Friday, August 14, 2015

Leaving Orlando Behind

Friday, August 14, 2015


Didn't it seem like yesterday when we were packing to move into our house in downtown Orlando? And here we are, an entire year later, packing up to move out of state. We never even got to paint! We joke that we should finally do that, since we've wanted to for so long. And it will be great because we'll already have the drop cloths out in order to re-paint it back to the neutral beige.

I took these photos for our realtor to list our current house. She's been the most helpful with giving us great reviews for all the applications we put in on apartments in Chicago. There were no photos of our house when we first decided to go to the open house, we took a chance on "great downtown location!" and "hardwood floors!" I figured, having photos would make it that much more desirable for potential tenants looking online.

Orlando has been very good to us. We've had great jobs, a lovely home, a retired greyhound to call our own, some great restaurants and bars, and incredible friends and coworkers to enjoy it all with. And of course, there's each other. We met in Orlando, grew up in Orlando, explored Orlando, and now it's sadly time to say goodbye. This weekend is going to be spent putting our items in boxes, getting together one last time with friends, and trying not to get overwhelmed.

Today is my last day working at my current museum, and after this, I have one business day to get my necessary documents from the local DMV, transfer prescriptions, change bank accounts, etc. Last year when we moved, we had very little to change within the same city. This year, it's a world of difference (1,000 miles to be exact). I'm learning so many things about Chicago in the process of moving, as well as from all the books I'm reading (currently, Devil in the White City, where a serial killer in Chicago set in the turn of the century, 1893's World's Fair). I was never sure when I would be ready for such a big change like this, but knowing all of our opportunity that awaits 1,000 miles away, every bureaucratic headache is worth it in between. 

8 comments :

  1. I'm SOOOOO excited for you two!! Although it will be sad to go, adventure awaits you. Yes, after the headaches of moving, paperwork, and saying goodbye, it will all be worth it. Also, you guys are moving at such a beautiful time--fall in the city will be amazing :)

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    1. thank you kristyn! i know you just had to handle all of the stress of moving as well! and yes! fall! i'm so excited to experience it since i haven't had a proper fall in years!

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  2. I'm excited to hear more about your move. Good luck with everything! Chicago is lovely.

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  3. I'm excited for you! maybe we could meet and be friends IRL?

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    1. yes please! i commented on your latest post with my email address, let's chat about meeting up!

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  4. I'm so excited for you, and also a little sad that you're leaving behind such a cute little home. I know very little about Chicago, so I look forward to exploring it through you. I hope the move and paperwork goes as smoothly as it possibly can. :)

    Erin | comadiary

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    1. aw thank you erin! i will miss that adorable little bungalow we had. never thought i would be excited to go back to apartment-living, but i'm loving it already!

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