(originally posted August 24, 2023)
Blogging Year 15, here we go!
As noted in my Squiddies post, the first year of the "empty nest" didn't go exactly as expected. Our child definitely went off to college in western Massachusetts but not as enthusiastically as anticipated. The adjustment - to both being away from home and the increased workload - was rough. We were parenting hard for months. Fortunately, they have gradually settled into their new world. I'd still say they'd prefer being here at home cuddling with the cats without having papers and projects hanging over their head but who wouldn't? College has become a home away from home and there are plans in place to make the work more bearable. Fingers crossed for a positive sophomore year.
For my wife and me, while the kid's ordeal was certainly stressful for us, too, it helped emotionally to feel needed for a while. It eased the transition to our new reality.
There have been other adjustments for me. My social world took a big hit. Important friends have moved away. The year's developments have made me wonder if the longer one lives in New England, the more the geography of one's life gravitates towards Massachusetts. So, in addition to my usual efforts to add to and expand upon my/our hobbies, I'll also be making a conscious effort to shore up my local support network.
Here at The Squid, the blogging schedule will stay the same...
Tuesdays: Family Adventures
Fridays: Star Trek
Occasional book posts
Food hobbies, particularly cocktails and restaurants, are likely to continue to be the main drivers for the Family Adventures posts. For years, my wife has lobbied for us to take on the Vermont 251 project, in which one visits all 251 of our state's incorporated cities and towns. I love exploring Vermont and 251 is as good an excuse as any. It could be a great way to find new restaurants, too.
Movies are likely to take on a more prominent role. Saying so almost feels like a jinx but I think it's a safe bet. Our movie brackets have been great fun and going to the theater is more appealing now than it was a year ago.
Trek: I'll be reaching the end of The Next Generation soon. While that's a little sad, the series wasn't at its best in its final season. On the other hand, Deep Space Nine is only getting better and Voyager reflections will be kicking off soon. Because of Trek's release timeline, I can almost guarantee at least one movie review this year.
As always, if any of you enjoys reading The Armchair Squid half as much as I enjoy writing it, we're all doing just fine.