I'll also get a list of things that need to be done for AFA up and on their website, for those that have indicated interest in helping. And, as if our lives aren't busy enough.... it seems that moryssa and I may be joining our local chapter of the SCA in January, dragging roho along for the ride. I must admit, I'm extremely excited about this, as I've wanted to do the SCA ever since I first heard about it in 1997, but never had anyone to go with. It should be tons of fun. :)
I've been talking to my parents a lot as the trip grows nearer.. I want to be sure that we're all on the same page, that someone will be there to pick us up... needless worries, really. I just get anxious when I fly or have to depend on other people. When I'm driving, it's much easier, because if it all goes to shit, I can turn around and drive home. You don't exactly have that option when you fly.
Today was a productive one. I'm about.. 50% done coloring Lanakila's commission. Unfortunately the hard parts still need to be done.. I'm really unsure on how to color snow drifts. I may need to consult beerhorse and tarinfirepelt for advice before I screw it up and have to start over (again). I am becoming much more comfortable with markers though! I did our Christmas/Yule card entirely in marker, and despite one mishap where the inks smeared (giving Roho a black eye), it turned out quite lovely.
Bren and I have also been discussing our future plans. As it stands, we've decided for sure that we're staying in Illinois until October, when our lease ends. Then... well.. we have several options. I think we're going to go on an aggressive savings plan, then in late spring/early summer decide how we want to proceed. We can move to a cheaper apartment and aggressively jobhunt in the Boston area and just.. be prepared to leave at a moment's notice, or we can settle in for another 5-6 years and then start looking again. I personally lean towards the settling down- it gives us both time to save, to grow, and to get our careers a little further along. Mine I'm not so worried about... but 6 years at one company would do my resume worlds of good, and well, longevity at Abbott can only help Bren. If we do decide to stay for the long (short) term... we are discussing between us buying a cheap little house, then selling it off when we're ready to head out east. We've found several interesting places in the 75-140k range in Libertyville, Gurnee, and Round Lake, so it seems that if we choose this route, we'll have a bit of variety to choose from. But.. that decision doesn't need to be made for a while yet.
I have to say, too, that I am -really- enjoying spending time with more of the LAFF crowd. We picked Moryssa up from O'Hare yesterday, went out to dinner in Kenosha, then took her home, and even though she was sick, it was a lot of fun to spend time with her. And, well, I think I've mentioned how much I miss having close female friends that share my interests. :)
Oh yes.. one last thing I wanted to write about before I close...
The other morning, right before I woke up, I dreamt of an old friend that we haven't been on terribly good terms with. He was eating dinner with us, and his girlfriend (now fiancee) was not there, and... he was edgy and obviously uncomfortable, but it was very important that he was there. I woke up, and I thought about the events that lead to the... chasm... between us and this particular pair, and... I realized how much of an ass I was during that time. I don't know if they read this journal anymore, or if they'd even care if they did.. but.. for what it's worth, I am sorry. I hope that some day that things can be repaired... and perhaps... we can be friends again some day.
Hindsight is 20/20... and oft times... quite painful. They say the only mistakes in life are the ones you don't learn from... I just hope I can keep this in mind next time I feel myself opening my mouth when I shouldn't.