In other news, in furtherance of the goal I achieved last go-round (have a plan for leaving VA), I have applied to graduate school. After much searching I found a mental health-related program that (a) would lead to licensure/a job instead of more school; (b) allowed for part-time work if necessary; (c) was close enough to allow me to continue working my current job and pay my mortgage; and (d) felt like a good fit for me personally. I only just submitted the application -- to Marymount University in Virginia, for their M.A,. in Licensed Clinical Mental Health -- so no word yet on whether they are willing to admit me. But I am happy nonetheless. And, to get myself in the study habit, I have committed to taking the Maryland Bar Exam for Out-of-State Licensed Attorneys with a friend and colleague, because if nothing else, it will expand my legal career options if grad school doesn't work out.
My newly adopted cat continues to be fractious if I even think of touching her, but is spending at least 1/4 of the time somewhere other than under my bed, which I am taking as a positive sign. Molly spent her first nearly 6 years being treated as, at best, animate furniture, with limited (see also nearly zero) interaction with people. Had I realized the extent of her issues I might not have agreed to take her on, but she is mine now. I am hoping to find a suitable fur sibling for her that will help her to accept that I am not inclined to eat her or beat her or whatever other evil intentions she suspects me of harboring.