pulsipher update

Today our family came to a long expected fork in the road, only to find it closed. For quite a while - we anticipated the news that my firm would be selected to work on a project in Denver. As soon as the thought of winning this project and moving back to Denver seemed plausible, it was hard not to think that any other outcome was possible.

This morning I got the unfortunate email, notifying my firm that we were not selected. When I read the email, I couldn't help but feel disheartened as our return to Colorado would somehow be delayed or worse - prevented entirely.

When I got to work, Ashley had composed a wonderful email listing all of the things she loved about living in Los Angeles. It made me take a step back - and think about all of the things I had quickly put aside, thinking (mistakenly) that I wouldn't miss them.

Some of them included things like amazing year round weather - seriously, until you've lived it you don't know what you are missing. I promise. The fact that LA is so vast - and full of wonderful things yet to be discovered. And of course, our friends who we cherish and I don't think we could ever find equals on this planet.

A wave of nostalgia has since sunk in, and made me remember all of the things I love about being here. Here's a trip down memory lane:

Catching the ballet downtown, we're so into high culture

Fancy parties where you get free iPod touches in the goodie bag

"This is where I long to be La Isla Bonita..."

thinking we're close to being done on an insanely long day of riding

Seeing "beautiful things" - eh Marissa?






I must admit - the inner defiant in me loves the fact that so many people have such strong feelings against LA. I love - loving a city that people bag on all the time (those people need to be riding bikes more).

We also love that Los Angeles seems to be a place that people are visiting all the time, we've hosted nearly all of our siblings combined, their families, our parents, friends, etc. This is a great place to stay connected.

While we still want to end up in Colorado, I'm finding myself very content with where we are, everything we've done... and future adventures and memories to be made.


Dawn D. Lion said...

Good reflection. California... if you live there, they will visit. And it does seem like you've really made it your own, esp through biking.
Re: concerts - whenever I'm there, I CAN'T BELIEVE the choice of great live music you have available to you.

Karolyn said...

This is actually John. You totally made me nostalgic with your nostalgia post. I feel you on the disappointment about not going to Denver, but live it up while you can. LA is fantastic!

kimber said...

For what it's worth...we are glad you are staying.

Blythe said...

Of course we are biased and would have loved for you to be moving here. But there are wonderful and unique things to discover no matter where you live. I know I'm glad that I got to try out a few different places, especially when my kids were little and pulling up stakes was easier.

Anonymous said...

It sure is a fun place to come visit. Thanks for everything this weekend. We had a great time. Priscilla (Mom)

david said...

yeah, i would agree dawn. bicycling has been a huge component towards our los angeles living. i would also say that bicycling makes LA a lot more enjoyable. liberating.

you are all welcome to visit, any time.

Benson and Jaimi said...

I'm glad you will be staying in California for a while. We need to plan another road trip and visit. Disneyland Thanksgiving 2010???

Debi said...

Ahh, this definitely makes me miss LA! We selfishly hope you guys are still there when we get back in a year and a half.