…. I am still alive. Honestly. Just because I appear to have dropped off the edge of the world doesn’t mean that I have, in fact, vanished. I havI ade, however, worked about seven million hours in the past few weeks. And that’s WITH the trip to Florida…
So I suppose I should do a general catch-up on things. Here goes:
Florida – this was AMAZING!! Seeing my family was absolutely fantastic, and I had such a lovely time – I will try to post some photos as soon as I can, but I haven’t got them on the computer yet so can’t do it as yet. Needless to say, there was a ‘running across the airport’ moment when I arrived, and it was a real wrench to leave again. I’ll write a bit more about it when I’m not so tired, but it was fantastic to see the sun again.
Car – when I got back from Florida my car was FINALLY available for pick-up. A social security number makes all things possible, apparently… I got a lift from a lovely girl at work, and finalised the paperwork (after a hysterical conversation with Geiko who were going to charge me $2k for SIX MONTHS for insurance, I managed to get the whole year for $1.4k with the AAA and prior UK driving history discounts – very proud moment) then went out to pick up the car. I didn’t realise that they still make cars with wind-up windows, but it has air conditioning so it’s not such an issue. The boot is HUGE, and for a Fiesta it seems, frankly, massive. But i really like it – it’s fun to drive, and very nippy. And has thus far done 360 miles on a tank. For about $40 a fill-up, I’m not going to complain…
Work – as usual, this has been the biggest part of life. Last Sunday we had a ‘fire drill’ on an area and I didn’t get home until 1.30am. It was painful. But we are getting there, and the biggest part of what we have to do is the tidying up, rather than anything additional (although we ARE still chasing some bits and pieces). The thing that got me, was that I was telling a UK work story which had always previously ended with me saying how HORRIBLY late I was stuck at work – when I thought about it, I realised I’d left that night by 8pm. It doesn’t really compare. But I’m still very much enjoying it, and one of the visiting partners from the UK (free dinner in the North End – certainly encouraging further visits from UK partners!!) seemed rather stunned by my reaction to the hours and the work itself. It’s been a very long slog, but I know I’ve learned a lot and feel much better prepared for whatever comes next.
Thanksgiving – is today. Or ‘Turkey Day’. I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in NY on the TV, then drove to the airport to pick up Mrs G (who did very well and fought off her jet lag until 8pm – she is now snoozing). We had a HUGE dinner at the house with my landlords and their extended family. The kids are currently hyped up on sugar and shrieking in the lounge, while people watch the Pats game (Pats vs the NY team… not sure who, exactly, but I think that’s because I’m tired…). Tomorrow we’re going to go and explore Boston, which will be brilliant – I’m so excited about showing someone my city! I have to send one work e-mail (an accounts checklist which I didn’t complete yesterday owing to my landlady offering me a glass of wine and a ‘taste’ of something which appeared to be moonshine – I drank it and my face went completely numb for about ten minutes…) first thing, but then I’m free for the rest of the three days! Fantastic!!
I will bulk out the details on Florida and other items, and attach car photos, in the next few days, but for now I’m signing off again. Updates will get much more frequent from now on as the hours are more reasonable, so you won’t have to wonder where the heck I have got to – which will obviously be great for all of you who are still sticking with me, despite the long gap! I hope you are all still there, and reading, and taking care of yourselves.