Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Yes, internets, I'm still alive! Sorry for the blogging hiatus. I'm feeling a little less tired, and I can actually leave the house now and then, so I should be back to (fairly) regular writing.

Anyway, we drove up to to see our new house/schools/town/army post in Tennessee this weekend.

And...it's even more rural than rural Georgia.

Here, we're miles and miles from civilization (although they did build a Wal-Mart five miles away last Fall, and there's a kick-A Mexican restaurant and a nasty, dirty McDonald's within three miles), but if we drive 10-15 miles, we're in the second largest city in Georgia (which isn't saying much, but still...).

In Tennessee, we're just a couple of miles from civilization (heck, there's a multiplex cinema and a Sonic within walking distance) but civilization doesn't offer much. You could walk the entire mall in about five minutes. The Wal-Mart is kind of old school (however they are in the midst of renovating it, which is good, but sucks because everything is out of place and out of stock). There's a Target, a Lowe's and a slew of restaurants, but that's about it (Oooh! But there's an Aldi! I loved Aldi in Germany!). There's nothing to do. There's a lot of farm land. There is a lovely historic downtown and a nice university (I'm contemplating some art classes). But there's not nearly as much to keep us occupied as there is here. Fortunately, Nashville is less than an hour away. I foresee a lot of Saturdays spent there. But maybe we just need to explore some more. Maybe there's a ton to do that we just didn't see.

The army post is larger than any we've lived/worked on before, and this will be our first experience living/working among infantry guys. Will has a theory about them, but I'll save that for another post. Infantry also means a HUGE number of young, single men. And that means some interesting businesses outside the gate. Liam decided to use his newly acquired reading skills as we were sitting at a light leaving post. "Jenna's Adult Toy Box and Tobacco Super Store is no longer off limits!" Awesome. So glad he can sound out tobacco. And so glad he didn't question what an adult toy box is. (And for those of you unfamiliar with the military, the post commander can make certain areas or businesses off limits if illegal or dangerous activity has taken place there).

As for our house, it felt smaller in person than it appeared in pictures. I think that's because it has average ceilings and we've been spoiled with 10-12 foot ceilings. Also, it's not open at all. Each room is its own room, unlike here where the living area is very open. And it needs a lot of cosmetic work. Part of me is excited to be able to do what I want with it, but part of me is already exhausted at the thought of all the work, especially since we're just renting it. But, we plan to live in the house for several years, so it's worth the time and expense to make it nice.

All in all, I think we'll really like it there. It'll just take some getting used to.

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