‘Bout time for a post. :)

We made it to Ithaca, New York! It was a 5 day drive but we only spent around $250 on gas! (Mapquest had estimated around $400 for the 33 hour drive so it was a pleasant discovery that we spent less.)

Day 1: Made it to Lincoln, Nebraska
Day 2: Made it to Chicago, Illinois where my brother lives
Day 3: Spent the day with my brother and his family then drove to South Bend.
Day 4: Spent the day with Xan’s friend from graduate school in South Bend.
Day 5: Made it to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Day 6: Checked into our apartment in Ithaca!

We’ve been here for about 2 weeks now and our apartment is great. The kitchen is so open and we were lucky to get one of the recently updated ones with a large dishwasher and granite counter tops! The bathroom is CLEAN! Big bonus. And we have three bedrooms: our room, the study, and the guest room. Oh yeah! And our attic. Yep! We didn’t know it until we got here but we have lots of closet space AND an attic. SWEET! We don’t have much furniture yet but that is what Craigslist is for as we find suitable pieces. For now, we are back to eating on the floor and are surrounded by boxes full of books with no shelves yet and various other items with no place to put them yet. LOL! Tomorrow, the living room will be much emptier since the wasps were taken care of in our attic this afternoon and we’ll be able to start moving all the empty boxes and storage items out of the way.

Interesting story. As we were unloading the moving truck, we found out that the neighbors that live below us (we are on the top floor of a 3 level apartment complex) were LDS. I told Xan, “Seriously! What are the odds of that!” I mean, there are around 12 buildings with 6 apartments each and out of all of Ithaca and this complex, we got an apartment right above fellow members. Then, we got to church and met all the other new couples. Guess where they all moved to? The same complex! It turns out that we unknowingly got a place in the ‘Mormon compound’ of Ithaca NY for starter families. Very lucky!

For those who have never been out here to Ithaca, it is GORGEOUS! The scenery, woods, houses, rivers, and lakes are absolutely charming. Xan and I really love this area. We are right next to Sapsucker woods where we can roam freely and the Cornell campus has beautiful trails and lake areas. There are fresh produce stands and stores everywhere! After living in Iceland, the land with not so great quality produce, we are in HEAVEN! Fresh, ripe fruit and vegetables are wonderful! We are also now avid recyclers… by law! It is against Ithaca law to not recycle. Huge hippie town but highly convenient because it means they provide us with recycling bins and service. 🙂

And lastly:
Xan starts classes next week. I’m still looking for a job. I’m still using Xan’s computer for internet and such so I’m not on very often and we’ll probably wait until I get my own computer to upload pictures so I don’t use up all the memory. But pictures will come eventually as long as I find a job so that we can afford some kind of computer for me. 😉 It also means that I haven’t really had the time to follow of your blogs and such. I apologize and hope to be able to catch up in the near future.

Again, we have a guest room so feel free to stop by if you come this way!

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