Adventures in moving cross country- Volume 6 : Exploring the Neighborhood
We'd visited Michigan a few times, but always during the summer. I fell in love with the thunder storms, lightening bugs and lush greenery. James always said that we weren't allowed to move there until I had visited during the harsh winter- so this trip was a great opportunity to check that box.
So we set about exploring the awesome things about Michigan, like furniture stores! Seriously though, Grand Rapids, MI was at one point considered "The Furniture Capital of the World"! Sure, there are IKEAs everywhere, but there's a place called Design Quest, a Danish furniture store that was full of amazing pieces that were definitely outside of any budget we will have in the near future.
Much time was also spent visiting the various Meijers around Grand Rapids and Lansing, because it's just a wonderful place. It's a grocery department store not unlike a Kroger's or Fred Meyer's (for the Oregon peeps) and for me, it brings a similar joy that Target brings. Meijer is a Michigan original and is credited with pioneering this kind of super-center store. In summers past, we have even visited the Meijer gardens, where Jerome met Fred Meijer shortly before his death. One of the things I love about going to Meijer is the great specialty food sections. You can find all the Dutch licorice you could ever want there.
Most of my time was spent freaking out about the snow to whoever would listen. Examples of my normal conversations during my stay: "OH MY GAWD!!! IT'S THE KIND OF SNOW THAT'S LIKE GLITTER FALLING FROM THE SKY!!!" and "LOOK, IT'S PICKING UP!!! THE FLAKES ARE SO FLUFFY!!!!" and "THE ICICLES ARE SOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!! SURE THEY COULD KILL US ALL, BUT THEY'RE MAGICAL!!!" and "IT'S STIIIIILLLLL SNOWING!!!!" The locals put up with me, but were very clear that this beautiful white peacefulness was not the majority of the winter. Apparently after awhile, it turns all dirty, gray, gross and slushy. Obviously Michigan was trying to show off and be all pretty for me during my stay, not that it had to try and impress me or anything.
Needless to say, the 4 days I spent in the "harsh Michigan winter" did not dampen my excitement to move there in any way.