And what a journey it's been.
We moved in November, spending the month in Portland, doing our best to stay dry. We drank good coffee, dodged parked cars on narrow streets, and enjoyed living with family across the street from the Kennedy School.
We drove to Memphis in December. We met some of Danny's extended family in the Little Rock Area, visited museums and restaurants in Little Rock, Memphis, and Nashville. We got to meet Ree and Ladd Drummond at the now-closed Davis-Kidd Bookstore. We watched the Peabody Ducks swim in the hotel fountain and waddle down a red carpet to the elevator.
Also heard my first tornado siren.
Hoping it's the last.
We returned to the Pacific Northwest in early March and moved into a corporate apartment which, after living in a dark, smelly hotel room for three months, was particularly magical. Throw in some sunshine, the ability to sit on a couch and have both an extra bedroom *and* bathroom, and we were in good shape.
We got a puppy, who turned out to be a teenage girl in disguise. We also looked for a house, fell in love with one and watched as the deal fell through. We began to build a second, which took...
But it ended.
And we completed the sale.
And the bank did not laugh at us or throw rocks.
And we moved in. Actually, not in that order. We didn't actually fund before we moved in, which made me nervous that the bank would, at the last minute, decide to laugh or throw rocks (not that they have reason to do so, but I'd had a *bit* of anxiety about the subject).
So now we have a house, our first house, and a garage and a KITCHEN and a yard and an actual dining room...
...Did I mention the kitchen?
It's good to be home. I'm realistic enough to know that we'll probably move again, very possibly out of state again, but for right now it's nice to let some roots go deep. And now that we're settled, life starts again. Work starts again. There will be guest posts on this blog and more posts about writing, since I'll be back to full-time work. Thanks for being patient through this unexpected hiatus, and don't worry - there will be more books!