Hey, friends! Our stuff finally arrived this week and we now have internet...which is good...except that since we are in such a rural setting, we have a serious data cap. Which leaves this photo-loving-high-rate-of-uploading girl a little...perplexed/panicky/frustrated/readjusting. I think I may be spending some serious time at our new town library. Or Panera. Or something.
Until that gets settled, posts here will still be inconsistent. And that's probably a good thing since there are 5,472 boxes that need unpacked and a house that needs my attention. (Okay, I exaggerate...there are actually only 4,472 boxes to unpack.)
In the meantime, here's a recap of our journey from Arizona to New York in photos and a little travel journal:
1. Four days of solid driving. I don't do so well with long drives. During the last two days, I was making a lot of weird, guttural sounds instead of talking because I was kind of grumpy. And if I wasn't driving, I was twisting and turning in odd positions in an effort to get comfortable. And I wore the same clothes 3 out of the 4 days because outfit #1 was waaaayyy more comfortable than outfit #2.
2. We left the Phoenix area and proceeded to drive through the rest of Arizona, then across Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and finally New York. Our travels took us across desert, the Rocky Mountains, lots of cornfields, and finally, beautiful forests.
3. It rained every day except for the last one. Which I was more than fine with. It was beautiful, moody, and it kept The Circus cooler.
4. I SAW A BLACK BEAR IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. I love the Rocky Mountains, and getting to see a black bear by the river was an amazing addition to an already gorgeous landscape. Chris was driving, so unfortunately he didn't get to see it and I didn't realize what it was in time to snap a picture. Ah, well. The moment shall live on in my memory.
5. We had quite the time in Nebraska. And by time, I do not mean "swell." Case in point:
a. We booked a hotel, scrounged some supper, and collapsed exhausted into bed.
b. At exactly 1:41 a.m., I awoke to the sound of Bishop whining. He was very insistent.
c. Stumbled out of bed and took him outside.
d. The poor dog had raging diarrhea.
e. Went back to bed hoping he was feeling better.
f. At exactly 2:41 a.m., he woke me up again. Same thing.
g. Chris and I both agreed that this was no good, so I called the front desk to see if there were any stores open. Walmart was 2 miles down the road.
h. Left Chris at the hotel with Bishop and went to Walmart. Noted upon getting into the truck that it was sluggish to start. Too tired and worried to seriously take note.
i. Get to Walmart. Buy canned pumpkin and loads of Pedialyte (something our vet taught us).
j. Go out to truck. TRUCK WILL NOT START.
k. Try portable battery pack/charger we brought to jump start the battery. Doesn't work.
l. Humanity for the win: An incredibly kind truck driver offers to give me a jump and pulls his truck up and jump-starts my truck. Thank you, Paul from Minnesota, for your extreme kindness and goodness.
m. Get back to hotel. Give Bishop canned pumpkin and strawberry Pedialyte.
n. Go to sleep.
o. Get a late start, but luckily, the truck starts on its own.
p. Fortunately, Bishop seems to feel better and doesn't have diarrhea.
q. Stop by auto store, have battery checked. Need new battery.
r. Buy new battery.
s. Finally on our way.
But, you know, it could have been so much worse. I feel very blessed that the events worked out as they did and I am so grateful for kind strangers.
6. We made it to upstate New York the next day and got the keys for our new home on Sunday. Loving the gift of this quiet, beautiful place.
Well, my friends, that about sums it up. We're still figuring things out (the Northeast is a LOT different...not in a bad way...just a lot different than what we're used to) and getting settled in. I won't lie - I've had a few moments over the last week or so where I questioned this move. But, I think that's a pretty normal reaction to extreme change. Or at least for me. I've gone through stages - excitement, questioning, stressing, calm acceptance, stressing and questioning again, and then grudging acceptance. Happy to be here, but there are still a lot of things up in the air that leave me feeling unsettled.
I'll update as often as I can and will have some photos of our new place and the inside of our new house coming soon.
But, for now, breakfast. And some yoga. And then unpacking.
Lots of love, my friends!
Sites I Dig
The Road is Home
The Seed & Plate
Sharon Covert Photography
The Define School
The Noisy Plume
Sarah Gee Photography
Fox & Owl Studio
The Stork and The Beanstalk
Mellow Yellow Photography
A Simple Little Journal
What I've Been Reading
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Never Broken by Jewel
Hold Still by Sally Mann