the drive out here was as expected: long and boring. we ended up losing one another along the way due to bathroom stops, tolls and me getting a speeding ticket. they hover at the OH/PA state line because the limit changes and of course they catch all the amateurs. it was a nice hefty fine, but i guess i had it coming.
our stop in cleveland was well planned. we acquired a dining table and a much needed bookshelf which is currently already straining to contain the boxes of books we have and will accumulate. we were also given a bag of cleaning supplies and trash bags which were put to immediate use, and a little gingersnap candle.
the apartment…is small. i am working to make it cozy at least, but for now it is strewn with boxes, dirty and stifling. there’s no AC, so we’ve got all the windows propped open, and an emergency fan we went to walmart to get yesterday.
the greatest surprise came in the form of what the landlord refers to as a small fridge. granted, a full fridge wouldn’t fit in there, but we got half a gallon of milk yesterday and now we are unable to put anything else in there. i asked the landlord about it this morning, and he kept on saying that’s why he advertised the place for a single person. maybe a miniature single person. he’s offered to try to return it and reimburse us for its value if we find a bigger fridge that will fit so hopefully we can sort that out or we’ll be living off canned fruit and vegetables.
otherwise…it’s been sad. we’re struggling to find the balance between wondering why we are here in such a crappy apartment, and being grateful for an awesome deal on rent and every day we are given. the thing is, we came here for westminster, and nate really likes it. he had orientation yesterday and met a bunch of people, and he’s excited to take classes (spouses can audit classes for free so he says i should see if anything looks interesting. ha.). the first couple months in a new place is always difficult so i know we just have to stick it out.