Monday, February 25, 2013

6 Months

Well today officially marks 6 month of living in Louisiana. I can't believe its already been 6 months! Wow time flies. I can't help but think back to the crazy trip and first few days spent here. Our trip here was a little stressful and chaotic. And once we arrived here we helped the movers unload and slowly pieced our house back together. And since it was August when we arrived it was HOT and so after moving all our stuff a refreshing shower was what we needed. However, we couldn't find towels or a shower curtain that first day so we had to make due without. It was interesting. Then only three days after being here we were threatened with Hurricane Isaac that ended up being just a lot of rain (we are too far north). But we had no internet or TV set up so we couldn't even follow the progress. Also through the mix, I had to apply for jobs and go on interviews. Let's just say it was a mess.

So in a Recap....

Things I Miss Most
  • Obviously, the number one thing on my list is friends and family! Most of my family used to love with an hour of our old house, so being a 17 hour drive now can be hard. Also, my nephew was born two months after I moved so that has been hard as well.
Top Left: Me and my sisters, my dad, my nephew and my sisters husband.
Top right: My parents with my nephew
Bottom Left: Richard's Family
Bottom Right: Our good friends from back home at their wedding.
  • The big city! You never realize how much there was to do there until you can't do it anymore. Things like decent bars, bowling alleys, different types of classes, etc.
  • Shopping! There is only one spot we can go to get shopping that is not an hour away and let's face it, it just doesn't have all the same stores that I am used to. I mean the Mall of America was only like 10 minutes from my house along with a few other shopping centers that had great stores. Not to mention there are like zero thrift shops around here and we love thrifting.
  • Restaurants! There are a lot of big chain restaurants down here like would be expected but some of my favorites are not here. Like Panera Bread and Noddles and Company for example. Gosh do I miss those two. Every time I go home I visit those restaurants. Yum!
Things I am Grateful For
  • The amazing people we have met in Richard's program! Having a group of people to hang out with makes it feel a whole lot less lonely. I totally expected not to meet anyone to hangout with, but we did! I am very happy about that.
Our trip with these people to New Orleans
  • My job. I was very lucky to have a contact within this company and I was able to find a job within a month of moving down here. Its not my dream job or anything but it pays the bills and in these parts that's a good thing! I am very happy to have found this job.
  • Moving down here and being done with school and the move and everything else that was happening before means that I have more time to do the things I want to. I am more inspired now to create a home and a place we love to hang out in. 
  • Spending time with my husband. I get a lot more one on one time with him now that we have less people to see and hangout with regularly. It has been great so far, but I hope to make it even better!
Football in the south. Of course.

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