Welcome to Indiana

January 12th, 2008 . by Melissa

We are finally here in West Lafayette. It has been 8 days since we forsook our cold, wintery, and altogether happy life in Utah. No, it did not take us 8 days to get here (all though it felt like it at the time), we just haven’t really had a chance to write yet. I’d like it to say it is because we’ve been oh so busy, but that would be a complete lie. Life is somewhat slow in northern-ish Indiana, not that it was so fast paced in Utah but comparatively. Jason began his first week as a graduate student. He is only taking two classes, no he’s not a bum, they only let grads take 2 classes apparently. Looks like we will be here forever. He didn’t have much class this week, one of his two professors couldn’t make it to lecture because he was off skiing in (where else?) Utah, I think Jason was slightly jealous. As for me…well these past few weeks I have been calling myself a homemaker and I have decided that homemaking is kind of a cop-out if you don’t have kids. It is also very uninteresting. Luckily, I was offered a job at the Purdue Memorial Union. I have another interview on Monday for a slightly more amiable position in the conference center so we will see where I actually end up. I have mourned the loss of Robert’s, my favorite shop stop, and tried to replace the hole in my heart with a new craft store, Hobby Lobby. Unfortunately the price tags burn a whole in my pocket without that 40% off coupon. Our new apartment is definitely an upgrade from our previous on-campus married student housing get-up, at least in someways. While we only had 6 cable channels at BYU it was better than only one local channel (and to make it worse, CBS.) The iMac has been permanently positioned in front of our bed, we have become much more avid watchers of Heroes thanks to the full episodes on NBC.com. We have a dishwasher, and I am seriously contemplating writing the ancestors of the man who invented such a wonderful device a whole-hearted thank you letter. Our marriage is in a much better place thanks to him. I think that is all for now, we will keep you updated and hopefully post pictures of our new apartment, when we get some furniture.

The Big Move

November 20th, 2007 . by Melissa

Jason and I are moving to Purdue in…hold on, let me check Facebook…46 days. We still don’t have a place to live, I still don’t have a job, so this is all pretty frightening. I am a little sad to leave Utah., after all, I did once call it Utahopia. It has really grown into a second home. Yesterday, Jason accepted a position with a professor in an electrical engineering lab, a position that requires him more or less to get a doctorate, which means we will be living in Indiana for 5 years, not 2. 5 years is a really long time. We will probably have two kids by the time we leave, my dad will almost be retired, and all of my friends will be long gone from the area. This is such a bittersweet move for me. In a lot of ways I feel like I am going home, although home is technically 4 hours away. But it has been so nice here, our friends are wonderful and we all have the same standards. I forgot what it was like being one of the only Mormons in my high school, maybe it will be easier now that I am grown up… The Purdue experience should be interesting. Really.

We Have Been Elffed!!

November 20th, 2007 . by Melissa

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