Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Moving Week Update & A Quick Tip

Are you ready for this? We are actually AHEAD of schedule so far with our packing! So excited.

My goals for yesterday were to get the office packed, and get through my closet and clothes. I knew I had a lot to go through (you should see my donate pile) so I didn't plan to get much more done yesterday. Thankfully, though, while I was tackling those spots, Brian got the bathroom and living room packed! Unfortunately, boys don't seem to see the importance in blow dryers, so it looks like I'll be going out with wet hair the rest of the week since he packed mine at the bottom of a box. At least it's not the middle of winter!

I also discovered a new packing tip yesterday that I don't think I've shared before. This one is for any spot in your house that has a lot of small items on or in it, for me that was the curio cabinet I inherited from my mom.

I love this cabinet for it's history and ability to store a LOT of stuff. But I also remembered our move down here and how frustrating it was to try to get all the little items to fit on all the shelves. I had quite the game of antique-Tetris going on! So this time around, I decided to do what I should have done before the first move - I took a bunch of photos. First an overall photo of the entire case, then individual shots of each shelf.

This way, once we're in the new place I don't have to worry about figuring out what goes where. I'll just pull up the photos and get it done!

You all know I'm always game for more packing and moving tips - any new suggestions this time around?

Monday, May 18, 2015

It's Moving Week!

Moving week is here! It seems so surreal, mainly because these last few weeks have been a blur of getting Brian through his last semester, job and apartment hunting, traveling, family, and friends. But, Brian is done with school (yay) and I'm done with work (double yay) so this week our sole focus is packing and moving. And apparently blogging!

We're no strangers to the moving game, in fact, you can check out a bunch of packing and moving tips from our last move HERE. We also know that each move brings up some new challenges, so I'm sure we'll learn a bunch of new tips and tricks this time around.

In good news, we found a place! Thankfully, our new landlord seems pretty awesome, and was willing to do a FaceTime tour of the place so we didn't have to drive up this week to see it in person before moving. That alone saved us about 20 hours of driving time and a couple hundred dollars in gas money. We are a bit nervous about moving somewhere we haven't seen in person, but being able to see it during the video walkthrough made us comfortable enough to go for it.

Our plan is to drive up on Friday, which means we have today through Thursday to get everything else packed. Of course I started with a list! I seriously doubt we'll stick strictly to the schedule above, but it at least gives us a starting point and something to follow to make sure we get everything done. We are picking up the moving truck on Thursday, so our goal is to have everything packed and ready to load by Wednesday night. That way we can pick up the truck first thing Thursday morning, go grab a few items we have in storage at Brian's cousin's house, then head to our place and load everything else. We're hoping to leave first thing Friday morning - we'll see if we stay on track.

I'll hopefully be able to pop in occasionally this week with more updates and any tips we pick up along the way with this move!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Over the weekend, I added a new section to my beloved planner...

Yep, after almost two years here in Kentucky, we're packing up our bags and heading to Iowa. I mentioned it briefly in this post a few weeks ago, but we were actually driving to Chicago for the weekend last month when he received the message. I just came out of a bathroom at Burger King and he says "So, what do you think of Iowa?"

"I don't," I responded. Honesty counts for something, right?

Turns out, one of the staffers at a paper up there had reached out about a few openings they had coming up. Three weeks, two Skype interviews, three phone interviews, one offer and one counter-offer later, and the Hawkeye State will be home in a few short weeks.

Literally, in just a few weeks. Brian's official start date is May 26 and he doesn't graduate until May 16 which means we'll have about 10 days to pack, move, find a place to live and unpack. That's the terrifying part.

It's also a new adventure, which is exciting. I have a few applications out, but as of yet I have no idea what I'll be doing, career wise. Let's just hope that I don't have to fill out another 27 applications before finding something like I did down here!

We're also going to be leaving a great community and group of friends, which is very sad. We keep saying that it'll just be an excuse to travel more. Plus, the fact that Brian will be doing what he loves makes us both very, very happy.

So many emotions. I think that happy/sad/excited/terrified pretty much sums it up. And lists, lots and lots of lists. Looks like I'll have to dig out those packing and moving posts after all...

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