I survived my first week at my new job and loved it! I can’t share what I’m doing because it’s probably top secret, and I signed a bunch of contracts on my first day, etc., but when I can, I will. Also, next week I’m traveling! I’m a traveling graphic designer. That hardly ever happens! I’m so excited. I know it’s fresh and new now, so it seems like a super fun fast-lane sort of life and will probably get old soon but I secretly think it won’t. The travel for this job is to the most beautiful places. I keep pinching myself I can’t believe this is my job. I can’t believe it’s real! I feel scared that something bad will happen because I don’t deserve this great job. But maybe I do deserve it. I’m going to work my butt off to prove that I do.
The sad news is that my working my butt off means long hours away from Bug and home. Bug is doing fine because she’s seventeen and has her own full life. Cody not so much. So we made the difficult decision to let my parents take care of Cody. I miss him like crazy but staying in an apartment all day alone is not a good life for a dog. It’s hard enough that he doesn’t have his buddy Whiskey anymore.
At first it was hard to leave him. My parents reported to me that after I left he was sad and curled up by the door waiting for me to come back. Thankfully that didn’t last long. A few treats here and there and lots of walks and now Cody and my dad are best buddies.
I mean, it’s not the worst life out there in the sticks for a dog. My dad and I walk every morning at the same time and chat via headphones so now I get daily pictures and reports on how Cody is doing. Sometimes my dad even puts me on speaker phone and Cody will bark at me. It’s cute.
But because I gave my parents a dog, they were now over their pet limit at their HOA so I got to take home a cat in exchange. I now have three cats. Kady (the one I’ve had the longest), Inky (who Bug has claimed), and now Rosy. They are all actually littermates that my mom rescued nine years ago when their feral mother left them in my mom’s front yard. They’ve been separated over the years but funny enough when we brought them back together, they got along just fine! I’m so relieved. You know I’ve had so much trouble introducing new cats in the past I’m a bit traumatized. These three cats get along great. They don’t love each other. It’s not a lick fest cuddle puddle or anything but nobody really gets upset if they get too close to each other. They all mildly tolerate each other like typical siblings. Maybe someday they’ll learn to cuddle together.
And that’s my news! It’s been raining like crazy, and the park is flooded but I’m happy in my cozy apartment and my fun new job.
I’m so happy for you!!!!!! You deserve this. Also so sorry about not getting to have your pup at home, but 3 cats isn’t too bad ;-)
I have followed your blog pretty much since day one. I am so happy for and proud of you!
I am thrilled about your new mysterious job! Isn’t it funny how you are actually a secret agent now?
Congrats on the new job! And you DO deserve it! You deserve good things.
I’m so happy for you on the job! Want to hear more details when you can and I hope you’re traveling when the weather is better! Glad Cody is pals with your Dad now and welcome Rosy!
You’re moving up in the World. You deserve this and your Internet friends are all rooting for you! You got this!
Congratulations on the new job! Cody is living the dream in the sticks — he looks like he is enjoying the adventure!
You job sounds PERFECT for you! I’m glad Cody is happy but a bummer to not have him around anymore. Thank goodness for no cat drama!
Congratulations on your new job, SAJ! I’m glad Cody is settling in and so is your new kitty- I understand that feeling of “uhhh, fingers crossed that they get along!” (We have a tiny dog and an elderly Siamese and they do tolerate each other).
A new chapter for you- on to new adventures! I’m so happy for you.