It has been an emotional roller coaster day. First the day started off strong: I'm going to be an aunt again (yay!). My little brother got married last year and he and his wife are expecting his first child before Christmas. I am super happy for them.
Now the pit in the stomach drop: A good friend in Flagstaff unexpectedly died this weekend after being sick for the last few days. She was only 48. My heart is breaking for her husband and children who are high school and college students. And I am mourning the loss of my friend. We had just been talking in April, catching up on old times. She was my Judysaurus, I was her Kymberleenie. So many fun silly memories of our time working together in the late 90's... I had planned to go see her next time I was in Arizona, I never dreamed the time for that was so short. We have lost a beautiful, kind, loving, optimistic human being that made the world a better place. Her name was Judy and she liked warm hugs.
Back up on a high: my sister who just graduated college with an Environmental Science degree (psst, she is looking for job leads if you have any) and her husband are moving to Portland in August or September, so I will have family in the area finally. A 2.5 hour drive to spend Thanksgiving or Christmas or even a random weekend with family is going to make living here so much better. I can't wait. Can. Not. Wait.
aaaand back down again: I saw a family with young kids in my neighborhood loading some things up into a car today around lunchtime, they lived at the far opposite end of the neighborhood from me, where there are three low income rental units. Tonight I learned that they were evicted and left a bunch of furniture and things on the sidewalk by the street. The other homeowners in the HOA are asking who cleans that up, its an eyesore and smelly apparently. I'm just struck by how sad it is that a family lost their home and the things we think of as junk were the things they lived with. I hope they are okay tonight.
There are positive things (had a great day with the kids) and crappy bits about today (lots of friends going through a lot of personal conflict and I wish I could help somehow) but in the end all I am left feeling is overwhelmed. I think the plusses and minuses of the day even out in the end, but all the intensity has been a little hard to process.
Life can be shorter than we expect.
People are what matter most.
Live your life accordingly.