How goes it in Idaho?; and other things

This is just a post to update all on how things are going out here in Idaho.

Basically I’ve been passing the time scouring the web and applying for jobs.

Yeah, I still do not have a job yet. Everyone’s saying “Give yourself time, give yourself time.” “You’ve only been there two weeks.” Yeah, two weeks. I think I have the job market in this particular city pretty much entirely applied for, whether it be in sales or administrative or, god forbid, food services. I have heard back from a couple places, but, obviously, they were ‘thanks but no thanks’ e-mails. Red Lobster sort of really ticked me off – not more than five minutes after I completed my application, I got the ‘thanks but no thanks’ e-mail. It’s like, ‘Did they even read it?!?’ But oh well. Maybe next week, something will happen. Here’s hoping. I don’t want to sound desperate, but I really do need a job, and soon.

I’ve been out and about in the meantime, though not going very far. I’ve taken a couple walks, only for about half an hour or so. It’s nice here, very nice. The weather is very similar to Gardnerville, in that it is high desert plains. So there’s heat but no humidity, and at night it gets as low as 40 degrees. Good thing I brought my blankets, and all my jeans. Just the other day, we experienced a rather heavy rainstorm for all of about 20 minutes, complete with thunder and lightning, and the power went out for about an hour as a result of that storm. I wanted to go out and dance in the rain, but I didn’t. Wish I had. The local weatherman called it a ‘severe storm,’ and I entirely disagreed with him; that was just a little storm, nowhere near severe.

It’s nice to be here with Dad. We’ve got a couple weekend trips already planned. We might be going to see my uncle Paul down in Utah one weekend. Another weekend, we’re going to see the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. And I might, might, be going to my very first concert ever, in October, because a progressive band named Bent Knee is coming to Salt Lake City, and Dad it a huge fan of theirs. And then, of course, there’s always NFL football to watch on Sundays. No, I’ve already been informed that, if there is a Green Bay Packer game on that isn’t going to be locally shown (long story), we will be going to the local Buffalo Wild Wings to have drinks and appetizers and to watch the entire Packer game. And that, actually, honestly, sounds like fun. It’s been a while since I watched the Packers – the only Packer player I’m familiar with is the quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

And next up is more driving practice, and eventually getting my driver’s license. I hope to do that here, in Idaho. In fact, while I was on the Greyhound bus heading here two weeks ago, I sent an e-mail to a local driving instruction school, asking if they would be able to help me with a ‘refresher’ type course. I heard back from them, and they would be more than happy to help. So. That’s on the horizon. Apparently, the city I am currently in uses the exact same route for each and every driving test they issue. So the driving instructor I spoke to said she would be able to let me drive that route during our future lessons, so that way, when it came time for me to take the actual test, I’d be comfortable with the route. That’s pretty cool.

So. That’s what’s going down here in Idaho at the present time.

And now just a couple other things.

I miss Johnny. I miss him so much. I just….I do. I really do miss him, so very much. I feel empty, and lonely without him near. But we’ve been talking and texting, so, you know, that’s good.

My future plans are as follows:

~ Upon mid-December, I will have decided as to whether or not to 1) stay here in Idaho; 2) move back to Iowa; or 3) move back to Henderson, NV. Everything within my being is saying to move back to Henderson, so that is my tentative plan. Finances will tell.

~ No matter where I end up, I intend to enroll in school again, to try for a degree in counseling. I’ve been looking mainly at schools in the Henderson area, specifically Nevada State College and the College of Southern Nevada. Both of them offer psychology and/or counseling programs. College of Southern Nevada, though, also has a bonus of a creative writing program as well; didn’t see such a course offered at Nevada State. So. That might play a role in my decision. But wherever I end up, I want to try for counseling.

~ Enrolling in school might be helpful when it comes time to finding a place to live. Most likely, it’d be an apartment. I am thinking of either a studio apartment or just a one-bedroom apartment. Depends.

So. That’s what all is going down, both in the present and in the future.

I’ll try to do better next post.


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