10 June 2008

Moved, but still getting settled

Well, it's been over a month since we left Texas. It's been quite an adventure, so far.

Right now, we've put down temporary roots in a townhouse condo just outside Portsmouth, NH. It's four floors, plus a huge deck overlooking a spacious backyard that's backed by lush, green forest and the most amazing sunrises.

We're here through the end of July, while we get a better sense of exactly where we want to live and what HT wants to do.

In Houston, almost all of his waking hours were devoured by (a) commuting to & from work, and (b) work + overtime. He's never really had hobbies, or time to think about what he'd really like to do with his life.

So, as I said, this is an adventure!

Right now, he's sleeping. I'm still in my pajamas. I seem to sleep for about four hours, work for four hours, go back to bed for four more, and then stay up until it's night again.

I'm finishing up several paintings. I've completed three since we've been here, and I have another half dozen in progress. I'm also updating my websites as much as I can with a variable Internet connection.

I'm also working on the new edition of my WordPress book, Sites that Soar! (The new one will be for WordPress 2.5.x.)

Mostly, I'm trying balance the idea of making this a "summer vacation" (or at least a "painting holiday" since my big show is in about three weeks) and giving HT the space that he needs to sort out his future.

We both love living here. Seeing all of this through HT's eyes, as he comments about the vastly improved quality of life here... it's incredibly rewarding!

Thanks to everyone whose encouragement, support and good wishes helped us to get here!

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