settling in means walks down to the river, rainy afternoon hikes in the wilderness, tea on the deck, taking damp laundry off the line (we’re in monsoon season. i kid not. that’s what the locals call it. every time i put laundry on the lines, everything gets an au naturale rinse cycle), checking out scads of cookbooks from the library, and learning a new place. thankful for maps, craiglists couches, Jared’s work ethic, Jared’s lounge ethic, early morning sunshine, and pancakes.