we are alive and in california.
or i guess i could say we are living in CA.
so we didn't get the official memo that stated the part about refrigerators
not being included in a fully-applianced-up apartment. let's just say our
emergency fund (also known as a VISA credit card) found a shiny, slightly
dinged, maybe a tad scratched, but nice and cool home. (we bought our
first fridge at the sears outlet store right next to home depot for less than
half the original price. it's a beauty. we tried our luck with craigs list. gag.
AND the nice maintenance man's stash in his garage.. yikes! i'll be telling
that whole story later if you are interested.)
our first day we stopped at walmart for the bare essentials (water, garbage
bags, toilet paper-my fave) and met a disgruntled check-out-girl who,
after learning that jason and i had just pulled into town, told us to run. to
"get out. get out of orange county now." the shock of actually moving to a
completely different state had been getting to me since we came over the
hill and saw the smog earlier that afternoon. i didn't need a cashier telling
me to run! i swallowed the lump in my throat and smiled and decided that i
needed to meet some people who like it here.
and then i did.
we met lots of people who love it here and the feeling of nausea/excuse-me-
i-might-start-crying-now went away because i realized that i can love it
anywhere (especially if we're talking palm trees outside my bedroom
window and 80 degrees and sunny all year round. but i have learned that
the warm weather brings different bugs onto the scene and i am not too
pumped about that! i've even met a few of the creepy creatures already
and it did not go well.) if you know me you know that change is hard for
me and that i get really attatched to family and friends. but change is good
and i pretty much always like adventures and if this isn't an adventure...
now we're still setting the place up (need to decide what to hang on what
wall), jason has started optometry school and i'm blogging from jason's
laptop (had to take my own dang computer in for repairs on the LCD screen
that is getting all splotchy and foggy. when i took it in to the apple store
they assured me that it was still under warranty, but that the warranty
runs out at the front of september. somebody is looking out for me!)
the job search will officially begin on monday i believe (oh boy) and once i
get my apple back i will be working away at the photos i have neatly piled
up from the past little while. (if you are a client and you are reading this,
thank you for being so patient!)
and not to worry, photos of the place will come soon too!
i promised rachael a full-on-tour. lucky you.
we love it. (lots of closets and places to store all of our crap-ola!)
it's going to be home in no time.