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A Home At The End Of The Madness

Cosy and warm in snowy New Mexico

snow 2 °C

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Hi folks. Well, it has been a long time since my last entry. Which is surprising since during this hiatus, I have been working less than I have at any time since July 1999. I figure this since I have been either in full-time education or full-time employment - often 1.5 of these - for pretty much all of the last decade.

Nonetheless I have not been idle: a small and - believe me - painstakingly generated string of offshore freelance writing and copy editing jobs; house cleaning, housesitting and petsitting; gathering paperwork for a Green Card; as well as expanding my website have all kept me busy over the past few months. Add to that the fact that myself and Megan have moved four times since September, and have lived out or half-out of a suitcase for most of that time, the amazing generosity of Megan's relatives notwithstanding.

To my great delight, the trunking has come to an end with the beautiful new pad (pictured above) we've got ourselves in the student district of Albuquerque, New Mexico. We chose it because it's more classic bungalow than modern stack apartment - the perfect home for two writers, in other words. Moreover, we have significantly more space than we did in Dublin - the fridge is comfortably four times larger, for example - and we have significantly more ways to use our space than we did in China. There it was a case of 'this room is unbearably hot and has no aircon', 'that room has a live bat circling in it', you get the idea.

We've already had the chance to celebrate with a small but hearty Housewarming, and have especially benefited from the good nature of friends, relatives and Freecycle to fill what is, unusually for me at least, an unfurnished home. Now we can be snug for the snowy winter and continue to have fun with the considerable range of things there are to be enjoyed around Albuquerque, except now largely on foot or via surprisingly cheap public transport.

Before you go, dear readers, have a peaceful and happy holiday season. And do check out the sister blog post to this one, 'A Home At The End Of The Randomers', in which I documented the diverse range of lodgings I held around Dublin town during the bulk of the noughties. At this end, I'm thinking that the warm glow of a happy new home is one of life's great feelings :-)

Posted by BillLehane 18:41 Archived in USA Tagged living_abroad

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