I've been slacking, big time.
Yes, I know that I took several photos of downtown Carthage a few weeks ago, and that I haven't posted any of them yet. Call me a slacker, but between getting ready for the wedding
in a week and a half, and getting things organized in my (soon to be our
) living space, it's been a challenge to find some quality blogging time.
I have been neglecting to give you all a very blogworthy update: I am working again! Yes, I am still a "temp", but I'm not working for an outside agency this time. And the pay is lower than I was making in Portland for similar work, but that's just the overall way things go here. Wages are just lower. However, rent prices are generally lower, and gas is $1.98 a gallon, so there's a little bit of balance.
There was a school shooting
over in Joplin today. Hey, quit it, already! You know, I got picked on in school, too, but it didn't take a gun to solve the problem. It just took patience. And Jesus.
Last Saturday Nicole and I had to go to Tulsa so she could have her friend (who works at a salon) do a sort of practice run on her hair for the wedding. We made a morning appointment so that we could spend the rest of the day doing some stress-free activity. We thought it would be fun to take the "long way" back to Carthage, which really means that it was a road-trip day. In fact, we went the exact opposite direction—Oklahoma City—before heading toward home. We went to the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing
, which was quite a moving experience. (Yes, I took pictures, which I will probably post before Thanksgiving.)
From Oklahoma City we drove north on I-35 and US 77 all the way to Kansas
, then east toward home. It's just beautiful country out there, and I loved the towns we drove through, like Guthrie
. Nicole was super excited to be able to go to Taco Tico
for dinner, because she hadn't been in any of that chain's restaurants since she was a kid. It was my first visit, and I must say, their food's pretty good for being Mexican fast food.
I only realized today that we could have driven to the Little House on the Prairie
historic site in Kansas if we'd ventured just a few miles north. I think we'll do that on another Saturday driving adventure.
Oh, remember waaaayyy back in aught-five,
when I listed all of the counties I'd ever been to
? Well, I updated that list a couple of weeks ago, and now, because of Saturday's trip, I can update it again. I also found a big U.S. map that shows its every county, and I have taken it and colored in every one I've stepped foot (or driven tire) in. I'll post it soon.
Hopefully before Christmas.