Thursday, March 29, 2007

Oh What a Beautiful Morning!

This was the view from our balcony this morning. Minus the power lines, isn't it gorgeous? (That would be Mt. Raineer for you who are unfamiliar with Washington.)

Things are coming right along here. Yesterday we spent the entire day getting driver licenses and Joshua's car registered. It's funny to me how thing are so different from California.

1. There is no DMV. You have to go to one DOL (Department of Licensing) for your license and another DOL for your plates. They are two totally separate locations. Weird.
2. Your plates don't come in the mail, they hand them to you right there!
3. Every seven years you have to go and get new plates. I was wondering why Joshua had a stash of old plates!
4. Your drivers license has your last name first.

Some things are just the same however.

1. The DOL was just like the CA DMV in that there were only two employees and one was on the phone. Why don't they staff those places?
2. The picture on your DL makes you look tired or somehow unlike yourself.
3. You end up spending more money than you had anticipated because of the train tax or the licensing fee or whatever else they can think of.

We did have a wonderful evening with Joshua's parents. We ate at the Margarita Beach Cafe (the leftovers are making the fridge smell like tacos) and then played a few rounds of Canasta. I always seem to lose at that game, no matter who my partner is. I guess I am missing that competitive card playing streak all the Hardwicks seem to have. :)

Today Joshua is back at work and I am deep in job search. So far I have one offer, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay enough to make it worthwhile. Back to the drawing board. Does anyone want to buy a handmade scarf?


Tara said...

Don't worry, Erin. I'm sure it's only a matter of time until you have employers banging down your door. Are you looking for a teaching position at a private school or soemthing entirely different?

Erin said...

I'm gonna go with something different for now. Maybe next school year I will want to teach again, but then I have to get a WA credential ... we'll see.

Jenna Hoskinson said...

That's funny about the DMV. It's the same here in CO - one licence office and one registration office. Kind of a pain. But at least the ones here I was pretty impressed with the lines/waiting situation. They did have staff, and they actually had you take a number and sit and wait. What a concept! Oh, and they also hand you your plates right there, too. Very different. But I don't think we have to get new ones every 7 years or anything.

Rachel said...

My Colorado ID has me looking wide eyed to say the least. I will totally stand in line again to get a better picture when it expires. You never had the card playing energy that others do, but you are great at Taboo!