Yes, "Oh my God, what have we done" was running through my head like a mantra for the first several days after I got up to our temporary apartment in the Washington DC suburbs.
The commute. My new job. The cost of living. Time to buy a new car. Time to buy a house! Holy crap, our lives are suddenly moving at warp speed! I have to admit I was gripped with panic for a good 7-10 days.
But then the good stuff started to become clear: we live within a few short miles of my grandparents and can drop in for a home-cooked meal any time. My uncles and their wives and kids are also just a few miles away. The commute's not really THAT bad (WAMU, the NPR station that I listen to in the car, helps). There is a huge, cheap Indian grocery store right near my work! We found an Indian restaurant nearby that also sells sweets, and makes chai that tastes so much like Mummy's that tears came to my eyes as soon as I tasted it. My job is really fun, and I'm busy all day with very little down time. The other night, we went to see Dil Bole Hadippa in a theater instead of having to wait for DVD!
We also found a house (the mortgage, OMG OMG) and will be moving in right around Diwali time (very auspicious!). V became Dr. Jain a couple of weeks ago, and he can start his new job this week now that his security clearance has come through.
So--although life has changed quite a bit in the last few weeks, we're enjoying the changes. This small-town girl is adjusting to life in a metro, and V is enjoying getting back to a more fast-paced life too. I hope after I can adjust some more to my new schedule, I'll be able to post more regularly--readers, hold me to it (thanks for the push to post today, Ramit).