Thursday, January 30
We got about 8 inches of snow Tuesday night. The Shipyard where I work was closed yesterday and today, so I've had plenty of time to enjoy this winter wonderland.
Mike drove up from Aiken on Tuesday and we've got to unload our Uhaul once the streets are safe. We're keeping all of our stuff in a storage unit until we are able to close on a house.
Tuesday, January 21
Mike and I went to my mom's house in Chesapeake for Christmas this year. He was able to take two days off work, so we had a full week of vacation.
We spent some time driving around Chesapeake and Portsmouth, scoping out potential neighborhoods for when we move. It was entirely too overwhelming. I've never thought about it before, but there are SO many places to live in any given town. Hundreds of neighborhoods - old and new. There is no way to see them all, so how do you know if you pick the right place to live? We were initially a little discouraged because the cost of living is so much higher in Virginia than in South Carolina. The area is also much larger than what we are accustomed to.
In an effort to move past this preliminary discouragement, we spent our holiday over-indulging (like we usually do), drinking beer and wine, eating desserts and hearty dinners, and trying to enjoy the last few days of calm before the storm. After New Years, I received my final job offer and the planning and packing began. The ant hill had been disturbed. Our house has been in chaos for the past two weeks. We went on our first house hunting trip. I start work in a week.
Life is crazy. Good.
Monday, January 20
In early December, I left my job. I interviewed for two positions with the Federal Government, and oddly enough, I was offered them both. One of the positions required a cross-country move to Fallon, Nevada. The other, a more local move to southern Virginia. After weighing the pros and cons of both jobs, Mike and I have decided to stay on the east coast (for now), and I start my new job on Monday. I'll be a Writer for the Department of the Navy, performing a broad range of writing projects. Today was Mike's last day with the Sheriff's department. He's giving up a career he loves so we can start a new adventure together. He's a talented and dedicated worker, so I don't doubt he'll be able to find something new when we get settled.
While I am excited about a new job with better pay, benefits, and opportunity for growth, I'm struggling with the move. Stress acne is a real thing, y'all. Packing is literally the opposite of fun. I'm fine with downsizing, but sorting through junk drawers and whittling down my clothes has really made me analyze the amount of crap I've collected over the years. I'm trying to stick to my guns, and anything that's gone unused for months in the bottom of a basket or at the back of a closet is getting trashed or donated. We have yet to tackle the shed and I'm losing hair over it.
I know it's not really that big of a deal but I've had to make lists to prevent myself from getting overwhelmed. When I sit down and think about all the small annoying tasks that have yet to be done, that's when I really start melting down. It's silly. Worrying about it all. Things will happen.
We started the house hunting process and it's the worst. The budget. Trying to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Worrying about someone swooping in and stealing a property from underneath us. We'll be staying with my mom until we are able to close on a house.
But anyway, that is what's going on. We're moving.
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Wednesday, January 8
The weather is literally all anyone in my Facebook newsfeed is talking about. In South Carolina, temperatures in the teens are virtually unheard of, so yes, it's pretty cold. I can't imagine living somewhere like Chicago (or Canada), where it's been steadily double digits below freezing for several days.
I do prefer cold weather to hot weather, so a chillier than average winter is fine with me. That being said, it's supposed to be in the 70s on Saturday. This morning I went outside to take some pictures of the frost on my car. I may not see ice crystals for a while!