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This post, and more that are to come in the next few days, are long overdue - BUT - I took these last weeks to wrap things up that needed to be accomplished before we left, and to spend time with some people I'll miss very much.
Ready for a choppy account of what's happened since my last post, a whole month ago? Alright, here we go...
The entire month was a whirlwind full of stress, anxiety, and lists - daily, weekly, and end of the month. We were at each other's throats for a majority of it, but like they say, never go to bed mad so instead, we chose to snuggle in and let the bad of the day melt away. I am so lucky that Blair is my partner in this adventure because I for sure couldn't do it with anyone else. We seem to have a constant balance between me freaking out and him calming me down and him getting overwhelmed and me reassuring him that it'll all work out how it's supposed to. That's what will make this work for us, the fact that our ups and downs usually travel opposite of each other. That, and food...because when I get hungry, watch out.
Quick recap: November consisted of a cousin's baby shower, delicious last dinner with some of our Duluth favorites, my last day at work, Blair's last day at work, special visitors bearing some of the most thoughtful and beautiful gifts local to Duluth, a wedding, Blair's birthday, time with family consisting of major baby snuggles from my 6lb peanut of a niece, and becoming South Dakota residents...*
We left my hometown yesterday afternoon and went just 2 1/2 hours south to Diamond Jo Worth Casino in hopes of avoiding the snow that was supposed to hit most of our prior route. Casinos aren't usually my jam but this one was very clean, hardly smelled of smoke, had really yummy local food, and is right across from the world's cutest rest stop where we parked for free. Unfortunately, the snow caught up to us, so this morning we busted a move to get on the road in hopes of getting ahead of it. We did eventually, but the rain that took it's place was extra annoying because we can't use our windshield wipers; my side is broken...hahaha...the bumps just keep on a-comin'!
We're rolling through Illinois now and just stopped at a little grocery store to get the makings for a good old sandwich...man it feels good to eat something we made with our own hands after a forced McDonald's stop for breakfast. Our next stop is Precision Painting RV in Indiana where we'll get some cross-bracing put in and a few other things fixed. We'll be there overnight tonight, tomorrow night, and then finally it's on our way to Nashville.
No big lessons or deep thoughts here today, just playing a little catch up.
* After doing a ton of research on this whole full-time RV'ing thing, we learned that many full-timers declare residency in SD, FL, or TX because of taxes and they offer these really great services called mail forwarding centers. We decided to go with a place called My Dakota Address because it got great reviews and is close to our sweet state of MN. We rolled into Madison, SD on Tuesday afternoon and went to meet Terri who was wonderful and very helpful. We checked-in, cruised our "new town", had dinner at a delightful little supper club called Nicky's, then soaked in the hot tub and finally off to bed. The next morning we got our documents together and headed to the DMV...that's open for 6 hours...on Tuesday...located in the the 4-H building at the local fairgrounds. They printed our new licenses right then and there (for all you Minnesotan's you know this is a very big deal) and that was it - 24 hours, a mail forwarding service as our address, $28, and we were in.