California TrailPosted: 08/16/2011
It’s been long enough since I’ve written that I can’t completely find my way back to where I was. Things happened really fast– giving notice, selling off our possessions, finding a home for our dog, finding a home for us. My family was certainly not satisfied with the amount of time I could spend with them, and the pressure they put on me didn’t help me very much. At the end, I had to keep telling myself that in this particular situation, yes, this is about me. About me and J, and the big thing we were about to do. I had to focus on getting us through it.
And we did. We’ve been in San Jose for over a week now, still no belongings, and J started his first day at Intel on Monday. It took us three days driving 1,800 miles on I-40, six tanks of gas, and half of the audiobook version of A Storm of Swords. The book made the time go by really quickly, and don’t believe anybody when they say that drive isn’t beautiful. I’d never driven through Arizona or New Mexico, or Texas for that matter, and it was fun to look at. J didn’t seem to be as intent about power-driving, but I kept wanting to drive more once he called it a day. I really wanted to get to my new home.
So, here I am, a week later with no furniture, no job, and no husband around. A person could get very stagnant, so I’m trying to keep busy. It’s hard when there’s nothing in the house. I have a craft commission, but I don’t have any supplies. I want to decorate, but I don’t have any furniture. Really, things could be worse.
The best news is, is that I love it here. I love walking everywhere, biking is easy, driving is easy, the food is great and the weather really is quite beautiful. I’m sure I’ll start to miss rain soon. I’m going to take about a month before I start to look for a job, and in that time I plan to volunteer, get my commission done and start a class at the local TechShop. I have a California drivers license, a library card and a few friends. Really, I’m all set.
There will be a time when I may whine about feeling guilty about not working, but it is not today. Today I have a very positive outlook that this time will be well-spent, and I will have better direction for myself.