I'm here. I made it. I drove all the way to Arkansas, and I've started my new life! There's a ton to say and nothing interesting to say all at the same time.
The drive was as boring and painful as you can imagine. Stuck in a car for 1,000 miles with a dog and a cat, and one or both of them peed on the blanket in the back, is always fun. I may never get the stench out of my car!
I like my new apartment. I chose not to have any expectations, except for one, going into this whole new world experience. The only expectation that I had was that I knew what side of town I wanted to live on. Somehow the internet guru that I am made a big mistake. I thought I knew which side of town I was on, what was around me, what church to attend, where the restaurants were within walking distance, etc. But no. Somehow I never noticed that every time I put in my address that it was showing me the city center, not the actual address. I have no idea how I missed that. So much to my surprise, I live nowhere near the area I expected to be in. Now don't get me wrong, this is a small town. I'm only 7 minutes away. It just isn't what I was expecting at all. The irony being that this was my one and only expectation.
I'm glad that otherwise I have/had no expectations. As a result, so far everything has been a pleasant surprise. My apartment is great. The management staff has been very helpful so far. I really can't complain! And with a little luck my furniture will all arrive tomorrow. I'm looking forward to having something to sit on other than my air mattress!
I'm exhausted and then some. I am looking forward to going to bed (on the air mattress) early tonight and getting some strength back. Last night I was so tired that I didn't get around to hanging up the shower curtain. So this morning before 9 am church I had to hang it up, and as usual I managed to oversleep. I was so tired I could barely move this morning. Normally at that level of energy I would have blown off church and stayed in bed. Half way through my shower I noticed something was wrong, but I couldn't figure out what. When I got out of the shower I looked in the mirror I figured it out. I had hung the shower curtain up inside out. (One side is a turquoise beach scene, the other plain white.) I was so tired I hadn't even noticed.
I have a ton to do between now and Wednesday- when I start work. Hopefully I will have more reliable internet access soon.
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