Well, here's a brief overview of the goings on:
1. The House
After buying it in November, I spent the rest of the month doing demolition and gutting it down to the studs. Through all of December and most of January, we (a revolving crew led by my dad) put in all new everything: plumbing, electric, insulation... plus all of the cosmetic stuff. It was a massive project, considerably more involved and expensive than I had anticipated. (If you're interested in before and after pictures, let me know--they're almost unbelievable.) I finally moved in at the end of January. For the first week or so that I was in the house, Geoff kept the cats at his condo. That way, I was able to finish up the painting and get all settled in before they arrived. It worked out great, and they adjusted quickly.
At first, I put the cats in the bathroom, but they wanted out immediately.
2. The New Guy
Despite my generally pragmatic and often pessimistic worldview, I remain an eternal optimist in the romance department. (I often wonder how this appears to people who don't know me well. "Another boyfriend? Really, Natalie?") So, after the last breakup, which was utterly dreadful, I attempted online dating again. Several of the dates were the sort that make for great stories after the fact, but eventually, I met Josh. Even though we met online, he never felt like a stranger, which I partially attribute to two very odd coincidences: our cousins live a block away from each other and went to middle and high school together... in Iowa; and I own his twin sister's hat, which a friend bought for me two years ago. Anyway, I'll spare you the gushing, but I'm very lucky. And he moved in yesterday.
Melly has claimed Josh as her own.
3. The Heat
If you follow me on Instagram (@nerdnat) or Melly on Facebook, you know that it's been very, very hot here in the Northwest this summer. The cats are on a constant quest for the coolest spot, although Scarlett, bless her, always needs to be near me, so her quest is limited to the coolest spot within about a 10' radius of where I am. She has been getting increasingly undignified the hotter it gets, so I have an ever-growing collection of pictures that look like this: