let's play catch up, starting with the present
I'm having such a nice weekend. Tory and I have Thursday/Friday off together, and it's been a particularly good one, though they're usually good.
Did I mention that I got married, LiveJournal? Yeah, that happened, and it was great. I'll post a picture or three soon. We're both very intense people and have our fair share of difficulties, but we get each other like neither of us ever expected, and are in it for the long haul. It's awesome.
This weekend we've been preparing for a boat-in camping trip on Diablo Lake, a couple hours from where we live. I've never been there, or boat camping. I'm so excited! I was able to borrow a canoe, paddles, dry sacks, etc. from various friends. We bought a few things too to make this happen, but I think it's gonna happen more often. I might sell my super fancy roller skates and buy a used canoe with the proceeds. We're already addicted.
Yesterday afternoon when Tory got out of work we picked up all the gear we needed and went out to a small(ish) lake nearby to get some paddling practice in. It was the first time for both of us. We were a bit wonky at first, but by the end of the hour, we were cruising along. We learn fast. It was much easier to put the boat onto the truck the second time too. Being on the water in a canoe is SO FUN. We can't get enough. I'm already jonesing to be on the water again. I can't wait until we're in a boat on calm water with a ukulele in hand. Life is good, my friends.
There's been a HUGE learning curve for this boating/camping trip. More than I anticipated. But I tend to over-prepare just enough, and the internet is an awesome wealth of information, and I got started early enough that it's happening real smoothly. I've gotten lots of tips from the people I've borrowed gear from too.
We're leaving on Tuesday afternoon, and will be out until Friday. Today we had a pleasant day running errands, picking up nutrient dense food and (nutrient depleting) liquor, and a fanny pack for me so that I have essentials nearby while we're boating. Lol. We practiced packing our gear into the canoe, and shit looks TIGHT. The boat is big enough that we can bring essentials and a few luxuries. This is gonna be such a great trip.
This evening we went and played pool, another thing we've become addicted to. We're both so into it, and pretty damn good. Overall, Tory played better than me tonight, but I had a rad game where I shot well and played great defense, and won the game with all of his balls on the table, a rare but welcome treat.
Since we're all caught up with our preparations, we're going to lounge at the nude beach tomorrow midday, then go on a plant walk with an herbalist friend of mine in the early evening. We'll learn a bit more about local plants which can be used for food or medicine. We've been doing a lot of that lately, and it's been awesome.
Sunday, we're taking the boys out onto the lake, since we have the canoe, and are obsessed, and need more practice. I also have a henna birthday party early in the day, for people I really like. It's fun to sometimes get paid to make art.
Life is really good. I have things I struggle with, but overall, I feel more fulfilled and happy than I ever have.
I regret that I don't have more of a record of the whirlwind this past year or so has been. So much good stuff has happened. I am probably going to take the time to write here more. Writing quiets my mind, at least a little, and also solidifies things in my memories. I tire of trying to be succinct and impersonal (as much as I ever get) on FB, even though most of my friends are there. I will write here, whether it's just for me, or whether you read it. Whatever happens, I am happy to be making a record of things again. I need it.