~Gloriosa superba, Gloriosa Lily - a fading flower~
It's late, and I'm tired.
Some of you might have remembered reading that I was taking a one-year visiting scientist position up in the Northern Virginia area... after a challenging period of unemployment (while still maintaining a lab and working - nuts, I know). Anyway, what this means is that I'm currently 'shopping' for a rental home in NoVa that allows three dogs, almost a whole cat... and me. To say this is a challenge is an understatement: one home I inquired about yesterday was on the market for only three hours. THREE HOURS. Fortunately last night I became acquainted with a realtor who actually seems helpful and responsive - because the market is so robust for rentals, realtors and management folks don't have to be all that responsive - they don't have to work very hard to get a place rented. My priorities: a fenced-in backyard for the acrobatic Pointer Sisters and Stan, and a reasonable commute to Arlington. Right now I'm looking at a place in Oakton on 2.5 acres that is not too terribly far from the Vienna Metro - the Orange Line would take me right into the Ballston station.
Life is all about change, right?