We’ve been distant for a while, we know. Easter itself wasn’t quite so exhausting as it may have seemed; we have had quite the eventful week since the last update.
First and foremost, I pursued and received a job offer with a new company for the first time in almost nine years and after several days of drawn out discussion submitted my resignation with my current employer earlier today. The offer includes a life-changing salary increase and almost non-existent weekend work, utilizing the professional skills I have honed while at the same time pulling me back out of an exclusive industry. I’ve been in a very specific technical position for far too long, and I was genuinely concerned I’d never be able to get out of it without starting over from scratch. Crisis averted, I hope. Opinions with my current employer vary wildly. Some are congratulatory, and some are considering attempting legal action to prevent my departure. Due to the nature of all that, I won’t divulge any more on the subject. Hopefully this will all pass and we’ll find ourselves with more money to play with and more time to play.
We also, as of last week, are ourselves pursuing legal action against someone else. Again, I won’t divulge any information on the subject, but you could probably begin to understand why it was a big week. We needed a bit of a vacation, so we spent the weekend in my hometown with my parents. Taking a baby anywhere is difficult, more so when it’s an overnight stay, but we felt we owed it to my parents. Once we got there everything went wonderfully. They fed us amazing food, bought the kids some new clothes (it doesn’t break the rules if they’re gifts, right?) and toys, and my wife and I even had opportunities to exercise with the badminton set they gave to our son. It felt good to just get away for the weekend and watch the baby laugh with her grandparents on a blanket in the grass. This time I avoided the rougher parts of the property. Gods be merciful, I do not want poison ivy again.
The garden has been growing steadily. We lost a lot of lettuce when it went to seed, but we have zucchini growing, and she got some watermelon planted today. Last week she harvested some spinach for dinner. My wife has done almost all of the work with it now that the beds are built and she knows a lot more about it. My involvement in the yard has been strictly destructive; today I pulled up all the weeds I could from the front so I can mow it this week. We’d love to expand the vegetable gardens to the front, but for now we’re just trying to make it not look like abandoned overgrowth.