It appears I'm going through a strong nesting phase right now. Not surprising from all that has gone on with the search for a new home location. Had my east coast trip happened last year on schedule, it would have been to 2 cities for the purpose of exploring housing and career options.
Because it was delayed to this year and we had already gone through the process out west and decided it was a our one and done, this year's trip was for leisure only. No more energy to keep searching. It is far easier to plan a retirement move than 2 career moves.
I don't even have one trip booked for next year yet. Normally by this time, I've got a couple set. The desire is there but not feeling the urgency. Perhaps it is because I've done so much this and last year. Really got out to the places that were tugging at me the most and feeling satiated from it.
Told D I thought next year would be more temperate with respect to travel. He wasn't convinced, proceeded to laugh and was positive that it will only take one photo or article or conversation and I'll be off. I don't know about that. Something feels different right now but I cannot pin point it. Think I am settling into a new level of contentedness. Whatever it is feels peaceful and unrushed.
Perhaps it has something to do with my recent laser surgery (cosmetic, non serious procedure). The culmination of 2 years plus of dealing with my food allergy stuff. It went really well and getting rid of the visual scars from the allergy gave me a greater sense of relief than I would have imagined. It was one of those things that people would ask me what I was referring to when I would tell them about my hive scars. It bothered me more than others and now it doesn't bother me anymore.
Also have an overwhelming desire to go over everything we have around the house and decide if it is still useful. We've been at our current location for 7 years now and I'm embarrassed to admit we have not gone through a thorough overhaul yet. Little bits here and there mostly related to clothing and books but that's all.
I want to tackle the kitchen, basement and garage first, 2/3rd D's domain. So I'm expecting some push back. I feel I've neglected my home and taken it for granted with being away a lot the last year or so, leaving D to shoulder the majority of the burden. He hasn't complained but it isn't right. Need to place my energy back onto my biggest financial investment and get my head back into the game.
[There is currently a contest (via Facebook) going on to win a trip to Greenland. Imagine my surprise when I see an entry by someone I recognized. One of their pictures, I am very sure, was taken by me as we were sailing back through the Icefjord to Ilulissat!]
[The Icelandic clothing company -- Cintamani has come to Canada! I couldn't believe my eyes when I was walking around in Halifax and suddenly saw the store frontage. Ran across the street to find out they had just opened 3 1/2 weeks prior. The fellow working there was from Iceland and was surprised (and probably overwhelmed) by my enthusiasm for his country. Couldn't help it.]