Over the past few days I've been in Rexburg, ID to inspect a dam. The dam site is a beautiful site close to the western boundary of Yellowstone and the weather was perfect for the inspection which always makes things go more smoothly. I had my first experience of telling a stranger that we are adopting. Two engineers from other offices are about my age and I rode to the site with them. Naturally baby talk started since the guy has a baby on the way (his wife let him leave for a few days even though she was 2cm dilated! Holy cow.) and the woman has a 3 year-old. When asked about my situation I blew them off with a "not yet" statement but later in the day I got a more pointed question from the woman so I relented with the adoption news. It was surprisingly easy even though I was a little hesitant because I don't know how people will react. She did really well, in fact I'm wondering if she knows people who have adopted because I could tell she was choosing her words carefully. btw, I find it hilarious that I 'grade' people on their reactions to my news. *sigh* I have a long way to go.
Rexburg is an interesting little town. It's super conservative and BYU-Idaho is located there although I don't think the school has been there too long considering the amount of construction I saw. The only place to get an alcoholic beverage is at the Applebees which is conveniently located outside of the town limits so they don't have to follow the "no alcohol" rule.
Historically this town is important because when Teton Dam failed in 1976 killing 11 people, the town was destroyed. I visited the site yesterday before heading out and it was an eye-opener to say the least. It's always a good idea to remind yourself of the power of water and eerie to see the spillway structures, drive down the boat ramp and see the piece of the dam still standing.
I got home yesterday to NO KITCHEN! I'm already sick of eating out and so is my waistline so I hope we're only down for about a week as promised. Actually, I'm looking forward to having the excuse to check out some restaurants we haven't been to yet. Got to bust out of our restaurant-rut. :-)