Yikes! Has it really been over a month since my last post!?! Let’s see… what I have I been up to since posting about my Bucket List…
– Made some progress on the condo renovation. I’m ALMOST finished – it’s still not 100% done, but I’m at about 98% and that’s a heck of a lot closer than I was at the end of April… I mean, why shouldn’t it take 6+ months to renovate a 1200sf space? Ugh. Note to self: trust your gut. When the contractors don’t seem on the up-and-up, they probably aren’t. Learned this lesson by way of a 6-week delay after being shut down by the building department because the proper permits had not been obtained (and the contractor was using unlicensed subs). Awesome.
– We went to CA for a week. While there we attended a charity event (The Sheckler Foundation’s Skate For a Cause) – outdoors, on the hottest day of our trip; visited with family; visited with some business contacts – both for myself and my son; and went to Angels Stadium (cross one off the Bucket List!).
– We went to Tampa for Memorial Day weekend. Visited with some friends, went to the Dali Museum, and saw the final game in the Red Sox-Rays series. Even though it was #10 in the losing streak for my Sox (which has since been broken), it was still one of the most exciting games I’ve attended. The woman sitting next to me had never been to an MLB game before… she got to see lead changes, an on-field replay, stolen bases, and a bench-clearing brawl. At the end of the game, she said the only thing missing was that she didn’t catch a foul ball… But she did see an older guy tackle a kid to catch one, and then he kept it, even though the kid was sobbing (and probably hurt), so that counts for something (right?). [What is wrong with people?]
– We went to NYC this past weekend to help out at a charity event. It was a super quick trip, but well worth it. My son is great with kids, and this charity is one we both support. If you haven’t heard of the A.Skate Foundation, you should check it out. Side note: If you haven’t read Gone Girl, you should also check IT out. I read the entire thing in about 8 hours – on the flight to NY, in the hotel on Saturday night, and in the airport waiting to go home. I love finding a book that is so riveting you don’t want to put it down. Looking forward to seeing how they play this story out in the movie… (starring the one and only Battfleck! Sorry, that meme always cracks me up, and I do love Ben Affleck.)
– I went to see Nicole Curtis speak about Restoration in Winter Park. She is every bit as energetic and feisty in real life as she is on her show. But much tinier. I’m not that big, but I felt like a giant next to her. I also felt like a stalker, asking for a photo, but whatevs. After the keynote, we got to tour some homes in Winter Park. I had never been there before, and really liked the area. I especially liked the New England-y feel to it. The homes we toured were beautiful and the owners did an amazing job with their restorations. (Another item – sort of – crossed off the Bucket List!)
– I spent Mother’s Day with my mom. I don’t spend as much time with her as I should. We tend to get on each other’s nerves. She told me recently that I’m “scary”. I presume it’s because I actually speak my mind now, rather than sucking it up, biting my tongue, and playing nice. I’m too old to play nice all the time. And life’s too short to feel like you can’t express your opinions. I prefer to think I’m less “scary” and more “honest”. But since honesty tends to scare my family – and is often avoided for the sake of “saving” people’s feelings (bad idea!) – it makes sense that after 40 years of having a complacent, quiet daughter, she finds it unsettling (ok, fine – perhaps even a little scary) that she now has one who isn’t really taking much crap from people.
– I’ve been spending some time re-evaluating where I am in my life. I’m 42 (gasp!) and have put things on hold for many years. Like 10. Possibly 12. As my son gets older, and I realize that soon he will be leaving home, I have some planning to do for my own freedom (if we want to call it that…). Today he asked me where I would live if I could go anywhere for a year. I said Europe. Probably Greece, but I didn’t have a specific place in mind. It’s kind of funny, because I was recently thinking about this very same thing, and how amazing it would be to live somewhere different every year. Spend 12 months in a new place; be immersed in a new culture. I imagine at this point in my life that it would be a great adventure. Though it would be nice to have someone to share the experiences with…so maybe I need to find a travel partner first. I can’t quite decide, though, if it’s a non-committal escape (it’s only a year! nothing permanent!) or a brilliant plan to see the world, learn and grow… It’s probably somewhere in between.
Whew – that’s more than I thought. But I feel like I’m forgetting something… I’m sure it’ll come to me. Thanks for hanging out and reading my blabble (blog/babble).
Happy trails! We’re off to Austin this week for the X-Games. Yeehaw!
xo – BS