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When It Rains It Pours

So, I’ve been moping around feeling sorry for myself over the last few weeks. Work has been busy and stressing me out.  My personal life is a mess. I’ve been bummed out because of my four-month weight loss plateau. Basically, I’ve been feeling pretty sorry for myself.

This week, a good friend of mine sat me down and had a talk with me.  She basically told me to snap out of it and appreciate all of the good things that have been happening to me.  She gave me a little pep talk and reminded of all the progress I have made. She is right. I have been acting foolishly.  For the last few days, I have been actively trying to be more cheerful and not dwell on the negative.

But then it happened…

I took my work computer home last night. There was a chance we may get freezing rain last night, and I wanted to be ready to work from home.  That, however, was not the problem.

Because I was reading on the metro and then the bus, I did not really pay as close attention to my stuff that I normally do.  As a result, I left my secondary bag, the one with my lunch, my make-up, an umbrella, my iPhone charger, (the new one I just bought), and my keys on the bus.

Of everything in that bag, the only things I am really upset about are the iPhone charger and the keys.  My apartment building has been great.  They gave me a replacement key until I can get my spare from my sister.  I have a spare car key, but it’s not an electronic one.  I will have to get that replaced. I can buy a new iPhone charger, but I’m just mad that I have to do that…again.

I was upset last night and today at work. But something happened on the way home from work. I stopped caring.

Walking through DC, on the metro, and bus home, I had the most amazing feeling of weightlessness.  It was freeing. I did not have to cart half of my life around with me.

I am moving at the end of the month to a new apartment in the same building. The manager told me that as long as I can return one set of keys, they won’t charge me a fee for the ones I do not have. Done. Someone told me that I can get my key replaced at home depot for $50.00. Done. And the rest? An inconvenience, but replaceable.

What I found surprising is that by letting go of the belongings that I lost, I also stopped caring about all of the other stuff that has been bothering me all month.

Weight isn’t just the physical girth we carry around on our bodies, it’s also all of the emotional baggage we carry around. The weight of those burdens has had me focused on all of the wrong things. Maybe losing that bag was a blessing in disguise.

Driving In Virginia

So, what feels like a million years ago, was really only about 14 years ago.  I used to live on the Maryland side of the DC Metro area.  I lived in Bethesda and attended the University of Maryland.  I could get anywhere in Maryland, no problem.

Virginia on the other hand was a huge maze.  My brother lived in VA and I did sometimes have to go there.  Then one of my friends moved to Virginia.  One day, I was with my brother and his future wife.  They were driving me to said friend’s house to pick up something. We got lost because I did not know where we were going.  This was long before Google maps, etc.  We had a small argument in the car which ended with me saying something like, “Don’t blame me.  I did not design the roads in Virginia!”

Well, shortly after that incident, I moved to Phoenix.  Unbeknownst to me, for years my brother and his wife used this phrase behind my back.  Any time they got lost, they would say, “OMG we’re lost! Quick call Colleen…oh wait, she didn’t design the roads in Virginia!”

This apparently went on for years.  When I moved back to this area and made Virginia my home, they never told me about this.  When my sister moved to Virginia, they told her.  She cracked up and waited until I was in their presence and told me about it.  We all had a good laugh.

Now that I live in Virginia, I have found my way around pretty well.  I still get lost as I have absolutely no sense of direction most of the time, but I’m doing better.  And yes, my family still teases me about not designing the roads in Virginia.

Well, now I know I will not be the only driver in Virginia lost most of the time.  My step-niece just got her learner’s permit and was out driving with my sister today.  I’m writing this post in part to warn everybody, be on the lookout

I went to visit my sister and my niece asked me if I had a stick-shift or automatic transmission.  I told her automatic and she looked relieved.  Of course, my sister has a stick-shift and my step-niece must have stalled it out about 20 times.  I was reminded of the time that my youngest sister purchased a Mazda Miata with a manual transmission when she did not even know how to drive a stick.  We must have sat through 4 cycles at a red light one time.  Hilarious.

It occurred to me that my niece is probably going to ask me to let her drive with me.  She did not ask me this time, but I suspect that she will in the future.

Get your helmets everyone!