So, some of you may be wondering how things have been going.
Packing/House Repair: Wow this took a long time and a lot of work. However, it mostly worked out. There was some Tetrising, but it allowed us to take a lot of stuff we thought we didn't have room for. The house/yard, when we were done, looked much nicer than it ever has. Also, I now have adventures in home repair stories to use at parties. Who wouldn't want to know about the time my wheelbarrow, upon learning of its impending abandonment, turned on me in a most vicious fashion? Or the petulant attic fan that contrived to fail in the one week period between getting a new roof and leaving the state? Or the infinite pile of mulch?
Trip To Madison in Packed to Roof Minivan with Food Poisoned Wife and Two Antsy Toddlers: This went better than could reasonably expected. The kids were pretty bribeable, and the lovely wife, after some meds, willing to bribe. We budgeted up to four days and did it in one and a half.
Moving In: The apartment feels spacious, and this is good. The unpacking was aided by visiting in laws – this was also good. The portal to Narnia in the hall closet is a mixed blessing, however – the kids should be at least six before running off into foreign dimensions to have furry adventures and rule as enlightened despots with the explicit sanction of Yeshulion. I realize some child development experts disagree on this one, but I am firm in my convictions.
New Job: Fun so far. This company trains a lot before throwing you in the shark tank, so I probably will not know for sure that this will work out (or not) for some time yet. However, the company culture is compatible with how I look at things, and that is very important to me. We'll see – there's plenty of time.