It’s hard to believe we’ve been in Washington for a month already. We’re still getting settled with the dogs and the dogs are settling in too. Ecky and Ada are getting used to apartment life. Ecky’s getting used to apartment life again. Unfortunately, Ada hasn’t known anything but living in a house so every little noise sets her off into a barking frenzy.
I find myself missing basically everything about home - friends, family, work, HubBub, cheesesteaks, and just good food in general. We, unfortunately, missed the wedding of our friends Jay and Jenna which was a hell of a doozie for us. Where we’re living temporarily, I haven’t had a wow food experience. Those are so important, to me anyways! Missing SO many things.
In the midst of my “woe is me” moment I stopped myself and I thought for a brief bit about the things I was enjoying about Seattle and its suburbs. Which by the way, we don’t actually live IN Seattle we live on the outskirts. Seattle house pricing is not cheap (thanks Glamazon) and is WAY out of our price range. Anyhow, I started to think about the things I liked about my new place of residence so here’s the list of the good since I’ve already embarked on the bad and the ugly part.
I went outside of my comfort zone thanks to a reach out from the one and only Mariatta and spoke at a PuPPy meetup in Seattle. I met some wonderful people and plan on going to their monthly meetings going forward. Since I’m brand new to the development world, learning about what everyone is up to in their different fields was eye opening. I spoke at this meetup and the feedback was amazing and so supportive.
I found a pool so I could keep up with my swimming routine. I was enrolled at Pottruck right before I left and swam a lot (at least up until get this sh!t dun month) so I was excited to get back to it. I’ve found having a routine is key to making it work here. I go every day except for Wednesday & Saturday and swim for 45 minutes to an hour depending on how I’m feeling.
We have Mount Rainier. I know it sounds like I’m bragging… oh, wait I am. For those of you that come to visit (I sure hope ya’ll come and visit) it almost looks fake. You can’t always see it depending on the day but when you can, it never gets old. When the house is finished, you’ll be able to sit and see it from the back deck on a clear sunny day.
If you drive anywhere around here, to Seattle, to the new house, etc. etc. you have brilliant breathtaking views. There’s always something to busy your eyes. Where the temporary apartment is (as much as this apartment grades on my nerves), part of Puget Sound is literally minutes away. We don’t have to drive two and a half hours to get to water, it’s literally everywhere here!
We get to watch our house being built from scratch. We plan on this being our forever home (at least until we retire which is sooooo far in the future). It’s not every day you get to basically design a house and watch it be made in front of your eyes. As Dave has described, we had our choices of floor plan but all of the interior fixtures and colors will be what we choose. It’s great to go out every Sunday and see the progress. I’m so happy that we have JK Monarch as our builders because so far (fingers crossed), almost every Sunday we’ve gone out there’s been some bit of progress on the lot.
We were forced into being minimalists. We went from a house to a one bedroom apartment. Now we have our Pod which is amazing but there was no way in hell that everything we had was going to fit in it. This forced us to really look at all of our “stuff”, (which in the end is really just “stuff”) and make some needed decisions about what was really important. We would have liked to take some more of our furniture with us but over time that could and will be replaced. We don’t have much now but home is what you make of it - so we’re doing ok.
I haven’t met many new folks outside of the PuPPy meetup I went to; however, our buyer’s agent Michelle is turning into a great friend. She’s from Pennsylvania originally so she just gets us. She also grows a lot of fruit and is willing to share! I picked up some plums she had picked yesterday, Thank you, Michelle!
As much as I miss Pennsylvania, my colleagues, and my friends and family, there was a lot of deep rooted pain back there from my childhood that stemmed all the way into my early twenties. Putting ALL that space between me and Pennsylvania has proven to be a breath of fresh air (I’m sure the air is fresher here), but you get my drift. My therapist thought a change of scenery and a new routine would do me some good and even though there are low points to moving a whole coast away, big picture, I can see what she meant.
This list may seem short but it’s what I think about when I get into the “woe is me” moments. I’m a people person so I miss people but we’re finding ways! Some beloved colleagues at work have resurrected a Beam telepresence robot I can control so I can go “visit” people at work. Though warning, if I can’t make it up stairs Wharton friends, you might hear me SOS-ing for a lift.
The silver lining to all of this is I get to look forward to visiting in November for my twice a year touchback to Wharton so I can continue to hold onto my job. This time around I’ll be staying with my Tomski family whom I absatootley love. While I plan on working the whole week, on nights I do want to get out and visit with friends and family to hold us over until January when Dave and I will both be coming out for a late Christmas visit. While we would have liked to do an actual Christmas visit, closing on the house is VERY close to Christmas so we had to delay.
As for me, I’ll see everyone in November and until then - I’ll work on building this list up more and revisit in another blog post later on.
Thanks to Jeff Triplett for proofing this post and allowing my “heatsisms” to fly.