This winter we went to visit my son Piers and his family in Yuma, AZ. We talked about moving to Arizona. A few weeks after we returned home my husband lost his job. That made up our minds. We were going to move. We packed the house but the snow kept coming. We couldn't move anything until the snow stopped.
So Stephen took his things and one of our cats, Sox and drove down to Yuma so he could find work. I stayed in Fargo to finish packing the house and get it ready for when he returned to drive the moving trucks back to Yuma. I had to stay in the house alone for a few weeks and pack while the snow melted. This wasn't so bad and finally, the snow did melt.
The snow melted and Stephen came back to pack to truck and drive it down to Yuma. So, of course there was a blizzard that weekend and all the snow came back. Lots of people came and helped us pack the trucks. It didn't take them very long. They got it done in an afternoon. Then Stephen left again and I was left to support and live in the empty house with just Pepper and Zoe.
This was a really hard thing to do. I started out sleeping on the floor in the closet because people had to come through and view the house on a daily basis. I had to keep everything super clean and lock everything up in the closet everyday. But, eventually the house got an offer and people stopped coming by and I focused on passing the inspections, studying and working. I moved out into the living room and spent a lot of time at Taralyn's house. I learned how to sleep on the floor and how it would be to live alone. It was a strengthening experience.
The original plan was that I was going to sell the house and drive down to Yuma just me and the cats in my little Hyundai. But, Stephen came back up again to help me drive down. This was such an incredible trip. It was challenging traveling with the cats crying the whole way. We had to stay in hotels that allowed cats. But, we made it. Stephen drove us the whole way. It took us 5 days but, we saw so many things and took our time. I still haven't completely unpacked the car.
We got to see the Devil's Tower. I got patches from nearly everywhere we stopped. I loved seeing this in person instead of just in the movies like Close Encounters and Paul. Stephen said it was smaller than he thought it would be. But, it was fine and there were snacks and ice cream shops there. Maybe sometime we can go to Roswell, too. We are totally not going to Area 51 though.
Driving through the mountains was harrowing. There were times when I was white knuckled on the panic grip. It was beautiful but, so tense. We stopped in Salt Lake City and climbed to the top of a museum and took this picture and caught Pokemon. We walked around the square and there were so many homeless people. They had tents and carts. I read that there used to be a fantastic homeless program in place but it failed or something. So people were just living it up in semi-permanent structures downtown. It was a beautiful place though.
In all our travels, we had never been to Las Vegas. So we went. My mother offered to get us "compped" rooms but, none of the places she could get us would take the cats. So we stayed a little bit off the strip in a cat friendly hotel. Stephen wanted to see the Belagio. So we went there first. It was beautiful and had fountains. We had dinner at Gordon Ramsay Burger. It was a heck of a wait. We saw lots of casinos and hotels and caught Pokemon. We got so many steps!
This was an unexpected detour. I saw a sign for it and asked if we could go and Stephen said yes. There was more security than you would think and this site was a bigger deal than I would have thought. There were exhibits and a lot of people there. I got out and took a photo but, you had to pay for the good parking and we were just passing through. I'd like to go back here though and see the exhibits. We did get to drive all around the dam and see it though. It was so hot though and the cats were in the car. We could not leave them.
We finally made it to Yuma. We stayed with my son for a couple of weeks sleeping on the floor in Gwennie's room. We found an apartment pretty quick in the Foothills area. Between Piers's friends and a few guys we hired we got everything up the stairs and into the new apartment. Everything is such a challenge when its hot. Its like Fargo but, in reverse. We will never live anywhere temperate again. I hear its really nice here for a large part of the year though.
My first impressions of living here are not great. It took Stephen a while but, he got a really good job. I am having to face the reality that the pay rate for massage therapists is very different here. I am trying to survive off my newbie web development skills and that isn't working either. I'm hoping things will get better. I really like our apartment. I don't know if I want to buy a house or not. I think it will depend on how my career shapes up in the future. Yuma has very limited prospects for web developement and programming jobs. I guess I'll have to make due with being a house wife for a while as I hone my skills and hope something good comes along. At least I'm not cold. California is close. Some of my kids are close. This has the potential to become something really fun.