Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Almost Ours!

Inspection tomorrow...appraisal in a few weeks...closing by April 31st!

A Day in the Field

R and I spent the day in the field with my new boss and coworkers.

We went out to a place called the Sheep Mountain Recreation Center. It is a historic "recreation area" pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It was built in the 1930s and had a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a building where people could meet to play games and stuff. There is also a prehistoric camp site nearby. Mostly we went out to learn how to use the new GPS systems...
I should note that it was cold enough today for R to use his new coat. Glad we bought it!
We also got to see some of the countryside. The prettiest part of the day was when we stopped by the edge of the Yellowstone River. We were shocked not only to see a flowing river, but a flowing river WITH huge chunks of ice floating in it!The ice is thick enough to stand on, but we weren't brave enough to venture too far.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Buying a house...

We spent all day looking for a place to live.

After some really really awful, places, we found the perfect house.

It has 4 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, an attached garage, and a good sized basement. It was built in 1909 and has a lot of original woodwork, leaded glass windows, glass door knobs, and a beautiful staircase. R hates the outside color, but I think that can be easily changed.

The most exciting part? We put in an offer. Hopefully we will hear back from the seller tomorrow and can start the inspection process before we leave. Fingers crossed!

Welcome to Miles City!

After our heinous drive through most of Wyoming, we arrived safely on I-94 heading toward Miles City.

The landscape went from rugged, snow covered mountains, to these gentle rolling plains under big blue skies. In my opinion, equally beautiful...We rolled into Miles City around 4:00. We were a little concerned because the city welcome sign wasn't actually near a city.
We were able to locate my office right off the bat.
Here is main street. Pretty cute, huh?
We figured the best thing for us to do once we got checked into our hotel would be to check out the local saloons, for the atmosphere more than the drinks.

This bar is the Montana Bar, and is the oldest in town. Lots of original fixtures, including a huge cash register, a rifle mounted over the register, and a marble urinal in the men's room.

Did you know you can gamble in bars here? All of them have poker tables and slot machines.
Only thing missing? We forgot our cowboy hats!

Montana Bound, Part II

When we got up on Sunday morning, there was dusting of snow on the ground and black clouds in the sky.
At first is was pretty.
But then at the Colorado and Wyoming border...things got sort of ominous.
The road completely disappeared.
I was so terrified, I completely stopped knitting!
But R is a trooper and just kept smiling.
We couldn't see much of Wyoming except this lone ranger...
When we got to the edge of the state, things were looking a little better. And dramatic. Breathtaking, is a good word for it.
But finally.......

Montana Bound, Part I

It is finally March and time for us to visit Miles City to find a place to live.

We left early Saturday morning...or late Friday night for some people.Our local free paper had an auspicious poster in it this week. It said "See America: Welcome to Montana."

The beginning of our trip was not so very exciting. There was a lot of this...
We took I-25 through New Mexico and Colorado. Our destination for Saturday night was Fort Collins, Colorado, where Holly and Nick just moved with their new lab puppy, Sienna.
The weather was great the entire day...the sun was shining, the views were spectacular, and the traffic was light. Exactly what you wish for when you travel 14 hours in one day.

Holly, Nick and Sienna had a pot of chili and some cold beers waiting for us when we got to Fort Collins. We spent the evening chatting and playing with the puppy.

When we got up on Sunday, however, it seemed as though our good travel luck was through.

Gotta boogie, but I'll write some more later this afternoon...

Thursday, March 6, 2008

One Month To Go

R reminded me today that I have exactly one month left of work here at the Arizona State Museum. In case you didn't know, I am quitting a month before we move to give myself some time to finish my thesis analysis and my final projects for the three classes I am taking this semester. I have learned from experience over the last 2 years that I never seem to finish my final school projects in a timely manner - though they are never late, I am always up all night the night before they are due trying to get done. Trying to get my hours in at work in addition to finishing everything on time is troublesome; something always suffers and it is usually a combination of the quality of school work, work-work, and housework. R gets neglected, and so do the puppies.
It occurred to me that this will be the first time in 8 years that I will be unemployed. Prior to this, I had 4 months of unemployment between high school and college. What will I do with all my free time?