Enjoying Life

by Tammy on July 14, 2018

Just when I thought I had all of my administrative tasks taken care of, I realized that I had one more. Gulf Shores has a hurricane evacuation system in place, and if evacuations are enforced, residents are required to have a sticker on their cars identifying their evacuation zone. We are in the north-easternmost quadrant of Gulf Shores, so we would probably be some of the first residents allowed to return to our homes. The sticker also allows residents to park for free at any of the paid beach lots. :-D So yesterday after work I went to city hall and got my stickers. Southbound traffic was ridiculous and it took me a solid half hour to go six or so miles. It only took half that long to get back home. To the best of my knowledge, I am finally finished becoming a resident, but we shall see what comes up next. :-p

After I finished that errand, Dan and I went to a coworker’s house for Greek food and sangria. It was nice to get to talk to some of the people I work with outside of work. Jen, our hostess, is a math specialist, and she invited the whole department, but only a handful of us went. One of the other math specialists was there, three other writing specialists, the disability services coordinator, one of the writing specialist’s husband (who also works at CSU as a faculty trainer), and my supervisor’s boss’s boss’s boss (who is the vice provost over student affairs) and his wife. It was a nice gathering and like a bunch of nerds, we talked shop most of the afternoon. Dan and I didn’t get home until about 8:00; just in time to put the birds to bed. After a long week and a good party, I was exhausted and fell asleep a little after 10:00. I woke up around 6:30 and felt like I’d slept for a week. It was really nice to wake up when I wanted to.

This morning I tried to go to the Hallmark Ornament Premier, but I guess someone forgot to tell the local Hallmark that they were supposed to open early. I got there a little after 8:00, assuming they would be open, but they weren’t, so I went to Walmart instead. I just ordered the ornament I wanted to get on Ebay. I had to pay more for it, but I wasn’t about ready to sit there for two hours waiting for them to open to just find out whether they even had it in stock. Next year I should have a better idea of how things work down here. Alabama sure is a different world compared to Nebraska, but I love living here. For the first time in a long time, I feel completely content and happy with life. I have a job I enjoy, a house I love more every day, access to the beach whenever I want (except for tonight–story to come…), and I am rarely cold. What more could I ask for?

After I got home from Walmart, I did a few things around the house and then Dan and I went to Lowe’s to see about devising a noise barrier for between our screened porch and the neighbor’s air conditioner. It is so loud that Dan can’t hear me talk to him when we are sitting outside. We were going to add slats to our fence, but after looking things over, Dan didn’t think it would help much, so he experimented with putting a rug over the screen on that side of the house. It helped a lot, so we picked up an outdoor rug and a couple of boards, and he put some plastic on the side that faces out to add another level of noise attenuation, and now it is much more pleasant to sit on the porch. I can even hear the bugs now. Before tonight, all I could hear was the A/C, and that thing runs constantly because it’s too small for their house. I hope when it dies they put a little extra money into buying one that is quieter.

After we completed that project, I wanted to go out and do something, so grabbed food at Whataburger. I am having a really tough time getting back into being vegan down here and I had a coupon for a free meal (and I had never eaten there), so we ate and then we were going to go to the beach for awhile, but once again, traffic heading south was ridiculous, so we decided to just go to Pelican Place, which is an outdoor mall nearby. We walked around the book store and Bed, Bath, & Beyond for awhile. It was a nice evening and we will still get our beach trip in tomorrow–we will just have to go earlier in the day.

So all in all, life is going well. Dan is a lot less grumpy now, and that makes life much more pleasant. It’s also nice to finally feel settled and be able to go out and explore my new town. Unfortunately, this is my last weekend of freedom for awhile. School starts back up on Monday. I’ve had early access to my class since last Monday, but I haven’t even opened it. I’m just enjoying not having assignments due. Maybe I’ll take a peek tomorrow. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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