Archive for November, 2011

November 9, 2011

Tiny Update

by happytogethergirl

So just after I posted my last post I got a call from the Charleston school’s director offering me the position.  I immediately accepted because I may be a lot of things, but I’m not crazy enough to turn down a guaranteed paycheck and health benefits.  I’m still digesting and deciding how I feel about the whole situation.  Here’s my pro/con list for having this job:


  • More money to do fun things in our new city
  • Steady paycheck means more money into savings which means getting a dog, having a baby and buying a house can happen sooner.
  • Guaranteed money means more fun decorations for our new apartment
  • T won’t have to feel totally stressed about being the sole breadwinner.
  • Ok, there’s really one con.  I thought of a bunch, but they’re all really just variations of “working this job makes me feel like my soul is being sucked out of me slowly.”  So it’s only one con, but it’s a biggie.
But I’m focusing on the pros and that I can still look for my dream job while we enjoy those pros.  And soon after we move it’ll be Thanksgiving and then Christmas and boy, do I love Christmas.
~ A



November 9, 2011

We’re Making Progress

by happytogethergirl

Slowly, but surely.  I have the oddest feeling lately of having a million things in my head that I think I need to do, yet also feeling like I can’t really get anything done yet.  We have to pack up our things, but still need a lot of those things to live day-to-day.  We need to open a new bank account and figure out how to switch over all of our bills without missing any, but we can’t open the new account until we move.  We need to get rid of anything that won’t fit in the trailer, but we don’t know how much won’t fit until we start packing it on Sunday.  See what I mean?  This leads to a lot of stress that I can’t actually DO anything productive about.  On the plus side it seems to have curbed my appetite so maybe some weight loss will be an unexpected bonus!

But we are making some progress.  It’s getting easier to pack things each day we get closer to the move.  I only have one more day of getting up and looking professional to go to work.  I’m pre-emptively feeling out our friends on who might need a dresser come Sunday evening.  And I’m trying to have the “serenity to accept the things I cannot change.”

Today I arranged for new car & renter’s insurance which took half the day between talking to agents, getting quotes and figuring out what we need.  Good thing I’m not needed at work anymore, really.

And speaking of work, I got an e-mail from the senior director at the Charleston school saying he “hoped to follow-up today!”  Why he couldn’t just…you know…follow up, instead of just telling me he’d be following up, I don’t know.  But it’s almost 5pm EST and I haven’t heard anything.  Which is not surprising for my company.  When they say a few days they mean a week so I’m assuming “today” means in a couple of days.  We shall see.

One more day of work, 3 more days to pack, a bunch of food to eat in the fridge…let’s do this.

~ A

November 3, 2011

The boring stuff

by happytogethergirl

Visiting Charleston, finding favorite restaurants, searching for our new apartment, discovering we will be living 10 minutes from the beach…that was all really fun!  But these next 12 (!) days are going to be filled with a lot of not-fun stuff.  Some really, really boring and tedious stuff.  This is my list of things we need to do (in no particular order)

  • Cancel cable and return the cable box and modem.
  • Pick out and order a mattress (actually, this might be fun because I’m really jazzed to get a new mattress for our bedroom and move ours into the new guest room)
  • Update our address with the USPS and a million other places.
  • Open a new bank account and close our current one, all the while making sure that the bills that get paid automatically don’t get screwed up.
  • Get together all of the paperwork to register our cars in SC (including preparing to pay property tax on both of them, something new for us)
  • Sign up for cable in our new apt (this is important as we’d like to avoid missing any episodes of Dexter)
  • PACK the rest of our crap and figure out how we’re going to fit it in the 6’x12′ trailer we’re renting.
  • Book a hotel for our halfway there stay (I should probably get on this one soon).
  • Continue to job search in case my transfer doesn’t go through (mini update on that:  I had a second interview over the phone which went well, but they have one open position at this time and 1-2 external and 3-4 internal candidates besides myself going for it.  So it’s still way up in the air).

And I’m sure there’s even more that I’m forgetting at this moment.  I wake up in the middle of the night and remember things we need to do, but then they’re gone by the morning.  I guess I need a notepad by my bed or something.

But I just keep meditating on the fact that while it may be hard now, it’s all going to be worth in once we’re settled in.  I mean, just look at this place:

~ A