So it has been three months since I moved to Finland and unlike the England football team and the … well… apparently all of the UK, there is no sign of me leaving Europe. Still here and pretty pleased about it. But I digress.
At the end of last week, I handed my notice in at work. I’m not going back to Imperial at the end of my career break… and indeed, the career break just changed its nature. I will be staying here in Finland for the foreseeable future, and that is both exciting and scary. I have no job to go to, so will be supplementing my savings with being what Clare at (ex-)work calls “Dole Scum”. Still, I’ve booked myself a language course starting in September, so I’m bound to be back in a classroom training people in no time. Erm…
I’ve hit a bit of a lull in my writing, the first draft of my novel is out with alpha readers at the moment, and I’m waiting on their feedback *cough cough* before I proceed with the next draft of that. In the meantime, I am working on a short story which I might pitch to R B Wood’s Word Count Podcast, and I have the concept of a sci-fi swashbuckling novella rattling around in my brain that may need to find a page soon. Oh and I’ve had my first rejection letter… makes me feel like a proper writer and everything. It was actually rather complimentary and encouraging, which was nice.
My parents came to visit for a week, and it was really good to see them. We visited some lakes, went for lunch back at the wedding venue, introduced them to Marvel Legendary, it was a pleasant week all round. They tell us our sofa bed is quite comfortable too.
The Finnish version of my D&D campaign Westhaven is already looking towards its fifth session, they’ve all really taken to D&D, though they can be a bit rowdy at times, it’s exhausting! Having gotten it into their heads that only the first person to loot the bodies would get the treasure, I was treated to five Finns and a French shouting “Loot! Loot! Loot! Loot! Loot!” at me. Reminded me of the seagulls in Finding Nemo.
As for domestic life, it remains idyllic. Mari and I have found our routines now, more or less, and we’ve settled into a comfortable togetherness. We’re both looking forward to her holiday coming up at the end of next week, she’s off for three weeks in a row, so I’m sure there will be plenty of time to drive each other crazy, lol. We will be coming to the UK for some of that, conducting a lightning tour of London and Leeds, will be trying to get a bit of a break, visit with people, and eat Nando’s.
And at the end of the month it will be our first wedding anniversary. What a brilliant year.