As soon as I finished all my new-apartment projects, I ended up leaving. Whomp whomp.
It was a tough decision, but I ended up flying back to the US last weekend after we shut down the observatory in Chile as a response to the pandemic. I’ll go back as soon as work restarts at the observatory, but for now I’m staying in California. I’m happy to be with friends and family and better health insurance in a time of crisis, but it’s sad to leave behind Chilean friends for some undetermined amount of time and mildly frustrating to be living as a vagabond again. I already did the whole live-out-of-a-suitcase thing for a full five months, and after finally being reunited with my bed and my wardrobe a mere month and a half ago, I’m back to rewearing workout clothes more times than I care to admit. At least it’s effective social distancing.
On the bright side, the apartment turned out really well! It started off a little rough when my furniture shipment was delayed by 3 weeks, and I couldn’t find the gas valve to be able to use the gas stove, and I only realized that the hot water heater was unplugged after I had gotten in the shower, but hey, moving into a new place is always an adventure, right?!
One of the best parts of moving into a new place is, of course, new projects. So many fun things to improve!
So that’s what I’ve been up to for the last month and a half, plus just eating an embarrassing number of avocados and reveling in the fact that I get a whole apartment all to myself, something that would not be possible in California. I’ll leave you with this picture of the crazy cat from the apartment next to mine, who spends a fair bit of time exploring the apartment complex and mewing outside my door.