What We Did This Summer October 14, 2009Posted by merp in FOs, Life, Travel.
It’s been three months of marriage, moving, and mayhem since I last wrote here. But Mr. Merp and I are finally back in the same house together, after nearly 2 months apart, and life is settling into a new groove.
First: Mr. Merp got a job offer – two, actually – and he took the one in Durham, North Carolina. That was back in June.
Second: A couple weeks later, we got married!
We spent an intense, joyful, wonderful week in Washington State with friends and family from all over the world.
The shawl performed perfectly (obligatory knitter’s pose):
Third: Almost as soon as we got back to Illinois, we signed a contract to sell the house. It was more than two stressful, exorbitantly expensive months later before we were finally able to close, however. Fannie Mae is the devil.
Goodbye, little house!
Fourth: Two weeks after a whirlwind weekend trip to find a place to live in Durham, we moved there at the beginning of August. Man, dog, cats, furniture, pots and pans. And sort of me. Anyhow, I was there, drafting the truck in our little Prius (one tank of gas, IL –> NC!).
Fifth: Mr. Merp flew back to Illinois for a few days and got his Ph.D. in physics. (Just like that, piece of cake. I don’t know why everybody doesn’t get one.)
Sixth: I flew back to Illinois for several weeks. Increasingly unpleasant job and house responsibilities. It was pretty rough, actually. I got through it with support from my amazing friends, and lots of compulsive knitting.
Seventh: I finally left my job at the beginning of October and came back to North Carolina. I’m FREE! Free to spend the next several months writing furiously and sweating blood to finish my long- (and I do mean long-) anticipated Ph.D.
But first (eighth), a camping trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains:
All this is by way of apologizing for neglecting this blog for so long.
Thanks to Jen for the beautiful photography!