Five weeks ago, I wrote the my very first post here. I tried to explain what “Getting Ready to Go” means for this little blog. I talked about walks and guest posts and said, “Were we to move, it would show what preparing for that looks like.”
I admit, when I wrote that, I was thinking about our lease being up in April 2016. Not moving across the country in August 2015. Yet, the move I’ll be writing about for the next two months or so is that second one. Bill, the dogs, and I are moving to Portland, Oregon (PDX).
It’s been seven and a half years since I moved across the country. Last time I did, my goal was to fit everything I owned into a cargo van. I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on a truck rental, nor did I have much driving skill. I had to leave my cat in the care of a man who loved her to pieces, my ex-husband Ryan. It was winter, and I was coming here to Chicago.
This move, in most ways, couldn’t be more different. Coming here, I knew exactly what my goal was. Going there, I’m following Bill. I get to keep my beloved pets. The weather’s far better; both for the drive and the living. We’ll have movers.
But there’s ways that it’s the same, and I laugh at how much those are in the getting ready to go. We’ll have movers, but we still want to go through and make sure not to have them haul things we don’t want or need across the country. There’s food to be eaten, given away, shared. Friends to connect with, and more.
And this time, I get to document it and share with you guys. Thanks.