Hello,

I've been lurking but mostly absent for nearly a year. My life took a nosedive (actually several), and I haven't been doing much of anything. But hopefully I'm back on the ball again.

So, the first thing, is I made the decision to put my little girl Thistle down in April 2013. She was diagnosed with SM that January, and no amount of increasing or changing meds seemed to keep up with her pain. I'll try to post a more detailed account of everything later.

I also was supposed to be getting a new exciting job in Lausanne, Switzerland, last June which did not work out. But in the mean time I quit the awful job I was in in Brussels. I have been unemployed for about 9 months (yikes), and trying to find something else. Which did finally happen, in Switzerland of all places (I was applying all over the EU). I've been here almost 2 months now, and things are taking shape as far as moving goes.

I'm flying up to Brussels tomorrow to clean out my old apartment, and pick Guinness up (he is Mr. International Mover these days and just rolls with the punches). He's been staying with a couple who have 2 cavaliers, and a cat. I'm wondering how he'll feel about being alone again after living with a pack for so long. But we'll see. There's a 4 yo cavalier someone is trying to adopt out on a local website, and I am resisting the urge to call until I have my own dog back, and my life a little more settled. And then there's the fear of a horrific health crisis. It's not the financial aspect which at least you can plan for, it's the emotional toll.

But that's for the future. I'm just trying to get my life back on track (having a job, and being able to afford meat, and eventually move guinness off the gross bargain brand dog food).

There was also a breakup in that time, and I'm not at all over my ex. But that's really not very relevant.

C'est la vie?