This month flew by quickly, and it’s been a weird one — not a lot happened, really, but it’s been a bit of a roller coaster.
(Mayhem might be a little overdramatic… but I ran with it. #dontjudgeme)
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If we were having tea, I’d tell you that Grady’s hometown had a major fire.
The first week of May, the entire city of over 80,000 were evacuated, including Grady’s family and some of our close friends. An entire neighbourhood is gone, and several more are severely damaged.
It was pretty intense, and there was a lot of shuffling around and adaptation throughout the month, for family activities and helping each other out. I think there was a whole week where I didn’t do any blog work so I could be there for Grady, even though he didn’t even really recognize that he was in a panic. Luckily, his family is safe and his house is as well, as far as we know.
The support of the entire country and even other countries around the world has been amazing, and I think I can speak for Grady and everyone else affected when I say that we are all so grateful. The fire has grown drastically, but with all the help being sent out, it appears to manageable and residents were set to return Wednesday.
If you’d like to donate to help out, please visit the Red Cross here. Hugs and love from both of us 🙂
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that Matrix is officially one year old!
He turned one year last week, on June 2nd. (At least, that’s what the SPCA estimated.)
We had originally planned to get him a window perch, because he LOVES looking outside, but instead we actually rearranged our furniture, and he’s found a new way to peek outside —perching on top of the shelf at my desk!
Look how much he’s grown!
He’s still adorable and loving, and very cuddly. Happy belated, Matrix!
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that I’ve finally signed up for counselling about my sexual assault.
Last summer around this time I realized that I was raped.
It was really hard, and the past year has been very up and down and confusing. Sex itself changed for me, and I’ve gotten a bit insecure and uncertain about who I am.
So during the last week of May, I looked into counselling options, finally. I had kind of been putting it off partially because I didn’t want to, I just wanted to deal with it myself. But it was also because I wasn’t ready to face it, I don’t think. It was enough of a shock to realize.
Now I’ve finally decided to do it. And I’m really happy about it! I know it’s going to be hard, but I need this. I’m ready to be happy again. (Weird to say, I know, but that’s what it is.)
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that I’m sort of in shock about it being June.
Ten months ago, I started working as a substitute teacher, and nine months ago I started really committing to blogging.
That sounds like a LOT of time! How did it go by so quickly?!
It’s really got me reflecting a lot about this past year. I’ve grown a lot — not to brag, but seriously. I’ve learned so much about teaching. I can’t imagine the first year full-time teaching must be like, after my year of substitute teaching!
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that I’ve officially found an online game that I like.
It’s called Overwatch.
Grady kind of tricked me — I had no idea how big this game is or how new it is. But he showed me this animated short on YouTube and it looked really cool. After watching him play, it looked interesting so I gave it a go and actually liked it! (And the other animated shorts are pretty cool, too.)
Then I found out it was made by Blizzard, one of the biggest video game companies out there — they created Starcraft and World of Warcraft, which even people who don’t game have probably heard of.
Overwatch is much less complicated than League of Legends, which is another well-known game that I tried once and got bored of. I just didn’t like how much time it would take to get good at it.
I like games with interesting characters and story — I don’t really play video games that much, so I like stuff that really grabs me. And I really like this one!
It doesn’t have a lot of story, but the videos on YouTube kind of give it some nice background. The characters are pretty cool, and in terms of abilities, they have some neat ones. I’ve heard it’s similar to Team Fortress 2, but I wouldn’t know. (Haha.) Basically, if you’re not really into video games but you even kind of like superheroes, you might like this game. (Plus, there are actually a lot of women of colour in the game — though of course, all the women still a bit over-sexualized. Baby steps though!)
I told you May was weird.
How was May for you? Let me know in a comment below — I’d love to hear from you!