Image via WikipediaSo, we should be up for grand adventure soon. Tom has gotten a job in Biloxi, MS as an archaeologist which is, you know, what he's trained for. More money, equal or greater benefits and more opportunity for advancement. So, YAY!!!!!
I know very little about local history and archaeology, but am really looking forward to hearing about stuff from Tom and exploring stuff myself. I'm especially interested in colonial/cultural contact archaeology and history topics and there is a lot of history with various European powers and local tribes interacting, playing off each other, etc. Very cool.
I actually lived in Biloxi for a few years in my early teens - my family moved from Nevada when gaming was legalized. We have friends in the area and before I got sick I was an adjunct instructor there for a summer. So we already have a bit of a support system in place which will make the move easier, I think.
We're very happy but still a little in disbelief that we're actually moving. We've been in Chicago a really long time.
Anyway, we will be moving at the end of the month. Tom starts work the second week of September.
We are hoping to find a rental close to Tom's office so there won't be a huge issue of commuting.
Moving will be awesome - we should be able to get a place with central air and heating, a dishwasher, and washer/dryer hookups. All of those things will make a lot of household chores much easier and climate control will probably help with some of my symptoms.
Depending on where we wind up we will probably have regular access to a pool and I'm really looking forward to that as another way to exercise and relieve pain.
Tom will be able to get back into diving and be closer to some interesting dive locations.
It will all be very exciting I'm sure. I'm hoping after we get settled to get in touch with some of my contacts and see if I can get another part-time teaching position or something similar. I'm also hoping that I'll be able to start driving again at least short distances in an environment that isn't nearly as challenging and hectic as Chicago traffic and parking, etc.
Current plan is to pack up what we're taking either into a rental truck or one of the movable storage box thingies, move it down, stay with a friend for a while and look for a place to live longer term.
We've already been sorting through things like clothes and books for things to donate or sell, so that process is already started. I'm going to start boxing books and craft supplies soon.
Poor Oreo is going to have a stressful month, though. He gets a bit nervous when we pack things either in boxes or suitcases. "The den, the den is changing, OMG change! Are you going to leave me behind?!?!?" So, there will be extra doggy cuddling going on. He's a good little traveler by ground or air though, so the actual moving won't be too bad.
Given the return of the heatwave to Chicago I'm really not able to to think much past AIR CONDITIONING!!!!! at the moment.
Obviously, it gets super hot and humid on the coast too, but it somehow doesn't seem as bad there as in Chicago.
Also, I have a smartphone now, so I can live blog things like "wow, we're driving past yet more soy bean fields!" I know you will all be at the edge of your seats for that.
And Tom and I tend to manage to have surreal adventures during things like moving, so that should be entertaining.