Saturday, October 10, 2009

The next step.

This morning we got up way too early and drove to Pittsburgh (well, near there) to meet the husbeast's future boss and get a tour of the area.

The husbeast's new place of employment looks like this:

It's cooler than it looks. Honest. He'll be inspecting things that go roundie-round.

Then we drove around the area. When I mentioned that I was planning to go back to school, the husbeast's boss detoured to drive me through three different college campuses. (Campusii?) He's a nice guy. I liked him. (Which is the polar opposite of what I thought of the husbeast's last boss. I'm considering this an omen. Bet this guy won't call the house and let the phone ring a hundred times.)

It's looking like the University of Pittsburgh will be perfect for me, if I can get in. With luck my grades from the last round of college will help, and if they like returning, older students, I'm golden. It'll be one of their science degrees. Chemistry, microbiology, or "Biological Sciences" which sounds like collegiate for "Lab Rat", which would suit me fine. I'll talk to some guidance counselors and look at the want ads in the local paper before deciding for sure.

We rented an apartment. It's way too small, but we don't have any furniture, so it should be okay. (I keep repeating this.) I'd include a picture but it's in one of those really boring apartment complexes full of buildings that all look the same. We're waiting for approval before signing a lease, but considering our last landlord loved us (we left the house in better shape than it was when we moved in), and our credit rating is fine, I don't see a big problem with that. (We also aren't wanted for any felonies, don't manufacture meth, and really just want left the hell alone. Also good for the rental application.)

The plan is to move on the 29th, 30th, and 31st, and take up residence officially on the 2nd of November. The husbeast wants to go to work on the 3rd. He's bored. He's fixing things that aren't broken. He needs a hobby or a job. Jobs are less expensive. For his hobbies he always buys lots of tools.

Then we went home again. It was all horribly scenic.

I'd forgotten how much I miss mountains and hills. I've lived in flatlands too long. Look! Pumpkins!

So, we had a productive day. I'm feeling much better about the move now, having gone to PA and poked around. I'd forgotten that Pittsburgh is like a giant pub. No, like a giant sports bar. I can deal with that, heck, I can even enjoy it. With luck this is going to work.

Now I'm going to sit and wait for the photos to load. Eeesh, blogger. (And, twenty minutes later, finally the photos are done. Had to upload each one separately.)


Ellen said...

Parts of Western Pennsylvania are breathtakingly beautiful - like Scotland. Parts are breathtakingly ugly. I hope you found a good spot. Taxes are much higher in Allegheny county (Pgh.) than outside in Butler Co. (Wexford, Cranberry, etc.)

FYI - I'm originally from Beaver. You can't Google Map it though, because it's too near the nuclear plant.

Sarah said...

actually for the photos I discovered that all you need to do is keep uploading each pic onto that pop-out and then click on the one you want to use, ok it, then hit the picture button again and all the ones you uploaded will still be there, click on the next one, rinse and repeat.

(Earlier my word verification was socka and now it's saxlesse, odd)

hopefully that made sense, i'm having a bad day and not completely coherent, sorry

Clumsy Knitter said...

How exciting! I love moving. I actually lived in Pgh for a year while I was in grad school there. There is a great yarn shop in Squirrel Hill called Knit One. You'll have to check it out. Best of luck with the move! :)

Bells said...

Love the pumpkin field!

You're in for all sorts of new adventures now. So looking forward to reading all about it!

Louiz said...

Wow, pumpkins! Looks like you're all set:)

Emily said...

Well, wahoo! Good omens, all! And your cold must have abated somewhat, to let you be so cheerful.

amy said...

Oh dear. Will you all become Steelers fans? ;)

Seriously, though, good luck with the move!

Barbara said...

No place can be bad if you drive by fields of pumpkins waiting to be carved. Good luck to you and the husbeast. I like watching things to roundie-round myself.

Goob feeling better?

Nalamienea said...

Good luck with the move! I love moving and have been ready to do so for a while. I'm here for at least another 4 years, though. (and have been here 4 years. this must be a record!)

Susan said...

Sounds like the pictures are too big. My camera takes everything in MB..which is good except for blogger. I use "shrink Pic" to make the files smaller. I can load 5 pictures at a time no problem.
Lucky you getting to go to university. I am charteuse with envy. Good luck with the move.

kate said...

That's the best description of Pittsburgh I've ever heard! I may have to steal it.

Anyway, welcome to the sports bar! (We also have quite nice libraries and museums, you know, for the days when there's not a game.)

Roxie said...

How very bucolic it is out there. Hooray for the job, apt. and college!

Colleges need the money. I can't imagine any school turning paying students away. You'll get in, easy!

Michelle said...

I love the Pittsburgh. I went to college at WVU about an hour away. It's really beautiful and there's so much to do and see. I'd move back to the area in a heartbeat.

As for school? Quite a few great choices. You'll pick the right one.

Galad said...

Any college would be fortunate to have you (though the other students may not like the competition :-)

Your photos have me missing fall where leaves change color and pumpkins grow in the field.

Hope this a good move for all of you!

Alwen said...

Great, now my head is going to be singing

There's a pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

And I walk up and down 'neath the clock

By the pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

But I ain't got a thing left to hock

for the rest of the day!

Allison said...

Pittsburgh sounds great. But where is he going to work on his cars??

Mandy said...

I was born in Pittsburgh, but we moved away when I was the Goob's age. We lived in Fox Chapel, and our road went up a really steep hill, where it dead-ended at a river overlook. One of my most vivid memories of that time is of walking up to the end of the road at the top of the hill and looking down at the freighters moving along the river. I hope you really enjoy living in Pittsburgh, "where the Allegheny and the Monongahela join to form the Mighty Ohio" (which always cracks my husband up when I say it like that!).

Amy Lane said...

Wow-- see, I was just saying that PA looked lovely! I have other e-buddies up there--you'll fit right in! (Okay... maybe not so much.. but you'll make your own place, and that's awesome...)

And you get to go back to school-- I'm so jealous!