We've been here now for seven months, and other than the fact that I hate not having our own place and all, it's going okay. Business is picking up, we're starting to be able to put money away, and while we're still a ways from being able to start to build our house, I think I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Besides, in a couple more months, the "landlords" will be gone back south and we'll be able to relax a little. It'll work out alright. We're going to be out of here in the spring one way or another, but ultimately, hopefully, into a new custom-built house. Nothing extravagant, a modest but well-appointed place. Working on what we want in designs and talking to some builders already - I think we'll wind up going with a pretty modern and high-tech energy efficient place - investigating a lot of the new technologies available to put to work.
If work keeps the pace that I'm settling into now, I think I'll be quite alright, I'm starting to see the prospect of being able to make a lot more money that I did before, I'm definitely much happier with the management folks here, and I don't hate work with the passion I did before we moved, when not moving seemed pretty much impossible.
Of course, I'd be a lot happier with everything if some simple things worked out, like the cat(s) not pissing on carpets, not digging up carpet, and that sort of thing - but I can't really complain.
What really sucks is still not being able to sell our condo - worse - that we have virtually no prospect of being able to do so any time soon. Fortunately we seem to have decent tenants, and that's a good thing.
Anyhow, if you're a "loyal reader", and you use Twitter, I'm @warriorbanker. I chose the name to fit the whole "leaving the bank job to go fight in Afghanistan" plan I had to microblog, and now I can't think of anything better to name it, I guess. The related blog is http://warriorbanker.wordpress.com - and I can't change that name, so I haven't changed Twitter, not that I have any ideas for what to change it to anyhow, and following something called the "general internet dickwad theory", I seem to prefer a manner of anonymity for when I choose to lash out a bit at people - or more likely ideas - that I disagree strongly with. I thought about another account that's more transparent as a sort of a biz development tool, but turns out that I can't do that anyhow, so I won't bother.
So that's what's been on lately, nothing too exciting. Next week we're heading back to Ontario for a week, and coming back slowly through New England, including a stop at the Ben & Jerry's factory, among other things. Rather conveniently, I got a couple of hotel nights from credit card points, keeping the budget for the trip more reasonable, since we're not going to do much extravagant... can't draw away from focusing on the house, after all!