March 17, 2015
Yeah, it’s been like that.
To catch up: Linode flew us out for an interview/area visit, we had air travel adventures, Carl took the new job, gave notice at his old job, flew back to find an apartment, then drove a U-Haul with our car behind it on the trailer for three days and started the new job on Monday. Whew.
Now I get to spend the next three months (or so) getting the house ready to go on the market, which is awkward: I kind of need to pack things up to get them out so the house looks emptier, and/or so we can empty out rooms to paint and so forth. But the company is paying relocation, and the moving company will insure stuff if they pack it, so on the other hand I don’t necessarily want to pack everything. It’s a little crazy. I also have to deal with getting a new roof, getting some storm windows repaired/replaced, getting the vinyl siding taken off and the cedar siding underneath repaired and painted, and basically everything we have been meaning to do for the last twenty years of living here.
We’re moving to a townhouse that’s easily the size of our house, except without the 24×30 workshop out back (although I think it has a two-car garage – still, I suspect it’s neither equipped nor authorized for use as a wood shop/pottery studio). We are figuring on renting for a year, rather than trying to synchronize selling here and buying there. There’s also the possibility that Carl will end up in a Philly-adjacent office instead of the Galloway one, so we’re keeping our options open. That’s mixed news: we’d like to keep Nathan in the same school for the rest of his high school career, and real estate gets way more expensive near Philly, but there are also better tech jobs available there.
I’ve been spending most of my screen time these days researching houses and schools and culture and, now, carrying on a long-distance relationship. I haven’t had much brainspace for my programming projects, and I’m not sure when that’s going to change. Which is annoying, because I’d like to have a nice batch of current stuff in Github for when I start job hunting. Not enough hours in the day…