Saturday, March 14, 2015

Semi-permanent residence

I'm staying at a pet friendly hotel with my animals. Most of my belongings are still tucked safely away in my trailer with the exception of daily needs and season appropriate clothes.
I've gotten a better feel for this town, the population is about 12,000. The police do paperwork in our parking lot and there is steady flow of people in and out. It feels safe enough. I keep everything locked tightly but I am getting used to the city sounds. It was very difficult to sleep at first. I wish there was an option to just live in my van but the cold is more than the pets can safely handle.
So far there have been no troubles getting about with my trailer anywhere. Work is downtown in the state capitol but we have security guarded parking and I am well known now so it is safe left there.
The hotel is a big dent in my funds, but careful spending will allow me to stay here indefinitely until I find a home.
Despite the cost, I am pretty happy here. I like the town, and so far I'm enjoying work, and getting to see my sister often. I've noticed I take much better care of myself. It's strange how being happy does that to you. I fix my hair daily.. wear makeup regularly, and I used to never care whether I was out in pajamas or not... I was kind of sloppy outside of work. Here I always check that I am appropriately dressed in case I run into any coworkers or opportunities to make good impressions.
The animals are happy, my only issue is the weather has made a huge dent on the exercise the dogs are getting. I realize this is a problem so I bought them more toys and try to keep them playing and busy.
Overall we are doing well, and adjusting quickly. Especially since socializing with my sister is so frequent now. Here's us having tea!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Living with the yankees

Well it's official. I have arrived and secured a job in Hartford, Connecticut. I am currently staying at a motel with my animals and hoping to find a 2 bedroom house to rent with my sister soon. The job is full of benefits and bonuses so I am very excited to get started up here.

I stayed in Knoxville, TN for 4 days. Got snowed in at a friend's house..but it was enjoyable spending time with her as I know that I'll be too far to just drop in anymore.

Then I made it halfway through Virginia before getting too sleepy and decided to stay overnight at a rest stop. Virginia was beautiful and each day that I journied further north it got colder and whiter...more snow!

The next stop was Long Island, NY. I stayed there 2 days with a friend. He refused to let me pay for anything so that was helpful also.

The last step was to go to CT. I needed a motel that was affordable but pet friendly. I almost gave up hope as several of them didn't have trailer parking, even for my little 5x8 because of the snow. Finally I found one with parking and settled in and paid for 2 weeks there.

Our room is pretty nice. I wish it had a microwave..but thankfully if worse comes to worse I have my sister and her roommates 30 minutes away. I've gone there to enjoy socializing and eating.

I explored the town a little bit today. People told me I wouldn't be able to get around here ok with a trailer but I have managed just fine. I also haven't felt unsafe. Of course my trailer is bolt locked..but the local police do their paperwork in the motel parking lot where I stay. I have seen more than 10 cops in 2 days so I feel pretty safe.