Babe and I celebrated the 4th of July in a hotel room (more on that adventure in my next post, I swear). It was his first full day off since he started this job, so we took advantage by sleeping in. This was a huge luxury for us both because even though I'm not working now, I still get up with him in the morning to make him breakfast and pack him a lunch. He works 12 hour days most of the time, so I actually enjoy my time with him each morning... I just don't enjoy the time on the clock. 5:30 is way too early for me!
We took advantage of the day by going out to eat (we both wanted cheeseburgers for the first time in forever... it was the American thing to do, after all), drinking beer, and relaxing by the pool. An afternoon storm blew through the city, cooling the temperature just enough to make it comfortable - something I don't say often about the weather down here. It was actually perfect for the fireworks, which we watched from inside my car (the ground was still too wet) as they exploded over the Mississippi River.
But... more importantly, we were able to celebrate this Independence Day by not house hunting, for pretty much the first time since coming down here. Why? Because we found a house! It's an adorable single-story brick home in a suburban-like neighborhood. We have three bedrooms, which means we have plenty of space for visitors (eh hem) and a man cave for Babe (I roll my eyes as I type that.. but whatever makes him happy). Actually, it works out quite nicely because he told me I can have the whole closet in the master bedroom to myself, and he'll just move his clothes to his man cave. Holla! We have a huge yard (complete with a trampoline, which I have every intention of using... once it's not so blazing hot outside) and plenty of storage.
After a month of living in the terrible, awful, no good, very bad apartment, we are so thankful to have this house. It's given us independence from that neighborhood and life in a hotel (although, I very much enjoyed having a pool).
Next week's adventure includes a trip home (for me) to Chicago to say our final goodbyes and pack up all our furniture. I have every intention of driving the 16 foot rental truck back to Baton Rouge in one day (like I did when I came down here last time), but Babe is skeptical. I'll be sure to keep you all updated! haha