Yesterday was a 1-year anniversary for Jeff and me. Last September 1st we officially moved into this apartment and began a joint life together. There have been some minor setbacks along the course of the year, but for the most part I consider us extraordinarily lucky and blessed.
This past week I was at my parent's house in Lompoc house and cat-sitting for them while they took a mini vacation to Las Vegas. It was a strange sort of reminder about how much my life has changed. I really missed home - my home - and thankfully the week went by quickly. It reminded me of the times when I lived in Lompoc and Jeff was in Camarillo (where he had an apartment for the last 2 years of his undergraduate studies) and Valencia (where he grew up with his parents) and we only saw each other a couple times a year. The longest we went without seeing each other was three weeks. Last week I was gone for eight days and it was the longest Jeff and I have gone without seeing each other since we moved in together.
When we initially moved in and I left my parents, I expected to have some sort of emotional reaction, or something. A few years ago when I first moved into the dorms at Cal State Channel Islands, I missed my parents so much that they came and picked me up every weekend to take me home. Once I met the boy next door - Jeff - I came home less and less often. Last September 1st I never did have that emotional reaction. Instead I took everything in stride and just rolled with it. It wasn't until this past Friday that I cried when leaving my beloved cat, Snuggles.
I'm looking forward to what the next year brings. I love this time of year, from September to Christmas, and 2013 is going to be an epic year. I'll be turning 30. Jeff and I will celebrate our 5 year anniversary. Jeff will graduate with his Masters degree. I'll graduate with my Masters degree. Jeff will turn 25. There is so much to look forward to in the next year, especially considering we might not be living here in Apartment 54 by next September 1st. I look forward to the changes.