We are still here, enjoying and adjusting to our new life in Florida.
(From top: lots of palms, Wolfie gets a tuneup in Palm Harbor, Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern, lots of beach, Ross visits).
There is something to be said for not only achieving a goal, but processing the aftermath. Our major goal was for Tim to get a tenure-track position and we are so grateful for it. However, it is easy to think, “Well, once he gets this job, everything will be great!” And by and large, it is. We like Tampa, the new house (boy, does it feel big), Tim’s job, the people, the beach, and so on. But it is still hard. In some ways, harder than we expected. I am still waiting for a start date at work, four weeks after meeting with HR. There are lots of clearances and I appreciate their thoroughness, but it is frustrating. It can be annoying to rely on GPS all the time and it is mentally and physically tiring to be living in a new place. But! If you had told us last October that Tim would have this position and it would be in Tampa, we would have been so excited and relieved.
I have been trying to set up the house, the guest areas, and rip out all the grass that was eaten by chinch bugs (do not even get me started!). I have also been reading at the gorgeous beach that is 40 minutes away. Awake at Work by Michael Carroll was really good, and is helping me gain some perspective on my upcoming job in a new setting. The Atlantic has had some really great articles recently, especially “The Coddling of the American Mind.”
Ross visited a couple of weeks ago, Mark and Diane arrive tonight, and Andy will be joining us for a very Florida Thanksgiving, along with Moz and Foz! It is great to see everyone.
So there is a brief update. I am headed out to run some errands before it gets too hot!