The big news? Danny got a wonderful job as a Project Engineer in Richland, Washington. It's with Barnhart Crane and Rigging, the company you call if you need a nuclear reactor moved. And yes, there are nuclear reactors in Richland. Hence the job placement.
It wasn't what we expected, though. Danny's been pursued by this company for several months now, for the last bit of it we were looking at a move to Memphis, Tennessee, where the company is headquartered. It was all Memphis, Memphis, Memphis, we love you in Memphis, until we got the offer letter for...Richland. Which was a surprise, but a good one.
Things I like about Richland/Tri-Cities:
1. It's still in the Pacific Northwest. No gigantic culture or time-zone changes.
2. It's within driving distance for family. This has the parents kicking up their heels like it's 1999.
3. The weather is dryer (it's the desert side of Washington), so I won't be as susceptible to barometric-pressure-caused headaches and creakiness of the knees.
4. Nearness of Tillamook Cheese.
5. Nearness of Oregon Chai.
6. Nearness of Odwalla Juice.
7. Availability of Topography (I don't do flat. I equate flat with post-apocalyptic.)
8. The Columbia river flows nearby. I like that river.
We will still be in Memphis, Tennessee for 4-6 months while Danny does the mandatory company engineer training, where he'll get to learn to weld and do all sorts of fun man activities.
I, on the other hand, will be writing a book.
Likely at Panera.
The story about the photo above? Not knowing when/if we would be leaving, I went out and took pictures of some of my favorite trees near our apartment complex a couple weeks ago. This shot was my absolute favorite :-)