right. so i pretty much stopped my weekly updates. sorry 'bout that. i think it's partially due to the fact that every day makes us a little more settled here... and partially due to the fact that the week after i posted my last update, i started working 7 day weeks, which means when i'm not working, i'm either sleeping or spending time w/ steve.
i'm excited for everyone on the east coast to end their daylight savings time and be an hour closer :) it will be nice to be 2 hours behind instead of 3... it seems like a small thing, but it's a comfort.
i can't believe it's november. i think my incredulity stems from the fact that this fall is unlike any fall i've ever experienced in my upstate ny existence. i understand why old people move to warm climates... it's not just b/c the weather is easy on arthritis... it's because it gives the illusion that time has stopped. when faced with your own mortality, why not put yourself in an environment that denies that the seasons changes, that time marches on?
i wish i could go to elementary school here. i feel like i'm missing all the things a 5th grader knows... like what a cross-section of a cactus looks like... or what animals you should fear when out in the desert... or what is actually "cold" here. the other night, we could hear coyotes howling as if they were at our door. it freaked me out... not b/c i think that they're going to somehow spout opposeable thumbs & open our door, but because it reminded me how ignorant i am of the flora and fauna of my surroundings. i don't even know exactly what a coyote looks like... other than looking something like a dog.
as you may have noticed, this week my best friend, jacquelyn, had a baby, @ 24 weeks. his name is henry christopher, and his survival has been on my heart and mind all this week. he's just so tiny (less than 2 lbs), and it's hard for me to fathom such frailness. it's hard to be so far away and not be able to cook and help like i would if i were within a day's driving trip. so, i've been rallying everyone i know who even remotely cares about kids to pray for henry and his parents. and i'm planning a trip in about a month to go and visit and try to offer some support and love. if you're someone who cares about children, and would like updates on henry's progress, please msg me, and i'd be happy to include you, and add another intercessor to our growing list.
and that's it with us... steve made it through midterms, and i was very glad when it was all over. since i don't have a huge social network, and steve's attention was focused on studying... let's just say i was glad to have my husband back.