And people were wondering why I was grumpy when I told them she was returning home for the summer. At least she got a subletter for her apartment.
I still should straighten up the house before the kids return and clean the kitchen floor. One of the cats now does this not-so-cute thing of rubbing the floor with their food, as she tries to scoop up food with her paws.
I was in Cali the week before last for work, and work is work, and I'm not gonna bitch about it here. I got a really bad sunburn (actually a sun allergy) after a day of sailing on SF Bay on my face because of the retinol products I use.
Using rideshare to get around for work when I am in Cali gets really tiring quick.
The other piece of work news is that I will be going to Switzerland in July for a dev conference (we're sponsoring and some of my coworkers are attending). Flights are stupid expensive if I fly direct into the city where the conference is, so I'm thinking of flying into Zurich for my arrival and then taking the weekend after the conference to travel elsewhere in Europe and fly out of another city. I haven't decided where yet, but I am wary of Paris in July.
The one good thing about my work is that I am a master of my own schedule. I could bum around Europe and work from there if I wanted (maybe next year when I won't have to worry about the kid theoretically).
In other news, I'm still restless.
The one shitty thing about dating in your 40s is that we're all curmudgeons by now set in our ways.
Anyway, I saw this guy a few times, down in DC. A Marine (why the hell not) of course. Apparently, he's a well-known character in his branch; almost 30 years of service from enlisted to officer, long-time bachelor, a hard-ass reputation of sorts. The other thing is that he absolutely reminds me of MNS, as in "If MNS had a brother who joined the military, it would be this guy." There were more than a few times I did a double-take just in the way he expresses himself. Yes, he's Irish, too and from around Philly as it turns out.
I hung out with him last weekend, and we had a few instances of calling each other out for things the other was doing. Or one of us would have a "very strong opinion" about something. When I was younger I would have been alarmed, now I'm like, "Can you deal with this or not?"
We didn't see each other this weekend, partly to give each other space (it turns out I'm the first chick he's dated in a while as he just returned from a deployment). We'll see if we see each other next weekend.
On a positive note, I can say the dating scene in DC is different and some people aren't bothered by the distance. Downtown Arlington is cute and I could see myself there someday.
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