higher ups and lower downs

Ever since Brian got the first job offer in Chicago, we’ve been on a roller coaster of emotions, going from being super anxious to relieved and then back again. There are just so many unknowns right now. Even when he finally signed the offer in Seattle, I was relieved that we’d made an actual decision, but terrified of the huge changes that were coming our way. We’re in the process of packing up our lives and our apartment, finding a new home on the other side of the country, and somehow trying do all of this in three short weeks. The worst part is that almost none of it can be done ahead of time. Since I’ll be staying in Chicago for a few weeks while Brian is in Seattle, we can’t pack up the whole apartment yet, and can’t ship it until we have an apartment to ship it to. LOGISTICS SUCK.

We’re both leaving for Seattle tomorrow morning with the hopes of signing a lease and exploring the city a bit. If we could find an apartment by the time I come back to Chicago to start packing, I cannot explain the level of stress that would be lifted off of my shoulders. I’ve had this horrible negative opinion of Seattle ever since we decided to move, and a lot of it has to do with the housing that is available. Our budget isn’t huge and the overall quality of apartments is pretty low compared to what we’ve had in Chicago. Finding a place that we love would go a long way in changing my opinion of the city.

The weather is looking rainy and colder than Chicago, but I suppose we deserve a proper PNW welcome. Plus, thanks to my INSANELY BEAUTIFUL GORGEOUS NEW STUTTERHEIM RAINCOAT FROM MARGARET, I will be perfectly happy on even the wettest days! I love love love it and love her even more for thinking of such a perfect gift for me. It honestly means the world knowing how much love and support we both have from our families. This has been the hardest decision either of us has ever made, and I’m surprised how much a new raincoat has made that decision easier 🙂

Brian wants to do his first post on the blog soon about our move, and I can’t wait to hear about it from his perspective. I’m definitely taking the Debbie Downer award this time around, so I know his post will be a little more positive!


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