This weekend Nick and I took our first road trip together to Kirksville. Last week I got a call from ATSU officially offering me a seat in the upcoming class, so I will be starting school in less than four months! The news was very exciting for us, but now we have a lot of things to do! The first thing on our agenda was to find an apartment, thus the trip to Kirksville.
We decided to camp out for the weekend. Right next to Kirksville is Thousand Hills State Park. We drove up Friday night and pitched our tent just as the sun went down. It was a pretty cold night, but we’re tough campers. 🙂 The next day we had set up several appointments to meet with realtors and look at apartments. We looked at five apartments in the morning with two different realtors. We had some specifications for what we wanted (2 bedrooms, washer/dryer, close to campus, and cheap rent!). None of the apartments quite had everything we wanted.
We went to Pagliai’s Pizza for lunch – home of the Ronza. Yes, I said RONZA. It is essentially a calzone, and it is NOT as good as the Nebraskan Runza. Nice try, Kirksville.
We got some coffee and spent some time walking around the town square. I took Nick to ATSU to show him my school. We went inside and looked around at the museum.
We had one more appointment in the afternoon to look at an apartment. I had high hopes that this would be our dream apartment. Luckily, we showed up and it looked really nice from the outside. Nick kept telling me, don’t get too excited yet, we don’t know what the inside looks like. Turns out the inside is even nicer than the outside. The apartment is only about five years old, so all the appliances and carpeting are new. It has two bedrooms, it’s fairly close to campus, AND it has a washer/dryer. The best part was, the rent was even cheaper than the other apartments! We were so excited we wrote a check for the deposit on the spot. We officially have a place to live!
We went back to our campsite and took a nice walk around the lake. Then Nick built us a fire, and we sat around the campfire until bedtime. We had such a wonderful weekend, and we have one less thing to worry about!