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October 18, 2011

I guess I’m back in a blogging mood . . .

Filed under: Family, Personal — Tags: , , — llcall @ 10:39 am

I’m taking that as a very good sign; a sign that I’m feeling more like my old (hyper-communicative) self, more at ease in our new locale, and less worn out (although the fact that it’s past 3:30 am now and I haven’t been able to sleep is probably going to derail that).  For a variety of reasons, this move was hard on me.  I actually like moving (or did before I had two additional hanger-oners).  I liked that I could fit everything I needed into my small SUV and it only took a few hours.  I also liked the adventure of a new place and the attendant adrenaline rush, even if the move was just cross-town.  I think that’s one of the keys to the difficulty of this move — there’s not that feeling of newness.  It’s not like coming home (I mean, I only lived in this particular house for about two years and that was over a decade ago) but it’s also not all that much of an adventure for me.  I’ve got a few scattered friends in the area still, but it’s also not like coming back to a ready-made group.  No problem, because I like to meet new people, but then there’s the whole worn-out thing.  I just haven’t been able to put myself out there too much but I think Addison would benefit from having some friends.  It’s a work in progress.

A far broader issue is just my general ambivalence about living in Southern California again.  Oh how I wish my parents and brother lived somewhere else!  I want to live near them and have Addison know her only two cousins (thus far), but So Cal was just not my scene growing up.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved my friends and a lot of things about life here (like Disneyland!) but it’s always been more like a place I would like to visit rather than live.  Between the high cost of living and the image-conscious, consumerist feel, it’s kind of an odd place for a pathologicallyfrugal fashion victim like me.  Pre-Addison I never thought I would move back here, but kids change a lot of our calculations, I guess.

So “the O. C.” is where I am (and no, we didn’t call it that growing up) and where I’m going to stay for awhile, so I’m working hard to appreciate it.  It turns out, it’s kind of fun to come back to your almost unchanged high-school bedroom.  I’ve been leafing through old yearbooks and Trapper Keepers (who remembers these?).  It’s taken me back to a simpler time when Velcro was freaking awesome.  I have a feeling you’re  going to be privy to a few of these trips down memory lane when I get the wherewithal to scan some things.  Oh boy!



  1. Three cheers for hyper-communicativeness!
    Boo for crooked teeth. Ry had to have braces TWICE. Trust me, get the permanent retainer the FIRST time around. I’m sure it costs more, but for some kids (hopefully not mine), it’s totally worth it!

    Comment by vblanchard — October 18, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

  2. That was comments for two separate posts in one comment. Sorry. I’m lazy. Obviously not too lazy if I wrote this extra comment anyway. Ummm, can I just blame it on my hyper communicativeness and let this go?

    Comment by vblanchard — October 18, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

  3. Welcome back!! YAY! And I’m all about taking trips down memory lane! But I know what you mean about not wanting to live in So Cal now. I love going back home, but can never really see myself living there anymore. But I do have fond memories pre keeping up with the Jones’ stage. Like when living in Orange county meant you would actually drive by orange groves and not hideously close, way too large for their lot houses. So I think you need to have them make the move to Austin! There are so many transplants now you never hear y’all. 🙂

    Comment by Ishkhanoohie — October 18, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

  4. Oh, Trapper Keepers! How I adored them! My parents would never let me have one, as they were more expensive than the regular binders, so all I could do was wish and hope for the someday. ha ha! Now, kids would think they were being punished if they had one instead of an iPad or smartphone or something else that can keep all of their stuff organized…Glad you’re feeling slightly rejuvenated?? Enough to blog at least. Take it from me–if someone blogs, I see it as a real accomplishment; especially when they are as good a writer as you (and yours).

    Comment by Meghan — October 19, 2011 @ 5:33 am

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