After a pleasant and leisurely road trip from the PNW, stopping pretty much everywhere in the Bay Area (BA) to see the in-laws and such delightful people as Kara from Sempre and some of H.K.'s childhood friends, and a quick stop in the BA ER for some I.V. and CT scan action (because who could resist?), we did eventually make it to our southern destination last week. We dragged little bro-in-law down from the BA and unloaded in 1.3 days, and were completely unpacked and settled in after 5. Relocation machines.
Good bye PNW.
Apart from the disaster that was transferring my medical ID and records from PNW Kaiser to So. Cal Kaiser (now 1 week late for Remicade and nowhere near being ready to change treatments as planned, thank you), I am floating head above water in the sea of graduate school entrance paperwork. No department can seem to agree on what I need to do and in which order... so I just kind of dowhatIwant, and lo' and behold, it's all getting done. The nice thing about So. Cal is that none of the hassle is really too much of a bother, because, well, the sun is out.
H.K. and I bike somewhere new (or new-ish) every day, which is great for my mind and all-too-out-of-shape corpus. And I fear we are in a never-ending feud as to whether I should drop my PNW roots and start wearing up-the-crack shorts (hoochy mama shorts, I believe they're called) like the rest of the New Home Base community.
Today is the first time I've sat down and really taken a breath. And by taking a breath I mean worked on my conference poster and discussed experiments [in which I no longer have a hand] with Boss Man, naturally.
Best of all? The ants know their place here. They stay outside. And. The squirrels that run rampant in the PNW? They're bunny rabbits here. Everywhere. As being displaced from the land and people you love goes, it's glorious. Bring on the science.