Either/or. Seven weeks, eleven weeks. We’ll find out more in four weeks.

I’m daunted by these numbers. Far more daunted, actually, than I was at the now two-year-old and permanently postponed prospect of dropping everything and moving to Europe. I’m guessing it’s because I can visualize everything far more clearly. And because my husband spent the day working on a bunch of home projects that had been back-burnered. Everything is on the front burner now.

But, the prospect of spending my 44th birthday–five months from today–within driving distance of my parents, my sister and her family, my brother and his family… the prospect of living somewhere that could comfortably accommodate all of them? It is thrilling.

I’m going to have to insist that they come visit.ย Yes: we’ll all play in the backyard with the kids. And we’ll cook. Maybe I’ll finally learn to make the dough for samosa all by myself. I want that.

I want a lot.

And it’s all going to come. Fast.

14 thoughts on “Seven-Eleven

      1. Happy new year to you and your family also.

        We live in Scottsdale, Arizona, and my wife has an opportunity in San Diego. She has until this coming week to let the company know what she wants to do. But we have already made our decision: we are going to move. The plan will be for Carol to start and move in mid February, and for the kids and me to follow about six weeks later. She is excited. I am excited and terrified at the same time.

      2. Congratulations to both of you. A friend of mine lived in the San Diego area a few years back. I asked her if she had any insights to share, and she offers this, though I’m sure your wife’s new colleagues will offer plenty of insight, too, if you’re new to town: “Encinitas and Solana Beach are two funky beach towns north of SD. Pricey but cool. Family friendly neighborhoods inland (also north of city) would be Scripps Ranch, Rancho Bernardo , and Rancho penasquitos (priced high to low for affordability.) Mission and Pacific Beach are more for college kids and surfers. Several urban neighborhoods in SD proper if you like city life. The further north you go from the city the more affordable things become.”

      3. Many thanks to you and your friend for taking the time to give me these tips. We will start off at a rental near Carol’s work for the first 6 months. So that will give us (mostly me) time to look. I’ll keep all these things in mind. I’m still somewhat ambivalent about this. BUT the decision is made. We’ll soon be on to a new chapter in our lives.

      4. You’re excited. I’m terrified. It should be exciting but any chance I have at an independent career is going kaput!

      5. I understand the anxious feelings, I do… We’re always really good at imagining worst case scenarios. Maybe we should make a pact to practice imagining good case scenarios… ๐Ÿ™‚

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