To make a long and upsetting story short, Karl and I were no longer able to stay at his dad's house as of a couple days ago. He wanted us to put Willow to sleep if we wanted to continue staying at his house. Those of you that know Karl and I know that Willow is basically our entire life and we couldn't possibly get rid of such a loving pet. Willow is basically my shoulder to cry on every time I'm upset or homesick, so I couldn't possibly imagine handing this move without her.
No sooner were the words out of his dad's mouth when we both said we wouldn't be coming back that night. We headed out to take care of a few errands and came back a few hours later to pack some overnight bags. We didn't want to waste any money, so we planned to camp for the night. We headed down the Palmer Hay Flats, which is basically a parking lot for the hunting trails. Camping is permitted, however, so we thought it was a good choice. Because it wasn't an actual campground, we decided against setting up the tent and instead set up our sleeping bags in the back of my car. In hindsight, this was a really bad idea for my emotional health. Waking up the back of my car made me feel like I was truly homeless and made me want to crawl back in my sleeping bag and cry.
We decided to get a hotel last night so we could get showers and use the free wifi to crank out some serious job applications. We both felt like we'd applied for just about every job we were qualified for and went to bed hoping that today would be a day of phone calls. We were pretty successful and Karl has interviews on Thursday and Friday, and I have two on Friday. I am so hopeful that of these four interviews we'll walk away with at least one job offer!
I'm also feeling a lot better about the potential living situation. We are housesitting for a cousin of Karl's for about ten days starting next week, and have two low cost options for afterward. We are meeting a guy about a one room cabin available on a month to month basis tomorrow night, and have also located a hotel with a VERY reasonable monthly rate. These are both options we could afford with the part time job I'm 99% sure I've secured, and would only require us to dip into our savings a bit.
For now, we're staying in the hotel again so we can be pretty for our job interviews. We'll likely camp over Labor Day weekend, because hotel rates are likely to be a bit more expensive and even a cheap nightly rate tends to add up! I've learned my lesson though, and we'll be staying at a campground with a fire pit and we will be purchasing hot dogs and the fixings for s'mores!
I'm sorry I don't have any pictures to add - we had amazing views at the Hay Flats and this hotel is directly on the lake, but I haven't been in the mood to even take my camera out for the last few days. Thank you for reading my sob story, and thank you for your well wishes! I'm convinced that your prayers are what have made things start looking up!