The end of summer is upon us! I can’t say I am sad. Summer is usually my most FAVE time of year (it <usually> helps that my bday is in Aug). But, this summer was completely different! I cannot WAIT for the summer to end!
June was not really so bad, I was job hunting and very optimistic! I was working my LegalShield business hard and life was good! As July approached I was getting more nervous about the end of unemployment, but I still had it all together! I was focused and confident. That ALLLLLLLLL changed on Sunday, July 27. I spent Sat night in Redondo with my amazing Jersey friend and we had a great time! Sunday itself was amazing we went to church (practically on the beach) and had an amazing brunch. Then, it down poured and literally confused the shit out of us (hey, 2 Jersey girls living in CA where “it never rains in southern California”) we both knew there was a sign in all the rain (not to mention the lemon LITERALLY being thrown into the car as we drove). Well earlier that morning in Encinitas (where I live) there was a MAJOR down pour! And, since my building (along with 1 other) was under construction and the roofs were not yet finished and NOT tarped (see “It Doesn’t Rain in Southern California comment above and also the Tony! Toni! Tone! Song!) so it rained INSIDE our homes! Yes, really!
So for me – I have lost my laptop, my bedding and 2 pillows, my mattress was rained on (heavily) as well as my chair! This is super fun to come home to at 11pm at night (after an AMAZING sun with great friends!) OHHH it all went downhill from here. I spent 3 FULL days in my apartment waiting on the crew who “was coming over right away”, I lost 3 full days of job hunting (tick tock unemployment) I also lost my sanity and my positivity! And of course all of the structural damage (you know, walls ceiling just the basics). There were 20 units who suffered through this “rain event”. Some folks only suffered property damage, some folks suffered MORE personal damage than I did. Bottom line life began to suck for ALLL of us!
After hours of pushing the construction company to do the right thing, a majority of us were moved to a motel (I use the term motel lightly as there were no tissues and there were hookers! NOT the equivalent to the home I rent). The Gateau was NOT a happy camper to say the least.
A week later (after neighbor dinners and LOTS of cocktails) we moved home! YAY it was my bday weekend! Those of you who KNOW me KNOWWW I love my bday and it is a MAJOR holiday in my life. Well, this year I had the absolute worst birthday of my life! I planned a low key pool party on the Sat before my bday for all of my friends – pool and cocktails just chilling – yeah well it POURED (again!) I was devastated! And due to a miscommunication I ended spending my actual birthday by myself (it almost broke me). I was like F it I am going to the pool and I am bringing LOTS of cocktails! Well at about 3pm (I am 3 sheets to the wind, and I have a fabulous steak marinated) I get a call from my BFF’s (enter sarcasm) from the construction company that they need to re-check my unit for water damage. I was like “ok, I have a roof now so it is all good let’s check”!
OMG! OMG! OMG! It was NOT OK! I had MORE water damage! Yes, MORE!!!!! All of the construction grade dehumidifiers used in the past week were useless! The Gateau and I (and my fab neighbors) had to move to another hotel! I was livid and upset! It was my bday, I was not exactly sober and I was exhausted! With the amazing help of my move fave neighbor EVER in my lifetime – Gateau and I moved into the Days Inn (OMG!! Ritz Carlton compared to the motel 6!)
This move all but did me in – literally! My spirit was broken, my positivity was destroyed. I was DARK, I have never been in such a dark place in my life (and yes, this includes 2007 after losing my mom and Uncle Ed and Mommy Trent oh yeah AND breaking my foot). I could NOT see light, I could not see hope! All I could see was a motel room ¼ of the size of my home, a cat who was freaking out, no job, and unemployment ticking. It was BAD!!!!! I have never ever in my life not been able to pull myself out of a space like this! I was worried as were my friends. This was the darkest time of my life. But, thankfully to my AMAZING friends (mostly Kim <you so deserve this shout out #justsaying> and Monica) I didn’t fall into the dark side! I fought! And I sought God, and went to Church! and Monica) I didn’t fall into the dark side! I fought! And I sought God, and went to Church!
Last Friday the AMAZING drywall crew (my most FAVE crew onsite EVER) came to fix my walls and ceiling. Gateau went to daycare for the day, and I spent the majority of the day at the eye doc trying to figure out what the heck was wrong with my eye!!! Construction wise all was good – until Weds; I had some demo cracks and issues so the crew had to come back (a MAJOR shout out to Travis for coming to fix this crap in the AM and having knee surgery at 3pm – (see my fave crew ever). Fri night ended with an amazing birthday re-do thanks to my great friend Lydia and Sherri! We had a wine tasting night!! So Fun!!
Ok, fast forward to today, Thursday, August 28, 2014; I was ensured my painting would take only one day. I was proactive and got the paint colors from my landlord. I woke up this am, fed Gateau, gave him some kitty xanaz and put him in his carrier! Off to kitty day care we went for the 2nd time in 6 days. I had back to back eye appointments (yay my dermatologist and my eye doc disagree on diagnosis,) but REALLY YAY the creams the derm gave me fixed the red eye!! I look human!!!!!
Ok, moving on – painting is NOT done today! They need more time tomorrow! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRr! So for the FIRST time since Gateau was neutered as a kitten he is spending the night away from home. I am beyond heartbroken! I HATE the thought of him in a cage, thinking I left him there! I am so sad. BUT I know this was the best decision for him! My place is still full of plastic and more work has to be done. It is better to keep him in 1 place over night vs. bringing him home and fighting him into a crate tomorrow AM. My heart still hurts.
There has been a lot of good that has come out of this – bonding with neighbors, a new laptop, etc. This whole experience has challenged me to explore my faith – for that I am forever Grateful! I am (somewhat) positive again, I see the light at the end of the tunnel, I HAVE Faith! I KNOW I am going to make it through this storm. But this has NOT been an easy journey, and I fear it isn’t over yet. I am doing the best I can do step by step.
This is not a sales pitch; I am beyond grateful for my access to my LegalShield attorney who I have talked to almost every other day! While I may not have grounds for a lawsuit it, or the law was not on my side I HAVE access to the top law firm in LA with 1 phone call! I feel sooo blessed for that!
Ok, I am ending this block with ONE caveat – I have not re-read it, and I have not proofead it. Kindly deal with any issues you may find, thanks!!
Here is to an AMAZING fall!!!