Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Great Mustache Experiment

So, since we have been moving, Carl has been on leave (vacation for those civilians out there ;)), and growing his facial hair. He has been keeping it trimmed to a nice goatee. Well, tomorrow he will go back to work for the Navy and has decided to do an experiment. He has never before had a mustache, and since they are within regulations for the Navy, has decided he'd like to try one for a bit. I took a before and after picture, so you'll have to let me know what you think. I have voted that the 'stache be gone before he returns (he's going to a school in Florida) to me. He agrees mostly with me. I feel like I warp back in time about 10 years (back when mustaches were popular) each time I look at him. Let me know what you think.
Who is this mustached man?!?

Our Life as a "Big Rig"

Here are a few images from what we fondly like to look back upon as our life as a "big rig". The truck we rented for our move out here was supposed to be 22' long. Our last move we used an 18 footer, so 22 was already quite a move up for us. Well, when we went to the rental company to pick up our rig, all they had was a 26 footer. This is a substantial difference from 22', and especially the 18' we are used to in such a sizeable vehicle. Anyone who has driven one before can appreciate the difference. Anyhow, my good husband squabbled a bit with them for giving us the wrong size truck, but they assured us that the mileage is just as good, and of course they were not charging us any extra for it. We also got a couple dozen moving blankets for free out of the deal. : ) Anyhow, we felt quite large and learned to hang with the truck drivers, as we could only stop at truck stops for gas, and food. We were hauling our car behind, so total, we were quite imposing on the road, measuring just a few feet shorter than the typical semi truck. We felt pretty cool next to all those big rigs. We once even pulled in next to them and spent the night on our bench seat, like real truckers (though I know they have much better digs than our benchseat turned bed). We were able to extend our benchseat with boxes and blankets and all in all made a pretty comfy place for sleeping. Yes, we stayed in a hotel one night as well when we visited Yellowstone (that will be another blog entry). Overall, we fared well as truckers, taking our turns wider and living with a lower speed on the open road. It is definitely an exprience we will not soon forget.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New Residents of the "Mid-South"

Well, we have arrived in TN. Our address is Memphis, but we are on the outskirts. Some of my family came down and helped us unpack some. They were a great help! Apparently TN is part of the "mid-south", so we are now official residents of the mid-south. Carl thinks we'll surely pick up a mid-south accent, but I'm skeptical. We'll have to see. It is hot here, and a bit humid, quite a change from WA, but we are enjoying it. We visited Graceland (Elvis' home) this weekend, and I'll post pictures of that later, as well as photos of our home.

We visited a new church on Sunday, and it was about a 3 on our scale of 1-5. We know we won't find another Westside, but we feel we definitely need to keep searching beyond this one, so we appreciate any prayers for that. The name of this church was Eastside, so we were kind of bummed about it not being the best, because it would have been fun to say we went to Westside, and then changed over to Eastside.

I love our new home, Carl did a great job picking it out. We miss everyone in WA, but we'll keep in touch through the great blogosphere (sp?). ; )

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

First Day on Blog

We created this blog since we are moving, and it's an easy way to keep in touch with friends and family. So hello friends and family! Gotta go for now, much packing yet to do.