(Kristen has a new entry below this one) Chris here... just thought I'd throw in my two cents on how things have been going. We're VERY excited to be moving to Washington DC, but we'll still be working our butts off. I think that things have been going well at the office, and I'm glad it doesn't have a lot to do with Kristen and I being there. Lots of activity was going on in the month of September, and that was all happening before we even arrived. October is similar - the level of activity is high. Sooooo.. I don't want to jinx things, but I'm feeling like things are heading in the right direction. We're starting to work on Federal business so Washington DC seems like an appropriate next stop. DC will also allow us to commute back to Albany via train, plane and automobile. We're getting back to cruising, but we're not getting fully back to cruising. We're enjoying the time back with customers and D&D staff and we plan to continue working hard for the foreseeable feature with trips back and forth.
And yes - as Kristen said - we're going to be very busy over the next couple of weeks. I slacked off on boat projects, and that will make it so some things, like getting new lifelines before we leave, difficult. Also, our engine seems to be acting up even more these days. While it seems to be starting fine these days, I fear we may have a blown head gasket. We get blue smoke out of the exhaust plus some unburned fuel, and we're eating oil at high rates. We're probably going to stop off at Haverstraw on our way down the Hudson and get it checked out - again.
So tomorrow is Kristen's birthday (October 5th) and I'm looking forward to making it a good day for her. I'll let y'all know how it turns out.