I am out in Arizona now and I am staying for the month of January. I plan to use this time to recover, heal, make some new art and mostly just be. I will see what it is like to only have to care for myself. I will see what it is like to only have to cook for myself. These are all things that many of my friends take for granted. I will never take these things for granted. Ever.
We both arrived Friday. We left a day early due to the big ice storm that hit Boston. We wanted to get out before it hit. We were glad we did even though it cost us so much extra to change the tickets. I will be so glad when I don't have to fly so much anymore. Especially in winter. The trip out here is becoming more and more difficult for me physically. In fact, my leg went numb for the entire day yesterday and I was quite worried that I had a clot or something. But it is much better today thankfully.
When I am finally living out here permanently in June, I will be sure to only visit the east coast during the summer months. I will never have to travel on school vacation ever again.
I shipped out 13 boxes of art supplies before I left Boston. I paid an extra 30 dollars to have UPS come and pick them up as they were quite heavy. They are due to arrive on Friday, December 29th. So far so good. I am tracking their progress and they are currently in Illinois. I love being able to track packages and know exactly when they will be delivered.
My first few days whenever I arrive are always spent just absorbing my home. Walking around, touching things. Making sure they are real and that it is not a dream. When I am back in Boston I sometimes feel that this is just a dream. And that I will never get here. At my age you can't take anything for granted.
It is funny, but, many people do not understand why we love it here so much. My answer is, I don't really know. Yes, summer is unbearable. No, there isn't much rain. Yes, it is mostly brown with olive greens. Yes, there are scorpions, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, mountain lions, etc.
But love it I do. I hope to live out the rest of my life here.