Welcome to Indiana

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. 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. 🙂
  • 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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