A very short trip out to The Ranch this month, just enough time to visit my Mother and make sure the house has sprung no new leaks. All told wheels down to wheels up, about 48 hours here.
It is not my preferred schedule. I had originally planned to arrive on Wednesday past, but I received an offer to do an event with my Sensei (and when Sensei offers, you drop what you are doing and go).
It has a Autumn feel here; the oak leaves are falling off the trees and clogging the driveway (something that needs to be raked up this time out) and it is easily dark by 1800. The wind is blowing as I write this, the rain having stopped in the immediate locale (thankful, no roof leaks to date). I will see my Mother and rake leaves and try and pack a few more things before I lumber back to New Home.
Last night's adventure was a trip to Vigil Mass to watch Uisdean Ruadh's young acolytes go through their paces. I am not Catholic of course, but I have enough of a background in Anglican and Lutheran services that I pretty easily blend in. Dinner was Mongolian BBQ, one of my favorite sorts of food - mostly because it is one of the few restaurants that reliably has lamb.
This coming week is a rarity I have not really had since July: even though I am returning on Monday night, I do not work again at Produce (A)Isle until Saturday. My assumption is that this is do to the Thanksgiving holiday and trying to balance out all the schedules of the people that need to get their full time hours (I am back to 17 hours the following week). I therefore get a Tuesday night and all of Thursday and Friday off. Such a surfeit of time not working; I honestly expect it to be filled with naps and some work on projects that I never seem to have time to get to now (including, I think, uploading all remaining photos from Greece and get the skeleton of those posts ready. Blogger/Google continues to be....difficult).
The New Job is continuing to go well - although we had a "hard reality" town hall this past Friday. In short, we need to focus on a very specific set of activities to move us to the next phase. Between now and January (probably February) everything has to be related to that set of tasks. As a result, all new spending is halted unless it directly relates to those activities. If it does not go as planned....well, they have a burn rate that they need to hit and they will likely do what they need to to make it.
In talking about it with The Ravishing Mrs. TB, her comment was "If you get laid off again, maybe it really is a sign".
A sign of what was not really discussed - but yes, probably a sign.