Today I went to work. Not that there was a whole lot of work to go to, maybe more of a day of ‘work hunting.’ I went in to talk with people about how I could make myself useful and earn a living. I also went in to collect my access card to the building, find a space to sit, drop off books and Africana no longer needed back home and have lunch with a colleague not really seen/spoken to for a long time. And finally I also dropped my computer off for a thorough checkup which lasted through the day.

Having a space to sit lifted my spirits. I felt adrift before, not having a place to call my own – I can’t imagine what homeless people go through –and I was only missing a work home. I also will soon be part of a team, as we prepare for a proposal, so I don’t feel as much like a retiree. A space and a team is all I need – I was never so aware of the importance of these two things. Oh, and my computer back of course – being unplugged all day is risky as everyone here assumes you are plugged in all the time.

It was Tessa’s Steve’s birthday today and so we drove to Lanesville to join them for his birthday dinner. We ate a sinfully rich lasagna from the plates that Tessa remembers from her childhood, now hers to keep. Just as we are finally feeling settled into our house, they have nearly completed their nesting. Their little dollhouse is snug and lovely with everything carefully put in its place. It’s wonderful to have kids all grown up who prepare meals for you, serve you wine and then do the dishes.

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