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.)
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?