This is a new life, certainly a new way of living, and I'm adjusting to it pretty well, most things considered. My new place has a bit of that college dorm chique, style-wise, but it's cute, it's colorful, and it's coming together. It's back in the "old neighborhood", where Declan has friends he knows and likes, and he liked the neighborhood before, so it was a good call going back there, and as well, I have several friends and acquaintances who are very close by.
I want to say thanks to the well-wishing, the advice, and the ears to vent to, regardless of association and affiliation. It has been sobering and eye-opening, and I appreciate the warmth, the doses of reality, and the lack of fear. You rock. This will be an interesting year, to say the least.