I never thought I would live in California, but here I am and here I will be for at least four more years! I keep saying it’s a good thing Jesse got such a late notice because I never got a chance to over think anything; I never got to stress about actually living in California and what that might entail.
Having lived in Idaho for several years, I’m definitely used to the small town environment now. The town of Loma Linda itself is relatively small, but it is surrounded by large counties and large California freeways! I think the driving will take the most getting used too… Along with the year around warm weather. I’m a Seattle-girl who just moved to a place where it doesn’t get much below the low-60’s in the “winter” and gets over 100* in the summer. YIKES!
Ooh, there’s also earthquakes, flash floods and black widow spiders. These are a few of my least favorite things. [the flash flood has been in the Seattle news with pictures and stories of how bad it was down here]
Above: Avocado tree
Below: Funky shaped avocados on our tree
But besides all those things – I think California will be a fun place to live for the next four years. I’m looking forward to all the things I can do year around now, like drink iced tea, have flowers and a garden, and have a tan! We have a huge avocado tree in our backyard so I’m super excited about having a supply of avocados! I was really bummed when I found out there used to be a really nice lemon tree on the side of our house but it was taken down when no one was living here. BUT to make up for it, there’s a beautiful lime tree in the parking lot next door and if I walk around campus I can find an assortment of grapefruit trees and orange trees. Basically there’s lots that I can grow here and I’m very excited about that.
Speaking of gardens: My house used to be known as the “flower house” because of the family who lived here for 30 years before us. The house was surrounded by flowers, shrubs and fruit trees and changed with the seasons. I’m glad they took most of those things down because that would have been too much for me, but I’m definitely going to be putting in a small garden of my own. Any suggestions on flowers or vegetables/fruits to grow??
We live across the street from the Loma Linda Hospital which is convenient for Jesse but also keeps me entertained. The Life Flight Helicopters fly over top of our house and then land on the pad across the street – so anytime I hear one coming I always watch it land. Plus, there are numerous sirens driving by at all times of the day and night.
A HUGE bonus for coming to school here, which I’m sure would have been the same at any other medical school, is that Jesse gets a free membership to the Drayson Center (school gym) and the spouse does as well!! HIP HIP HOORAY. It will definitely be a great way for Jesse to relieve any stress that comes with medical school. and a great way for me to keep off all the calories I consume with my blog. :)
Jesse is ready for school to start! Our first event is tonight, a BBQ for all first year students and their spouses! I’m excited to finally meet other fellow students and spouses. Then tomorrow morning at 7:45am Jesse begins Orientation followed by the White-Coat Ceremony tomorrow evening – This is where it will all begin!
It’s going to be an adventurous year for sure! We’re thankful to have such a great support system from both sides of the family and we look forward to the long road ahead.