The summer is not just flying by I feel like it is running over me like a big rig. It got off to a slow start as I applied to college along with my daughter, I quit the job that made me crazy and borked my social life too and the job that was supposed to replace it evaporated... of course.
But then there was an amazing little vacation where we went to what I call "Harry Potter World" but was really two Universal Studios sub-parks, Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade connected by the Hogwarts Express. When I say it was the best day, it was, I mean it beat out our wedding which had it's stresses of course, it was the best day. I had breakfast in the Leaky Cauldron. I got a copy of Luna's wand in Olivander's shop. I drank a frozen butterbeer and activated a drinking fountain with my wand. It was absolute bliss. I will never forget it and I will try to go back there because I love that place so much.
A few days after we got back our dear dog, Jack, collapsed in the driveway and we made the painful decision to have him put down rather than continue to decline and suffer. It was awful, our hearts are broken, but life pushes on into the future and drags us with it. No matter how we feel, my husband has work and school, I have to get myself ready to go to school and get 2 kids ready for that. I have to help my kid navigate the complexities of gender change and appointments, hormones and legal issues. Plus the usual daily life stuff, a broken stove, my attempts to find a new way to make some money... (ARGH) and so on.
We've also had visits from out of town family and friends and all the uproar, good and bad, that they bring. I feel like I'm treading water and everyone else is too, and we're all struggling and no one knows what to do. Leveling up in real life is sort of on hold, I'm fighting not to lose levels while being pursued by vampires, lately.