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03 March 2011 @ 05:15 pm
Cherry blossom season...  
...is my favorite time of year, no question. Man, if I could only bottle that scent. We have a gorgeous tree in our backyard. It's actually crabapple, and has white blossoms, which I like even better than the pink cherry blossoms. It's gorgeous and smells absolutely heavenly. Here's a few pics, two taken from underneath, looking up through the branches, and one showing more of the tree.




In other news, sadly, I'm going to be starting a full-time job in April. I've been self-employed for the last few years and while the flexibility has been amazing, especially with a little one, the money is just not what it needs to be. Also, it's been pretty isolating - I mostly work from home, often in my pj's, and that really does not help my depression. I think I need to be up and about and interacting with other human beings for my mental health. Don't get me wrong, I'm an introvert, but almost no human interaction, and sitting on my butt all day? Not a recipe for a happy Sky.

So wish me luck, guys - I'm hoping that the job will be fun and the people will be nice. I'm going to have a 45 minute train commute each way, so I'm hoping to use some of that time for writing.

What's up with all of you?

And now I'm off to pick up little dude from the babysitter. I'll try to post some new pics of him later.
How do I feel?: calmcalm
random00brandom00b on March 4th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
Welcome back to the grind, I guess
It's not fun, let me tell you, but I'm glad you're doing something to alleviate depressive episodes (fellow traveler on that train). That 45 minutes of BART is going to make you pull your hair out, though. Living in SF was horribly expensive, but 20 minutes door-to-door in Rush Hour was quite nice (I could even walk it, if necessary).
Sky: [other] clean all the thingsskyblue_reverie on March 4th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Re: Welcome back to the grind, I guess
Yeah, the grind is definitely not fun - I was fleeing from it when I decided to become self-employed. But it wasn't all horrible - there were aspects I liked. I'm hoping to find those things again.

I believe you that the commute is going to drive me crazy, especially since the BART ride is 45 mins, but the complete commute, door to door, is closer to an hour and a half.

But, I guess you do what you gotta do, y'know? Living anywhere in the bay area is horribly expensive but I wouldn't want to live anywhere else... so, I guess I gotta pay the bills.


Sometimes this whole "adulthood" gig sucks rocks.
random00brandom00b on March 4th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
Re: Welcome back to the grind, I guess
Sometimes this whole "adulthood" gig sucks rocks.

It's sentences like this where I almost wish LJ had a "like" or "+1" button. Because, this, SOOOO HARD!
Sky: [other] clean all the thingsskyblue_reverie on March 4th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Re: Welcome back to the grind, I guess
sleepygoof8784: Grin (Chris)sleepygoof8784 on March 4th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Gorgeous pics! I lived in DC for 16 weeks in college and my favorite part of that time was when the cherry blossoms bloomed and the tidal basin around the Jefferson Memorial was all decked out and smelled amazing. Love it!

And yay for the full time job. I too start a full time job in about two weeks and have a 45 minute commute (but mine is in the car). So I know that hopeful trepidation well. Hope yours turns out good and the peeps are nice. And yay! for things that bring in more cash.

Sky: [other] cherry blossomsskyblue_reverie on March 4th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you honey. Yeah, someday I want to go to D.C. for cherry blossom season. Maybe even Japan someday. *dreams*

Oooh, we're both starting new jobs! *high five* Well, bb, we are going to kick some ass. We'll have to compare notes once we've both started!

Weeping Naiad: Hugsweepingnaiad on March 4th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Good luck with the new job (and getting out of the house)! That's a long commute, but at least you're not stuck driving for that long. I will hope that it's not horrible and gives you time that is rewarding.

Sky: [other] kitty hugskyblue_reverie on March 4th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! It'll be good for me, I think. I'm sure there will be aspects I don't like, but I really hope that overall there will be more good than bad. I appreciate the well wishes!!

cicerothewriter on March 4th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
Beautiful photos! It's still snowy and cold here in the Midwest.

I understand because I'm an introvert, too, but I can't stay by myself everyday every week because it is very unhealthy. I hope that this job works out for you, and I'll keep my fingers crossed! *hugs*
Sky: [j&w] jeeves distraughtskyblue_reverie on March 4th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yeah, see, I could never live in the midwest. Or anyplace it gets all snowy and icy for months at a time. *shudder* I salute your fortitude, though!

Weird how even us introverts still need other people, huh? Thanks for the well-wishes. I'll keep you guys updated.

cicerothewriter on March 4th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
You're welcome! It does wear down the spirit in a way. More than the heat, though, I miss the beach and nature. There's just corn and soybean fields.

Indeed. You're welcome. Please do.

Oh, and I'm not sure if you're interested since it is a cross-over with Poirot, but I've started a new Jooster story, except it's not J/W yet. Here it is, if you are curious. I'm really enjoying writing it.
Sky: [j&w] jeeves wins!skyblue_reverie on March 4th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Oooh, a poirot crossover sounds amazing! I'll definitely check it out. Thanks for the link. :)
wunnerwmn on March 4th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
i iz conflicted.....
You got the job, bb!! \o/ o/ I knew you could do it!

And...you got the job. *lower lip quivvering* Iz gonna be gone a lot...write on that commute, though.

Chat sometime before you go off into the World? y/y?

The blossoms on the trees are lovely. Can't wait until things start growing here. Should be soon.

Sky: [little prince] fallingskyblue_reverie on March 4th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
Re: i iz conflicted.....
Thank you, honey! Yeah, I'm seriously conflicted too. This is going to majorly cut into my free time... and I'm really sad about how it'll cut into my time with my sweetpea. I'll get him up and dressed in the morning, and drop him off at daycare on my way to work, and then by the time I get home my husband will already have put him to bed. I'll get maybe 10 or 15 minutes with him a day during the week. Thinking about that makes me want to cry.

And of course, I will miss my chat buddies too, and my writing time, and... yeah.

But - need money, and need to get out of the house, so...


Yes, we should chat sometime soon. I am free tomorrow, if you want to hop on gchat at any point?

ivorysilkivorysilk on March 4th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
Best, best of luck to you with the new job! I hope you love it. (I'm doing the opposite, I'm taking a few months of leave from my job, because I need to step away a bit. But my office has been sending me off as if I'm never coming back-I'm being feted and stuff and it's honestly been pretty unexpected and amazing and stuff, because I spend half my time seriously believing everyone hates me, but then I'm pretty paranoid most of the time. But I have to tell you, I love my office, and when I was seriously depressed? The structure of a job and people expecting me to show up dressed in decent clothes really helped. Even if I was useless when I was there part of that year. And a big part of any office is social--I am really looking forward to my time away, except for the money aspect--but I will miss chatting and coffee breaks and just having people be happy you showed up).
ivorysilkivorysilk on March 4th, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
Also, forgot to mention--I love crabapple and cherry blossoms and all manner of flowering things. Too cold here as yet--but I'm looking forward to it when it comes.
Sky: [other] daffodilskyblue_reverie on March 4th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Hi honey, and thank you! I really hope you enjoy your time away - a little break can certainly be nice. And it's even nicer to know how valued you are!

And I'm very much hoping to get the effect that you describe - that just being expected to show up, showered and dressed, and having people to chat with over coffee breaks - will really help my mental state. Not to mention, the income will seriously alleviate my financial stress, which I know has been a large part of my depression recently.

I hope cherry blossom season comes soon for you! <3
ivorysilkivorysilk on March 5th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
The right workplace can be really helpful in terms of support and interaction and imposing internal structure to get you going--and I hope you find that.

And I do too! It was nice to see your pictures for an early taste of spring, so thank you for that. :-)
topaz_eyes on March 4th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
Good luck with your new job! Hope the commute will provide you with some time to write.

Oh, those blossoms are beautiful. I can smell them right now. :-)
Sky: [other] cherry blossomsskyblue_reverie on March 4th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I get on the train at the end of the line, which at least guarantees me a seat, so that certainly makes it easier to write!

The scent of fruit tree blossoms is the best smell on earth. Of course, roses are pretty nice too. ;)
secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on March 4th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC)
Gahhhh, flowering trees! So gorgeous! We're still several weeks away from that, but I just can't wait. *fidgets impatiently*

Tons of luck with the new job!
Sky: [other] blossomsskyblue_reverie on March 4th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, waiting for spring is HARD. Even though we don't get snow and ice, after months of rain, I'm so ready for warm, dry weather. And with the blossoming trees being the harbinger of that, it just makes them even more awesome. :)

Thank you for the well wishes! <3
vivid_moment: blake; snugglevivid_moment on March 4th, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
aww, it's SO GOOD to see you. The blossoms are beautiful, just the thing for a dreary morning we got here. As for your post, I understand, and needs must - unfortunately. Sending you so many good luck vibes, hunnie *big, big hugs* See you again real soon ♥!

Sky: [other] kitty cuddlesskyblue_reverie on March 4th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you, bb. It's good to see you too, and get to talk with my lj buddies. I miss you guys when I'm away for a while.

I really appreciate the good luck vibes. And the hugs! *hugs back*

Hope all's well with you and your beautiful son. ♥
vivid_moment: blake; snugglevivid_moment on March 4th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Missing lj buddies when we're unable to talk/read their entries effects us all ;) You're welcome, I really do hope everything goes ok for you ♥ Everything's ok with me, tysm for asking, just going with the flow like always, but I don't have a son last time I looked. Take care, hunnie XD

Edited at 2011-03-04 04:10 pm (UTC)
Sky: [other] rainbow waterskyblue_reverie on March 4th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, bb, I'm so sorry! Got you mixed up with someone else (fanarts_series). *headdesk repeatedly* But I'm glad all's well with you. ♥
vivid_moment: chris; smilevivid_moment on March 4th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
aww, no worries, hunnie - thought it was something like that. I get messed up (confused) with lj friends all the time lol. It's hard to keep track of everyones details/family/etc sometimes. TY, alls well, because I make it so when really not feeling that great today, but just keeping positive. Like always It really is good to see you, and know you're online same time as me *squeaks*

Edited at 2011-03-04 04:27 pm (UTC)
lyrstzhalyrstzha on March 5th, 2011 09:22 am (UTC)
Good luck with the new job!
Sky: [other] rocky shoreskyblue_reverie on March 5th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)