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Welcome to Indiana

August 11, 2016

It’s been about a month since I posted here. And in that time, I packed my entire house, said good bye to friends and family, wrapped up (and started new) work projects, watched movers pack everything I own into a Bekins truck, stuffed two cars full of belongings, a kid, two dogs and a cat, and drove from San Diego to Indiana over the course of four days. So it’s been a little busy.

I was extremely fortunate to share the four-day round trip with our friends, Jessica and John, and their two boys. We’ve been friends with them since college and now it’s fun to see Sophie and their oldest son play together. Riding with friends across country made the road trip so memorable for us. Together, we drove 2,000 miles, passed through eight states, found 40 license plates, and consumed a multitude of fast food, Red Vines, Nutella and assorted snacks (most of which my body is still paying for).

But we arrived in Terre Haute, Indiana safe and sound during the last week of July and have been working on getting settled in our new home.

welcome to Indiana

I’ll write more about my new life in the Hoosier state in the coming weeks and months. But for now, here are a few observations of how life in Indiana is different from Southern California.

  • It’s SO GREEN!
  • I love the “openness” and space.
  • Hello tornado drills; farewell earthquake drills.
  • There are lots of railroads and trains. Which I love because I’ve always been comforted by the sounds of trains.
  • We have a basement. And I could get lost in my basement.
  • I’m fascinated by all the parts of United States history that surround me.
  • We saw fireflies! And were also bit by various bugs.
  • School buses take kids to school.
  • Power lines are above the ground (not underground).
  • I’m on East Coast time, which is tough because I still feel like I’m on West Coast time.
  • People take great pride in their lawns and mow them frequently. (See “It’s SO GREEN”)
  • So many trees!
  • Cracker Barrel … Need I say more?
  • Recycling is not picked up from your house each week. Need to find a way to recycle since we have LOTS that we accumulate. … But thanks to two awesome readers, I’ve now signed up for recycling pick up!
  • There are lots of country music stations on the radio. And I’m happy to have found two NPR stations.
  • An acceptable form of identification for getting my driver’s license includes an Indiana gun permit.
  • No drought. No water restrictions.
  • It’s humid. But I have air conditioning now. πŸ™‚
  • But my windows are always closed. It’s odd not having windows open in my house.
  • I don’t feel like the devil for drinking soda.
  • The houses actually have space between them.
  • Smoking is more visible.
  • Did I mention the green?

Just a few musings of life in Terre Haute in my mere two weeks here. I’m excited to see what else Indiana will bring!

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2016 9:53 am

    Congratulations on settling into your new state and home! I’m sure the time zone change is a big one. My husband is from Ohio and he hates that Texas has no basements, so enjoy! Best of luck as you continue to explore your new home.

    • Leah permalink*
      August 11, 2016 10:28 am

      Thanks, Caryn! It’s fun getting to experience so many new things. And I do like the basement already!

  2. August 11, 2016 10:50 am

    Was wondering how it was going! I nodded in agreement to much of this — only I (being a transplant from PA, moving to AZ) had the reverse impressions as you when I moved to the southwest. I DO miss the green of summer, the color of fall… but not the dingy, snowy, yucky of winter. You’ll love having real seasons, though — it will be such a great experience for Sophie as well. You must have wonderful friends to make that LONG trip with you! Glad you’re getting settled in.

    • Leah permalink*
      August 11, 2016 2:45 pm

      Thanks, Melissa! It’s been nice getting settled and we’re excited to connect with people too. Cheers to seasons, which you know I love!

  3. August 11, 2016 12:13 pm

    Welcome to Indiana!!!
    Great to have met you Leah at Modern Charm…Terre Haute may be smaller than San Diego, but we have that small town feel that I think you will love. I hope to connect with you this fall and possibly an art/craft class at Charm School:)

    • Leah permalink*
      August 11, 2016 2:44 pm

      Thank you so much, Yvette! It was so nice to meet you too. And I already signed up for two classes. Can’t wait! πŸ™‚

  4. August 11, 2016 1:18 pm

    Welcome to Indiana, indeed! Watch out for chiggersβ€”I had no idea what they were till we moved here (we’re in Bloomington), but they hang out in tall grass and fields, and you can’t really see them, and the bites they leave itch forever. So watch out for those. πŸ™‚

    The grass will stop growing for a few months, so you’ll get a break. πŸ™‚

    • Leah permalink*
      August 11, 2016 2:44 pm

      Thanks, Amber! I forgot you’re so close. I think we’ve already been bitten by several of those little bugs!

  5. Sydney permalink
    August 11, 2016 4:55 pm

    Leah-

    Your trip sounds wonderful. I do hope Bryan is enjoying his new job. What’s his position? And, yes, basements are great. A transplant from New England, I really miss the basement – laundry, out of the way play room, cooler, freezer storage……..

    Not too long ago found out a cousin of mine is in education somewhere in Indiana, not sure if it is Indiana State or not – Maureen Biggers. Not sure what her position is but know she is a women’s advocate and was in a prominent position in Florida before moving to Indiana – maybe you will run into her too! Good luck with all your new adventures. Hope Sophie enjoys her new school and making many new friends.

    • Leah permalink*
      August 11, 2016 10:28 pm

      Thank you, Sydney! Bryan really likes ISU. It reminds us both so much of the early years of SDSU. Sophie loves school and has already made friends. I will keep an eye out for your friend too.

  6. Allison Stabile permalink
    August 11, 2016 6:50 pm

    Glad you arrived safe and sound. The green is what I loved about Virginia, too.

    And, come on, CRACKER BARREL!

    Have fun!

    xox

    A.

    • Leah permalink*
      August 11, 2016 10:25 pm

      Cracker Barrel — right?! Thanks for your kind words and I hope you’re doing well too!

  7. Katie S. permalink
    August 11, 2016 8:13 pm

    Call Republic Services, you have to pay around $10/mo., but you can get bi-weekly recycling pickup. It’s worth it to have earthquake insurance on the house, it only costs about $100 annually, and the New Madrid fault causes quakes there.

    Welcome to the Hoosier State! Baesler’s is evil, Clabber Girl has great coffee, “I was railroaded” is a valid excuse for being late, and the downtown area is really taking off.
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    • Leah permalink*
      August 11, 2016 10:21 pm

      Wonderful tips, thank you! I will gladly pay $10 a month for all our recycling to be picked up. And we’re hoping to make it into Clabber Girl this weekend for coffee. πŸ™‚

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