I know that I should get some pictures up here of our new place, but I haven't taken any. Why? Because my son, the tornado, makes it nearly impossible to get a perfect-looking shot of any room of the house. Let it be messy, you say? Um, no. I will make a concerted effort to take some tomorrow. Maybe.
For now, I'm going to clue you in on some of the various Ohio-to-Utah comparisons that I've found to be worth noting.
Why Moving to Ohio Has Been Super Awesome:
- People actually know how to drive. This is not an exaggeration in any way. In the past month, neither David nor I have experienced any form of road rage, which was a daily occurrence in Utah. I'd be lying if I said that we haven't encountered the occasional crazy/inconsiderate driver, but it's so much easier to control our violent emotional responses when our life is not in constant danger.
- Living near family. This has probably been one of the best perks ever. I feel like David and I can actually have a date night or go to the temple without the added stress of finding a trusted friend to watch James. Not only am I super protective of my only offspring, but I never want to put people out or make them feel obligated to babysit. (If you have ever watched James for us, this is not only a thank you, but a glowing commentary on our friendship.) I know that my mom, as long as she has no other plans and I ask her in advance, is more than willing to spend time with her only grandchild.
- No upstairs neighbors. We live in a townhouse now, which means that the only upstairs noise that we hear is our own. Hallelujah!
- Everything is within walking distance. We live 2 blocks from a grocery store and two big strip malls, which include restaurants, the library and even a Sprint store. We are also 1/2 block from a hospital. If you step out of our back door and into the parking lot, you can see it. (This fact makes it a whole lot less scary for me to be home with James all day without a car, if we want to still try to be a one car family.) The best part about this is that we still live in a little residential community, so it's still quiet and private, but it's super close to everything that we need.
Why Leaving Utah Was Harder Than We Thought:
- Finding new doctors. And a new mechanic. And a hairdresser. And basically every other service professional that a family needs. I'm one of those people who finds a doctor or mechanic or hairdresser that I like and I stick with them for pretty much ever. Now I have to start all over again. Boo.
- Two Words: Cigarette Smoke. I forgot how clean the air in Provo was until I left. It's not like a huge ashtray here or anything, but I have become much more aware of the decrease in breathable air when in public.
- I have no friends. Okay, that's not true, but most of my friends are still in Utah and I'm not. I forgot how much work is involved in making new friends. I'm not feeling lonely or anything, but it is kind of sad that I can't just hang out with my friends whenever I want.
- Gas prices. When we left Utah a month ago, gas was about $2.80. When we got to Ohio a week later, gas was about $3.35. In the past month, gas has fluctuated nearly everyday and the price has dropped as low as $3.19 and has gotten as high as $3.79. It's absolutely insane!
All in all, we are more than excited to be here. It is definitely the right place for us to be right now. Nothing feels better than knowing that you are living your life right. There is a great sense of joy to be found in that.