Monday, August 30, 2010

Sorry for the delay, but . . .

The last week or so has been incredibly busy! I've got lots to write about, though. Give me a few days or maybe a week, and hopefully I can bring you up to speed on everything that's been going on! For now, just know that: 1) my new job is going well so far; 2) the apartment and neighborhood are awesome; and 3) despite these things, I'm bored and lonely until S and the canine kids get here. More soon! :-)

Friday, August 20, 2010

The saltwater pool

Hello from our new home! I managed to take a total of one photo today - this one of the saltwater pool. They just put the furniture out here last week, and since this is a new building and not many people are living here yet, you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll be out there just as soon as I can find and unpack my swimsuit. (Now, if more people were around, I don't know.)

The pool will be open until OCTOBER . . . woo-hoo! So there are still several weeks left to get out there and find out what's so great about a saltwater pool. I know there must be something more than just "it's good for your skin." Will keep you posted!

P.S. In case you're wondering, I'm sleeping on the floor tonight. Cross fingers that the furniture will be delivered tomorrow. :-)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hidden messages in songs

I drove from Indianapolis to Charlotte today, and spent most of the 8 hours either listening to BBC and Martha on Sirius Satellite Radio, or to the "Energy Mix" on my iPod. Ironically, just as I exited the interstate to go by my new apartment, Madonna's "Ray of Light" was playing on the iPod: And I feel . . . like I just got home and I feel . . . Random event? Hmmm. Makes one wonder.

Anyway, I'm moving into the apartment tomorrow. The weekend is sure to be busy, but I'll write and put up some photos as soon as possible. :-)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Carolina cake

I went back to my old office today to have lunch with some former coworker friends, and was pleasantly surprised to find a cake sitting on the table. Is this cool or what?!! Underneath the icing was a very moist and delicious pineapple coconut cake. It was so yummy . . . and there were NO leftovers! It was great to see many of my former coworkers and have a chance to say goodbye in person. Special thanks to my friend Lisa for arranging for the cake! :-)

Moving daze

I was going to call this entry They're coming to take me away, ha-haaah!!! . . . maybe you can see why. We're about 90% moved out now. Not much longer!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

10 things I'll miss about Indiana

Well, here I am, with only one more week left in Indiana before the big move. Yikes! Change is exciting but it can also be a little scary and a little sad. I've been thinking about some of the things I'll miss about Indiana . . . here's what I've come up with so far:

1. My Hoosier friends! You know who you are! (Yes, YOU!)
2. The amazing local food scene . . . farmers' markets, vendors, producers, farmers, chefs. It was here in Indiana that I really began to appreciate homegrown food and what it takes to get food to the plate.
3. Bloomington. It's true that I've only been there once in the last four years, but Bloomington, Indiana is a special place. I love the thriving "college town" atmosphere and the campus with its pretty limestone buildings. And Bloomington is where I met Sandy! And KT! And Amyd! And several other cool/awesome people.
4. Long's Donuts. What can I say. (That was not intended to be a question.)
5. Bjava Coffee. Best coffee around. Period.
6. Cheap housing. Indianapolis has one of the lowest housing costs in the United States. It was only because of this fact that I was able to live in a 5,000 square foot house for the past three years. Now I'm moving into a 2BR apartment in Charlotte. The irony. (At least it's not like in San Francisco. If it were, I'd probably be moving into my friend Q's guest room closet. LOL!)
7. Predictably unpredictable weather. They have a saying here in Indiana: "If you don't like the weather, just wait ten minutes." There seems to be a lot of truth in this. Just today, for example: it was sunny, then it was cloudy, then it was sunny, then it looked like a tornado might come along, then it was sunny, then it poured rain, then it was sunny. All this happened in about a two hour period. Weird, I know, but it's never boring. Oh, by the way: I never knew what a "frontal system" was until I moved to Indiana. This is because Indiana is the only state that gets frontal systems. (Um, just kidding.)
8. The colorful autumns. I never fully appreciated the fall season until I moved to Indiana. OK, so there are parts of Indiana that don't have many trees (we call them cornfields . . . or new subdivisions), the places that do have trees put on an amazing show around mid-October or so. The reds, oranges, and yellows of Brown County State Park (for example) rival what you might find in Vermont or New Hampshire. It's simply amazing.
9. Colts football. I realize I'm moving to Carolina Panthers country. But I'm not sure I'll ever get as excited about Panthers football as I did about Colts football these last few years. I mean, it could happen, I suppose. (Will have to revisit this in a few years . . . if my new co-workers haven't run me off by then for talking too much smack during football season.)
10. There really is such a thing as Hoosier Hospitality. Most people here tend to be very friendly, and they'll go out of their way to help you if you need it. I'll miss that.

Yeah, I could probably list a lot more things I'll miss, but my limit here is ten. However, I'm sure that one day in the not-too-distant future I'll think of something else. That's what reminiscing is for!

Thank you, Indiana, for giving me the best 14 years of my life (so far)!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

And the winner is . . .

The suspense is over! Earlier this week, I accepted an offer to work for a Fortune 500 company based in the Charlotte area. I'll be doing similar work as in my previous job as a learning and development consultant, but now I'll be working in the retail industry -- I'm excited! The new job starts in a little over two weeks, so I've got lots to do in a short amount of time. Like . . . packing and moving, for example.

Our new home is technically in the area known as SouthPark, but very close to Dilworth. This is a way more urban environment than we've lived in for a long time, and we're looking forward to living in a place with lots of activity and where we can walk to restaurants, a grocery store, etc. We'll also be close to Freedom Park, which should make the dogs very happy. I'm sure I'll be blogging about our new city and home quite a bit over the next few months, so check back often!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

An exercise in patience

I know that many of you are sitting on the edge of your proverbial seats waiting for me to make the announcement regarding where we'll be living. A decision has been made. Give me a couple of days and (nearly) all will be revealed. Thanks for your patience!