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Megan and I have been a tad busy lately. Part of this is the usual round of work-related stuff, part is the kind of busy that one expects of people with four small children.

A large part, however, has been the fact that we sold our house in Renton a bit under a month ago and are now living in an apartment in Bellevue. Basically a confluence of factors came to a head: we wanted a larger place that was much closer to work. So, of course, we moved into an apartment that's 2/3 the size of our old house (that is, undeniably, closer to work) while we look for a new house.

And yes, we bought in a seller's market (June 2006) and sold in a buyer's market. It kind of sucks, but on the other hand, (a) prices are still dropping around here so it would have gotten worse, and (b) at least the ridiculously expensive places around here are now only moderately expensive. Overall I think it will be a win, just a really painful one. (And the pain was essentially dictated by buying a house 5 years ago rather than waiting until, say, now. I am attempting to maintain the emotional stance that (a) we were actually renting our house--which (were it true) would make our losses only moderately ridiculous given rents around here, and (b) we are giving the most awesome wedding present to the almost-married-now couple (that we've never met) that just bought our house for $100K less than we paid for it. It helps a bit.)

So, yay for cutting way down on the soul-killing commute. It is now actually practical for me to ride my bike to work (and in fact that's a constraint that we're imposing on the places we're looking for) or to ride the bus (ditto).

More on this later, but I'd already put this notification off for much longer than I should.

Feel free to contact me via email to ask for the new address.
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http://www.ics.uci.edu/~jmadden/corwin

As you can see, it's not that we haven't been taking them, just not taking the time to post them since, well, since we moved in May.

So there are now seven--count them, seven--new albums (and one updated album). Go nuts.
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Still working at Microsoft, splitting my time among a whole raft of different projects. Still reasonably satisfied with that.

Still not sure what I'm going to do about my PhD.

Still not finished unpacking boxes yet...but we have a working Internet connection and phone. The big things left to be done are the study, the master bedroom, and the art (of which we have a lot that we now have to decide where to put). Haven't done as much painting as we probably will relatively soon.

Still don't have all the furniture we're planning on getting (still missing: bed frame+mattress, bureau for Megan, probably a couple of futon frames), but OMGWTFBBQ we've dropped a lot on furniture and appliances since we moved in. It's a good thing we have a decent income, because otherwise we'd be scroooood.

Still haven't posted Corwin photos for June.


Still not King.
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Megan, Corwin, and I are in temporary housing (an apartment) in Kirkland, WA. I've been at Microsoft for the past week (less Memorial Day); while I haven't yet decided whether I want/need a separate professional blog, I don't have the energy to go into how that's been going in detail. Imagine the kind of bureaucratic annoyances that you might expect a globe-straddling company with 70,000 employees to have waiting for its new employees, and at least some of those will be more or less accurate. That said, it's mostly going OK.

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