Last weekend we flew to Billings for a scouting trip. Had some time meeting the new company (at last!) and looked for a place to rent. Things went well and more of the reality of the move has set in.
Finding a rental in Billings that accepts a dog is no easy task. We finally found an apartment complex that was available for our move in date. I chose the unit that overlooked the dog play area, a nice acre or so of green grass.
We were a bit surprised to see that the majority of store and restaurant names were familiar. We knew there would be some, but not that many! It's comforting and disappointing at the same time.
The hardest thing for me was to see their Target stores. My weekly habit has been to spend Friday morning doing my grocery and other shopping at a Super Target, where I can get practically everything for 50-90% off. When I walked through the Targets in Billings, the grocery section seemed an afterthought. There are no Fresh sections with produce, fresh meats bakery or deli. I grew up going to Target, it's where I went to stock my dorm room, where we registered for our wedding and its been the best place to extreme coupon. Although maybe after I move away, the profit margin at the Monti Target will go up. But I will miss those aisles and my favorite cashiers.
We drove around Billings and some of the outlying areas. Just 20 minutes outside, there was about 1,000 acres for sale by the side of the road. It doesn't take long to be completely out of civilization. Each directions we drove out of Billings had lovely views of rolling rocky hills, river valleys, even mountains in the background. We even found snow in Red Lodge. I'm looking forward to house hunting and seeing what kind of properties are available for us.
And so we're home now, packing in earnest and getting those last projects done. D's parents are coming this week to help out, and many others have offered as well. And we have two people interested in our house, even before listing. Let's hope for a quick and easy sale.