Here we go again! Only this time I am pretty sure it is the last move. Ever. We have moved from Alabama to Texas.
We are now in San Antonio Texas. It is huge! Over ten years I lived in a quiet rural neighborhood. My biggest decision of the day was, do I take a walk this morning or should I do some gardening. Not so now. Now I have much bigger decisions to make. “San Antonio is the seventh most populous city in the United States… and the second most populous city in the state of Texas, with a population of 1.3 million. It was the fastest growing of the top 10 largest cities in the United States from 2000-2010, and the second from 1990-2000.”
Now why didn’t I check that out before deciding to move here?
Wow! Like wow! So now what I need to get use to is, it takes a minimum of 30 to 40 minutes to get anywhere I want to get on major highways. That was not the case before. I could drive some mornings with only seeing one or two cars and I would travel maybe on a busy day 15 to 20 minutes. And that was really stretching it. Talk about a low stress life right. I haven’t driven like this since I lived in Brussels.
I got here in San Antonio last Friday. The first thing that hit me was driving in rush hour traffic directly into the sunset in late afternoon. OMG friends!! I had to pull over and wait for the sun to begin to set so I could see the freaking road. How on earth can every travel 70 miles an hour directly into the sun! And I couldn’t even see the stripe on the road to see if I was in my lane. Oh yes, a real eye opener to be sure. Or should I say a eye shutter!
Okay, exhausted, blinded and hungry I pulled off with my husband behind me following me in our small motorhome. We proceeded to “unload” at each other weeks of stress regarding moving interstate from Alabama to Texas. After sitting in a parking intensely discussing (okay we where yelling) we both realized it was time “to put our own oxygen mask on” and take care of ourselves first then everything else. Isn’t that what they tell you when you are in airplane? In case of an emergency put your own mask on first then help others? It really makes so much sense. The best thing we did was just sit there until the sun began to set.
We have spent the next few days figuring out how to create some semblance of a routine to take care of ourselves first then all the business at hand second. Today was the first day I began to feel like my old self. Optimistic, prepared to take on the world.
What caused the change? Still I have a ton on my plate today. What made the change was I looked over on the couch and there was Lizzie sacked out relaxing. I realized that she knew when to recharge and take care of herself and I was up at five o’clock rushing around doing laundry, cleaning up and organizing. Enough! I thought this is stupid.
So I stopped and grabbed the morning paper, my cuppa joe then decided to watch Mike and Stephanie tell me about the weather. How relaxing. And I learned that San Antonio got 3.51” of rain in the last 12 hours. I even had time to sit and blog for a bit. Time to cozy down and do some chilllaxin’, put on my heal thyself mentality and do some down time.
Now that is what I am talking about!