So, we moved. Ohio wasn’t doing it for us anymore, especially not the tiny corner of it we were living in. Too long of a commute for Travis, too crappy of a schedule (or lack of one, really) for his work, too far away from good food and anything of any interest going on. We surveyed our options and landed, weirdly, back in Indiana, from whence we came. Well, a little different – we moved to Lafayette, a place I had only been to maybe twice before we decided to move there.
We’ve been here since mid-May, and so far at least, our quality of life has skyrocketed. Travis actually has a schedule now, with regular days off, and he’s home every night which is still incredibly novel to us. We’re renting an extremely odd half of a house and have free reign to basically do whatever the hell we want to it, which is awesome. Travis doesn’t have to mow the grass, so he’s happy. We live within about a 2 minute walk from downtown, so we’re super close to the restaurants and bars, and we can wander across the bridge over to West Lafayette, which is home to Purdue University (which we give no craps about, but university towns normally always have something interesting going on). I have a local yarn shop within walking distance!
As far as the food situation goes, I wouldn’t call Lafayette a food paradise, exactly, but I can say that every place we’ve tried has been fantastic (thank you, Urbanspoon!), and compared to where we were living, OH MY GOD, FOOD, GET IN MY BELLY, SO GOOOOOD! There is a tiny doughnut place nearby with angelic doughnuts, a Mexican bakery on the north end of town that I want to try every single pastry they have (we started with churros and cornbread – both amazing), a pizza place that makes fried macaroni and cheese balls with smoked gouda, and so much more. We have to actively stop ourselves from eating out all the time because there are so many places we want to try.
Fortunately, the kitchen in our new place is gigantic, and we’ve been cooking a ton, too. Travis has been grilling pretty much every day. We also planted an herb, veggie, and flower garden on our second story deck, so we’ve been able to harvest some greens from there so far.
The actual moving part sucked, though, as moving always seems to do. We’ve got so many hobbies, and so much stuff for all of them, I would just kind of freak out after packing for a while. I started to knit these yarn balls during my freak out times:
I was trying to use up weird bits of yarn and bags of fiber-fill. I made a buttload of these, and wound up using them as packing material for our glassware. Now I just need to figure out what to do with them now that we’ve moved. Maybe make a ball pit for the cat?
Bela seems to be doing pretty well in most regards. She’s been getting three decent sized walks a day, and has Travis home a lot more than in Ohio, so she’s happy. She is not happy, however, about the couch situation. We got rid of our old couch in Ohio, and haven’t replaced it yet. We basically have no furniture in our house for seating. So we’ve been sitting on the floor, pretty much, and Bela has to, too. She misses her old comfortable couch, and I bet she wakes up every morning wondering if we’re ever going to get a new one. Some day, Bela. Some day. Some day we’ll make it to Ikea and get some new stuff. But not today.
We still don’t have all of our crap over to the new place yet. We have some stuff in storage a few hours away, and we’re going to try and get most of that over here tomorrow. But the stuff we’re missing is things like shelving units, and until we get those and some other new stuff, we’ve got a lot of boxes that have yet to be unpacked. After a few weeks of unpacking and painting (I painted one bedroom lime green with fuchsia and orange trim. And the ceiling is midnight blue. And the walls and ceiling sparkle. It is INSANE!), I needed a break, so I took the evening off and spun the first yarn of the new place:
Most of my fiber is in storage except for one bin of random undyed Sheep Shed remnants. So, earth toned themed yarn it is! It felt good to spin for the first time in forever. It’ll be nice to get the rest of my fiber and fabric out of storage and in the new house. I say ‘new,’ but the house is actually old, like over 100 years old. It has high ceilings and huge windows and will probably be terrifyingly expensive to heat in the winter, but for right now it is still charming. I am going to make a small army of ass-kicking curtains. I am very much looking forward to that. I am looking forward to a lot of stuff here.