So the other day I was at work and realized I had been gainfully (never had any reason to use that word until now) employed for SIX WHOLE MONTHS. Then last night I was going through some photos and thought HOLY COW, so much has changed this year. Then tonight while I had a lot of thinking time on the Metro I came up with the idea of this post. The differences between living in Orem earlier this year, and living in VA now...
THEN: our "bills" was one rent check.
NOW: we have a mortgage, condo fees, internet, electricity, and gas bills.
THEN: we had 2 cars that we drove each day.
NOW: we have 1 car that we average driving 20 miles a week.
THEN: my commute was a walk to the car and a 10 minute drive.
NOW: my commute is a walk to the Metro, a wait for the Metro, a sometimes-packed ride on the Metro, and a walk to work. Usual commute is now 30 minutes.
THEN: we had neighbors downstairs with a band and neighbors upstairs that would have elephant races at 3 a.m.
NOW: we have next-door neighbors that cook foul-smelling food all day long, but have never heard from any of them.
THEN: I worked 25 hours a week in someone's home.
NOW: I work 40 hours a week at a large institution.
THEN: Marcus would sleep over every once and awhile when he was too tired to drive back to Salt Lake.
NOW: we have had 6 overnight guests so far (and everyone is welcome!)
THEN: the latest Joe and I would ever get home on a weeknight is 6pm.
NOW: we sometimes don't see each other until 9:30 pm.
THEN: I could casually shop at Costco, Walmart and Target.
NOW: shopping trips are a major event, usually reserved for the weekends.
THEN: the only furniture we owned was a TV.
NOW: we own beds, a couch, table, desks, chairs, bookcases, etc.
THEN: we had to do lots of research to plan a night out.
NOW: we could do something different and awesome every day forever and ever.
THEN: Joe's closest sibling was 27 miles away.
NOW: Joe's closest sibling is 453 miles away.
THEN: Church was at 1pm.
NOW: Church is still at 1pm...but since we live on the East Coast, we don't miss all the good football games :)
And we all know a post is no fun without pictures!
Bedroom in Utah:
Bedroom in VA before we bought:
Bedroom in VA right after move-in:
Bedroom now (minus a lamp, nightstand and curtains. I'm just too lazy to make the bed to take another photo):
Living room in Utah:
Living room in VA before we bought:
Living room in VA right after move-in:
Living room now: