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I Have Been Away For Too Long.

I am very excited today. Probably spending too much money as usual. Money I don’t really have but hey, I am stuck at home and it is giving me some projects to do in my house.

I started off updating my computer room mainly because I belong to a karaoke group on Facebook. I bought a video cam and some nice speakers and a better mic. I wanted to feel fancy. The sound is really great and I am so happy Neil was able to help me out.  The new projects are what is keeping me sane. A group of us would go out several times a week to the bars, to join karaoke. I have made many friends through this. It is hard to not be able to get out and socialize, and hug people and sit close to people. As of now, most things remain closed but they are starting to slowly open things.

Karaoke has been quite important to me. I find it to be therapeutic.  I am not the best singer, nor the worst but I know it is just for fun. Now that we can’t get out I am so proud of a friend I have who made this group possible.

Over the winter, before COVID, I would have a once a month party with close friends. It was the type of party that they could bring their furry friends, leave the keys, and spend the night. Sometimes people would bring some amazing food or we would order it. A couple of the girls that come have SAD and I thought this would be a great opportunity to get them out of the house. I even make them PJ parties, so they don’t even have to worry about putting a nice outfit together, just show up.

I miss those days. But I came up with a great idea. I was able to have virtual parties with this group of friends, we even played Pictionary. We all had so much fun. I try and get us together once every two weeks, and hope it continues until we can actually all get together. I have set up a virtual party for my birthday this long weekend.

I also set up a new bedroom, simplifying it, downsizing to give more breathing room. Yay Ikea! I am not quite finished yet but should be by this weekend when the rest of my stuff comes in.

So  I have had this dilemma since December whether or not to sell my car. It has been sitting in my driveway, and throughout the winter I relied on public transit and walking. It has brought so much peace in my life. Saving me money, the stress of driving, and the costs of operating a car and repairs. Well. I still have it, but hopefully, I might be able to sell it finally after making a firm decision that I will not be driving a car. My motorcycle is another story.

I guess one of my stressors is that Neil and I are planning a wedding this August. We have agreed though that if social distancing is still in place we will postpone it. It would be really hard to not have physical contact, no hugs, no handshakes, etc.

My current exciting news is I just started the journey of a creative writing course at my local college. It consists of five courses, and I am hoping it helps me with my creative writing and my over-inflated desire to write a book at some point in my life. I am working on one now.

We are starting to get spring-like weather, the buds are blooming, the birds are chirping and I have finally awakened from the depression that I had last month.

I haven’t been writing for a while now so it is nice to come back to it.

I hope you are all well and all coping relatively as best you can.

Take care and I hope to write again soon. Perhaps a poem in bloom.

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Christie F.

Welcome to my blog. I have been journal writing for years. I took a course in Creative writing and found I enjoy writing short stories and poetry. I write more when I am hypomanic or manic.
I went into Rehab for Alcohol Addictions and have been sober for fourteen years.
Shortly after I quit drinking I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2, I have since been diagnosed with Bipolar 1.
I enjoy talking about my story, for people to learn or relate. I try and have a healthy lifestyle and try to use my coping strategies. Life is just too boring without Bipolar, it is a blessing but yet sometimes a curse.
I am currently working on a book and dream of publishing one day.
I am so excited to have found Wordpress.
This is my new adventure.

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