I've moved 1800+ miles away from Grand Rapids, MI.
I've lived through my first hurricane, her name was Wilma, you may have heard of her. That experience warrants a whole separate journal entry, because I've got a lot to say about that!
I've been getting used to my new job, getting trained, getting used to new equipment, getting to know people, getting to know my way around a strange town, you know.
Glenn and I have *finally* found a place to live, a duplex, but it's a place of our own nonetheless. It's in Lehigh Acres. Right now we're living in Cape Coral. Let me tell you, commuting to work over the toll bridge is AWESOME!! Mainly it's awesome because I've never lived in a place that has a river that is easily 3 times the size of the Maumee (across, from bank to bank), and probably 7 times the size of the Grand River (if you compare widths in the downtown areas of the rivers running through Toledo, Grand Rapids, and Fort Myers). But the Caloosahatchee River is absolutely beautiful. I never get tired of crossing that river, it is so beautiful.
The flatness of Florida is a nice change from the hilliness of West Michigan.
And the answer to the question, am I happier now that I've moved to Florida?: Hell yes.
And I am so, so, so lucky to have Glenn in my life. I mean, we have our differences, Lord knows, but we work through them. Out of all the men I've ever known, he is the only one who is willing to stay by my side no matter what. No matter how bad the going gets. That's why I'm going to marry him. :) I am truly very, very lucky to have found him. He is a very big plus in my life. Yay! Go me!! :)
As for my job ... I have finally found it: my dream job. I totally fit in here. I've found my niche, I love the people I work with, I love the area, I get along with my boss ... basically everything I didn't have at WOOD, I have in Fort Myers. I know I've said this before but it's so true: I am living proof that God answers prayers!! Don't ever stop reaching for your dreams, don't ever stop believing in yourself!! I mean, it's not going to come easily; nothing in life that is worth having or striving for comes easily. There are ALWAYS lessons to be learned, but if you're willing to learn them, your rewards are beyond your wildest dreams.
It is so nice to finally be in a place where my strong points are appreciated and my weak points are not held against me. Quite the contrary. Not only are my weak points not held against me, they are embraced, because the people here are very open, warm, and compassionate. Like me. And it helps that most everyone I work with is not from around here too, like I am. I think that was the biggest thing that kept me from really getting comfortable in Grand Rapids: not being a West Michigan native. That worked against me, whereas here not being a native helps me fit right in!!
I do miss Meijer stores, though. Wal*Mart's all right, but ... it's not Meijer. :(
And now I've run out of time. Blast!!!