Girlfriend in Tacoma

Jan. 15, 2009 at 7:42pm

back on the grid?

(wow. it's been a while!)

Yesterday a friend of mine asked me how I've been; she'd not seen me around and commented that I've been off the grid.  

Even though I feel gridlocked in many ways, I pretty much have been a quieter, more stressed out, less happy version of myself lately.

Just recently, though, I feel like I'm coming out of hibernation slowly, and as I went for a gorgeously heavy-breathing, nearly-puking, hilly-hellish run today, I wondered how long it'd been since I felt the pavement under my feet like that and breathed in freedom.  It's been too long.

The Man came home briefly for the holidays, and idyllic as it was to have whole-family time, it was a surreal time... I felt like I was in a movie, and the film would end at a specific time. It did, I spent a lonely New Year's Eve with the kid (who fell asleep conveniently at 11:58., arrrrrrgh!) and then proceeded to sink into my depressed place, the same place I went to when he first left.

But it's getting better.

Things I loved when I was hibernating, Tacoma things like Dwell and Terra Organics and (not quite Tacoma but delivered to my door and local) Smith Brothers and the Rosewood and MLK Ballet's adult class and post-class drinkie-poos are still constants. Mad Hat Tea is a new favorite thing ever AND a constant.  A new and improved (holy moley, it's gorgeous!) Morgan Family YMCA will become a constant, though the training will continue at the downtown Y.  

But good things are to come.  To my happy list, I can add, "think about spring.  plant flowers, plant vegetables."  --I have a bazillion biodegradable egg cartons to plant in, whee.  I have ideas for a makeshift greenhouse. I have a man coming home for keeps in the spring.  By the time I have for-real sproutlings in my egg cartons, things may get back to normal.

Until then-- you'll see me around, oh yes.  Virtually and fer-real.  

I'm back. 

comments [9]  |  posted under hibernation, Tacoma, things I love, waking up


by AngelaJossy on 1/15/2009 @ 8:45pm
Yeah! I'm hearing the song 'Eye of the Tiger" in my head while reading this.

by Dave_L on 1/15/2009 @ 9:02pm
I was hoping Uncle Sam gave you something for the holidays, even if for too short of a time. I'm also a recent Mad Hat convert and I'm kicking myself that it took me until last week to finally go to the Rosewood. Glad you posted -- Lately I've only heard of you when it was CA mag time and a little on e133. (I bet lots of us had noticed your scarcity.) Spring will come soon.

by Erik on 1/15/2009 @ 9:14pm
Thanks God you are back. Tacoma has been pretty dead lately. Really.

by chrism39 on 1/16/2009 @ 7:24am
Good to read you. If you want to go running let me know.

by jcbetty on 1/16/2009 @ 8:53am
Thanks, to all of ya'!
@chris-- the foot'll only let me go short stints, for now --3 miles is abt my limit-- if you can deal w/ short runs, bring it on :)
@Erik-- that's sweet, though I don't know if I bring life and vitality to T-Town singl-handedly??
@Dave--mmmm, good spots. and a happy little wave, will see you around I bet!!
@Angie-- oooh. yeah, not one of my fave songs...but fitting, I suppose...

(and now, to school w/ kid...)

by chrism39 on 1/16/2009 @ 9:46am
Three miles through the trails would be great, maybe next friday morning?

by jcbetty on 1/16/2009 @ 10:53am
sounds like a plan if we can get it done before an 11:00 appt I have...

by jcbetty on 1/16/2009 @ 12:24pm
oh, wait--take it back, I have a 9:00 appt, too. Arrr. The Friday after next Friday, maybe?

by chrism39 on 1/16/2009 @ 6:28pm
That would be great.


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