Friday, August 04, 2006

California Report

Well, Tom and I have just about settled into our tiny little apartment. We got to LA on Tuesday and our stuff got here on Wednesday so we have everything IN the apartment, but not everything has a home yet.

So far we are really liking Westwood. Just about everything is within walking distance (various shops, reataurants, grocery stores, and Best Buy). The traffic (so far) hasn't been too bad and we have yet to meet any of our neighbors. Our windows overlook the intersection of two streets so there is frequent honking, lots of loud music, and plenty of interesting conversations that drift in through the window. Though our main room is quite small, our kitchen and bathroom are infinitely better than our last place so I guess we can't complain too much. We did have to give up our small couch and hopes of getting a bookshelf, but other than that our furniture fits perfectly within the room. Right now we have about 90% of our things unloaded and hope to get the rest finished up this weekend. Once we have found a place for everything, I promise to post some pictures.

So far I have had three job interviews. Two of them were for one job (the first was just a screening interview and the lady who screened me has actually hired me to tutor her son in math on Saturdays). That job is literally across the street from the ocean and involves setting up long term health plans for large businesses. The pay is ok, but it is a little further than I was hoping to commute. The second job is working for UCLA scanning medical records into a database. While it sounds less interesting, it does pay (quite a bit) more and it is only three blocks from our apartment. I won't find out about either of those until sometime next week and have been applying other places in the meantime.

Other than that we have been filling our time setting up our utilities, internet, and applying for student loans. We attended our UCLA ward last Sunday and REALLY liked it. Our chapel is behind the temple and is old and beautiful. Most of the students who are currently in the ward are in law or dental school, so Tom has already made some friends with his classmates. He starts school two weeks from today so we have a little while to recover from the move before his classes begin . . .

5 comments:

Mom & Eric said...

We're glad you are getting settled. We know this move has been long anticipated. We hope all goes well with the job search. We know you'll find one that you feel good about. We love and miss you!

Randy Taylor said...

I'm glad things are going well. And I hope you found the dining chairs you were looking for. I'll be excited to see the pics. Oh, and you have Tom near a Best Buy? I'm thinking that is a dangerous combination!

Love you both!

tazjt said...

Sounds like ya'll are settling in..... Hope you're able to find some fans soon - or that the temperatures will drop so that it isn't so hot!

Good luck with the job search!

Love ya'll.....

Robyn said...

I agree - best buy and student loan are not good words to put in the same paragraph. Great that you love your ward. looking forward to pictures...of everything - how long is your commute to ocean?

Anonymous said...

This is Denise posting on Saturday night. We are going to try and get down to visit you guys on Tuesday afternoon/evening and possible do a temple session at the same time. I'll call you tomorrow.