February Life Update

Admittedly,things have been slow here.

The last two weeks have been challenging to say the least.

One of the reasons I hadn’t been around much was because I was working full time for the first time in years. And it came with a commute!

I accepted a short-term contract gig that required me to commute 1-2 hour each way. I loved the work but hated the commute and the confined feeling of an office. But mostly, I hated the commute. I know friends who have been doing this commuting thing every day for years. I don’t know how they do it.

I don’t even know why I said yes. Actually no, I do. January was an incredibly slow month and I needed some money for my travel plans in March. So I accepted the offer thinking that I’d have time to spare to handle the commute.

But well, what do you know, on my first day at my full-time contract gig my inbox blew up with work offers from old and new clients.

No kidding.

I said ‘yes’ to every single one of them, of course. I learned to never say ‘no’ to work because a freelancer never knows when the next drought might come. With the full time gig and other works on top of that, the next thing I knew I’ve clocked in over 150 hour work in the past 2 weeks.

I am utterly exhausted.

But that turned out to be a blessing in more ways than one. The work was a distraction from the fact our 19 yo cat was fading away and it was time to say goodbye.

Clo during Halloween last year - yes, we tried to dress her up but she was having none of it.
Clo during Halloween last year – yes, we tried to dress her up but she was having none of it.

We’d been mentally preparing for this time since we adopted her 2 years ago. She was doing so well then she started having bad days. Then the the stretch of bad days lasted longer and longer and each time she never quite bounced back. We held it off for as long as we humanely could.

As a last gift to our little girl we opted for an at-home euthanasia. Her last memory of this world was of being cuddled and petted while sleeping on her heated bed, surrounded by familiar smells and sounds.

To have spared her (and us) that stressful last trip to the vet was worth every penny.

So the last 2 weeks have been mentally and physically draining. I couldn’t make myself finish any of my blog posts or even be present in social media.

But two weeks into February our life in SF has returned to its somewhat regular rhythm. As I sit here on a sunny SF morning, drinking my 3rd cup of coffee, and listening to Mindy Project marathon in the background, I’m slowly recharging. I’m finally allowing myself to get excited about what’s coming ahead.

This is what’s coming up in March.

We’re off to Canada to see the Northern Lights!

by KyleWiTh
by KyleWiTh

Did you know that the sub-arctic city of Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwestern Territory is known as the northern light capital of the world?

I posted on our FB page awhile back asking for suggestions on where to go to see the northern lights. The usual suspects were suggested: Alaska, Norway, Iceland, etc.

Then a reader suggested that we checked out Yellowknife, the self-proclaimed “northern light capital of the world”. It is apparently one of the best places to see the northern light due to its location in the aurora belt and its flat geography.

Sighting is not guaranteed of course, but that doesn’t really matter. I’d never been this up north (250 miles south of the Arctic Circle) before and I think life must be so different up there I can’t wait to experience it first hand.

Temperature wise, I was warned that it could get to -30C. It’s a little terrifying how big that number in front of the negative is.

Roadtrip USA

What happens when a French, a Greek, and an Indonesian who have never met before go for a 2 week long road trip?

After Canada, I’m flying to meet up with 2 people I’ve been talking with on ThornTree to start a road trip from Texas to San Francisco. Our plan is to visit the National Parks: Big Bend, Zion, Arches, Grand Canyon… and more. The classic roadtrip.

There are many valid concerns about traveling with strangers. There are so many unknown variables. Are they safe drivers? How are we going to divvy up expenses? What is their taste in music? Do they have body odor?

But concerns aside, I’m really excited about re-visiting what I believe to be the most beautiful part of United States. After Alaska, of course.

We’re either going to be mortal enemies or the best of friends at the end of the trip, but realistically most likely we’ll end up somewhere in between.

So anyway, that’s a short life update from us to you. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for February to be over.

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12 Replies to “February Life Update”

  1. Zion is the most amazing place ever. Of everywhere I traveled abroad and at home I still think Zion is one of the greatest places. Do Angel’s Landing! Its tough and a little scary but amazing!

  2. Have a great trip to Yellowknife! My husband and I are also going to YK next month for a visit with my daughter and to check out those infamous Northern Lights!

    Ask about making an appointment to visit the Glass Factory, where you can make your own set of souvenir glasses. It is so unique!

  3. Poor, sweet kitty. Sorry for your loss – she was beautiful! Yellowknife sounds like an amazing place to visit! I've been wanting to do a road trip around the American southwest for a long time now.
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  4. Aw, my first cat died right in front of me, so I can relate. Sorry about your kitty. And adjusting to working in a office environment, I am sorta doing that as I exit China and I hate it! It's not easy, but sounds like you handled it well and I agree, that commute would kill me.

    But the plus side is you have some cool things planned. Sounds like you're ready to savour them!
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  5. It’s always hard losing our pets, I’ve lost a few and it’s never easy. Sorry to hear that. And I don’t blame you for not liking that commute. I drove and hour to and from work over mountain passes in UT for far too long. It’s tiring! 🙂 Love the road trip you have planned, Arches is one of my very favorite places. ENJOY!

  6. I'm so sorry about your cat – what a sweetheart! Our dog was very sick recently and somehow made a miraculous recovery. I know how hard it is to watch your pet suffer. 🙁 Your cat has been lucky to have such a loving home. Look forward to hearing about your upcoming adventures, especially the Northern Lights.

  7. I took a couple of breaks in the past…sometimes it's so necessary. Sorry to hear about your cat (pets bring such joy), and like another commenter said, I applaud you for adopting her when she was already old. What a nice life she must have had with you two.
    I'm excited to see more about your next trips! I was just talking about the northern lights after seeing Juno's recent photo post.
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  8. I am so sorry about your cat. It is not easy loosing a pet you cared for for so long. Your trip to see the Northern lights sounds amazing though. I would absolutely love to see them one day. My husband saw them once in Norway after a night out drinking and he was really freaked out as he didn't know what they were and he thought somebody may have spiked his beers. 🙂
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  9. I'm so sorry about your beautiful cat and applaud you for adopting her when she was already well on in years. My own sweet cat now lives with my parents and I worry constantly that she'll pass away when I'm not there to say goodbye.

    Congratulations on all your work engagements! I'm looking forward to reading about all the travels it will afford you 🙂
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