So my boss and I had what I would call a big blowout this afternoon. I ended up a little more emotional than I would have liked, but we got what we needed out, and managed to say nice things to each other, and I think the bad times are over. We shook hands, and I think we have found some common ground that will allow us to move forward again. Our relationship may never be perfect, but it appears we now have a path to working together successfully. I have to keep in mind that he is going to say things that come off wrong, or condescending, or just annoying, but they don't come from a place of antipathy or anger. As long as I can remember that, we are going to be ok.
The good news is that we got another veteran approved for a home repair project. This is the second one that I have been involved with from the beginning, and these people are so deserving. It is a big job, and we will need a lot of volunteer assistance to stay within budget, but I feel good about the project and I'm delighted that we can help this couple be more comfortable in their home.
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In other news, we had a new friend over for dinner tonight. He's a physicians assistant at the local health clinic, and is planning on moving here (he currently lives in Petaluma, about 90 minutes from here). We continue to meet new people up here, and that is one of the things that helps to affirm that we've made the right choice by moving here. It was a delightful evening, and we look forward to getting together again with his dog Rufus to come pay with Sherman and Stella!
My advice for today: sometimes it takes an argument to finally reach effective communication. Don't be afraid to say what is on your mind, as long as it isn't done maliciously, and get to a point where you are listening to each other instead of just yelling.
There's probably a correlation with our health journey in that statement, but I'll just leave it at that for now. Thanks for all your support during a difficult week! I'm so glad it's Friday tomorrow!
Have a SPARKLING weekend, friends!