Over due update! School and life continue busy, but I just keep soldiering on. Teacher and I weren't able to get together last weekend because she went to see family that she hasn't seen since pre-lockdown and then were only able to have a quick Wednesday evening dinner and short snuggle time.
However, the weekend is here and so we were able to get together a couple of times on Friday. In the morning was coffee at a St*rb*cks with way too loud of music playing. This evening was out and about on the town for fellowship and laughter with friends who are slowly doing reviews of margaritas at the various spots in our town. The first place is owned by an old friend and he immediately said, "Are you the margarita reviewers?" I'm sure the drinks were made special tonight. We all hit another locale close by for food and then we parted ways from the larger group.
Teacher and I went to a music venue for some great tunes and more laughter. It turned out to not only be a show, but a birthday party for the performer - who is a friend from prior to the pandemic.
We also saw some folks that we both knew and had a nice time seeing how we were both connected to them in very different ways. They were part of Teacher's support network when she moved back here after her divorce and nearly 30 years of living on the East Coast. As for my connection they are the in-laws of my best friend who passed away in 2007, so we've been friends for many years and have some shared memories of planning a memorial for him and both of us speaking at his funeral. It's a small world if you don't get very far from where you grew up.
After the music we returned to her house to be greeted by little Molly and then, well, you know...
Keeping with our tradition, I returned to my home and am now unwinding before I hit the hay. We are going skiing on Tuesday of next week (gasp, teacher's taking a day off to do something fun?!) We are also firming up some plans to go spend a weekend with my sister and brother-in-law. I did say that we would likely end up sleeping all night in the same bed then and agreed that is soon enough for both of us.
We like the way things are going with us and in fact, she texted a picture of us to her older sister. Teacher mentioned that she told her older sister that she still wasn't sure what was going to happen with us and was still a little flustered by the age difference, which turns out to be 6 years, not 5 like I thought at first. Her sister said, "What does it matter? If you like him, just keep having fun!" I've had a similar conversation with my IC and he basically said the same thing.
So I'll sleep tonight and then wake up tomorrow and face whatever the world presents! You do the same!!
Oh and another thought of how life can be really strange, but ultimately comforting. My XW was a hoarder of craft and sewing supplies and machines. I think at one point she had about 40 sewing machines around here. I was learning how to repair/recondition the vintage machines and we ended up selling a few of them. I thought I needed to know how they worked in order to know how to repair them, so XW taught me how to sew and I made a few things over the years.
Well, earlier this month, I bought a fleece jacket from one of the big box sporting goods stores and the darn thing started falling apart pretty quickly, so I oiled up the only sewing machine that I didn't haul to the XW's new house and fixed the jacket and it is now better than when I bought it for sure.
That little foray into sewing sort of got me going again on this therapeutic hobby, so I made a few neck scarf/muffs for skiing and decided to make a little rag quilt for Teacher, who doesn't like to be cold and can use it as a lap quilt on her sofa when she watches the news. I sleep under a couple of quilts I made, so I know I can do it.
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