To say 2022 has been what I expected, would honestly be a huge disservice. And while I know every year will have its own ups and downs, the ones this year really threw me for a loop. So since I had a 9 month unexpected break, here is a little update on what has been going on behind the scenes!
First, we have had a lot of family crisis’. We started the year off strong with my nephew being diagnosed with stage 4 Wilm’s tumor. That is a kidney cancer and it has metastasized to his lungs. Shortly after, I found an aunt on 23andMe that my family didn’t know about. A few more things happened, Joe’s grandpa Bob passed, then in July, Joe’s father unexpectedly passed. I have also been awaiting a surgery for a while and was given a date (day after my birthday in August), which last minute got moved to “sometime in October.” I started therapy earlier this year to help handle my anxiety around all the unknowns, was diagnosed with OCD, and started anti-anxiety medication. We also did a little bit of local-ish travelling, wine tours, being with friends, and a bigger trip to Disneyland. Add in the ongoing literal pandemic, and I have been a little burnt-out from just going through life behind the scenes here.
Projects have definitely slowed down, but they didn’t come to a complete stop! Because of the upcoming surgery/general overwhelm, I didn’t do a garden this year. One day to channel my anxious energy, I dug a trench to drop down our DIY irrigation, and then never finished. So there’s that. However, I have gotten the kitchen to about 95% done and been living with that for months. It feels so close to being done, but something shiny always catches my eye and I start something new instead haha! I have done a few smaller things around the house and I can’t wait to share them with you!
Some project updates you can look forward to reading:
- Kitchen update
- bathroom refresh
- re-caulking the bathtub (and lessons I learned)
- painting the house trim
- faux wood garage doors
- backyard patio refresh and our new furniture
- plans for the office
- and more!
Thank you for allowing me space to grieve, process, and grow.