Well friends, it’s been a little over a month since Jeremy and I moved to Westerly, RI. Since then a million little things have drawn my focus elsewhere. I thought I’d spend a little time in this blog post updating you on what’s been happening in our new home!
First, our attention has been taken with the process of looking for and purchasing a house. The day after we arrived in town we contacted someone about a month-to-month rental since we were going to start looking for a multi-family home. The plan was to live in one unit and rent out the other two. A month-to-month would give us the flexibility we needed to move out when we found the right house. The first two weeks we were looking at houses every other day, contacting lenders and tracking down all the documents we needed for pre-approval for a mortgage. Not long after starting our search, we found a multi-family unit that is in great shape and also in the perfect location. Since then it has been about a month of tracking down W2s, tax returns, and signing and returning countless documents. So, even though it’s been only a little over a month in our new apartment, I put in our 30 day notice today! If we can find the documents they now need (which I was so sure we already sent them…), we will be closing on our new house at the end of the first week of September!
Second, while tracking down all the documents we needed for our apartment and then for our house, I have been checking daily for teaching jobs in the area. All of these tasks have been complicated by the fact that we do not have internet at our apartment. It didn’t seem worth the hassle to get internet set up just to cancel it by the end of the month. So, almost every day I go to a local coffee shop or the library to use the internet to find the documents needed for the house and search for and apply to job applications. Only one real job has opened up in the area and so now I am starting to apply to substitute positions. Each district has different requirements and a different set of paperwork, so it’s a good thing I’m getting really good at paperwork! This has been a pretty discouraging process, as there is so much work that goes into each application and so far I have no job prospects for the beginning of the school year (most teachers in the area return to school next week!).
Finally, we have been getting to know the area and learning to deal with East Coast humidity. As a Seattle girl, I really don’t have a lot of experience with humidity. Our air conditioner is in storage with the rest of our stuff so I have been finding reasons to be out of the house most days! Ha! I visit local grocery stores, malls, and other air-conditioned establishments to get to know my surroundings. This weekend the humidity was so bad that we finally bit the bullet and I’m happy to report that our air-conditioner will arrive tomorrow! This will make cooking and sleeping so much more bearable.
With all those things going on, it has been pretty difficult to keep up with the blog. My internet time is taken with #1 and #2 above and though I do my best to get excited about planning and photographing outfits, the humidity makes putting on anything other than loose shorts and a tank top a miserable prospect. So, I don’t have any outfit posts for you this week. I will try really hard to put together something for you for next week. In the meantime, though the pictures are less than perfect, I want to share with you some items I’ve had my eye on for the fall.
Last week during the most miserably humid days I escaped to a few local malls. Here’s what I’m loving for fall and “back to school for teachers.”
The Limited Ashton Blouse
I am obsessed with this V-neck blouse. It comes in MANY colors and patterns and fits so beautifully! It is the perfect top to tuck in to a pencil skirt or wear untucked with skinny jeans! Last week they were on sale, and it’s possible they will be again. I will make sure to update you on my Facebook page!
When I stopped in to Target last week they were having a sale on their T-shirts and I snagged a great camo tee. Though the sale is over, these shirts are still an awesome deal. I recommend grabbing a white v-neck tee and a black and white striped tee in whatever style you like the best. These can be worn under cardigans, blanket scarves and more come fall. Stop by your local Target or try out the links below to see the great options they have for fall.
(all no longer available – 8/17)
Merona Women’s Striped Favorite Tee
Merona Women’s Favorite Vee Tee
Mossimo Women’s Patterned Boyfriend’s V-Neck Tee
Mossimo Women’s Vee T-Shirt and also here
Clearance Mossimo Women’s Vee T-Shirt
The “Women’s Favorite” cardigans are wonderful. The color range is extensive and the material is thick and comfortable. My favorites were the animal print cardigan and the polka dot cardigan. Click on the links in the widget below to see all the different color possibilities.
A Cargo jacket is a great staple for fall. This Cargo jacket is a little lighter in color than the one I own but the length is great and the elastic back makes it a comfortable and flattering fit. I found I wore my cargo jacket all the time through the fall and winter!
Since my 3 hour parking is up, I will close this week’s post. Thanks so much to all of you who hang in there with me while I go through this time of transition! I promise that I will keep the posts coming, even if they are late and even if I have to go elsewhere and use slow internet to do it. You are appreciated!