I’m back from Michigan… again.
I’ve made the trek to the Mitten State twice in the last eight weeks.
This last trip included a meeting with an estate planning attorney, four separate roof replacement estimates, a wedding, a baseball game, and meals with my parents (separately, of course).
For some reason, I don’t have any pictures of my dinner (and staycation) at Ann Arbor’s Weber Boutique Inn with my mummy, but you get the idea….
I’m grateful I can get away to take care of my parents’ affairs, but I have mixed feelings every time I board the plane to return to LA.
I’ve been in California for nearly 18 years, and while it feels like home, I often question my decision to remain here.
I’m not ostensibly using my film degree(s) at present, which was the entire reason for moving to Southern California in the first place. I do have a strong support system in LA that I lack in my home state, but is that really a reason to stay?
That’s not to say that I don’t have a few truly wonderful friends in Michigan, but I have a much larger network here. I know it’s not about the number of friends you have; the depth of the relationship counts, and my Michigan friends are, without a doubt, made of amazing, but…
I’ve spent the better part of two decades building a life in LA, and it’s hard to think about saying goodbye to it.
Among other concerns, I often wonder what I’d do for money if left Southern California.
I’ve always wanted to renovate and flip houses — a much more attainable goal in a state where you can buy a house for less than the downpayment on a modest (read: small) house in LA, so there is that possibility.
This house in East Lansing is listed for $187,000.
It has great bones, and a lot of renovation potential.
So now that you’ve seen an example of a house in my dad’s neighborhood, how about one in mine?
I’m not saying either house is move-in ready, but you get the idea….
So, anyway, I’m not sure what to do with my life. I just know I’m thinking about things I hadn’t considered five — or even ONE year ago.
Everything has changed since my dad was diagnosed with dementia and my mom with Parkinson’s….
Whatever happens, and wherever I go, I know I’m lucky to have these little nuggies by my side.
Okay, that’s all for now.
I’m going to snuggle with the big dog babies before placing some sort of self-indulgent LA food delivery order.
I may as well do all of the So-Cal things while I still live here… however long that is.