We arrived in Albuquerque and were greeted by familiar faces. Great Aunt Mary Lou and Uncle Jay made us right at home. Uncle Jay started our evening with delicious Margaritas, New Mexican style. Aunt Mary Lou put out a great spread with cheese and crackers and guacamole and chips. It was very hard not to fill up on these snacks, but we had to save room for dinner! Homemade spaghetti and meatballs! Shortly after dinner we went to bed. Had to get to bed early for our early start.
At 5:00am on Monday October 1, we ate breakfast. By 5:30am we were in our cars pulling out of the driveway. By 5:45am we each had our last Dunks purchase in our hands. And by 6:00am we were on the highway heading west. It was a long drive but early afternoon we managed to cross the California border! Excitement was followed by slight disapointment as we pulled into an inspection station. I carted 1 1/2 pecks of apples across the country to have California take them from me. I was overly upset about this. For whatever reason, Londonderry apples hold a special place in my heart. I grew up eating them, in college I would go home one weekend in October so I could get some apples, and well I really wanted to start my california adventure with something that was familiar (and tasty) to me. It was hard to overlook the disappearance of my apples.
We made it to Los Angeles! Around 7:00pm we were in our apartment. It was (almost) perfect. The layout is fantastic and I could not ask for better. Thank you Kyle for helping us. We owe you, well basically our apartment :P. The only downside is that the renovations that were being done, are not fully completed. Our building supervisor has had people in and out trying to get everything completed. I’m hoping everything will be finished by the end of the weekend.
To celebrate the occasion, Sean and Kyle came over on our first night, complete with 5 glasses and a chilled bottle of champagne. I gotta say, these people sure know how to make you feel welcome.
Our apartment is starting to look like home. Most things are unpacked. Our kitchen has almost all the necessary appliances and dish ware. We just got a lovely craigslist couch for our living room. My bathroom is starting to look feminine. And well my room has almost all the necessary pieces. A shelf in one corner, a bureau in another, a teal carpet in the center, a place for my bed coming in next week, and a desk i need to hunt for. As soon as it’s complete, there will be pictures!