Our New (Temporary) Home

Well, for those of you in the know, which of course you all will be shortly, we are no longer at our apartment in Trempealeau. Currently we are spending our time at the LivINN Hotel in Maplewood, Minnesota, which will be our new home for the next few weeks at least. We are actively searching for an apartment in the area, and will either end up in Cottage Grove, MN where I will work, or in Hastings, MN or Prescott, WI – wherever we can find a reasonably priced apartment we can call home for a while. Until then, here is our new home:

Although I will actually have an office at work where I will spend the entire day, there is still a lot of stuff I have to do from home, for personal stuff as well as old clients. So I have set up a temporary office with my second monitor, laser printer, and even our broadband based phone system, so our old number will still reach us. Ironically, I actually have more room here for my home office then I did at the old place, so I can’t really complain. The hotel offers free wireless Internet access so I can keep in touch with family, update this blog, and do my work.

The bedroom, located directly behind me when I am sitting at “the office”, basically consists of a king size bed and a place for Allyssa to sleep, when she doesn’t sleep in our bed. Again, here we have a bigger bed then we have at home – a queen size – so we can’t complain. We brought along our own pillows so it feels like home, even though we know it won’t be the same. But this is home for at least the rest of this month.

At the end of “bedroom” is our living room / kitchen / entertainment room / pantry / whatever-else-we-need room. We do have a large color TV and cable television with free HBO, but we didn’t think to bring along a DVD player and DVD’s so the evenings could get kind of boring. Looks like we will be playing more card games until we get into our more permanent home.

Directly to the left of the living room thingie described above is our kitchen(ette). It consists of a small refrigerator, microwave oven and our brand new George Foreman grill which will help keep our dining budget down. The refrigerator has no freezer section so when we want ice cream we have to go in to town. It’s a good excuse to get out of our palatial mansion we are calling home.

And if you think this is small, check out the walk-in closet / bathroom we have! Lot’s of room in there.

Well, it’s home for about 3 weeks unless we find an apartment we like that’s available before December 1st. We lucked out to find an extended stay hotel that has wonderful weekly rates, only $199.01 per week. Though I would prefer to use that money to pay rent, I need to be in the area for work and this is better then a 2 1/2 hour commute from Trempealeau every day.

So, now you know what’s up with us. Keep an eye out here as I will try to share all the great new changes in our families life, including the wonderful (hopefully) new job I have.

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