I'm quite proud to announce that I have joined the burlesque troupe, Naughty & Spice, as Lydia Vox and have kittened for one show and performed in another. (Kittening is a term for setting up and picking up all the props. I was their "kitten".) It has been spectacular. We are currently on a winter break, but will be resuming practice in February.
Serge and Sew is still proving to be a fabulous job. I'm teaching classes now. Seems so odd to be teaching quilting classes to people who have been quilting for decades. But it seems to mostly be a social thing.
Then again... my quilting experience has expanded a substantial amount in the last 8 months. I've made three quilts and numerous smaller projects.
On the whole, life in Nanaimo has proved to be as excellent as I remember. Though I do miss my friends and family from the north a great deal. They were always around. Everything was a social event. Even at work, my coworkers were my friends and Miake had her lunch at my store more often than not. Evenings were full of dinners and D&D. Weekends consisted of snowshoeing or hiking or geocaching, making labyrinths or monster cookies.
Now, I spend an awful lot of time on my own. Sewing... But still by myself. I see my friends occasionally, yet it seems so formal. Like there has to be a reason to get together. No one just stops by because they felt like it. I do miss this.
And my Hashimoto's Thyroiditis seems to be getting worse. Half the time I don't want to do anything even if I could. I simply don't have the energy. Falling asleep at 8pm is becoming a more frequent occurrence.
For some reason, being here has made me more inclined to walk everywhere, even though I have farther to go than I did in Houston. And I've joined a gym and started cooking regularly. So it has its ups and downs.
Glad we made this step, though it may be some time before I feel established. Of course, knowing me, by that time I'll want to go somewhere else. Or have some other new endeavour. Never could sit still for long...