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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The (very cold) bend in the road

I kind of knew it was coming, but it still happened so fast. You're going along in your very comfortable, if imperfect, little life and the road seems to stretch on forever, but then you see it. The bend. The bend that sends you off into a completely unforeseen direction, but still takes you right where you need to go.

Our bend has arrived.

We will be leaving Cedar City this summer. A month ago, Joel was offered and has accepted a job with a university as the director of orchestras. (As you may have guessed, this is the decision I was agonizing about. Perhaps I'll share more of that crazy story later.)

We're excited.

And a little bit scared.

But mostly excited.

And very, very blessed to get a job with so many university searches being cancelled due to the crazy economy.

Oh, you want to know where, do you?

I don't think I'll tell you.

No, I'll just let you guess based on these clues. (No fair guessing if you already know! And I know exactly who already knows.) First person to guess right will get a treat from me--I'll edit the post as soon as someone posts the right answer. And I'm sure it will happen quickly because you are all such smarties.

ETA: Jillene got it! We'll be at MTU. Since it's mostly an engineering school, most of the student body is male and very smart. It will be a fun job for Joel for sure. There is a lot that I'm looking forward to, but I am a bit trepidatious about the cold.

Annette gets a prize, too, because she was very very close.


This place gets about 250 inches of snow every year, on average. This year was more than that.

Obviously, it's pretty cold. Looks like even in the summer it doesn't get much warmer than 75 degrees on average.

I will be using something called a "yooper scooper" to remove the snow. In fact, I will become a yooper myself by virtue of living there.

There are two universities in the area. One is the University at which Joel will be employed, the other's acronym is FU, which I find rather amusing.

A sauna comes included in just about every home. So does a snow blower, for that matter.

There is a very strong Finnish population in the area (hence the saunas).

You can see the Northern Lights year round.

The student body of the University at which Joel will be teaching is about 80% (or more) male.

So, I think that's enough of that. Yes, I'll be cold. I plan on investing in really great winter clothing, lots of blankets and hot chocolate. And wishing even harder that I still lived in Phoenix.

As far as our church attendance goes, we will be in a branch and not a ward. Our stake is headquartered in a different state than we are, and our temple district is in yet another state.

Think you know?

Happy guessing!

48 comments :

  1. Fairbanks, Alaska?

    I got nothing.

    And congrats!

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  2. I am thinking Michigan or Minnesota. My husband was from those parts and I know about the snow.

    How exciting.

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  3. Michigan and Finlandia University? (Thank you, Google!)

    If that's right, then I'm going to have to like you guys even more. I'm also goign to guess that Joel will have to do something with Sibelius's work, just cause of the Finnish connection. :D

    I had no idea that there even WAS a Finlandia University or saunas in the area. When we lived in Finland, we had a yooper scooper--but we didn't call it that.

    I'm getting all giddy for you! And I'm totally rambling.

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  4. When I saw the snow and Northern Lights comment, I got all excited and thought I was finally going to get to meet a fellow blogger! But alas, Michigan is not even close-ish... Exciting news, though!

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  5. Congrats!! I see that I am too late to guess--unless some of these smart ladies are wrong.

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  6. My guess was going to be somewhere in Alaska - but now I'm guessing Annette was close! Northern Michigan University? (I feel like I am cheating!)
    Congratulations on the new job. You guys have worked so hard for it.
    :~D

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  7. And he showed me things, many wonderful things that I hadn't thought to explore...
    and he made me feel excited, well... exctied and scared.
    Just don't put your faith in a cape and a hood -- they will not protect you the way that they should...
    and take extra care with strangers, even flowers have their dangers and while scay is exciting... nice, is different that good. ;)
    And you are welcome to visit me and my delightful weather any time.

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  8. You are going to Northern Michagn Univ in Marquette on the UP of Michagan???....my brother was a Yooper on his mission! Holy cow! I hope you don't freeze --Lake effect snows, because you are surrounded by the Great Lakes, anyone???

    I'm sending socks and glove warmers! :) Congrats Joel...you deserve this!

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  9. It's looking like Finland, according to google.

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  10. Western Michigan University. Or Central Michigan University. Or Michigan State University. Or North Central University? Any of these?

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  11. Nope! Wow, I had no idea there were so many in Michigan. I'm pretty sure it's the only other one on the UPper Peninsula besides NMU and FU, though.

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  12. Is it Lake Superior State University or Michigan Technology University?

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  13. I'm so excited for this new segment in your lives! And I'll miss you tons!

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  14. So is it Michigan? Wow! We have some friends moving there for dental school.

    That's crazy Lara!! From a cold state to a REALLY cold state! Congrats though! It's nice to have an answer and a destination!

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  15. WOW Congrats!! It is really cold there.. Excited for you ! Have fun with the snow.. Are your girls excited or not so much??

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  16. Hoorah for the Midwest! (Does Michigan still count as the midwest?)

    I mapped it, you're moving 10 hours directly north of us-- we could meet halfway and hang out.

    So are you in the Chicago temple district? (We're in the St. Louis one, it's three hours away.)

    Thanks for sharing your news! Here's to an exciting adventure for your family. :)

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  17. WOW!! That's so exciting for Joel. What an exciting new chapter! Good luck with the cold (buy your hot chocolate in bulk now :) Did you ever see Easter Parade with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire? (I'm an old movie buff) She sings a song that goes "I always wish again, that I was in Michigan, back on the farm." For some strange reason I have that song going through my head right now...:)
    I wish you guys the best!

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  18. How exciting for your family!!! We are happy for you and your new adventure!!!

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  19. You can see the northern lights from there? Huh!

    Good luck!

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  20. I went to Montana in January for 1 week. I was miserable. I will pray for you and your family! You have to do what you have to do. You guys seem to work where ever you go!

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  21. I'm so excited for you guys.

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  22. A new adventure is always fun. I think you'll love living in a branch. Everyone becomes like family. I miss being in one. I really hoped to move out into the 'mission feild' Utah was definitely not even in my top ten. Congrats!

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  23. Ack! Cold cold cold. Hey, I hate the heat, but that's the kind of cold that I wouldn't wish for either. BUT...I wouldn't mind the adventure. Think of it: No Utah culture, Canadian accessibility, East coast accessibility. I am jealous. I have family in Milwaukee. Now I see a better reason to come that way! I mean, not that Chris's sister in WI isn't a good reason, but there is a more of a reason. Oh, never mind. Open mouth, insert foot.

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  24. How exciting! You have a destination, a job, and the most important of all your family! Now begins the fun of packing, preparation, and more. They kids will have fun, and make so many memories. With you and Joel there perhaps the branch will become a ward in no time! Congrats!

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  25. how fun!

    may i come visit, when it's 120 in vegas?

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  26. Congratulations on the next adventure!

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  27. wow! congratulations!! i'm so glad joel's got such a great job lined up! y'all are going to freeze...i've been to michigan in the winter...brrrr! should be beautiful, though!

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  28. GAAAAHH!! Am I the only one freaking out here?? Clearly NO one has considered the impact this is going to have on my MUSIC CAMP this summer!! WAAAAHHH!!

    Now we have to meet and hug and bawl cuz we won't be next-state neighbors any more. What-EVER!!

    (OK, congratulations on being employed and stuff, she said grudgingly...)

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  29. Green Bay Stake, right? My parents spent a few years in Green Bay, and absolutely loved it. Maybe my dad serving his mission in Finland helped. It's not quite the UP, obviously but they loved to visit! Congratulations on the new job, we'll all miss you, and wish you the best.

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  30. That's exciting! Joel told us a couple weeks ago when we saw him at Walmart. Good luck!

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  31. You guys will make such a difference there in Houghton! But you are kind of hard to get to, on that peninsula!! Oh well, I LOVE, love you are headed to a Univbersity!! YAY!

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  32. Congrats to you guys! Go Joel! I will be sending warm thoughts to you guys from AZ! What an adventure!

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  33. I could have totally ratted you out, but I didn't. I checked this morning before there were any comments. Oh well, as if I need more treats ;)

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  34. Michigan Tech?! WOW! I'm from Michigan, and most of my family were originally yoopers (I'm a "troll" - from "under the bridge", of course.)

    It's freakin' cold, but you'll love it. Lots of tourism - check out the copper mines especially. But seriously? The people there are awesome. I spent tons of summers up there. You'll love it.

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  35. Whoa, Michigan Tech! Hope you like hockey...they've got a team (in the interest of meeting my goal of seeing a Division 1 hockey game in the home barn of every team in the country, I might be coming your way one day!). Try the sauna in the winter: get good n' hot, and then run out into the snow! It'll make you shriek, but it's great, and it does wonderful things for your skin.

    Ack, listen to me blathering on about the Great White North! You had to get me started... Anyway, many, MANY congratulations to all of you. I know it'll be tough to uproot and start over far from family, friends and your church, but it'll be a great experience. I'm so happy for Joel! (Maybe he can rub off some of his mojo on the Tailor for his job search!)

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  36. Wow Lara! Sounds like it will be a wonderful adventure for you and your family. Congrats to Joel. We will definately miss you but look forward to be able to keep in touch via the blogging world. Thank goodness for that. Keep us all posted.

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  37. Congratulations! Aside from everything, YOU HAVE A JOB!!! I am so excited for you, and, if I'm going to be honest, totally jealous.

    We loved Michigan so much. Never made it to the UP but heard it was wonderful. What an adventure!

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  38. Congrats on securing a stable position. A new adventure sounds terrific!

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  39. L.L. Bean, my friend, L.L. Bean. They are my favorite for warm winter clothing!!!

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  40. I'm so pleased that your Hubs has landed a job...we have friends from there who never go back except in summer to visit...HA ! Life is an adventure, isn't it ?

    It's pretty darn cold...we lived in Great Lakes, Illinois for 3 years and it was bone chilling. Some friends of ours from church were from Finland and had a sauna in their home, which my Hubs just loved !

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  41. I guess it is Michigan. I bet you are excited but nervous and sad to leave. I am excited that you have felt good about it, that helps. Use Angela while you can she will really miss your girls.

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  42. Wow, another move for you too huh? Congrats and good luck in everything! I'm sure you'll have no problem rising to the challenges of your new home and surroundings!

    We'll be moving again next year after Lisa graduates from highschool.

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  43. I'm so excited for you guys! I think it will be just an amazing time. Have fun and bundle up!

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  44. That is so cool, CONGRATULATIONS! I guess we'll be seeing you about as much as we already do (never). I think you will love it!

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  45. I would have had no idea anyway, so I'm glad I came in a little late to see the answer:-) Congratulations on the new job and good luck on the move!

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  46. Congrats, Lara--I hope everything goes well in the UP!

    By the way, do you read Sharyn Tormanen's blog (she's a scrapper who used to be in the magazines a good bit and she designed for Technique Tuesday). Anyway, I used to read her blog every day, and I'm fairly certain she lives in the UP, and if not, she DEFINITELY lives in MI!
    You can check out some of her posts on snow and the winter time if you want to get a taste of what life will be like ; )
    Here's the address-->http://sharyntormanen.typepad.com/be_good_/

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  47. I haven't been around much lately, and look how much I missed!

    Michigan! WOW. What an exciting, exciting time for your family.

    I am happy for you! Congrats!

    As far as the cross-country move goes, we used U-pack (http://www.upack.com/) when we moved from Virginia to Utah. I got several different estimates, including renting a truck and driving it ourselves, and for us (in 2005) Upack made the most sense. Ultimately, they saved us a fortune because their price was locked in, regardless of what gas prices did - and they went UP, UP, UP around the time we were moving (which we had planned on).

    Just a suggestion for you to look into!

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