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Since the move, I’ve been using Facebook (Fb) to keep friends and family updated on our whereabouts. Consequently, I’m on there more often than usual.

I’ve come to HATE it when status lines are written like mysterious little “teasers”, fishing for attention. I’ve noticed that, more often than not, these vague statements are usually announcing a pregnancy. I know I’m an angry, bitter, barren woman, but c’mon, just come right out and say it. Obviously, by putting it out there in Fb-land, you WANT to announce your pregnancy. Just freakin’ announce it!

Yes, it’s a happy time for them, and in time, I will lose my bitter edge and maybe acknowledge their happiness in a more socially appropriate fashion. Until then, statuses like:

1. Jane Smith will not tell… but is very, very happy.

2. John Smith has a happy secret.

3. Jane Doe has TWO surprises.

4. John Smith won’t tell. But he and Jane can’t wait.

5. Jane Smith: change is coming!

…are LAME.

If you want to keep it a secret, keep it a secret. If you want to announce it, announce it. If you’re trying to keep all of us in suspense, hoping we’re wracking our brains trying to solve your status riddle, forget it. It’s both annoying and unoriginal.

That’s all I want to rant about today. Yes, I do know about the “hide” button and have been making liberal use of it as I sit here and stew in my jealousy.

Bah humbug.

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The first photo is what we left, two weeks ago. The second photo shows what we landed in, several hours later.

The first image shows the snow-covered mountains and untouched barrenlands we left, and the second image shows the green farmlands and houses we landed in.

It was -31° with the windchill where we boarded the plane, and +46° where we landed. DH and I couldn’t shed layers fast enough!

We spent a few days with my aunt (the one we stayed with during IVF treatments) then spent a few days on the West coast for a quick visit to DH’s sis. The timing worked out so that I was able to attend my graduation (no more teachers, no more books!). Finally, we flew back and are settling in with DH’s family until we can find a home to call our own.

The last two weeks have gone by like a whirlwind. I’m definitely experiencing a bit of culture shock. Note the snow and untouched landscape in the first picture taken the plane took off and compare it with the greenery, fields, roads and buildings (civilization!) in the second picture, a few minutes before we landed. Our lifestyle had been at a slower pace. Up until recently, this has felt like a “vacation” but it’s now sinking in that I’m not going back to the place I still call “home.”

…and, I am officially unemployed as of yesterday. YIKES! Except for the boxes of books and other miscellaneous bits we couldn’t sell, we’re no longer tied to a home, car, furniture or most of our “stuff.” I sure hope it leads to new beginnings.

Where did the month go? In a few hours, we get on the plane and start our new life. I’m really going to miss this quiet place, so far removed from the rest of the world, and the close friends I’ve made. Then again, I’m sort’ve excited to see how the rest of the story unfolds…