Monday, October 20, 2014

My, What a Long Time It Has Been (A return to the blogging world)



It has been eight months since I have been active on my blog. Wow.  I have never been away this long.  I admit a part of me feels weird (and a bit guilty) writing something not work-related.  I am a technical writer so 'writing' should come easy.  The words should be flowing but my thoughts, addled with awkwardness, are undermining me.  No,Tara, staring at the screen with your nervous fingers hovering over the keyboard is not going to prove fruitful.  Like a chilly pool on a hot summer day, I cannot slowly ease my way into the water one step at a time.  I have to jump in and get it over with quickly.  Here I am, jumping back in the world of blogging without hesitation (albeit with some reservations).

In the months previous, I had my birthday, went to Viva Las Vegas 17, visited my husband's family in Pennsylvania, traveled to South Florida, got a new tattoo, became one of 'those people' with a FitBit, rediscovered my love of running, visited with my parents (many times), bought some vintage goodies for myself and my home, worked, got a promotion (even though my pay grade is still the same), and began the process of removing my two+ years of black hair color.  I want to go back to my red hair but it is going to be a while before I reach 'color nirvana.'

Viva 17 (the 5th to the 8th of April) was probably my favorite year so far.  Not only did I have three Whirling Turban dresses in my wardrobe, I had an amazing time hanging out with friends, enjoying Las Vegas, dining, dancing, shopping, staying up way too late, and single-handedly helping to increase the stock value of Belvedere Vodka.  Some Viva-goers drink PBR, some enjoy Sailor Jerry Rum, but this girl loves her vodka and tonics.  Yes, indeed.  Pass the lime wedge, please.

Viva came and went (always too quickly it seems) and before I could say "Shaheen," summer was upon us.  Despite the fact the calendar read "June, July, August," the weather in the DC area was a far cry from the iron grip of humidity and stagnant heat that cripples the traffic-clogged, surburban metropolis.  Instead of  summer in DC, the cooler-than-average temperatures made it feel like a 'weekend in Maine.'  I felt cheated while my co-workers and neighbors celebrated a break from the heat.  Luckily, I got my 'heat fix' in August when I visited Boca Raton to spend time with my husband's family.

Before I went to Boca, I got a new tattoo from my amazing artist, Liaa Walter of Cirque du Rouge Tattoo in Washington, DC.  As of this month, Liaa has been my one-and-only artist for two years!  Liaa is not only talented, she is kind, sweet, intelligent, and wonderful to talk to when my skin is getting jabbed. Here is my new piece:

This is a maneki-neko to celebrate the love of my father and to honor him.  My father, who is about to turn 75, has Alzheimer's disease.  This month will mark three years since his official diagnosis.  Daddy has good and bad days along with moments that can be very unsettling.  I try to visit my parents often and I have learned in these last few years to just be there and love each moment.   I cannot fight this process.  I am powerless to stop the progression of Daddy's mental decline.  However, I can keep up my visits, help out whenever I can, call Mom and Daddy everyday, and know that each day Daddy is with us as a gift.

Here is me and Daddy a couple of weeks ago:
Daddy was having a good day.  He was happy, smiling, and we were having a beer after a long walk.  Let me tell you, moments like this make me so filled with joy.  I want to cry but I must find the joy right now.  I have to. I need to.

In addition to traveling, getting a tattoo, family time, and work; I have decided to go from black hair:
To a red shade:


In early September, I started the process to remove over two year's worth of black, 1evel 1B, hair color.  I enjoyed my dark hair but it is time for something new.  Since I was born a redhead (even though most of the golden red tones have naturally faded), my new color is easier to maintain because I will be able to go six weeks between salon touch-ups instead of four.  My next appointment will be in two weeks (last one was on the 19th of September).  I am excited to see how my hair will turn out!

I am all caught up and I got my 'blogging legs' back.  You know what?  It feels good to be back.











13 comments:

  1. Thank you! It feels fabulous to be back!

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  2. It's good to see you back and I love the new tattoo, I see you have cherry blossom in this one too.

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    1. Thank you! :) It feels good to be blogging again! And I love my lucky cat with my cherry blossoms! I just love them! I love all flowers really!

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  3. I also have a lucky cat tattoo. I have him on the outside of my right thigh. Mine has pear blossoms instead of sakura blossoms. I've been wanting to add more of a background to him but can't decide what/how.

    I haven't blogged in a while either. I just haven't felt like it. I also don't do a lot so it's not like I have a lot to blog about.

    lol you're going from black to red and I'm think about going from red to black. Or a nice deep purple. Not sure yet.

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    1. Aren't lucky cats just fun and cute? I love the symbolism and history behind them as well!

      I was so out of sorts for a while and I had no time nor the interest to write! I realize now how much I missed it!

      Going from red to black will hopefully be easier for you! Going from black to red is tough!! I cannot wait for my color to lighten up. It will take time though.

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  4. Nice to see you again! So sorry to hear about your Dad. Glad to hear you are enjoying every moment you have with him!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it has been tough regarding the issues with my dad. I hope they find a cure for Alzheimer's patients soon. This disease is beyond cruel. I just want to be there for him and my mom as much as possible.

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  5. I was wondering where you had gone (and missing you posts) So Welcome Back!
    The Black looks good on you but Girl you Rock the Red the Best

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  6. Yay!! You're back! We've missed you. Your hair looks amazing. That last picture is definitely WCW (woman crush Wednesday) worthy!!

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