December 16, 2005


A year. A whole, 365-day, 12 months, 52 weeks long year.

One year ago today, right at this very hour, I was hurtling south on I-5 toward a new life. Right about this time we were talking on our cheapo walkie-talkies about the decision to either stop for the night, stop and just sleep for a few hours, or keep driving so that we could drive through LA in the middle of the night. For those that are curious, sleeping for a few hours at a rest area won the coin toss.

I remember being exhausted, both from being sick as a dog and crying for an hour as I passed exit 118 on the freeway. I had six Christmas CDs in the changer, a box of tissue that was running low, a few bottles of water, a cat, a cooler, and a whole bunch of emotions.

I still can't believe that it has been a year since we drove away from WA. Almost a whole year that we've been here in this house. Almost a whole year since we embarked on this portion of our journey.

In the past year, we have:

- Both gotten pretty good jobs that we enjoy. That was probably the scariest part of the whole thing.

- Built a sun room/porch onto the front of the house with our bare hands. It was hard work and still isn't quite finished, but if we wanted to, we could sit out there and relax and be perfectly happy.

- Purchased a new car.

As most lives go, it probably isn't the most exciting or thrilling. It is, however, ours and we're pretty pleased with how things are going. Despite naysayers, we're still together as a united front against the world and it can't be all bad, right?

Posted by rowEn at 07:52 PM