I have become an expert at packing up and moving, and in five days my skills will be put to use again.
Jesse, my husband and also the Daily Globe photographer, received a job offer from the Grand Forks, N.D., paper to be one of its photojournalists.
On Nov. 24, we will pack up and move north. This will be the fifth time we’ve moved in the two years we have been married. I’ve figured out that we move, on average, every six-and-a-half months.
I have a wandering soul. I like moving to new places, meeting new people and experiencing things I wouldn’t if I stayed put, and there are still a few places I’d like to check off my list before we settle down and make a permanent “home.”
So instead of making this blog a sappy goodbye story, I figured I’d list all the wonderful things I got to do and try here that can’t be duplicated anywhere else.
- Mexican food — Though you can find Mexican food in almost any city, it goes without saying that there are a lot of Mexican restaurant options in this town. Mexican food is one of my absolute favorites, so to have the options was a big treat to me. I loved how authentic it is in Worthington, versus chain restaurants you find in other towns.
- Covering city council — Call me crazy, but I enjoyed covering the city beat. I’ve learned a lot of things I didn’t know my mind could understand. If you had told me a year ago that I’d understand what a TIF is, I’d have laughed in your face. I would have rolled my eyes at the thought of actually understanding what was being discussed at any city council meeting. Luckily, the city staff was always willing to help me when I had questions. If any city staff reads this, thank you for all your help! This rookie reporter still has a lot to learn.
- Lake Okabena — I’ve always wanted to live in a town that was on a lake. Jesse and I had a blast walking Nora, our dog, down to the lake shore and playing fetch in the lake. We loved our bicycle rides around Lake Okabena and enjoying the variety of parks around the lake.
- Wind — It’s windy here! I didn’t believe that there could be a windier place than Fargo, N.D. (where I moved here from), but Worthington proved me wrong. I might not miss the wind here, but I will miss driving by all the wind turbines. It was a nice switch coming from oil country to a place that focused on clean energy.
- King Turkey Day — What a strange town celebration. And this is coming from the girl from Olivia, which celebrates Corn Capital Days. Either way, the celebration is a novelty that can only be found in Worthington… Well, and Cuero, Texas. I got to cover the turkey race, and although I’m terrified of birds, I faced my fears and was able to capture the emotion of the event. Go Paycheck!
- Regatta — This might have been the coolest event I’ve ever gotten to be a part of. Not only was it like watching a painting come to life on the lake with all the colored sails, I also got to learn how to windsurf. Oh, and the food! The best cheese curds I’ve ever eaten were sold right here in Worthington during the Regatta.
Last but not least…
- The people — The community of Worthington welcomed me and Jesse with open arms, always interested in how we got here and how we liked it. I’ve met some really fun people with some great stories. I will miss this town immensely.
Jesse and I are already planning on visiting once we move. So let’s not say goodbye.
See you later, Worthington!