I have a big announcement, you guys.
Guess what, Psychos?!
This shit is happening, y’all.
Portland, Oregon is about to get a little bit crazier, folks.
The story is that Brian got his dream job, and this is our time to pick up and move to seek new adventures!
You hear that, World?!
This is our time!
I can’t wait to sign up for clown school and sit around eating vegan muffins on my days off.
But, in all seriousness, I am excited, but I am also scared and sad and anxious.
We’ve been living in the same place for the past 5 years, and this has been the longest time we’ve been in once place since leaving our childhood homes to go to college. We can’t believe our luck in how our lives just fell into place here in Northern California. We both found jobs in our fields, we found a town and an apartment we both love, and we were close to our families. Even though we’ve been complaining about living in an apartment, living in a college town with noisy shitheads, complaining that we’ve learned all we can from our current jobs…I’m scared that we won’t have such good luck again. This had to be a fluke, right? Couldn’t have possibly been from hard work and compromise…that would just make too much sense.
This is also the first time I’ll be moving and not have something waiting for me on the other side – either a job or school or family. That’s scary for me. I’ll be supported by my husband, and while we both accept that and it’s what we signed up for, I’m still used to pulling my own weight. For the past 5 years, I’ve been 100% financially independent for the first time in my life, and it’s felt pretty damn fantastic. I know I won’t be giving up freedom, but I feel like I’ll be giving up a little bit of pride…at least temporarily.
There’s also the logistical aspect of this freakshow in getting all our shizz up to Razorblade City. I never moved as a kid. When I was 3, my parents moved us into the house that they continue to live in to this day. My soul will shrivel up and die if they ever sell it. Seriously, I’ll chain myself to the front door.
Anyways, the point is that I don’t really know how to move. I hate moving. I also hate feeling like my stuff owns me, and right about now I am finding out that I have a crapton of stuff. The stuff outnumbers me; it could totally bury me and claim my life and make it look like a freak accident. We’ve made the hard decision to have movers pack our stuff for us, because there’s no other way we’re taming this domestic jungle.
And then there’s the cat. She’s only been in a car 4 times, and each of those times, she’s howled like a banshee going through a meth withdrawal, save for when we’re stopped at red lights. I don’t know why, but I love this furry poosack like nothing else, and those screeches just cut straight through my heart. The only solution – she’s getting doped up. That’s right, Poopstick, you’re going to get high and you’re going to pass out so I can drive you in peace for 10+ hours. You are not going to piss in my car. You’re not going to throw up the meds. Don’t make me regret signing up to be your human mother.
So there you have it. I know the excitement will grow on me once I get past the hairy logistics. I have a feeling we’re going to jive really well in the land of evergreen trees and unicycling hipsters – where composting is mandatory, where food is delicious and organic and plentiful, and where people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (named SAD for a reason) and will desperately need my services.
Please hire me, Portland.
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