I can’t believe it’s already November and it’s time for Thanksgiving. This year went by so fast. I feel like we’re still trying to process 2020 and it’s like 2022 is a little more than a month away. Like last year, here’s my list of things I’m thankful for this year!
They’ve been super helpful this year throughout my condo buying and moving out process. Luckily, I just moved to the other side of town, so I’m 15 minutes away from them. I still meet up with them on Friday nights for date night—dinner out at a restaurant in town—and of course, I still go home to see the pets.
Back in January when I briefly looked into condos, I didn’t think I’d actually buy one this year. I feel lucky to have gotten the one that I did; I first saw it on a Wednesday, the next day put in a offer, on that Friday found out I didn’t get it, but then got a call from my real estate agent Saturday morning saying the other offer fell through and if I still wanted the condo, it was mine and the seller would sign the papers that day. It was such a whirlwind and it took me a while to realize, oh okay, I bought a condo.
I moved out of my parents’ house in July, and I finally really feel settled now. After a few snafus early on after moving in, everything is good now and I can focus on just living here and enjoying it. I’m grateful that it’s a space I can afford on my own, a space that feels like home to me, and a space where I can start my own life. I’ve enjoyed sharing my progress on here in the “Condo Chronicles” series and it’s also a way for me to look back and see how things have already changed since moving in.
After all of the uncertainty of 2020, it felt really good to be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. My parents were fully vaccinated by April, and I was fully vaccinated in May. Being vaccinated made me feel more comfortable to start going out again; the mask mandates were lifted for the summer, but now I wear my mask when I go out in public/into stores just in case.
I got my flu shot in the middle of October—something I do every year anyway—and this past Sunday I got my COVID booster since I was over the six months out mark. I didn’t feel any bad side effects; my arm hurt a bit and I felt tired the next day, but nothing terrible. I got the booster on Sunday knowing that I’d be off this week and could recuperate if needed.
Old and New Friends
One of the big get-togethers my friends/co-workers and I had this year was a surprise party for my birthday in May. It was our first time actually hanging out outside of work as vaccinated individuals, and it was a lot of fun.
I hung up my ice cream scoop in June and retired from my ice cream shop job, and I do miss the girls I worked with. But I know I could reach out to a handful of them if I ever needed to.
And as I talked about in my post last week, I’ve met a bunch of new people through the theater group I volunteer with.
I know it probably sounds super cliché to be thankful for my boyfriend, but after not being in a relationship for 6 years and finding someone on a dating app who wanted the same thing I did, I am thankful for him. He’s been a great support system during all of the life transitions I’ve been through, it’s nice to have an adventure buddy, and he’s just wonderful.
I’m heading home this afternoon to spend Thanksgiving with my parents. I’m sleeping over tonight and tomorrow night on my air mattress in my old bedroom. I plan on writing a post about my experience going home for the first time for the holiday (since I’ve always been home prior to moving out). I’m excited for all of the food and getting some leftovers to bring back with me. And spending time with the pets!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 🙂