Friday, July 20, 2012

Extra, extra! News!

We're moving!

After years (six) of living in Utah and complaining about the weather, the politics, and the neighborhood crime (including our house being burglarized, our taillights being stolen while the vehicle was parked in our driveway, and, two days ago, four cop cars with officers spilling out, guns drawn, at a man parked across the street) we have finally created an action plan.  We are moving!  To the Bay Area!

In five days!

Thankfully, I began packing our belongings in April, hoping to Manifest a move in July (check!) so it has been a very leisurely process and is largely completed.  On Wednesday morning, Forrest and I board a plane to Oakland and lucky, lucky Ryan climbs into a U-haul and we head for Life 2.0.

This is all very exciting, but, of course, a touch bittersweet. Any out-of-state move that isn't bittersweet is most likely a sign of a life not lived to its fullest potential, I guess, but, still, the sting stings.  I will miss my many wonderful friends here, not to mention my baby niece, but I have no ambivalence, which is either evidence of a good decision or my unwarranted self-confidence, but seems a good sign in either case.

We found a place to live that is one mile from Ryan's sister (and Forrest's two cousins) and the gym, two miles from the public library and the farmer's market, and three miles from Costco and Target, which is the exact prioritization I would have selected.  It will rain instead of snow, which is my strong preference.  And the ocean will be a short drive away, which is always heartening.

So!  The next time you have a conference, or a family reunion, or a hankering to see the Jelly Belly factory, come on down and I'll make you pancakes.

Also, Ryan is currently watching me type this which hampers my creativity and is also distracting because he is eating a sandwich of canned baked beans and cheddar cheese.  You couldn't think if someone were sitting four feet away from you eating that, admit it.

California, here we come!


Zillah said...

but i'm going to be in utah in two weeks! will i never cusp and fondle you again?

other than the fact that you obviously did this to avoid me, your place sounds fabulous! (ryan's sandwich not so much.)

amy said...

Miss Zillah, I clearly shoulda consulted you before booking the uhaul, however! I had you and Liz as my specific targets when I mentioned the Jelly Belly factory. Her ninety five children would be into it for sure, and, if memory serves, you and I could dive in for a swim in the tub of black licorice beans. Think about it.

Or a conference? Are there no medievalists in SF? (Probably not, huh?)

Tree Peeps said...

Wow! How exciting! I remember you saying in March how you were looking to move. Glad you are making it happen!

CK said...

Hahaha, Ohhhhh AMY! How I'll miss you! (even though I don't technically live in UT). I am in town- arrived about an hour ago. I am sure you are super busy but I might just give you a call.

I am so happy for you- mostly because you found a place that is so perfectly placed (sounds like, anyway). I wish you the best!!!!!! I hope the plane ride goes well!

ego non said...

Yee-hoooo! We moved to Berkeley in the fall. Hope to see you soon!

Tara said...

I am beyond excited, although I dreamt of you being in my ward, but hey, I think we're only a mile from Costco, so that means we're real freaking close. I'm pumped! Call me when you get here!

Liz Johnson said...

The real question - WHY NOT HUMBOLDT?!

(95 kids?! that's off by at least five or six. are you suggesting that I over-procreate? hahahahahahahaha)

Jen said...

Well I hope your new digs treat you better than your old ones. We will have to find some sort of photo or quilt conference to get over there, I think.

Megan said...

i completely fell in love with the bay area the first time i came to visit brandon and his peeps. the ocean, all the green, the gorgeous yet somehow quaint, and clean streets near the movie theater in oakland. THE OCEAN!! mmmmm. seriously. can i just come rent a room from you? if i am ever anywhere in the vicinity, i will come make YOU pancakes =)