Congratulations, Erik. I can't believe you wife just packed up and left. I so don't envy the married life and all it's rigors. I'm sure it's wonderful and charming and all when it's a good marriage, but there's so much on the line...why even bother. You either didn't see it coming or she is a major headcase and kept it bottled up.
Either way, glad that things are improving for you! It's good to get a little hope back in your life. I spent the last 2 years in a pretty rough place, mentally. I broke up with my girlfriend of almost 3 years, we were living together, she moved out, and we spent the last 2 years teetering between talking and maybe going to get back together and not talking and being upset with each other. Now it's finally over and she wants nothing to do with me anymore. Relationships suck, man. Live for yourself, you don't need someone to fill a void in your life. I feel like people are programmed/indoctrinated while growing up to think they need to find someone, get married, have kids, blah blah blah. You see all the people on dating sites searching for that special someone that will fill the void in their lonely pathetic lives...I know because I spent time on there...it's sad. I ditched that mentality and am working to be happy on my own and if someone comes along, great, if not...oh well. I can still live a fulfilling life as a single person.
Alright, I'm off my soapbox... Good luck at your new gig and prost!