It’s raining today, making it a little difficult to get around, so we’re taking it easy. It’s not that we can’t get around in the rain. Hell, it rains about two thirds of the year where we live, but getting one’s bearings in the rain when people are driving erratically is challenging. That aside, we’ve been enjoying our time figuring out how to get around, doing a little shopping, and talking with people about this place. The storm should pass by tomorrow, so we’ll be driving around quite a bit more then.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to post this until tomorrow because our internet service at the hotel is weird. We can pay five dollars for four hours, but we apparently have to use those hours consecutively. I made the mistake of shutting my laptop down yesterday, thinking I would come back to use the rest of my hours only to discover that I had to pay AGAIN! It’s a racket, I tell you.
We’re here in the city where we plan to move in a few months. We got here late, but already J has gotten a lead on some potential child advocacy work. She was also offered a job pouring wine at a winery we stopped at on the way here. Things are going well.
We’re both utterly exhausted after our week from hell, but we’re having a nice time connecting, enjoying some down time and the prospect of discovering some areas we may want to live. The hospitality person at the winery where we stopped made some suggestions for communities to visit that are smaller and a little less expensive near the city where we’re currently staying, so we’re going to see how we like them, so we’ll check those out tomorrow too. This place is definitely far more of a city than we’re accustomed to (our town has maybe 7,000 people, while this one had more like 150,000), with all of the traffic and congestion that comes with that, but we’re open to learning about the area. It’s all part of the adventure that we’re looking forward to.
On the TTC front, I admit I’ve had a little wine today, but I’m okay with it. So many of my straight, coupled friends who have gotten pregnant have drank until they found out, and while I am dedicated to being as healthy as possible, I also know that if I do find out I’m pregnant, it will all be okay as long as I don’t keep this up. Hell, one of those women got rip-roaring drunk with me just a couple of nights before she found out she was pregnant with #2 (and had apparently done the same before she found out about #1). I know I don’t have to defend myself. I think I’m trying to assuage any guilt I may feel in the future about this. For now, it’s helping me wind down, and at this point, reducing the stress I’ve been under is probably just about as important as avoiding toxins. Alas, I’m a sucker for good wine. What can I say?
Also on that front, for those interested in obsessive behavior, I’ve been a little crampy today with no signs of a period. It could be something; it could be nothing. The fact stands, I’ve had some cramps, whatever that may mean.
For now, I’m off to bed and will post tomorrow with exciting tales of our adventures in this city.
I know I have mentioned that J and I are moving at the beginning of the new year. We’re moving to a new city that we’ve visited plenty of times. We have no ties there, no job prospects, no places to live (and it’s definitely more expensive than where we are now). However, all of those factors are part of the draw. It’s going to be a fresh start all around, and we’re excited.
This weekend, J and I are going on a fact-finding mission to the new city, which feels good, but we’re both a little stuck. What do we do there? We thought we would look at some apartment complexes, maybe familiarize ourselves with the different parts of the city, but we really are perplexed about what to do. I haven’t moved since I came here fourteen years ago to go to college, and J has only moved to join the military and to go to college. So this is completely new territory, and we’re going to bumble our ways through it. If nothing else, we’ll have a nice, relaxing weekend out of town imagining a new life.
Wow. We’re just under three months away. Holy shit.