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.)