If you read my last post, you know my husband and I recently made a local move. Nothing too far. Just the next city closer to DC and work. We’re still unpacking at the new place and cleaning the old, but slowly we’re settling in to the new house. We continue to rent because we’re not yet sure where we really want to settle longer term. This was another major leg of my 5-month marathon, and I was hoping for a breather before things picked up again in August and September. . No such luck. We got the notice to proceed on Phase III investigations at two sites in DC, so it looks like work busyness will be high through the end of the year. Really, that’s good!
The movers loaded up all the heavy stuff on the 7th and brought it over that same day. We did the heavy lifting a few years ago with our last move and realized then that we just couldn’t face such a chore again. We’re in decent shape, but when your twelfth move as a couple comes around, you might find the money invested with the professionals is well spent.
So now we’re fine-tuning the furniture placement, and I’m working on finding the best layout for my new office. It’s bigger than the last one, which is nice. I can extend a leaf on one old dining-room-table-turned desk and have more room for my computer, printer, and scanner. And I still have room for the other old table, where I can lay out notes for old-fashioned writing by hand.
The bad news is that my nearly 4-year-old laptop isn’t playing nice with the new XFinity x1 system at the new place. At the old house, it zipped along just fine on the Internet with the older Comcast equipment. Now, it’s glacially slow when I go wireless. It’s fine with the Ethernet cable or right next to the modem/router, but worthless otherwise. My husband’s new computer with Windows 8.1 does fine everywhere in the house. Does anyone happen to know if it’s a problem with Windows 7 or with my old wireless card? If it’s just the old card, I’d get a new laptop with the old Windows 7. But if it’s Windows 7, I’d have to break down and get the dreaded 8.1, which I detest. I was hoping to wait for the next generation OS that would ideally be to 8.1 what 7 was to Vista. 🙂
Writing … Progress?
While the word count really hasn’t increased on the new WIP, my brain continues to process the ideas in the background. Today’s setting photo shows my limited skills with manipulating composite photographs, but it works for me. I can see my protagonist doing what needs to be done in this location. I’ll understand if, upon looking at it, you’re wondering if I’ve maybe lost my marbles. 😉
What I’m Reading
I saw a recommendation recently for a 1993 novel by Alan Lightman, Einstein’s Dreams. I’m really enjoying it, but by my estimation, the “novel” is about 25,000 words. Yes, 25,000. I did not leave out a leading “1.” I wonder if such a work would even be touched by a traditional press these days. And yet it received high praise and is a truly thought-provoking and interesting work of fiction.
So—how many of you can top twelve moves in your adult lives?! 🙂