(Warning: Long Post! Don't say I didn't warn you!) :)
John and I have been Arizona residents for just about four months now… and it feels so much longer and shorter all at the same time. There are a lot of things we like, and some things that we are still getting adjusted to.
The weather, for example… It seems like just about everyone else in the country is experiencing lower temperatures, yet we’re still rocking the 80s and 90s. Thankfully it’s cooling down, because the heat makes it difficult to get out and do the hiking and biking that we enjoy. My poor hubby and puppy have been going stir crazy since we moved here due to the fact that we haven’t been able to get out of the house much. Most of our weekend adventures have been out of town in Flagstaff or Sedona, so there will be a ton to explore around here this winter! Although the summer weather was tough, I know I will be thankful when everyone else’s winter comes (especially if there is a polar vortex repeat…).
John is enjoying his job and the work that he is doing a lot. He has good work-and-life balance, which is pretty incredible considering he works in corporate/mergers and acquisitions at a large firm… and most importantly, he is gaining very valuable experience! I’ve been at my job for a little over a month now, and I really like the company, my coworkers, and the work that I do. The company that I work for gives its employees Fitbits, and we have the opportunity to earn $10.50/week in giftcards for logging normal daily things like eating meals, drinking water, etc. in the Fitbit app. On Tuesdays the company orders food and someone comes in to talk about the nutrition, and on Thursdays we have exercise classes in the afternoons. How fun is that?!
When we lived in New Mexico, there weren’t a ton of career opportunities (since it is such a smaller place), so the fact that we are both able to do things we enjoy is really exciting! And Scout seems to like her puppy daycare, which is super important to her, so that’s good. ;)
Despite everything going “right,” moving is still a transition. And I feel like the four month mark is when you really start to feel it… everything is settled, put away, and life here has “started”… yet, we are still getting used to our surroundings and working on meeting out-of-work friends! Ahh, someone please be our friend!! I know it takes time, and we both have friends at work, etc., but we don’t have any “hey, let’s go out to dinner friends” – someone please go out to dinner with us. Please.
On thatttt note… Look at how cool and normal we are! ;)
Just kidding, but in all seriousness, John and I have been incredibly blessed over the last four months, and we are settling in quite nicely.