It's been awhile. But you'll always be my first love.
For those of you who are not friends with me on Facebook, here are some 2012 updates!:
*Met my current, and hopefully forever, love, Amanda <3. We met in March and hit it off quite well. She was in a polyamorous sort of lifestyle and was dating myself and 2 other girls at the time. But I guess I changed her mind, because now we're monogamous living together, and happy. We have our ups and downs like every couple, but I will say that it's the healthiest relationship I've been in. It's been 9 months as of the 26th since our first date, which we are counting as the start of our relationship. We've been living together since around July, which I realize is crazy fast, even for lesbians. But so far we've gotten a dog and a bed together and haven't had to fight for the rights to either since!
*Got in a car wreck and finished my Masters degree in July. Because of said car wreck, Amanda became my chauffeur for several months while I saved for a new car. This possibly brought us closer together. Masters degree has yet to get me anywhere.
*Had a great time traveling in 2012. Went to Austin, Niagara Falls, to the Poconos a few times where I fell in love with ziplining, and Quakertown, PA where I crossed another hostel off my list of Hostelling International
estinations. For those of you who don't know, this was where I first discovered hostels, starting with Portland in the summer of 2011. I'm determined to visit at least one in each state they exist in the US! I'm continuing to feed my wanderlust and have an Iceland trip planned for March with Amanda, and a tentative San Diego/Monterey trip for the summer, depending on work. I'll hopefully throw in a 4 day weekend to Las Vegas to visit my brother at his new swanky job, and to go to a city I've never been to!
*Some lows: A close coworker of mine died suddenly on the 18th of December. She did not believe strongly in traditional medicine and it was only in her last couple weeks of life that she actually sought out help for the fluid gathering in her stomach, nosebleeds and tiredness. She finally checked into the hospital instead of just going to Drs appointments on the 14th of December, just a few days before her death. She will be missed. She was kooky, disorganized and frustrating at times but had a HUGE heart and touched so many lives with the way she would reach out to anyone, whether it was the homeless dancer who hung out in the park by our work or the children of our theatre's summer camp. She never judged anyone and was always eager to listen to everyone's stories, and tell her own. I'm not a very religious person, but I hope she's happier, wherever she is, and with her son who died a few years ago as a teenager, Jack.
*I have gained a LOT of weight this year. I went from a size 10 to a size (eep) 16-18, depending on the day. A lot of it is because of being spoiled rotten by my gf and expensive dinners, but most of it is because of lack of self control. New year, new goals. I definitely don't want to lose my health or let it deteriorate before I'm 30. My goal is to drop enough weight by the summer so I'm not embarrassed to have my picture taken. If anyone is on MyFitnessPal, let's chat
*Got to see my family, including my almost 5 year old godsons, just this week, in Ohio, where I haven't been in a few years (this is where my parents live). It was a great trip and I hope to go back soon.
*Had a dream last night about one of you trying to steal away my girlfriend! I won, though ;-).
I'll leave you with some pictures. Happy New Year, everyone! Maybe I'll post again in a year, haha.
Me and Amanda
Our pup, Dexter.