Thursday, July 19, 2012

If you're gonna drop a shoe, make it a Louboutin

Mr. G and I often feel overwhelmed by what is going on in our lives.  We don't have enough money, we hate where we live, we don't know what we are doing, where we want to be and everything is chaotic and yet still boring.

Until recently.

Now it seems like life is going our way.  And we keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Two weeks ago, Mr. G got a great promotion.  His new title is impressive, as is his new paycheck.  And things are looking up for me at work as well.  We aren't rich, as we remind ourselves when we compare our household income to being equal to that of some of our single friends, but we are better off than we were just two weeks ago.  We probably still cannot take 2 or 3 vacations a year or buy designer anything, but I think we can pay our bills without stressing each month. 

We moved into a new house.  No, we are not buying because I still have a hard time seeing my self settle down for the long term here (that's another long, exciting, nail-biting blog coming your way in the near future) but the rent is fantastic, the house is charming, and we have water-front property, hardwood floors, an in-ground pool, and 3 bedrooms.  We even have flower gardens and a 2 car garage.  It is a huge improvement from the shitty ass condos we have always lived in.

We leave for France in one month.  That's right, the Goodwins are hitting up Paris.  Neither of us have been to Europe and we are thrilled for this opportunity.  I cannot wait to eat, drink, relax and explore.  
(But mostly eat and drink??)

We have both been in some sort of training mode for different events over the summer.  Mr. G did his first 50 mile bike event last weekend, and in three more weeks he is doing another.  I did a half in June, a 15K last weekend, and signed up yesterday for another half in less than 3 months.  We are also looking into the warrior dash in September.  

We are busy.  There are longer commutes, more hours at the office, longer runs after work, and yard work.  We still do not have any close friends in the area, but we have learned to have fun on our own, independently.  We have embraced quiet nights at home.  It can be a little daunting at times, but at the end of the day, we sit down together, in our lovely sun-ladden living room, and relax, lean in to each other, and appreciate all that we have right now.



  1. We do often get wrapped up in life and what we don't have. But in the end, you have each other and that is what is important. Thank you for reminding me of this :)

  2. Shauni--when I was 27, I was single, Living in DC making around $400/mo. My apartment was a third floor walk-up and I hadn't yet met the woman who would become my wife (and your mother). I thought I had everything I could want--no car, no bills, no television. I was a single male living in a city full of single women! We all get what we are looking for eventually. Enjpy your life's journey my darling daughter. Pops

  3. This really made me smile, Shauni, I'm glad you're in a good place in your life right now!