Judy L's UFO Challenge

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hello from Monroe, LA

I arrived safely this past Sunday. Checked into a hotel and found something to eat. What did we eat? Wow I can't even remember now. Taco Bell? DD and her friend are with me. DD wanted to be here to help choose the apartment and furnishings.

We drove around to look at the two apartment complexes I was interested in. Before I arrived I was more interested in one than the other. After seeing them my mind shifted to the opposite. I am using hubby's GPS. Their directions are....interesting. Let me just say they are close enough. At both complexes I met a resident and asked about the place. Both received good reviews.

The girls went to check out the pool at the hotel. Covered and closed. Oh well.

Monday I reported to work. Had an orientation of sorts. Had my badge made. Drove to a nearby lab for a drug screen. I returned to the office and had lunch while waiting for my supervisor to get ready for us. We had a meeting to go over some things to get setup with access etc. Once that was over they let me leave to go look at the apartments.

My original first choice only had 2 bedroom apartments. The other was full with nothing open until May. Both apartments are on train tracks and the apartment I was shown backs up to the track. I asked how frequently and when the trains passed. There was some vague response and then here comes a train. Very slow moving, quiet and only an engine and one car. I felt it would be ok and signed the lease.

Tuesday we checked out of the hotel and moved into the apartment. We went shopping and got a lot of things. Still had a long list left to buy but got the bare necessities so that we could shower and have something to eat. Wednesday the girls roughed it with no electronics. I did meet the cable guy at lunch time and he got t.v. service started. Phone and internet will be setup next Thursday. Things are slow going there.

Wednesday night another night of shopping for more stuff for the apartment. We got home and went to do laundry. 4 loads after only 3 nights here. Sigh... Did find out the machines are nice and efficient. Very quick. Went home and fell into bed.

So here it is Thursday. I have been in a 3 day meeting and am picking up some things. Refreshing my knowledge on some items so that I can hit the ground running when it is time. I leave tomorrow for home. I have a list of things to bring back from the house and hope to get back to sewing. It has been a very busy, exhausting week and look forward to getting my real schedule established so things become more routine here.

I will take pics to share with a post this weekend. More later.....

10 comments:

Vicki W said...

Starting a new job is always exhausting! I hope you get settled soon and have some evening sewing time. About that train - I used to live near train tracks. You get used to it!

Teresa said...

You did good getting all those things accomplished. I hope all goes well with your new apartment and job. Sounds like you have made a good start.

Morbida said...

Hugs , Sweety! You are doing good.

ShinyNewThing said...

wow, I feel tired just reading all that. You seem to be coping fantastically well, good for you!

MAMACRAFTY said...

I am waiting for pictures!~!

Eva said...

I know how you feel....but you will get there, good on you Swooze!!
Cheers

Greenmare said...

you are so busy I'm tired just reading it all! make sure you get enough sleep, and then use that gps to find a quilt shop.

romika said...

Hugs to you swooze, dont forget to smell the roses

Mary said...

We're near tracks -- I don't notice the trains all that often and it's definitely quieter than our apartment was -- not nearly as many people wandering around late at night or as many sirens.

Good luck getting settled.

Quilter In Paradise said...

missed your smiling face yesterday.. have you set up your sewing space yet??