On occasion, I treat myself to a nice dinner out. (This doesn’t include my kid’s meals from Wendy’s drive-thru. My grandchildren have the toy-proof). Yes, I go by myself and that’s okay; I love watching people and it’s nice to think that instead of a box meal from my freezer, I’m getting something fresh—from a restaurant freezer.
I’ve treated myself a lot in 2018. The result—wonderful memories. Some “treats” were intentional, as I promised myself in an earlier blog post: my three trips to North Dakota this spring and summer to connect with family, restarting my part-time photography business, connecting with classmates at my 55th class reunion in Pasco, WA; a trip to the Big Island to spend time with my niece Nannette and nephew Kevin and his family, and Thanksgiving with my daughter Courtney and her family in Alberton, MT. My decision to have a mini-face lift in February was intentional, although there are other names one could think of, I’m sure.
I also promised myself I would be less reactionary this year only to find out… that’s just not me. I’m an adventurer and a risk-taker. The fact that I made an offer to buy a 112-year-old bar in Almont, North Dakota with visions of creating a seasonal business is a clue to my, oft times, impulsive nature. After my 90 days of temporary insanity, I realized that while possible, it would not have been in the best interest of family. That doesn’t mean I won’t treat myself to North Dakota trips in the future, including visits to look wistfully at the old bar.
I don’t know if the decision this fall to sell my Puyallup home of 32 years was intentional or reactionary or something in between. I was ready to move on, something I could not have done in 2017 right after Scott passed away. But this year I was so ready that once I let go of the Almont dream, I decided to buy a new-build home in Bonney Lake, WA in a planned community called Tehaleh. Talk about treating myself! I’ve never had a new home before and it’s been great fun choosing finishes and imagining the creative touches I can bring to the interior and the yard. The new home won’t be ready for move-in till late January. In the meantime, because of the sale of my house and the kindness of a friend, my niece Jessica and I are staying in Edgewood while the owners snow-bird in Palm Springs. Let’s hope the new build is ready on time. They return the first of February.
In addition to the move, I am curious about what awaits in 2019. It could include a return to Australia, a place I lived and worked for 18 months almost 50 years ago. How blessed am I to even consider such treat!