Alright, so perhaps I do have a bit of a flair for the dramatic. I wasn't named Buhler High School's "Most Active Thespian of 1997" for nothing. Maybe I felt my crabby rangoon ratings were down, the comments hadn't been what I'd hoped for recently. Regardless, there it is. That big, shocking announcement that my husband has, indeed, quit his job. It's true. Sure got you talking, didn't it?
We have a back-up plan, of course, but it was good to hear from all of you (me being the comment whore that I am), and Wow! thanks to everyone who wanted us to move where they are. After a year of relative isolation, it was nice to hear how many people know and love us back home in the states. Really, thanks to everyone--you made us feel great!
So here's our next step:
We're moving to SAN DIEGO, CA!!!
Matt is joining forces with a college buddy of his who started a web design company last year. It has been a long few weeks in the Kirkland household as we carefully (and prayerfully) considered our next move. And we're very, very excited to be moving to California! Granted, it takes us down a couple of notches on the cool factor by demoting ourselves from Hong Kong to San Diego, but we're ready to face any challenges a sudden onset of nerdiness might throw at us. (To be perfectly honest, we're really just in it for the Mexican food.)
And our time frame, you ask? Well, we're hoping to be back on American soil in about 1 month. Yikes!! We have so much to do! Oh, but what a sweet relief it will be to communicate with people again, and to stretch my arms on the street and not knock 30 people over. (I was having some serious elbow issues yesterday. Note to self: Never ponder something momentarily on the streets of Hong Kong with your hand on your hips and your elbows sticking out. This is a SERIOUS recipe for disaster.)
So my biggest question to all you good folks out there...will you still read my blog if I'm no longer living somewhere wildly exotic? I promise that I'll still be clumsy and have awkward conversations with strangers and create many a conundrum for myself. I'm a natural at that. And let me tell you, San Diego is sure to be just as daunting and mysterious to me as Hong Kong has been (minus the squid legs). I imagine I'll encounter some mighty culture shock on my re-entry into the USA. I haven't seen a cowboy in ages. Or driven a car. Or tried to get a real job. This could get interesting...
We'll keep you posted about when and where we'll be landing on American soil. Thanks again for all the great emails and comments these last few days.