Sorry it has been so long for contact, but it’s been very busy around here. We did finally get moved into the house. The good news is that everything fit within the structure. The bad news is that it barely fit, so locating things has been difficult. We marked many boxes as “Priority,” so that the movers would put them where we would unpack first. The thing about that is that the “non-priority” stuff at packing time can easily revert to “priority” after you’ve landed in a new place. Lots of repurchases made in the last few weeks, just because we can’t remember which box has the needed item. It’s going to be an amazing garage sale this summer.
We’re also spoiled. Yes, I know it is hard to believe, but true story. After the great flood of 2009, we completely gutted and remodeled our house in Vegas. Everything was brand new and had all the modern touches. This house, while settled in the most amazing location and views, is older. Plus, we have had tenants in it for many years, so there wasn’t an incentive to do major work on the property. The interior stuff you have to do whenever you switch tenants, and it was no different for us moving in. All new appliances, painting, carpets, etc. Now we have moved to the outside. Exterior painting, yard work, fencing, and some woodwork due to the coastal effect on wood. It has been an endless stream of contractors. Once all that is done, which won’t be for another month or so, then the electricians come in. There’s no immediate safety hazard, but the wiring needs to be updated. We could piece-mill this stuff, but are leaning toward having the entire house rewired and a new panel put in. We have so many sensitive electronic devices, that I’m just not willing to run the risk. This is the messiest and most expensive option, and will guarantee another month of living in complete chaos, however, it’s just got to be done. More good news, we rented out the house in Vegas. Yay! More money to pay these contractors.
The job is going very well. I really like it and all the people I work with—clients included. I am traveling a bit more than I expected to be, as they required me to be based in the Bay Area, but it’s not unreasonable. While the clients are located here, their NOCs and data centers are spread all over the country. Every time one needs a visit, I’m on a plane. I am also picking up some other clients in the southwestern region, so short trips to go and visit them. My family is still adjusting to me working from home. It’s not like it is a new concept to them, but before I would often head to the university and just use the library for my office 6-8 hours a day, now I am just here. So sometimes, they get confused about bothering me, and I have resorted to a “Do Not Disturb” sign on my office door. It’s kinda working.
In the last bit of good news, Bri is nearing graduation. Yay! I got her to adulthood with only minimal psychological damage. She is looking forward to starting college, but we are planning a trip for the fall overseas. She wants to go to Spain and Paris, but wants to wait until after she turns 18. I think it will be a nice trip for the two of us. All I have to do is convince my boss to let me take off for two weeks straight. Rev told me today, “Put that request in NOW.” Sounds like a plan. November in Paris sounds wonderful.