Monday, August 25, 2008
Loading the truck went well; we had a lot of really good help and just barely fit all of our junk into the truck. The drive to Colorado was wild. I was running on about 5 hours of sleep and we ran into some heavy rain down the road. Unloading the truck went very quickly. We had some very enthusiastic family members eager to get us settled in here.
Our apartment is great! My In-Laws did a very nice job scoping it out for us. It's quite a bit bigger than our old place, but also not as well-lit. In fact, only the kitchen and the bathroom have overhead lights! We've got huge windows, but will need to invest in a few more lamps to get the place looking sunnier.
Avey has really loved being around all the cousins, uncles, aunts, and grandparents. She steals the show wherever we go. Poor thing was sick a couple of days ago and it seemed the only comfort she had was my keys. She got a hold of them and wouldn't let them go for the rest of the day. She even fell asleep with them locked in her little hands. I had to steal them back after she'd passed out.
Today is my first day of school and I'm kind of in a whirlwind. I just got briefed on my work duties and it's going to be an adventure. Kira gets trained for her job on Wednesday and we're all slowly adjusting to life. Kira learned that one of the 3 most stressful things someone goes through is moving, and we can attest to that. We miss everybody in Utah, but are beginning to get used to things here in Colorado. Give us another couple of weeks and we'll be in our routines.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday was my last day at my job. I'm taking the next week off to concentrate on packing and all that jazz. It was a very bittersweet last day. Everyone made me feel very valued and appreciated and I feel that I will be missed. It was very difficult for me to leave my office for the last time and walk the grounds that I worked so hard to keep up. I've made so many good friends this last year and had so many good times. I wish that I could somehow stay and also move back home, but as we know, the only constant in life is change.
Luckily, I'll be coming back to visit in February. The paper I coauthored was selected to be presented at a conference in Salt Lake City! I've also been invited by the main author to be a guest lecturer for one of her classes at a nearby university. If you didn't know, when you're in graduate school, undergrads will believe anything you say.
So, our packing is underway. We've got a nice group of helpers lined up to load the truck, and ample time to get all of our junk together. Hopefully, we'll have some time on the side to visit some favorite places and people too. In the meantime, farewell, Utah.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
It's one thing to look at a calendar and see a bunch of boxes that tell you you've got just two weeks until you move. It's quite another to buy a gallon of milk at the grocery store and see that it expires after you'll have moved! For some reason, that made this whole thing become reality! But it's okay, I packed three boxes this week!
Things are slowly coming together. I have this last week at work and then a week of mad packing and tying up loose ends.
Kira has officially been hired out in Colorado and just needs to finish some paperwork and decide what hours she would like to work.
Avey, however, is clueless as to what is going on. I think it will be good though, because she's getting pretty bored with our current apartment; she's already explored about every square inch and could use some new territory. She's standing up on her own quite easily and it's pretty scary to go and get her from a nap to find her standing in her crib, awaiting our arrival.
She's been full of surprises lately. Last night, for example, she went to sleep around 8, then woke up at 10pm or so and stayed up until 12:40am, then slept until 3:45am, then slept from 4:45 until 8am. We're pretty sure she's teething, and hope that's where all this is coming from. In the meantime, we're trying to endure.
I'm still searching for the perfect background, but I'm afraid this will have to do for now. Try not to gag while you read in the future.