Friday, December 31, 2010

Be the change that you want to see…

Here it is, the last day of 2010.

At the beginning of this year, I was preparing to pack up house and hounds to move to the Middle East to be with my husband. I must say, I was excited, because I know for a fact it never snows in the desert. It also never rains, but whatever.

Unfortunately, the work, like the slugs on the sidewalks, dried up. CGMan was coming home! But not before we had another excellent adventure, this time in Egypt. We rode camels, saw pyramids, swam in the Red Sea and lived through a sham ’al.

Once back in the good ole U.S. of A., we worked on getting to know each other again. We started dating, if you will. We took day trips, and road trips, went to the movies and and out to dinner. It has been a glorious 9 months! I must say, I really like dating when we don’t have to go to Chuck E. Cheese, which is what happens when you date a woman with three children. 

We also went about the task of finding a job for CGMan right here in Austin. Well, that turned out to be a little less fun than dating a premenopausal woman with two spoiled dogs. The job market in Austin just didn’t have anything for this retired Coastie. It just wasn’t supposed to happen, I guess.

I am thankful that CGMan has indeed found a job that I know he will enjoy. Not so thankful that it is in a place that snows. Regularly. I find it terribly ironic that I started this year preparing to live in saris and sandals and now, a mere 10 months later, am having to buy wool socks and ear muffs.

Well, life is nothing, if not unpredictable.

So I go forth into 2011 with the same schedule of moving house and hounds to be with my far away husband. Maybe not to as exciting a place as Abu Dhabi, but I’m sure Washington, DC has its intriguing places, as well. It will be my adventure to seek them out.

We are wishing wonderful things for all of you in the New Year!


  1. Congrats, & good luck in your new location!!!

  2. Lots of adventure can be had on the East Coast - in say, Boston? It's been fun to be on all of your journey's this year, and starting each day with Dawn in Austin!

  3. I can't wait to follow your adventures in the snow. I'm guessing a change in blog name is in order...

  4. You and those doggies are gonna rock DC! Best wishes for more adventure in 2011!

  5. And Dawn, you will get to see something I have always wanted to see; the cherry blossoms in spring!

    All my life I have heard about those gorgeous trees covered in blooms and I can only begin to imagine the smell. Please, please, please, make a trek with your camera and document some of that gorgeousness. I will be right here reading every day waiting to see them.

  6. I'm looking forward to hearing about all your new adventures in my hometown!!! Happy 2011!

  7. Best wishes in 2011 to you and yours... and may you learn to love the snow.

  8. I'm excited to read about your adventures in D.C. :)
    Hope you and your's have a very blessed and happy new year!

  9. Remember: guest suite with a sauna. Scottish woman and the ladies of the club will miss you and the hen house terribly....but we are SO on for a trip to DC!

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  11. Well Dawn I think there are many good things to come of this move:

    1. The Zadge can give you a prepared list of haunts.
    2. Lots of museums!
    3. It's an adventure!
    4. A new pad!
    5. Not too far from the outer banks - a favorite of mine!
    6. and Most important - you are mucho closer to the "sista's" and we might just get a visit in in the coming year!

  12. Good luck with all 2011 has in store for you both.

    Will be right here waiting for updates.

  13. Wishing wonderful things for you in 2011 too!

    Personally I'm wishing it won't snow any more in Iowa until after we move to Texas. I'll wish that it doesn't snow in DC for you either. Miracles can happen...

  14. Why have I not found my way over here before? Look at all that I have missed. I will start the year with your new adventure in DC. It's good that he found a job, even in the snow. We're still waiting. We have til the end of Jan and then the contract is over. Damn cut backs. Once the youngest has graduated we'll be like you and go where ever. Good luck with the move.

  15. DC is such a fabulous city, Dawn!

    I'm with you on the cold, but at least you'll have the cherry laurels and all the culture. Oh, you're going to have so much fun!

    Who knows, maybe you'll run into that crazy DC housewife, Michaela and her even crazier husband. Oh! Even better! Maybe you could become a Housewife of DC! Then I could watch you every week on TV. You have to be outrageous and sing badly to become one of the housewives. Can you manage outrageous and singing badly? It's worth a shot!

  16. When do you get settled? Can't wait to meet you in person!

  17. Happy new year my friend! Good luck with the move. And snow isn't THAT bad. It sucks, don't get me wrong, but DC has cherry blossoms! Just focus ont hat.


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