I got the call yesterday afternoon: I've officially been offered that job in Michigan, and because B's bosses are kind enough to let him work from home, we'll be moving to Marquette at the end of the summer. Or sometime this summer or fall. Whenever (if? please, not "if") we sell the house.
We are infinitely sad, of course, to be leaving Iowa City and the wonderful friends we've made here, our finally repaired adorable little house, and Prairie Lights. But when I applied to the Workshop in 2000, it was because I hated my lousy dysfunctional office job and decided I wanted to teach. Now that's a reality, so it's time.
For those of you who don't know where Marquette is: Turn on the Weather Channel. If it's snowing somewhere in the Lower 48, chances are that's Marquette. (And no, I am not teaching at Marquette University. That is in Milwaukee. Marquette, Mich., is the home of Northern Michigan U.)
Here are some interesting facts about our new town:
1. It is the second-snowiest city in America.
2. It is the fourth-coldest city in America.
3. It has population of 20,000 and is sometimes referred to as the "Queen City of the North."
4. It's major industries are iron ore shipping on Lake Superior, education (moi) and a Level I prison.
5. Despite all this, it is oddly beautiful:
6. The Upper Peninsula is home to moose, black bears, wolves, and enough deer to rearrange the hood of every car in Iowa, so I will be keeping the cats inside.
For the record, no, I will not be taking up snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, or dogsledding, all of which are very popular activities in the Upper Peninsula. But I will be keeping this blog, and updating on our adventures in a new place. Join us, won't you? For the further adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Can't Stay in One Place for Long.