K8 joining track
The test run!V and K8 are putting up the train tracks around the tree. This is a family tradition. We have had an HO train going around the tree for years. V is a model railroad fan and K8 isn't far behind him. Usually we have a small circular track around the tree. This year, for a limited run, they are putting up a 9x9 foot track around the tree, couch and much of the living room.
V grew up in Reading, PA and has spent much of his life modeling Reading Railroad engines (you know, of Monopoly fame). He has started K8 with some Iowa Interstate engines- their roundhouse is only a few blocks from out house. We don't have room for a permanent layout in our current house. In fact, one of the ways I sold him on an acreage was to suggest that he could have an insulated outbuilding for a train layout. Actually he wasn't that hard a sell but the idea of having enough space for his trains was definitely a bonus.
In not so fun news, V got a 'thanks but no thanks' letter from the people he interviewed with on Friday. If they did the interviews on Friday and said in a letter dated Monday that they had offered the position to someone and had it accepted, we figured that they already had the person lined up but had to go through the interview process to satisfy HR. I work for the University, but trying to get into their system just sucks, especially for the merit (hourly) jobs (I am classified 'professional and scientific'). He has 2 days of his current job left then he's officially unemployed. We have a list of projects around the house that should keep him busy for a while. These are things that need to get done if we are going to sell the house...if V finds a new job and if we find an acreage that we like and can afford... I think one of the things that has been getting me down this year is that we had everything coming together a few months ago for buying our acreage and pursuing our dream and then it all fell apart. Sigh. I'm trying to think that it will all come together again, it's just looking pretty bleak at the moment.
I've been cheering up a bit and have found some holiday spirit, I just can't believe that tomorrow is already Christmas Eve. Where does the time go?