Hi, guys! Happy New Year’s Eve
(pic from last year’s celebrations – this year I won’t have the hangover )
When we last talked, I was still in Normal, packing my life away in a U-haul van.Well, 2 days, 16.5 hours, 5 gas ups, and 8 near-epic fails, and we made it Colorado!
The past few days have been a whirlwind, to say the least. I still need someone to pinch me, because I feel far removed from reality. I know where I am, and know how awesome it feels, but it feels like I’m going to wake up and be back in Normal.
But I’m not. I have a new home now
My view going to the grocery store yesterday. Don’t hate.
We still have a LOT of work to do, but we’re moved into our new place.
The messy living room (don’t mind Shane – he’s working from home and into his work,) which still needs furniture (we’re going shopping today!) and an area rug.
The messy kitchen, which just needs to be cleaned up and decorated.
I have to say, although in the moment, I wasn’t too pleased with my slave-driver husband, I’m now very thankful, because this place is actually starting to look like a home! The bedroom view of the mountains doesn’t hurt either
Even the pets are adjusting well.
I can’t wait to try out my new kitchen today. This whole weekend we’ve been exploring the restaurants around us – like a barbeque place down the street:
Mexican last night:
(plus a family feast of a variety of different tacos)
and breakfast at a cute little diner:
And lots of local beers (and margs)
Like I said, I still can’t believe I’m actually here. However, that is certainly NOT to down play the work it took to get where we are.
Let’s go ahead and skip on past the drama of packing, selling a house (that’s still on the market – helloooo two mortgages,) and shoving our lives in a U-Haul van, and just get to the nitty gritty of the actuality of the verb – moving. Shane drove the U-Haul, and I followed along in my car, pets in tow.
I’ll tell you we had a LOT of close calls in those 17 hours. If you ever plan to move across the country, let me help you out by learning from our mistakes
5 Things Not to do While Moving Across the Country
#5. When moving pets, make sure they go to the bathroom before they get on the road.
Clarabelle did amazing in her kitty doggy crate. She even only needed a rufi sedative the first day. However, 5 minutes into the trip, she decided it was time to drop the kids off at the sandbox. Lovely for her. Not so lovely for those in the car who had to breathe.
#4. When bringing road food, don’t bring foods that need to be eaten with a fork if you don’t want salmon juice and coconut butter food dribbled down your shirt.
#3. When gassing up for the 5th and final time, don’t get distracted by your travel companion bringing you water (I was so thirsty!!!) and then happily get in the car and drive away…with the gas pump still in your car.
I so did this. I didn’t even tell Shane until we got to our new place that I did. Thankfully the gas pump just ripped out of my car without any damage to the pump or my car. But that could have been BAD.
#2. Don’t assume you and your husband can do it all (we DID) unless you want to have a 3 hour super intense workout of stair climbing with heavy boxes, sumo deadlifting awkward uhaul boxes, bicep curling said boxes, and 1 rep maxing while pushing a mattress up a long flight of stairs (we did) and have serious DOMS the next two days.
Instead, enlist help. Meet your neighbors, and actually take them up on their offer to help you when they do (we didn’t.)
And the #1 thing never to do when moving cross country IS…
Don’t ever, EVER, even come close to, ever running out of gas in a U-Haul. In pitch black darkness. In a deserted town. In single digit temps. In the middle of Kansas. Ever.
We came thisclose (Shane had 8 miles left on the meter) to doing that. We finally found a gas station at literally the last minute possible and gassed up. And after a panic induced screaming match over the phone, we had a make out session in the middle of the gas station parking lot we were so darn relieved.
And so our journey continues…
Make sure to enter my Fitmixer Boot Camp entrée giveaway! It ends tonight at midnight.
Also make sure to come back tomorrow (to see if you won, duh) for some awesome specials on my online personal training programs! I’ll be offering some deep discounts, if you’ve been thinking of signing up for a month of training, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet
Have a safe and happy New Year! “See” you tomorrow.
How many states have you lived in?
I’ve lived in three (now:) Iowa (for my first year of existence, Illinois for the past 26 years, and now Colorado.