Archives for June 2015

June 8, 2015

It’s Been Awhile…

It’s been a long couple of months and so much has happened in this short amount of time. And for once, all of it has been good! That’s not to say that little issues haven’t come up. They have. But while annoying, they were so insignificant compared to the good, large events, that it’s been so easy to let it roll off my back. For the most part. And that brings us to…

The List of Really Awesome Things That Have Happened to Melissa in the Last Two Months:

01) It’s Official!: As of April 11th, C and I became an official couple! We’ve been seeing each other since January 10th and finally talked about what we wanted and whether we wanted to be exclusive, and what do you know? It was what we both wanted. So, we made it happen, and I couldn’t be happier. Because of our completely opposite schedules (his is steady and graveyard shifts; mine is all over the place) we only get to see each once a week, but we make it work. I’ve met his sister and a couple of his friends and we all get along. It’s been so wonderful and we keep making plans for the summer. I have a feeling that this summer is going to be truly wonderful!

02) Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: I’ve officially won three different giveaways since early April! I’ve been the person that wins things. I hardly ever get a winning scratcher ticket. I’ve won maybe one raffle in my whole life. And I’ve won a couple book blogger contests for free books twice. Which was all awesome since some people never win anything. But for once in my life, I won big! The first giveaway was from Inn at the Market hotel in Seattle. I was the winner of a free night stay in one of their water view rooms, 2 free tickets to the Pompeii exhibit at Pacific Science Center and 2 free tickets for Amtrak! I’ll blog more about the stay later on but I still have to claim the tickets for Amtrak and I’m still trying to figure out whether I want to claim them for a simple and fast round-trip ride to Portland, Oregon (never been there) or to San Francisco, California. Anyone have any input? I’d love to hear it!

The second contest was for a photoshoot from a local photographer. I entered, but not for me. I didn’t expect to win, but knew what I was planning to do if I did win. I gave the photoshoot to my friend and former roommate, Twitchy. I wanted him to have the opportunity to get professional photos taken with him and his two adorable children. It felt really good to do that and to win it for him.

And the last was from Barbara Poelle on twitter, to win three copies of brand new, recently released novels. Heck yes, man! I’ve been on a lucky streak and I am counting my blessings.

03) The Nomad Moves — Again: I’ve been in Washington for 3 years and 5 months now and I have moved 6 times now. It’s crazy and it doesn’t make me happy at all, but hey. It’s life. The longest I’ve stayed in one location is 8 months. My last roommate was a friend who took me in when a former roommate became abusive. It was a very ugly situation and I’m thankful to him for helping me. But it was always a temporary situation and I had been searching for a room to rent for months. But all the rooms available were at least 550 and not as close as I’d like to be, since I walk to and from work. But my co-worker and friend Rachel, decided she wanted to move from where she was and since we have been good friends for over a year now, she suggested we find a place together, and we did! We found an adorable duplex about 2.5 miles from where we both work. 2 bedrooms, one bath, huge living room, nice little kitchen with room for a table, a garage, tons of storage and a nice, full yard! It’s an old little building (from the 40’s) and has hardwood floors and little quirks like bizarre closets, but it’s ours and I love it. And for once, I’m not renting a room from a friend. It’s half mine. And it just makes me feel so damn happy!

Plus, as much as I like Twitchy and am thankful for his help, things weren’t the best. I kept getting pulled into drama with his ex. I honestly liked her. I wanted her to be happy and find happiness and I wanted him to be happy as well. But she kept trying to say that I was spreading lies about her and talking to his exes when I never did. I have no idea if he even believes me. And as of right now, I no longer care. I care about him. And I care about her. But I can’t deal with the drama and the backstabbing. I wanted out. And now, I’m gone. And I feel so much more free. I’ll always be there for them, especially him – since I knew him longer and best – and for their kids. I’m the honorary auntie! But I have to finally be selfish and care more about myself and my well-being for once. Which brings us to…

04) All’s Well With Alport: For those that don’t know, I have Alport Syndrome. It’s a genetic disorder and the only way I could have gotten it is from my father. I don’t know him, so I didn’t even know that he had it. But all of a sudden, about 3 years ago, I started having major problems with my kidneys that the doctors couldn’t figure out. It continued and became debilitating. Finally I went through a series of genetic tests and came up positive for Alport. It’s been …. a trial. I have up’s and down’s. My right kidney keeps trying to shut down. I have days at a time where I am so exhausted that I can barely get out of bed for work and even a four hour shift will put me down for 10 hours. But, after refusing dialysis and finally being convinced to try one last round of medications, I’m finally feeling a ton better. I’m far from better. My kidney will shut down. That is a fact. And eventually my other one will too. Alport will affect my vision and my hearing. These are facts. But in the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the extra time that these medications affords me and enjoy my life.

And there you have it. My lucky streak and my happy moments for the last two months. Like I said, it’s been a whirlwind!