A new Advent season. Reading our recently old posts, I can report that we have indeed "minimized," moving to a 2 bedrm apartment and rediscovering what is "essential." I want to get back to writing, but the deployment and repeated moving needs-based survival schedule took over. So, I guess I haven't actually simplified enough if there's still no time for what I used to think was most important. Maybe re-ordered priorities happened in the process.