I had to take a bit of a hiatus from blogging for our big move across state lines. I made the ridiculous, but necessary, choice to sell my condo and close on the new house on the same day in two different states, so coordinating the financials, moving everything out and actually getting to the new house with a baby and two cats was crazy times. Really crazy and exhausting and sweaty times, especially in the summer in the South, and I’m soooo glad to have all of that behind me!
The Epic Drive
For as many hiccups as could have happened, both closings went very smoothly. It helped that I had the best buyer in the world, and I had a very helpful, no BS real estate agent and a very affable loan officer on the purchasing end. Getting all of my stuff out of the condo was another story. You never know how much stuff you actually have until you start packing it all up, and it took me the better half of a month to do it all. Even then, we were rushing out the door packing and cleaning at the last minute. So stressful, and I ended up with thousands of mosquito bites from cleaning up the porch before we left.
My mother flew out to make the drive with me, the baby, and the cats from North Carolina to Tennessee, and it was an epic trip that left my car smelling a bit like cat piss, which has since been cleaned thankfully. Keeping a one year old happy for 8 hours in a car has its own challenges, so we split the trip into two days, and I put my mom in the back to keep the baby fed and entertained. Cats in a hotel room are a bit of a logistical nightmare as well, but the cats actually loved the hotel room and turned it into their own personal jungle gym. It did not end up being as bad as the worst-case scenarios that I had thought up before the ride. Still don’t really want to do that ever again either.
Now That We’ve Arrived
Moving from a condo into a house with twice the square footage and a huge yard has turned me into a much happier person, I have to say. We’ve been here for about a week and half, and I have been exploring the area, gardening, adding our own touches to the house, and really just loving all of the space for the baby to work on traveling upright. We unpacked pretty quickly, and now I’m just trying to attempt to organize everything. We’re also working on the mother-in-law suite in the basement so that a set of grandparents can move in next month. Oh yes, freedom also comes with our new housing arrangement! I couldn’t be happier for myself. The cats also love the new space.
I’ve also been working the whole time and have finally gotten a week off this past week to take care of all the things you have to do when you move to a new place. I’m lucky that my job gives me the luxury to live anywhere, and Nashville provides far more opportunities for the boyfriend as well, so in a way, this is all too good to be true. I’ll take it!