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in philly

Getting settled. I finally got my futon couch put together. Still need to assemble my bed, coffee table, chest of drawers. Still need to finish unpacking. :-)

Also getting settled at the office...I've been working there two weeks now. Here's my cubicle, which I'll be sharing soon. They were short on furniture (new furniture is on order) so I've done some creative improvisation with boxes I filched from the mailing room and some wood left over from a previous tenant. It's a bit of a mental adjustment for me; I've been pretty much a solitary curmudgeon for most of the past fifteen years. :-) There are pros and cons to working in this kind of environment. The people I'm working with are pretty cool; our area is called "The Cramp" (short for Writer's Cramp).

Went to the cottage with Jeff last weekend. Scott was visiting from Ireland, and I also had a chance to briefly visit with my niece Brittany and her mom Larkin.

Highlight of my weekend: Night paddle with Jeff...we took the canoe to the middle of the lake and just floated for a while, talking and letting the boat drift in the darkness. From time to time, we'd hear loons calling from the north end of the lake. Jeff and I used to spend most of each summer at the cottage; in recent years we've both gotten too busy (okay, it's mainly been my fault :-( ) and have grabbed snatches of cottage time when we can.

Today's blatherpic: Day paddle to Adaskin's Bay with Scott (in a separate canoe in the background) where we saw a young bull moose, two blue herons, a loon, and an otter.

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