We finally got our internet functional last night, so as far as my nerdy self is concerned, we are back in business. I might never browse the web and check my email from my iPhone again. Good grief!
Really though, thank goodness for small favors - without the iPhone I'd have been even more disconnected from the world.
I've been reading (and listening to audiobooks) a lot lately to fill my time. So I've got some book review updating to do. The biggest reading news for me is that I met my goal of 25 books last year. It's not a lot, but I'm so excited about it. This year I've resolved to try and hit 30. We'll see how it goes, I hit 25 on the nose last year and basically by the skin of my teeth. I just joined a book club, though, so that'll help. I am pretty sure it's going to lean towards "the classics", which sadly really aren't my most favorite, but I am open to it anyway for the experience of finally being in an actual book club and having some geeked out camaraderie.
A is settled in at her new school and thriving. She's also getting involved with her new girl scout troop and we have cookies out the wazoo here at home. M is settling in at work. We added a puppy and a kitten to the family (insert sound of exasperation here), and we got our first snow this past weekend. Things have been good - mostly. We are still waiting on two of our four household shipments to arrive. By this, I basically mean we have yet to receive any of our furniture. Fortunately the government offers temporary furniture so we haven't been forced to sit on the floor so far. And we bought new mattresses since we left our mattresses behind in Okinawa (we wanted to err on the side of caution where all that mold and humidity was concerned...) so we've been sleeping comfortably. Still doing much of our living out of suitcases and boxes, though, until our proper things arrive. Hopefully it'll be soon, but I'm not holding my breath.
C just had her third birthday (sniff!) and is doing well. She's such a monkey. She's just like me - super suspicious and cautious of new people. A is just like her daddy - the social butterfly. C is the opposite. It makes me laugh. We went to a play group and she got completely overwhelmed and asked to come home. She'd prefer to sit on the couch with me and color and have Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on TV over playing with other similar-aged children.
Haven't taken any grand European adventures just yet, but we are certainly adjusting. Missing certain aspects of Okinawa and of course aspects of America - we talk about missing grandma on a daily basis - but we're optimistic. Book reviews coming up.