Well, it’s been like 5 months since I had enough time to think, much less post anything substantive to the good olde series of tubes more commonly known as the internets. Well, I lot has happened in that 5 months. Here’s a quick rundown (with bullet points for emphasis)…
- The puppy is now 7 months old. She’s big, but she was the runt of her litter so while she’s big, her siblings are actually much bigger. Kiko, the pug, had his 8th birthday recently. He’s due to have some tooth surgery, but is otherwise healthy. Lilith, the cat is going crazy, but that’s normal.
- How sly of me to post about the pets before getting to the really big news. Liz, my lovely wife, decided several months ago that things weren’t working out in her PhD program at Illinois. She did some soul searching and decided that a clean break was best. She needed to find a program that worked for her, and more importantly, she needed to find one where she could have a mentor. Long story short, Liz opted to apply to the U of Utah in Salt Lake City. She was accepted and she starts this fall.
- I’m glad that last bit got your attention. I’m sure you’re wondering what I was wondering. This is not the best economy for Sam to go move cross country. What’s he going to do? And what about the house? This is the point in time where I must explain to you that there is a world of fairy tales. In this world of fairy tales things like serendipity, fate, and good luck mysteriously intertwine to make for all the happily everafters we often dream about. I could be cruel and say… “This is not one of those stories.” Well, cruel isn’t the right word for it because it would be a lie. This is in fact one of those stories.
- One day, out of the blue, my boss calls me and explains to me that my talents are underused in the Chicago office. Well that certainly piqued my interest because I thought the next sentence was going to be something like… and it seems we wouldn’t be needing your talents at all. You see we’ve had a few layoffs in the last year, and I thought my number might have been up. Instead, he explained that my talents would be better used in the Circulation Systems department. Not only that, but things had already been arranged and my new boss would be calling me with the details. I was sitting on pins and needles for a week until I spoke with my new boss, but the bottom line was better than I could have ever hoped. My new job wouldn’t require that I report to any particular office. I could, in fact, work from just about anywhere I wanted to. Sure, it would be nice if it was close to an office, but I could even work from home. I think you’re starting to see the fairy tale now.
- Around the same time, Liz and I decided to test the market and try to sell the house. We didn’t use a realtor. Instead we hired an attorney to handle the paperwork, then we listed our house on Craigslist. Yes, Craigslist. Within a month we had an offer on the house. Yeah… something like fate might be at work here. Initially, the offer was really good and we thought we might actually make a little money on the house. Unfortunately, the arcane art of house appraisals put the kaibosh on that. Sure, we’ll lose a little money, but considering the kind of money that people are losing on their houses these days… our $2K loss (from the price we paid, and doesn’t include money we put into the place) doesn’t seem so bad. Well, even fairy tales have their harrowing moments.
- So… on the second week of June, Liz and I, Liz’s old friend Shannon, and our pets got into the Penske truck and made our way west to Salt Lake City. It was a fun trip that was only slightly marred by the sad news about the house appraisal. If you’re moving cross country, I highly recommend the Penske truck. Cheaper than U-Haul and the truck was pretty spacious (we were able to fit our lives into a 16′ truck). As an aside, I would like to thank everyone that helped us pack. We couldn’t have done it without you. Even if all you did was come over and hang out for a few minutes. It was great to have the moral support.
- A couple of months ago, I happened to make online friends with Madeline Boudreaux, an SLC local. If she didn’t know it before, she now has a friend for life. When Liz, Shannon and I arrived in Salt Lake City, Madeline offered to help us move our stuff into our new place. She enlisted her partner, Paul, who is a pro at this sort of thing. Well, with their help (and some very nice neighbors too) we were able to unload the truck in record time. Now that’s what I call a great welcome.
That’s the big news. Liz and I are now in Salt Lake City. We’re still unpacking. Sorry for the super long rambling post, but it was the only way to get everything out. If you know something about Salt Lake City, please share it.
Oh yeah… it’s really nice to live in the same city as my partner in life and love. I knew our situation was tough before, but now that I’m out of it, I can see it for the hell it truly was. There may be some aspects of Salt Lake City that I probably won’t like, but I can deal with that if it means I don’t have to make that long ass drive each week.
Hugs, Kisses and All That!