Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year, New Home

Greetings from Tahoe!


Long time no talk! 

Since I'm sure y'all may be mildly curious are dying to know how our move went I wanted to give you a quick update! 

Our journey here started on Sunday when we flew back from Michigan to Oregon bright and early after going out with friends for New Year's Eve (more on that and our trip to Michigan tomorrow!) and then we started the 11 hour drive down to Tahoe that afternoon. We didn't want to do the whole drive in one day since Cam had to work on January 3rd, so we decided to stop for the night in Southern Oregon. We drove the rest of the way Monday morning, and got into town Monday afternoon. Of course I had to snap a few pictures along the way...

Lola being depressed in our hotel room because she has no idea what's going on...
Driving through Northern California
Where are you people taking me?
Driving through Reno, which is a little over an hour from where we're living
Lola wanted to get out and go to the casino, but we told her no...ha.
First impressions?

Tahoe is definitely very different from the previous two places we've lived, but it's also really beautiful.

Obviously I haven't seen too much of the area yet, but what I have seen is really pretty. Thankfully, the weather has been surprisingly warm and sunny the past few days, and there is no snow on the ground here. Not so great for people who booked ski trips this week, but fantastic for trying to move into our new place. When we stopped to get gas in Reno on Monday, I was bundled up in my Uggs and a North Face and it was 70 degrees out. Whoops. The weather is a little cooler up in the mountains obviously, but it's just been so nice the past few days and a lot warmer than I expected. 

We are living in the mountains on the Nevada side on the south side of the lake, near Stateline, NV for those of you familiar with the area. We're about 7 minutes away from the lake and the California border, so I'll probably be doing most of my day to day things like going to the grocery store in South Lake Tahoe, California. It's not a huge city by any means, but it's got some resorts and shops and seems to be pretty cute. I'm looking forward to exploring some of the other towns around the lake over the next few months as well. We drove down to the lake when we first got in on Monday, and although it was getting dark, it was still really lovely to see in person.


Cameron is working in Minden, NV which is about 25 minutes from our new place (with no snow...with snow his commute will be much longer more interesting) and he had his first day at his new rotation yesterday. Our second car hasn't been delivered yet, so I drove him to work yesterday and the office looks really nice. It sounds like he met a few people and likes it overall so far, which is great. He also said that I can get a spouse badge and use the gym at their office, so I'm definitely going to be checking that out in the next few days.

We're about 35-40 minutes away from Carson City, Nevada, so after I dropped Cam off for work yesterday that's where I headed to run some errands. Carson City is not huge, but it has a Target and a Trader Joe's so I spent some significant time at both of those places yesterday. I really missed shopping at Trader Joe's because there weren't any in the state of Colorado due to the fact that you can't sell anything with over 3.5% alcohol in grocery stores there and since TJ's makes a lot of it's money through it's wine sales, they don't have stores in Colorado. Nevada is definitely on the other end of the spectrum when it comes to alcohol sales because they had a full aisle of hard liquor at Trader Joe's which I thought was kind of weird, but it just shows how different states can be when it comes to rules and regulations. So while Nevada may be fairly relaxed when it comes to things like drinking, gambling, etc., one thing you can't do here is drive and talk on your cell phone! Not that I need to be talking on my phone while I'm driving anyway since I have no idea where I'm going yet, but eventually I'll probably need to get a hands-free headset.

Anyway, the thing I was most nervous about in coming here was our housing situation. We didn't have time to come out here to look for a place before our move, and the rental market is much different than other places we've lived. There aren't many apartment complexes, and most of the rentals are privately-owned properties that don't allow dogs. Also, apparently January is not a popular time to move so we were having a really hard time finding properties that were available at all. Luckily one of Cam's friends worked at the office out here and was able to go check a few places out for us and send us some photos. We ended up choosing an apartment in a house that's divided up into two apartments, but I wasn't too excited about it because the place is older and much smaller than the past three apartments we've had. However, the price and location were right and it was available for the time frame we needed, so it was pretty much our only option. I had very low expectations for it driving it yesterday, but thankfully it's not as terrible as I thought it would be. (Whew!)

It's definitely much smaller cozier than our last apartment and the décor is fairly dated (aka lots and lots of wood paneling). However, the views are absolutely amazing. I cannot wait to take some more pictures of the area and views of the mountains, but I know the pictures won't translate how breathtaking it is. The apartment has a large picture window in the family room so there is a lot of light, and the amazing view definitely helps compensate for the fact that the apartment itself isn't ideal. The house is sort of a chalet style place, but there are some really large, beautiful mountain homes on our street, and overall the area feels very safe. The house sits about about 7500 feet and it's surrounded by forest, so it just feels really surreal. We're just sort of tucked away at this little mountain cabin and I don't think that it's really sunk in yet that this is real life yet. I'm hoping with a little TLC and some Pinterest DIY magic, we can make the place really homey and cute. Granted that's going to take some time, but I feel like eventually it will happen and so that makes me happy. It will probably be awhile before I put up pictures of the apartment all decorated, but here's one I snapped on my cell phone so you can get an idea of what we're dealing with...

Any idea on how to dress up a 1970's ceiling fan?
So while the views from our house are amazing, the big downfall to living in the mountains? The roads. They are crazy

The residential streets right around our apartment are really really hilly, and then the main roads that go to Cam's work or to the lake are extremely steep and curvy. When you're down in Minden near Cam's office, you look up at these mountains, and you literally have to drive over them to get to our house because we live just on the other side of them right near the top. Driving up these mountain roads, you feel like you're in one of those car commercials, which may sound like fun, but I'm not a fan. Honestly, driving back from Trader Joe's yesterday my palms were sweating the entire way because there are huge drop-offs in some places. I am not a huge fan of driving in general and driving in the snow causes me serious anxiety, so I'm already getting worried about what's going to happen when it snows. I'm so so thankful that the weather this week is dry and sunny so I can drive around and get my bearings without having to worry about that, but I know that it will snow eventually. I have a Jeep with 4-wheel drive and I realize plenty of people drive these roads everyday and are fine, so I think that this is just going to be a growing process of me conquering my fears. I also realize that if the weather is bad and there is tons of snow and ice on the ground, there are probably going to be days where I'm going to have to stay home. I'm generally a person who likes to be on the go all the time, so I think that living here is also going to teach me how to just slow down, enjoy being home, and just savor the beauty right outside my window. So I'll admit, I'm stressing about it a little bit right now, but I realize all I can do is take each day as it comes. If it snows, it snows. But for now the weather is gorgeous, so I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts!

Cam is actually home from work today because our movers are delivering all of our stuff. I'm currently sitting at a Starbucks in South Lake Tahoe, California because with two movers bringing tons of boxes into our tiny apartment it's a little bit crowded, plus the internet isn't set up at our place yet (gahhhhhh). We actually need to get a PO Box because the post office won't deliver mail to where we live (seriously, that's how far up we live in the mountains) so we can't get our internet set up until we get our PO Box. We tried setting it up yesterday, but the post office needs a printed copy of our lease (they wouldn't just take the electronic copy on my phone...so dumb), and our printer is just getting delivered today. I think we're also going to end up getting a storage unit as well, as this place doesn't have the closet space to accommodate things like Christmas decorations, china, and other items that we've accumulated so far over our married life. It's just going to take awhile to get settled in, so I just have to keep telling myself that it will happen, just not overnight. 

In a way, I feel like our previous two moves have helped prepare me for this. For both our move to South Carolina and to Colorado, we had nice, big apartments we moved into and it was fairly easy to get around. Tahoe is different. Honestly, I don't think I would have been ready to move here a year and a half ago. I feel like the challenges living here presents would have been a little too overwhelming for me just coming from Michigan. But being that this is our third move, I feel like I can handle it now. Sure things are different, but I feel like I'm much better at adapting to and making the best of my circumstances than I was 18 months ago. Living in the mountains isn't going to be a cakewalk, but at the same time, I'm willing to take some of the downfalls to get to experience sunsets and sunrises like this on a daily basis. 

We got to witness an incredible sunset the night we moved in...I took this from our deck!
I snapped this with my cell phone, so it's hard to see the mountains in the photo, but they looked so amazing with the vivid sky!
Sunrise coming down the mountain on the way to Cam's office
So pretty!
 So overall, I'm very thankful that we're here and I'm excited to explore this part of the country. The scenery is gorgeous, and while our place might need some work, I'm excited for the challenge. As of now, I'm not sure how long we'll be here, it could be six months but it could also be a couple of years. Whatever happens, I'm just going to try to appreciate each moment and enjoy it!

(And not drive my car off a cliff...)

I'll have more pictures of Tahoe in the weeks to come, and then tomorrow I'll be back tomorrow with some pictures from our holiday in Michigan!

PS: Speaking of Michigan, did anyone happen to watch the Sugar Bowl yesterday?!?! Hail to the Victors, Sugar Bowl Champs! I'm so happy that Michigan won, and so proud of my Wolverines 11-2 season. It's been a rough past couple of seasons, but I think that Coach Hoke has done an amazing job of turning things around and getting Michigan football back to where it should be! GO BLUE!! 

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9 comments:

  1. Glad you made it safely!!! I hope you are settling in nicely!! I'm sure you can add your personal touches to the appartment to make it a bit more comfty for you guys! The views are amazing!! Jealous that you are that close to the lake!

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  2. That looks like quite the trip for Lola (and you guys too!) Great photos, and I'm glad you made it safely. It looks beautiful!

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  3. pretty! I can't wait to see more pics.

    I felt bad because I didn't realize Michigan was playing an ACC team. I was so torn because normally, I would've been pulling for UM, but with everyone dogging out the ACC so badly, i had to pull for va tech and probably jinxed them :(

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  4. YAY so happy the move went well and Lola survived!! Can't wait to hear more.

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  5. A lot of my friends were at the sugar bowl!...for Va tech haha
    But tahoe looks beautiful! I bet there are so many things to do outdoors

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  9. I just ran across your blog and really enjoyed reading it. I also have to say that I cannot wait to make the salted caramel cupcakes, Yummy!! I used to go to school in Minden(Douglas H.S.) and was on the ski team and we had to travel up kingsbury grade to get to the ski resorts and I used to freak out about riding a bus over the grade, Just a little scary. My Grandma also used to work at Bently which is in Minden.
    If you are into craft faires and such, There is a huge one coming up in Genoa(right on hwy 395) called Candy Dance. It is going to be the weekend of Sept. 28th.
    Again, Just wanted to stop in and let you know that I enjoyed your blog and hope that you and your hubby are having a wonderful time in Tahoe!!! Hugs & Smiles, Dannette

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