of money and 3:45am wake up calls we couldn’t keep going like that.
Eventually we worked out a way to leave my parent’s house on Monday and return on Friday staying in our car for the nights in between. We learned important lessons like set an alarm to turn the car on in the night so you don’t wake up freezing and free gym trials are a great way to take a shower.
I’m not ashamed of that time because I know it made us stronger.
Finally by JUNE we were able to get our apartment. Yes we did many, many happy dances. (mostly to the Tarzan soundtrack*)
Slowly, but surely we’ve been getting furniture and supplies for our little home. Most recently a bed! (We’ve been sharing an air mattress for well over a year now).
At this very moment in my life I am feeling so blessed and thankful for the life I have right now. I have a job I absolutely love. I have a place to call home. I have a bed to sleep on at night. I have a girlfriend who supports me. That’s why I decided it was the right time to start blogging again because right now? At this point in my life?
I am splendid.
*The Broadway one, not the movie one.