In the past four months, I have spent very little time doing little else than work. I saw Restaurant Gal Daughter during Parents Weekend in October, which was great. Other than that, when friends and family came to town, they had to come to the restaurant to see me and I them.
Mr. Restaurant Gal and I basically saw each other on Sundays, my one day off. Now, it’s, “Hi honey, I’m home!” Yeah, some adjustment time may be ahead.
Restaurant Gal Son is anxious for me to meet his girlfriend, see his new apartment–all things that have developed in his life since September. We shipped him home to us in October because I missed him so much, and he and Mr. Restaurant Gal drank beer together at the restaurant bar while I worked. I am not sure what this says about our parenting, but it was so good to have him nearby, even just for that evening.
Now that I am “between opportunities,” I plan to take time to get out of town, maybe visit my 96-year-old grandmother who still lives independently on her own out West, or catch up with my Texas family, even see my best sister-friend in Montana.
Okay, odds are, I only make it to Ohio to see Restaurant Gal Son over a weekend. Right now, that sounds as good as an extended vacation on a tropical island.
Meanwhile, the resume is polished, the references refreshed, and all that’s left is to hit the pavement.
Fine dining? Not so sure.
Upscale casual? Maybe.
Neighborhood pub/eatery? So appealing.
I’ll continue to chronicle the details that seem interesting and share the stories that move me–be they happy, sad, stupid, or hilarious. I still won’t name names, regardless of how many think they already know mine. Because this blog never has been or will be about the names. Its point has never been about any one place or a particular city.
And so, on my first real day off in way too long without a fatigue hangover, I walked for hours and visited the zoo with Restaurant Gal Daughter, spent real time with Restaurant Gal Son, hugged Mr. Restaurant Gal, and can’t wait to sit down with my family for dinner.