Thought I would drop in and post an update for anyone who still checks in here. Patrick has finally been to his Lawyer and signed off on his WC settlement, as soon as they get the paperwork from the Lawyer they have 31 days to come up with a check without getting a 20% penalty added to it. Finally, we  will have some CLOSURE after only almost 3 whole years later.

The settlement is a little less than we were hoping for. Not enough to buy a house , but enough to get us back to the mainland,, invest a bit, and not have to stress about working the minute we land. We were, for  a while, not sure where we would land. We thought 70 % Portland , Or. but then we started thinking East coast for a bit ………like New Hampshire, where P’s people are. I think we are now almost 100 % Oregon, although we are gonna spend some time in NH in June,just to see the family and check out Portsmouth maybe visit Boston.

As for me , Yesterday marked my 3rd month of not smoking. I am really stoked about that, I think I can officially call myself a non-smoker!! We are still not going to leave Hi. until March, just because it will mark my 5th year at this job and I think that will look better than 4 years and some change. Before we leave the Islands we are gonna take a week or so to see some of the other Islands like Kauai and Lanai, then come back here, load our container, sedate our doggies and head out. So, fellow Portlanders look for us around April/May!!

We are both extremely excited, and hugely relieved ( as a matter of fact I could not tell you which has the greater measure). And so now we wait, mark time, as it were. I am sure the time will fly. We have the holidays which are always a busy time, and next year looks to be ramping up to be a busy time at work, March will be here before ya know it ( as scary as that is ).

That’s about it, both doggies are doing very well. Hoku is turning into quite a lil Curious George, so much so in fact, her nick name is monkey. She will be a year old on Dec 5th ( shhhhheeeesh , told ya time flies. ) I hope all of my peeps out there are all okay and I understand if I have no more readers. I do keep up with most of you via my google reader but alas, can not comment from work. I will do more updates as things progress. I promise!!!