Monday, June 28, 2010

Settling In

Not much has been going on here lately. I'm still looking for a job - it's not a fun process. I hope something comes through soon so I'll be less stressed. I have noticed something about Maine though. It reminds me a lot of da U.P., in good ways. It's very rustic, like the U.P., lots of tress and water, and the people are pretty similar too. Also, the weather is very comparable. It's pretty much been in the 70's, maybe low 80's every day. So much nicer than Tennessee, where it has been in the 90s-100s the past couple of weeks.

The weather is a bit odd here, however. In Knoxville, it would get warmer until about 4pm each day, then start cooling off slowly. Here, it peaks around noon and is much cooler by 3pm. I've been told this is because of the ocean - a southwest wind starts about noon each day, cooling the air. This makes so much sense, now that I know this. Before I was just perplexed as to why it was so much cooler every afternoon.

Other than thinking about the weather, we've been exploring some and getting to know the area. We found a cheap and good lobster place not far from us. We have been here over three weeks so we figured it was time we finally ate some lobster. It didn't disappoint. While we were eating there, on the patio, we saw a group of really pretty 20-30 year olds go in. This confused us because, much like the U.P., people don't really get dolled up to go out to eat here. You can never be under dressed anywhere. We figured they must be from Boston and vacationing here. A few minutes later another group of pretty people arrived. We heard one girl say she was getting married the next day. Then it all made sense, it was a destination wedding and this was the rehearsal dinner (also explains why half of the inside of the restaurant was reserved for a large group).

Sunday, June 13, 2010

our new home

I (Jeremy) started work at Jax this week, it's been pretty crazy learning all the ropes, but the work environment is great (and my desk has a pretty awesome view to boot). The commute is a bit much, at around an hour each way with tourist traffic, but I've been carpooling with a friend so that helps to pass the time.

Lots of people have been asking about our new digs in Maine. We had some friends over yesterday as a little housewarming, and to give us a reason to finish unpacking and clean. So, we figured we'd take some pictures of the layout. We still don't have a replacement TV yet (we sold our old one instead of moving it), but it should be here this week. The guest bedroom/office also still has quite a few boxes in it... It's easier to ignore the boxes than try to find a place to put all the stuff.

The awesome built-ins (we were very disappointed with ourselves, not filling them all...) looking towards the front door and through to the kitchen/dining area. Upstairs is the master bedroom, bathroom/laundry area, and the guest room/office.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A few of my favorite things

We've been in our new place for a little over a week now and we're really enjoying it. Sorry, no pictures yet. We need to tidy up some before we can do that! Here is a list of some of my favorite parts of our new home:

1. Storage space - there is so much of it! And it's spread around. We have access to the unfinished basement where we have put stuff we don't need often. There is also a lot of space above part of the stairs. The kitchen cabinets are HUGE. And there are built in bookshelves and a cabinet in the living room.

2. Outlets - they're everywhere! Our bedroom in Knoxville had two. I think we have at least four or five here. Very convenient.

3. Our patio - It's very nice for grilling and eating outside. There is even built in benches around the edge.

4. An enclosed entry way - no more getting wet while trying to open the door in the rain! And, the mailbox is there too so no more getting wet getting the mail.

5. The washer and dryer - easily the largest I've seen for home use. I've done five loads of wash already, which would have easily been at least 7 or 8 in our old machines.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Bizarro Land Lowe's

We made it to Maine. It was so nice to finally arrive and know we didn't have to drive that Penske truck anymore. Luckily we had great weather and great traffic for almost the entire trip. It rained yesterday, but held off while we got the truck unloaded. Some people from the Lutheran church in town came over to help us unload, which was very much appreciated. There was no way we could have done it by ourselves! Now it's just time to unpack, which is coming along slowly but surely.

We made a trip to Lowe's yesterday for some stuff we needed. Turns out there are only a couple of overhead lights here so we needed to buy some lamps. It was the most bizarre Lowe's trip ever. First, when we arrived, a guy greeted us and asked us if we needed help finding anything. When we told him what we were there for, he pointed us in exactly the right direction. Then, as we were walking that way, another employee said hello to us. We also saw another Lowe's worker asking other people if they needed help! What's going on? To make things even weirder, we saw numerous other Lowe's employees working and looking as if they like their jobs! Freaky! When we finally got to the lamp area the lady who worked in lamps came over to help us! It was so weird!

You might not think this is odd, but it's very different to the Lowe's back in Knoxville we shopped at. We could NEVER find anyone to help us and when we did, they never actually knew too well what was going on. Plus they always seemed to hate their jobs and all customers. Once we had to wait about 10-15 minutes while finding someone so we could get a piece of wood cut. When the guy finally did come, we acted as if it was such an inconvenience. Another time we were trying to buy a door, were standing in the door area actively looking through the little book thing, obviously had questions, and were acting confused, all while two Lowe's employees sat nearby shooting the breeze, completely oblivious to all nearby customers. Hence why we usually tried to shop at our neighborhood Ace for everything instead of driving across town to Lowe's.