- Valentine's Day was pleasant and relatively uneventful. Went on a walk, then ate pizza with my platonic male housemate, watched some TV, then talked to R until 1a.m. Really fun and relaxed conversation, which left me feeling closer to him.
- One other Valentine's activity: making cut out Valentine for my Interplay theatre teacher. I let my inner child come out and play and had a fabulous time with the decorative paper, fancy scissors, and glue stick. Yay! Need to do this more often. Had everyone in class sign it last night and delivered to her at closing circle. She said she hadn't gotten a Valentine in a long time, which made it all the more fun.
- Conversations between R and I have definitely shifted from majority processing to majority getting to know each other and sharing feelings. In one conversation when I suggested we share our intentions for the visit, he busted out with, "Well, I hope that everything goes well and we end up finding a way to be together." or something like that. Intense! One the one hand, I like knowing he wants that outcome, and on the other hand it's a little scary. Over time, I have come to mistrust immediate intensity (and he is part of that mistrust!), so even though we have years of previous history, I am really trying to keep to the "one step at a time" approach. But I can't deny that feelings are growing on both sides the more we talk.
- His visit has fueled my motivation to get in better shape. I would like to lose 15-20 pounds. Do you think this is possible in two weeks? haha But I figure I can make a bit of headway and feel a little more toned. So I have been doing sit-ups and stretching every day and went running for the fourth time yesterday. I already feel a difference, though a girl at my Sunday dance group said she couldn't see any change. :(
- Received relief-giving news yesterday when I FINALLY got ahold of the Employment Development Department and a lovely man informed me I am eligible for unemployment extensions until July, at which point I need to reapply. . .and would then likely receive continuing benefits. Now believe me, unemployment compensation is not cushy income (I don't think it should be), and I am barely getting by. I definitely intend to find a new job asap, both for the purpose of feeling productive and purposeful and for the more adequate income/health benefits, but it is a relief to know my safety net will not give way when this extension ends in a couple of weeks.
That's all the excitement for now. That and we just had a huge hailstorm, leading to sun and blue sky. Hoping that this week does not drag on and on and on. . .