August 17, 2011

Next

I woke up early yesterday morning and headed out to the suburbs to tell Bobby in person that I got the job and to try and figure out what to do next.


We spent the morning walking in the prairie, holding hands, looking at the trees and wildflowers, and stopping to steal kisses in every little patch of shade we found en route.


The details will have to wait, though.


What is right isn't always what is easy; today, I'm leaving Chicago.

Next update will be from California, though I'm not entirely sure when - we'll likely get there Friday or Saturday and then move me into my new place. As soon as I get settled and everything is mostly straightened out, there will be some serious catching up to do.

As a neurotic planner, I think the fact that this is all happening so fast is kind of a blessing in disguise. I don't have time to freak out and panic about how big and scary this all is. To be honest, it really hasn't fully hit me yet. Three days in a pickup truck will help with that, I'm sure.

The road trip is functional, not a vacation, so I'll be entirely on plan. First, because I don't want to be stuck in a car feeling weighed down with bad food choices. But also, because I won't be able to exercise en route. The first run after all that driving will be glorious, I can tell you that much.

Enjoy the rest of your week, everyone. Make the best choices possible, in all areas of life.

33 comments:

Kid's Mom said...

Very brave! Look forward to hearing all about it.

Marla said...

Yay! You made the choice that I was hoping you'd make. Best of luck for a smooth move across the country. I can't wait to read about your adventure.

Amanda said...

Have a safe trip!!

Kelliann said...

Amazing, courageous decision. You are amazing.

Meghan said...

I'm so happy for you!!! Can't wait for the next update!

SlimKatie said...

I'm so excited for you--I'm sure you made the best decision. Have a safe trip!!

Hyla said...

Whooo Hooo! COngratulations!!!

Jessica said...

Have a great trip! I am excited for you...and think you made a great decision!

Spoonful of Me said...

I am so glad that you decided to go. Congratulations on the job and the move.

Maia said...

I was SOOO hoping you would decide to go! It's going to be such a great adventure! Think about all of the amazing things that you will be close to in California! It will be a huge change, but one that I think you can handle and will be so glad you did it.

finnj73 said...

So exciting. You are so brave.

Rebecca said...

Have a safe journey, can't wait to hear from California!

Becca said...

I am so excited to hear about your new area, your new journey, and a new part of you! Good luck!

Kelty said...

Congratulations on your new job! The uncertainty of things I hope works itself out.

Where in Central California are you going to be?!

fatgirlinaskinnyworld said...

Congrats! You are very brave to take on this new endeavor and new life. It will be amazing :) Try to have fun on the road!

Anonymous said...

woo hoo!!!! How fun!!!! Who's helping you move? Be safe and spare us no details.

cindie

Hungry Girl Fan said...

Awesome! I think you made a great decision! You will love California! What city will you be in? I'm in southern California. Good luck!

Denise said...

Congratufuckinglations! This is awesome. Scary and big and awesome.

Unknown said...

You get to run in California! How exciting! Hope you have fun on the road trip and can stop at least briefly to see some of the amazing sites out west!

Shannon said...

Wow, really - WOW! Good luck with everything, Mary. You have so many exciting new things coming up, and I can't wait to hear about it all! Congrats!

alisonds said...

Wow, next stop California! good luck! x

Tim said...

You're having one hell of an adventure. Enjoy every moment of it!

Have a safe trip!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mary! I think you made a great choice, a full-time teaching gig is what you have worked so hard for. Everything will work out. Have a great trip and best wishes on the next phase of your life journey.

Donald Wells said...

You've changed your life more in one year than most people do in ten. You're a very smart, brave and confident woman. Enjoy the adventure!

Anonymous said...

When I was 18, I was in a similar situation. I was living in Wyoming and my boyfriend was living in Wisconsin. Due to our college situations, neither of us was able to move. It would be a year before I would be finished with my program and would be free to move closer to him. It was a hard, hard time.

I moved to WI the instant I was done with school and we lived happily ever after :) That was 10 years and 3 kids ago :).

I don't know how you guys are going to chose to handle this, but I do know that it can be done :)

Une femme en santé said...

Hourra une décision a été prise. Bravo. Bonne chance avec ton nouvel emploi, ta nouvelle ville, ta nouvelle vie quoi !

Weight Wars said...

Wow, I kinda hoped you'd make this choice only because I think you would have kicked yourself if you didn't. Hope the move is smooth x

Rusti said...

Congratulations! Awesome decision!
Can't wait to hear all about it!
~RustiAnn

marisol said...

Seize the day! :)

Amy said...

Congratulations. Have a safe drive and we're all excited to read about this next part of your journey!

Who is driving with you?

Geosomin said...

This might sound wierd coming from a stranger, but I am so very excited for you. New city and job with so many exciting things to come.

And this new relationship will grow to become whatever it is meant to be...I firmly believe that life brings us what we need, not always what we want, and in the end we are the better for it.

Good luck! :)

PS -now I have to go and rent Purple Rose of Ciaro again...haven't seen it in years...:)

Finding The Thin Within said...

Wow, Mary, just wow!!! I take a two-week hiatus and you've moved across the country!!!! Best of luck to you in your new life, and I'm excited to ready about it all =)

fatgirlwearingthin said...

By now you should be settled in, and hopefully loving every second of this opportunity to begin again from wherever you want. Moving to a new place can be like a breath of fresh air. My thoughts are with you, Mary. Take care and enjoy this time in your life. You deserve some peace and happiness. XO