Tonight we went to a church that we have been looking forward to attending and we really enjoyed it. We met several families around our age and a teacher said to me that there was another new couple she had just met that was living in the same neighborhood we were. It turns out that this couple lives on our street just a couple blocks away. To top that, he graduated the same master's program that Munchkie's Daddy did (and the same year) and they have a mutual friend. They moved here at the beginning of the summer (from the same town we just moved from) and told us such great tips about the area. Where to buy meat, which little store has the best produce, etc. It feels wonderful to make connections and even to find tips about the area. I am beginning to believe that this truly was a good move for us and I hope to continue to explore and find great things in our area.
The transition to this new area is such a different transition than the previous one we made three years ago. The culture shock that we experienced moving from the Midwest to the Northeast was something we didn't expect. I have been bracing myself for months to be prepared for another culture shock, but instead of have been shocked by how friendly and helpful everyone we have encountered has been. We have already met more people in the couple weeks we have lived here than we did in months of our previous move. Previously every single relationship that I had was a result of my work, and here I haven't even started working and already have made connections. This is amazing to me.
The downside to living in this area I have found is that Target is not very convenient to get to and Walmart is a ridiculous drive. While this is kind of devastating, it will probably be good for our bank account. Not making frequent trips to these stores will help me realize what's really important. I won't be buying unnecessary things that catch my eye and maybe I can even spend the wasted time wandering the aisles being more productive in my life or even doing something like riding my bike to improve my physical fitness, or lack thereof.
Here is a little view of my new neighborhood.
We saw these birds all lined up on the roof of the house next door, just hanging out.
We went to a restaurant down the road from us that specialized in southern cooking. Munchkie's menu/coloring page said "Selections For Future World Leaders, Humanitarians and Rock N Rollers"