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Friday, June 15, 2012

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You may have noticed that it's been a while since I talked about one of my favorite topics, marriage. It's not because things are bad between Mike and me -- in fact, they're amazingly awesome right now. It's that during the past few weeks our lives have been CONSUMED with job hunting.

If you've been reading this blog for some time you know that Mike and I have wanted to move out to the West Coast eventually. So when Mike decided about a month ago that he was ready to find a new job, we figured he might as well apply out there.

As of this week, it's official: He has a new job!

I haven't decided yet how much I want to share about where we'll be living, but suffice it to say it's not where we thought we'd end up, but we will be near family and friends, and financially it is a fantastic move for us.

The downside is that the job starts mid-July, so we have a very short period of time to pack up and get ourselves out there. We're also going on vacation with Mike's mom next week, which will be great but will compress our moving prep time even more.

Between vacation, wrapping up things at work, trying to find a new job myself, and packing like mad, I can't promise a very regular blogging schedule for the next few weeks. I do have quite a few people (supposedly) working on What Marriage Means to Me posts, so I hope I'll at least be able to get those up.

One of the things I'm grateful for about Mike is that he took my advice seriously during his job search process. In the past, my eternally optimistic husband might have gone in with the attitude, "I'm sure it will all work out fine," but this time he let me coach him on interview responses and took my advice about doing a massive amount of research on the place he was interviewing at. I'm so proud of him for how hard it worked, and I'm so happy it paid off!

Both of us have also had our faith in God strengthened by this entire process because we both kept getting sign after sign after sign that we were on the right track, to such an absurd extent that it might have even hurt my faith in God had this not culminated in a job offer. It's crystal clear to both of us that where we're going is exactly where we need to be.

We will be making a 5-day trek across the country in early July, which (thanks to Mike having an abundance of cousins) will allow us to see friends and family along the way and only have to stay one night in a hotel. I may live-tweet the experience -- we'll see :) Goodness knows I will need some entertainment and encouragement with back-to-back 8-hour days in a moving truck.

So that's my big news! If you'd like to leave any moving tips in the comments, I would certainly appreciate it!

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  1. How exciting!!!!! In some ways, it's probably better that you have less time thanks to your holiday - I know that I'd spend the extra time repeatedly wondering if it was the right decision, and then packing and unpacking stuff a hundred times!

    You'd think after moving as much as I have that I'd have tips. But all I can think of right now is to set up a bunch of roadtrip playlists and to get hold of one of those doohickeys that lets you play your iPod through the radio. Because moving vans tend to not have CD players or auxiliary ports...

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    1. Thankfully our moving truck will have a CD player, so I think we'll have to get a couple of books on CD for the trip. Mike had one of those iTrip things when we were in college, but it didn't work very well -- I think it was a knock-off version -- so I think he got rid of it at some point. Hopefully we will be good with books and the radio :)

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  2. Yay! Yay for cross country moves! My biggest advice as someone who's done it before is pack one or two "essential boxes" In these boxes, I put everything that I was going to need right away as soon as I moved in to my apartment. A couple super comfy outfits, a pot and a pan, my blankets, a radio, my favorite show on DVD, things like that. That way I didn't have to run around like a crazy woman trying to find what I *needed* for those first days or felt like I was in silence. It was right there. Then I felt like I was able to unpack more or less at my leisure since what the essentials were already at my fingertips. I'm pretty sure that it helped to reduce my stress that first little bit.

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    1. That's great advice! Thank you! That reminds me from past moving experiences that it's important to have scissors readily accessible when you arrive, or you will have to rip open a lot of boxes by hand...

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  3. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's so exciting!!!!! I'm a bit jealous if you don't mind my saying so. ;) Except, now when I come up North I won't be able to visit you. :( Oh well - just an excuse for me to go to the West Coast for my next vacation, right? Right.

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    1. Totally! Now there will be two #vagchill girls in the Pacific Northwest, so we will have to finally have that gathering we were planning :)

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  4. I've been waiting for this post!! :) So happy for you guys, and I believe you are right, you're headed exactly where you need to be going. You know I wish you all the best!
    Missy

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate that you let me vent all my worries to you before we knew if he'd gotten it or not. Definitely one of the worst parts of moving is that we will no longer be a 2-hour drive from you guys! :( I'm sure we will be back to visit, though, especially before my parents move.

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  5. I have no moving tips, but congratulations on the new job!

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    1. Thank you! Now I just need to find one and we will be all set :)

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  6. Congratulations! It sounds very exciting. I hope the move goes well, and that you settle into your new home quickly :)

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    1. Thanks! We are giving ourselves a few days to get settled before Mike has to start work, so hopefully that will help!

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  7. Congratulations! This is super exciting!

    As for cross country trip moves, I agree with Alice. Most definitely pack a couple boxes of essentials, stuff you're going to want right away and keep those close at hand so you're not scrambling through boxes trying to find that one thing that you really need when you first move in.

    Also, cross-country road trips can be exhausting and while it may make your trip 5 days instead of 6, it can be helpful and relieve a lot of stress if you pick a couple of things you'll be driving past that you want to see. For example, when we moved cross-country, we stopped at Mt. Rushmore and a few other places to give us kids a chance to get out of the car and move around. Definitely helpful!

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    1. That's why I'm so happy Mike figured out how to make our trip include visits to friends and family. It went from being "Uggh what a long drive" to "Hey! Road trip to see awesome people!" I'm not a big sightseer but I do love visiting friends and family, so that will be a big plus. We actually could have done it in 4 days, but this will be more manageable and give us a shorter last day of driving.

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  8. Congratulations! We had so much fun on our move out here. We stretched it out a bit and really enjoyed it.

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    1. I am hoping ours will be fun too! I am nervous about driving a moving truck (and I don't believe Mike for a minute when he says he can do all the driving), but aside from that I think it could be fun -- we're going to bring the video camera and document the experience for our future kids :)

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  9. How exciting! Good luck with your move!

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  10. Congratulations!

    The other Alice already gave the main advice I was going to (set aside a few 'essentials' boxes to pack up last and unpack first, and be sure to include things like scissors, a flashlight, and other unpacking 'tools').

    Other advice:
    - consider getting a cheapie hotel for your last night, or treat your last night as 'camping', with only an air mattress, bare essentials, etc. (I was tempted to pack my bed up last once, since I had no air mattress and didn't want to sleep on the floor. Never again.)
    - depending on your amount of stuff, consider buying boxes new from Uhaul or some other place - if you have a lot of books or other things that will need to be boxed up, packing a truck is WAY easier if your boxes are all of modular sizes, as opposed to a mishmash of free boxes from all over.

    Good luck!

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    1. Thank you for the tips, and it turns out we are unintentionally following them! :) We are getting rid of most of our furniture before the move, so we will be sleeping on an air mattress for several nights and then throwing it in the truck. We're loading up the truck the night before, so I'm pretty sure we will just have the air mattress and our suitcases for the trip at that point!

      Unbeknownst to me, Mike has been stockpiling boxes at the restaurant for a while now instead of throwing them away/recycling them once they take the food out. They are mostly a few consistent sizes; e.g., he just came in yesterday with about fifteen of the boxes they get frozen potatoes in (or something like that), which are a great size for books. So it sounds like the fact that they're all the same size is going to make packing the truck a lot easier. Awesome!

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    2. Frozen potato boxes are excellent! I just recently got rid of some I had had since moving from my first dorm room 20 years ago. I used them as bookshelves and file cabinets for a while when I didn't have "real" versions of those, and I had used them in every move and for storing things. Finally the cardboard got too musty.

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    3. Awesome! That's good to hear.

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  11. Break down boxes by numbers then do a moving inventory. grab a notebook and write down specific things that will go in that box. Then make sure you keep that list on hand. This will help with keeping track of what items are in what boxes.

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    1. When I moved in and out of apartments in college, I had a comprehensive list of all my belongings, but I don't know if I could do that again. I do tend to list on the outside of each box in pretty good detail what's in it, so that definitely helps for finding things.

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  12. I don't have any advice, but... WEST COAST IS THE BEST COAST!! Woohoo! So exciting!

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    1. I can't wait to move back there! :)

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