*tap tap* Is this thing still on?
So it’s been a bit. I could say I’ve been busy. I’ve used that excuse before. And in this case it would be true. I have been VERY busy. But I’ve been thinking about this blog a lot, and the only excuse I have for not keeping up with it is that by the time I’m finished being busy, I’m too tired to do anything about it.
So let’s catch up.
I’m in Tampa now. Permanently. For good. Forever. I’m never leaving again. I don’t normally like giving the end of the story away at the beginning, but you need to know where I’m going, so there it is.
The last few months I had in Louisville were productive ones. I was working a part time job at a university (that is primarily a culinary school – though they do other things too), and making significantly less than what I was worth – but the Bell’s Palsy and Shingles went away, and I wasn’t as stressed. So that was cool.
And since it was part time, I got to be in a move “And Then I Go” – and I got to do a scene with Ele Bardha (who is one of the stunt guys in the TransFormers franchise). He’s the nicest guy… I got to see a lot of behind the scenes stuff from cell phone photos. I have a photo of myself with him somewhere. I’ll have to post it one day when I am able to find it. I also did a commercial for IGA (Shameless Plug: Youtube video of the commercial is embedded below – I’m the chick in the green and white sweater walking around in the background in the first scene, then on the right in the last scene).
Ultimately, though, I spent a lot of time interviewing for positions to bring me back to Tampa. The longer I stayed away, the more I missed it. Our lease in Kentucky was up at the end of the year and I realized that I didn’t want to renew it. Things weren’t looking so great on the job front – I was getting a lot of interviews, but not a job offer – so I finally decided to do what I do: take a gamble and hope for the best.
So I did. I used the last little bit of savings that I had to get an AirBnb, a plane ticket, and took a week at the beginning of last December to fly down. The place I rented was just outside of Oldsmar… it was incredible. So much better than any hotel I could have gotten. I had only one interview set up (a second one – I’d done the first one from Kentucky over the phone) but hoped that I’d get more while I was there). I went through the interview process I started, saw Rogue One with one of my friends, but never got another interview arranged. I was pretty devastated when I was getting on the plane to come back to Kentucky because I did not know how we were going to manage. As I boarded the plane, though, my phone rang and a job offer came in.
I now work at a private university here in town as their technical trainer and lab coordinator. I manage about 40 student employees. I make more money than I’ve ever made in my life. My benefits are amazing. And I get to be downtown every single day. Ormsby and I packed over Christmas and started driving on New Years Eve– we didn’t really get to have a proper holiday season.
But now it is March. And here we are. Back in the apartment complex I used to live in before (but this time near the back – still with the awesome lake view, though… that was not compromisable). I got a two bedroom this time… a one bedroom like what I had worked for me, but it’s not enough for two people. I miss my old apartment terribly, and it’s hard being back without Satine, but Milo and Cleo are adjusting nicely and the familiarity is nice.
I truly love my job, too… not just because of the paycheck, but because it’s engaging. It’s challenging, and it wears me out, but in a really good way. I love the students I work with, and I’m enjoying making the job “mine”. Plus, downtown Tampa is one of my favorite areas in the city, and getting to be right in the heart of it is a really great thing.
Ormsby is doing well. He’s still looking for a job, and that can be disheartening at times – it’s hard getting rejection letter after rejection letter (I remember that from when I was applying), but he’s loving the weather and is still fascinated by the new sights and smells, as well as the animals.
Being single income has been challenging – but I am more than capable of handling it with what I make. So much so that I was able to pay the bills last month and STILL take us both to Disney World (to see Hollywood Studios and all the Star Wars stuff). And we’ll be going to Star Wars celebration in April. I mean it’s in Orlando. And we’re so close. Why would we NOT go? I’ve ordered several costumes, and I’ll wear the Slave Leia costume I wore over Halloween as well for at least one of the days.
So things are out of order a little, but they are getting to be BACK in order – and in a better order than they ever were in. Life is, at least for me (and hopefully Ormsby will feel this way about it too… eventually) better for me than it is anywhere else. My potential is greater, my inspiration is better, and my intuition is stronger.
See, Tampa is my home. I think I’ve always known that… but nothing drove it home harder than when I moved away from it. I’m glad to be back. And I’m not moving away from it ever again.