Just a quick update.
1) We are on post housing and no longer living in a hotel! This is a goodthing.
2) Last night we had margaritas at one of Matthew's friends' apartments... it was great to have some healthy social interaction!
3) I interviewed for a temp agency and it went well. I am currently waiting for assignment. I'm struggling with not being "productive" but also relishing this time of freedom in a strange way. Mixed emotions of course.
4) Am starting a Wilton Cake Decorating course tomorrow at Michael's to occupy some time and need for creativity. Should be fun.
5) Just read the "Twilight" series. Thoroughly enjoyable despite the juvenile writing level, and also made me feel like I should really think of a story line, write a novel, and become a famous author. No?
6) Matthew is kicking some a and taking some names in his classes. People seem to know him as the quiet, put together, punctual, prepared dude. I'll take that! He's finding some of the classes interesting, some boring, and overall pretty happy I think. We've got a good little routine going, and I don't mind seeing him in his uniform every day too. Something about the beret....mmmm...
All right... going to pick up the Civic from its doctor appointment (regular check ups folks!). More to come- comittment to more faithful blogging hereby stated.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Posted by Claire at 2:12 PM
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Now here we go! Finally! It took a while to get these all loaded.
Let me say that there are hardly any of people- we didn't see many people on our trip cross country! Well, we did see Gav and Kelley, Lisa and Kyle, and a few more familiar faces, but over all, we saw funny signs, cities, and a lot of road. So... bare with us. This is our first cross country trip. In about 2.75 months we'll retrace our steps out west, and then back again we go, but further South to Kentucky and Tennessee. So... have a looksey!
So off we go. At this point we're what... 20 minutes in? And we're experiencing light snow fall and wind... thankfully it got MUCH better. Not so good... our windshield wipers which John Teter generously funded the fixing of busted again (or perhaps were never permanently fixed) and so we had to stop every once in a while and squeegy (sp?) off the windshield. Thank goodness I have an experienced windshield wiper on my team, right? RIGHT?!
Wyoming honestly doesn't have much to look at along I-80, and so here you've got one pretty rock what got shot up by my camera.
There were ridiculous amounts of fireworks stands... all through Wyoming and then again all along our trip through Missouri.
It was actually pretty scary driving through WY. Matthew did a great job navigating the roads... even when we couldn't see the road because of the blowing snow hiding the road from us... YIPES!
I like how KS does it better- they plant trees!
We saw signs ALL over the place warning of blowing, ice, snow, etc. Every 5 miles we'd see signs saying "Sever wind next 5 miles" and sure enough, after that 5 miles, we'd see another sign. Wyoming IS severe wind. period.
I tried to take a picture of Bronco stadium for Whitney cause I know how she LOVES them Broncs, but I think its is possessed- I could never get a decent shot (cue creepy ghosty music).
AW! We got to see our friends Lisa and Kyle- and this is just TWO days before she had her baby! That baby was 7 pounds 8 ounces- that is one MOTHER of a little dude to fit in that tiny body! He was dubbed Nolan Brent Schroeder (middle name after Lisa's late father). CONGRATULATIONS! I have baby pics I'll post later. And saweet! We'll get to see the little guy (we hope!) when we drive back through in April. Does't Kyle look official in his uniform? He's Denver, P.D.
(side note: G and K are renting this house for 3 mo. until they move into a house they like. Thus.. things aren't quite settled. Just in case you were wondering).
Ahh! hehe, I love them! So they also have another awesome dog named Josie, and two cats named Kitty and Lucy. I'm pretty sure I've posted on Kitty and Lucy- they are super fantastically fat kits and Kitty can do backflips! Yep- you heard me! BACKFLIPS!
All along the way we saw lots of anti-abortion signs. It was just... an interesting thing to observe, I suppose.
I feel like this is the only chance that Ogden and Manhattan, my two fave places, would ever be on an official sign together. So had to capture it.
A picture of the city of St. Louis- Matthew was driving so this is really for him. Not a great picture, but you get the idea.
This felt like a bunch of big cities... Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisbille, and of course, St. Clair ave, whatever that is. Too bad they spelled Claire wrong, right?
And again... this gigantic cross! Like, this thing was HUGE. I think it was attached to a VERY small church, but it was just huge.
Matthew after the trip:
So there you have it. Sorry the commentary wasn't more interesting. We keep snapping pictures of adventures out here so I figured we'd move on to more posts rather than belabor this one any more.
Posted by Claire at 1:14 PM