For the curious:
My life, since returning from New Zealand, has been different from any other period I remember. It has been largely without drama, strife, surprises, or "excitement". I was trying to describe "how things have been" to a friend I hadn't talked to in a while. And I realized, aside from a fair bit of goings on at work (mostly pleasant), things have been, well, I can't think of the right word. "Pleasantly dull", is the best approximation that comes to mind, but the word dull has negative connotations that aren't accurate.
For those of you who have known me for a while, you know well that my life, particularly during my mid twenties, was certainly anything but dull. It was also, for the most part, anything but good. I hope never again to have such an "exciting" time. The depth of turmoil and genuine pain I felt then I will not go into here, but be assured it was extreme.
Which is why I do not consider "dull" to be accurate. I don't want to overplay things. Kim and I have had a lot of fun, talking about a LOT of things, read a ton of books (one of which I will tell you more about in my next entry). I went up to Reno with some friends and had a great time. But, for the most part, nothing of any major significance has happened.
And frankly, I've loved it. I've had the time to think about things at leisure. To just enjoy time with Kim, our cats and our dog. To enjoy the weather (once we finally had something other than rain around here). I have finally acclimated to the feeling that no horrible surprises wait around the corner. I don't imagine this will last forever, and in a way I don't want it to. But I must say, I have enjoyed it immensly, and I am quite thankful that God has given me a chance to sort of "regroup", and glad He has given me enough wisdom to appreciate it.