With over 800 messages, over 700 of them journals sitting in my message center, I just wanted to check in and say "hi." Over the last few months, my life has become increasingly hectic, and increasingly settled.
I've removed myself from a moderator position in #IamAnthro
, this will likely become permanent at some point in the future. I still love the chatroom and would love to continue to help it out, however, it is no longer my realm and it's time for it to move into its next incarnation.
Beyond that, I'm not sure what else there is to say for my digital life. (I am obsessing over Doctor Who. Feel free to message me for a chat about it.)
A couple months ago, I started going to a local pub. Since then, I've been there 2 or 3 nights a week, meeting people, chatting, etc. This has greatly reduced my stress levels and increased my positivity about being here. I'm not sure what I'm going to do when winter comes if I can't safely still ride my bike there.
I had the kids full days all summer. They weren't enrolled in any activities, just whatever I could come up with. It led to very long and very stressful days, especially at the end of the summer. But I made it through and here I am today. I'm considering looking for a new family to start with in the new year.
My bike has been my only mode of transportation for the last six months. I took it to the shop for some repairs a week ago and the technician swore that the bike was at least two years old based on the wear patterns. I did the math and I figure I've ridden it over 900km in the last 7 months (just since Monday, I've ridden it over 60km).
I've got a membership to the local gym and was going irregularly while the kids were in school. I put a hold on my account for the summer, but I'm back going now that they're back in school. I've lost over 30lbs since moving here. I've also got a new weight training program to help build the muscle mass I need in my upper body.
Because the family I work for is Italian, I've picked up some Italian from them. With my renewed effort at the gym comes a renewed effort in learning Dutch. I've got my Dutch-English phrasebook tucked in my gym bag and read it while I work out.
Life's busy. I'm reading my messages slowly. I miss being on dA, but wouldn't know what to do with myself if I came back.
Keep practicing Dutch...
Ik heb niet vergeten dA, maar andere dingen hebben overgenomen van mijn tijd. Ik hou van mijn kinderen en werken met hen, maar ik ben het denken over het vinden van een nieuwe familie met werken in 2014. Ik heb mensen te ontmoeten op mijn lokale pub voor een paar maanden en ik kijk uit naar meer tijd besteden met mijn nieuwe vrienden in de toekomst. Ik ganaar de sportschool en gebruik die tijd om Nederlands to oefenen. Ik heb overal rijden mijn fiets en ik ben niet zeker wat ik zal doen als ik niet kan rijden het deze winter in de sneeuw. Het leven is nu in orde.