Where will S&T be next year?

At the end of my last post I mentioned that at this time next year we will not be in Orlando. Well, there are two options as to where we will be.

1. Charlotte, NC

Siemens has a manufacturing plant in Charlotte and will be moving the majority of the Orlando engineers there in order to consolidate their processes. There isn’t a definite time line for the move yet, seeing as how construction hasn’t even started on the engineering building. We could stay in Orlando, but if Stephen wants to have any kind of advancement in his career, we’ll be going to Charlotte. I’m excited about the possibility of Charlotte for a couple reasons. UNC-Charlotte has an architecture program, should I feel the urge to go earn my Master’s. Also, North Carolina has seasons. I like seasons. Fall seems to have arrived in Texas, but there is no sign of a change here in Florida. We were talking to some friends from church, and around November it will get cool, and then winter will start in January. How’s this: right now it is 93 in Orlando. Charlotte: 69. That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

2. Berlin, Germany

Siemens is a German company, headquartered in Berlin. Until Stephen meets with his managers in a couple weeks, we won’t really have a good idea of how possible a term in Berlin is. Fingers crossed though!

Where in the World are Stephen and Tori?

I hope you read the title to the tune of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” Well, let me tell you! Where we are,  not where Carmen is.

Over Labor Day weekend we were in Arizona! My cousin was getting married on Sunday in Scottsdale, so we flew into Phoenix on Thursday night. I was excited to show Stephen my birth-city and -state! Friday we drove around Phx a little before heading up to the Grand Canyon.

This was where I attended kindergarden and 1st grade!

This is where I lived the first 7 years of my life.

Stephen had never seen the Grand Canyon. (I’ve been there a few times.) We got there around 2, had lunch that we had picked up in Flagstaff, then made our way to the head of the Bright Angel Trail. Our goal was the Mile-and-a-half Resthouse. S was ready to go farther, but I was not mentally or physically prepared for that. (I was longing for my hiking boots as it was.) The hike down was beautiful, I don’t think I even broke a sweat. The temperature at the Resthouse? A lovely 76 degrees. Glorious. Early morning or late afternoon is the best time to hike the GC, because you are in shadow most of the way. The hike back up was not quite as easy. Lets just say it’s been a while since my Philmont days. There are some large steps and drops in several places on the trail, and we were amused to discover the next day that Stephen’s shoulder was sore from pulling me up the ones that were to big for my little Tori legs. Who needs a hiking stick when you have a Stephen?

After we got back to the top, we had some of the best ice cream I have ever eaten.

Rather than driving all the way back to Phx that night, we had made plans to crash at my cousin’s house in Flagstaff. Thanks again Nathan and Ashley!

The next day (Saturday now) we took the scenic route back to Phx though Sedona. We made a short jaunt to see Montezuma’s Castle, and finally met up with my family at a friend’s house in Phx!

Sunday was Kristen and Ryan’s wedding at the beautiful Troon North Golf Course.

Yay! Check out my facebook album for pictures of our trip!

Where else besides Arizona are we? Right now we are in Orlando, but a couple days ago S was in Akron meeting with a vendor. It was just for one night, and I actually slept really well all alone in our big bed…not that I don’t usually. Like I said, right now we are in Orlando, but this time next year, who knows where we will be?! One thing we are certain of, it won’t be Orlando. But more on that later.

Before we head to AZ for the weekend

I wanted to share a furniture makeover I finally finished! Our good friend Sandy Waley gave us a desk/drawers that fits perfectly in our entry way. (Thanks Ms. Sandy!) Because I don’t have much else to do, I decided to paint it. Here is the before:

And after!

I’m very happy with how it turned out. I like how all the silver accents work together. Paint and drawer pulls courtesy of Home Depot. I love that place…

Time to head out now! We’re flying into Phoenix, driving to the Grand Canyon on Friday, spending Friday night in Flagstaff at my cousin’s place (thanks Nathan!), heading back to Phx on Saturday (hitting Sedona and Montezuma’s Castle on the way), Kristen and Ryan’s wedding on Sunday, then back home on Monday! Phew!