Monday, March 17, 2014

Rediscovering the joys of Target and unpacking

I spent my first weekend in Pickleland. So much is the same while so much is different. I vacuumed so much that I was afraid my vacuum cleaner was just going to give up on me. I love my little apartment. I promise to post photos when it is a little more presentable.

I unpacked most of the kitchen so now I have plates, cups and pans. You can’t really cook without pots and pans.

I still have a ton of clothes to put up. And then there is my bed. All of the pieces of my bed are in my bedroom except for my box spring. It is too big to come up the stairs. So I am either going to have to buy a new bed or use two twin box springs. Either way, it will have to wait because moving is not cheap.

Plus, I still have a lot of stuff, two rooms full, stored at my friend’s M house. I am so thankful that he was so generous to allow me to do this. I have some really awesome friends.

Overall, it has been a good move. While I am glad to reconnect with old friends in Pickleland, I do miss RR and my friends there. RR left a great impression on me.

I did take a break on Saturday to head to Gboro to look around. The population of the city is almost 40,000. This means just about everything is there. I went to Target, Books-A-Million and Goodwill. I was in heaven. I only brought a cool notebook for work but it was nice to have options.

The first week of my job went well. I feel like I am living in a dream. I still can’t believe I am working at my dream newspaper.
During my first staff meeting, I heard the publisher whisper to another reporter—She has a day planner.
Yes, I am old school. I like to write things down on a calendar and cross them on. I have one on my phone and computer but they are not my thing. I love day planners. Each December, I look forward to picking out a new calendar and a new personal journal. It is my way of ending one year and beginning another.
I took a slight pay cut to come here but I think it will work out. In my new position, I will have to step out of my comfort zone some and socialize more. I’ll just take it one event at a time.

1. Using unpacking as a way of getting more organized.
2. Filling up an entire trashcan outside with moving debris.
3. Creating my dream little book nook.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Returning home

The last three weeks have been insane and crazy. On Tuesday, I started my new job as staff writer at one of the best weekly newspapers in the state of NC. 

And last night, I stayed in my new apartment. It is so cute. It will probably be nicer once I get all of my stuff unpacked and arranged the way I want it. 

Things are still a little crazy because I hit the ground running with the new job. Normally at a newspaper, a reporter is allowed to ease into things. Since I lived in the area before and not fresh out of college, I had a meeting to cover on the first night that I worked.
I am still living out of suitcases, boxes and laundry baskets. Eventually things will become normal again. 

I didn’t grow up in MTO but I lived there for seven years after college and learned a lot about the business.
I view my time in RR as going off to college and graduate school.
And now I have returned home. 

It feels so good to be back.

1. So grateful to have a place to live and to work.
2. So glad the major part of the move is over.
3. Electricity and water is AWESOME!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Adventures in moving and other tales

Happy Thursday!
It seems like forever since I have wrote something or read anything. Things have been crazy with me trying to work, move my stuff to storage and my new apartment and deal with the fact I am leaving RR. 

I am still pinching myself about the fact I am about to work at the newspaper I have dreamed about writing for. It is scary. This is one of the best weekly newspapers in the state of North Carolina. They are award winning and they hired me. I would do a little dance but now is not the time.

Today is my last day of work at my current job. I have been here six months but it feels like a year. I will miss everyone. Friday is going to be a blur of activity with boxes being moved, furniture being taken apart, carpets cleaned, saying good byes and other stuff.

When this adventure started, I had a three page to-do list. Now it is down to two pages. So much to do in so little time. 

I have been very blessed to have supportive awesome friends. For instance, my friend M is allowing me to store my belongings at his house. To him, it doesn’t matter if it takes me a year to clear out his spare rooms. He is so sweet. Plus, he made up the spare bedroom so I could stay there while moving stuff.

My BFF helped me move on her day off. The two of us are short while M is over six feet tall. It was funny as we tried to get a queen size mattress up a flight of stairs. We all wanted a beer after that one.

I almost cried when I saw my apartment. It is so me. I am going to have so much fun living there in my little “penthouse”. It is on the top floor of an old house. It is one bedroom, one bath and a small kitchen. I can actually create a book nook so I can read while sitting in the sun. Also I will be living downtown so I can get back into safely walking again. I can't believe I will be living in Pickleland again.

This is the second time in my life that I have felt so sure about a decision I made. The first decision was deciding to have another child after having a stillborn. As we can see that decision led to JJ being born. And I don't regret that.

I feel good about this and everything has come together so well. I will miss my morning and evening moving boxes workout. I feel like I am getting into shape by moving boxes of books and other stuff. I really need to go through my belongings and get rid of some stuff. I guess that is what unpacking is for.

Each morning before work, I pack my car full of boxes and head to M's house to unload them. Then it is off to work I go. Once done with work, I go back to my apartment and pack more boxes in my car and it is back to M's house. Usually I do about three or four trips until either it is too cold to stand it or too late.

In the middle of all this, there was a sleet and snow event and I got sick with a bad cold. It has been an adventure. I am looking forward to putting down roots for awhile in MTO. I am not in the mood to move again.

1. Being blessed with amazing friends!
2. Being able to come home to dinner! M cooks every night. I think tonight is tacos or spaghetti!
3. I am so thankful to be healthy enough to participate in my life! There is no room for ED here! I need the space for shoes.


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