I got a job as a Visiting Assistant Professor in my field at a top liberal arts college not too far away. My new partner is going to make the move with me. Things are going VERY well! My surgery is on Wednesday, and I'm pretty scared about it. It won't be a fun process, but I am very grateful to have all of these good things in my life -- including a very good friend who will come into town just to take care of me! Thank god because I would never manage it on my own, and my biological family won't help me at all. I do miss my mom though very, very much.