It's also been a gift to truly get to know my nephew and niece; 12 and soon to be 11. I am not a kid person in general, but especially not a baby person so I LOVE this age! I am blessed that my sister has the mom gene and is doing all the dirty work so I just get to love on and impart my worldly rebel wisdom to 2 pretty cool kids! It's kind of crazy to be able to see several little similarities between them and me, my niece especially. While kind of crazy it really helps me understand them as people and hopefully is creating the kind of rapport that lets them know as they get older that they can always turn to Aunt Courtney.
Between her unrelenting work ethic and crazy hospital hours, my sister was the only person with whom I get didn't much time. It is still my hope that one day she will be able to take a long weekend and come to L.A with all the hippies and heathens for some long overdue sister fun!
The last three months have sharpened my adaptation and assimilation skills to a fine point so actually the month has flown. And I will be sad to say goodbye no doubt, but I must say that I am ready to head back to La La Land and be able to finally and completely UNPACK. Normally I would say that I'm ready to go home, but recently L.A is not exactly feeling like home. I am going back with a very unsettled and uncertain feeling. That could easily be because I've been gone for four months, experienced and changed a lot, etc. It could also be because of having the seed planted in my mind that I may have to move shortly should my landlords decide to take it back for their family. I don't know who's life is waiting for me back there. I guess I'll find out in 3 days. Even my cat, Zoe has apparently fallen in love with the new guy staying with her.
I am however fairly certain I found a job, I have a finalizing meeting scheduled for January 4th, so I know I will at least be able to pay my rent. I contacted RealRyder International (the company that makes the bikes in the cycling studio I was previously working for) and they had an opening for an office manager at their Santa Monica headquarters. Since it is not a studio, I will not be getting up at 4:30 in the morning but rather will hold the more tolerable hours of 8-4. For my own sanity I needed to make that tweak so I wouldn't feel the oppression of saying I work 9-5 and also so I would still be able to make my yoga and dance classes in the evening. It's obviously not my dream job, but one needs a job that affords them to continue to pursue their dream career. Or in my case, careers. As I said in my very first entry, I have several fires in my belly; writing, photography, dancing, acting, and collage art. When people ask me now what I do, I will say in all confidence... I am an artist, all encompassing.
I wish you all a very Happy Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, Festivus... and New Year! I will be back in L.A by the 28th.... so if you see someone that looks like me painting the town red on New Year's Eve, tis not a mirage ;-)