I realize that I've been writing a lot about my plans for the apartment and the heat (which has returned with a vengeance) but haven't really given an update on our day-to-day life west of the mountains. I actually have two big updates for you - our movers come tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. (ah!) so we can finally sleep in our bed (!), brew coffee at home (!) and start navigating our storage options in the apartment. We are so excited!
In other good news, today I was hired as a temporary cashier for a big-box store in town. While it's not my dream job, I'm so grateful to be able to pay our bills next month while still having time to volunteer with organizations in town. I just finished an orientation with the Humane Society - volunteering with animals is something I wanted to do throughout college but never did. No more excuses!
I've been spending a lot of my time networking and job-hunting in the library and I think things are going pretty well. I've made a lot of good contacts and set up meetings with several people. There is such a thriving sustainability community here that I'm excited to explore and become a part of. I was also delighted to discover that the rumors about friendly mid-westerners seem to be true - everyone I meet is enthusiastic and welcoming. It really helps relieve the pangs of homesickness when I miss my job/friends/university.
Speaking of homesickness, I have actually been pretty okay since the move. I had a couple of good cries in the last two and a half weeks, but for the most part, I'm okay. I think that the main reason for that is Adam. He's been so supportive of me and so positive about the move that it's hard to stay sad for long - we've got a whole city to explore after all.
I'd say that the hardest part about the move is the uncertainty over a job. We want to try all the new restaurants, go out for drinks downtown and see the latest summer blockbusters. I'm so excited to make the apartment the best it can be and to get my office up and going so I can move forward on my goal to sell my sculptures online. But all of these things take money - something we are trying to conserve especially until my income is a little more secure. My temp job is certainly going to help with that (again, really grateful) but I'm eager to find more permanent work in my field.
So that's what I've been thinking/we've been doing for the last 3 weeks. I'm off to a couple episodes of Dollhouse (we just started the first season - so good!) and our last night on the air mattress. See you Friday with a living room update. In the meantime, you know I'll be arranging furniture, digging through boxes and basking in the glory that is my full wardrobe. Cheers!