I think I might start blogging more regularly again. I used to write almost religiously, way back in the glory days of Livejournal, but I fell out of the habit years ago – and I do want a place where I can share the (sometimes) exciting things going on in my life with others – if they want to read about them, anyway.
This entry’s probably going to be a bit of a random brain dump, so here we go. I’ll split it into easy-to-digest chunks, so it maybe makes a little more sense.
Seeing my sister
Johanna and Eric’s new home – an awesome converted school bus!
I saw my sister Johanna yesterday, for the first time since… 2010, I think. It was so good to see her. Like, ridiculously good. We didn’t always have the best relationship, and I blame our mom for that – but now that we’re both adults, and away from our toxic family, we’re able to actually have a relationship now that doesn’t involve drama. Which is good. I was honestly nervous about seeing her and her husband Eric after so long, given the drama our mom stirred up around the last time we talked, but when they hopped off the bus and Eric gave me a big bear hug, I realized I was worrying for nothing. (Like I tend to do often, hah.)
I introduced Jo and Eric to J and Kasi, and would have brought Ross along but he’s been sick lately. We all rambled through dinner, talking about family and life and chickens and the bus and, well, pretty much a little bit of everything. And at the end of the night, as I was driving home after saying goodbye to Jo and Eric, I realized this must be what it’s like to have family. Not just in Jo and Eric, but with Ross, and J and Kasi, and Moogie and Don and everyone. We all care about each other, and we all stick with each other, even through the tough times. I wish I’d been a little stronger back when my mother was causing all her drama, so I could have been a better sister to Jo, but at least things are good between us now.
Driving in the snow
I drove in the snow for the first time ever this morning. It was pretty and slightly terrifying at first, given my trained reaction to snow from years of scooter commuting (which is typically to either work from home that day or ask my friend Morgan to come get me and drive me to work). But I fired up Lapis and let her warm up, and crawled in and drove slowly through the wet slushy snow. It’s probably all going to melt by the end of the day, if it hasn’t melted already, but it was pretty this morning.
I keep saying it over and over again, but I am so glad I finally have my license, you all have no idea. After years of being so dependent on others, it’s so nice to be able to do things like be someone’s responsible adult when they go in for a medical procedure and be able to drive them home afterwards, or hop in the car and go visit Jo when she’s in town and parked at Walmart because her bus won’t fit in my neighborhood. And I’m getting more confident with my driving skills – and I’m pretty sure the longer I’m on the road, the more confident I’ll be.
I do miss Mia, though. I know she’s fine with Damion, and he’s taking good care of her, but dang do I miss her. And scootering in general.
My dream Halloween costume
Folks, it finally happened. I was able to finally wear my dream Halloween costume, and I completely rocked it.
OH MY GOD I AM SAILOR MOON.
I finally found the most amazing store-bought Sailor Moon costume, ever. And with a little bit of help, it might be a super-awesome cosplay, too. But not only that… The wig, folks. I absolutely love this wig. And there’s a fun story about it, too – you know how some people ask their neighbors for a cup of sugar, or to park their car in your driveway temporarily? Well, I asked mine if I could borrow a wig, if he had one. (A very specific one, mind you.) And amazingly enough, he actually had a Sailor Moon wig I could borrow! He said it was old and not in the best shape, but daaaamn, it’s the best Sailor Moon wig I’ve ever worn. Like, ever. And that wig, combined with the costume, made me squee every time I walked past a mirror. For one night, I actually was Sailor Moon. And it was fantastic.
I’ve been a Sailor Moon fan for over half my life. I’ve dressed up as Sailor Moon twice before, and Sailor Jupiter once. I’ve got Sailor Moon tattoos and Sailor Moon bedsheets. I freaking love this show, even 20 years on. And oh, to have this awesome costume to wear, it was like a dream come true. The only thing missing was the red boots she wears, heheh.
I think this is pretty much all the stuff I had in my brain that I wanted to get out – at least for this week. I’m going to try to post in here regularly, even if it’s just a photo or some random awesome thing I’ve found online.