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Move Watch 2009

August 31, 2009

And so it begins…

Well, we’ve found a GREAT place in the community we’ve been wanting to live in forever. One-story home (practically impossible to find in a beach town)), plus a yard (unheard of in a beach town!), 4 bedrooms, quiet street, 24-hr gate guard, community pool, tennis courts, private beach access, blah blah blah.

All good, right? Not so fast. There’s still the moving part. Did you know that moving is one of the five most stressful things that can happen to you in your lifetime. It ranks right up there with the death of a loved one, getting a divorce, being in debt and losing your job. Good times.

So I’ve been thinking a lot (two words, people–a lot) about the most stressful times of my own life. Moving has definitely been among them. For sure, my move across the country, from Sacramento to New Jersey had to have been somewhat stressful–but mostly I remember it as being quite exciting; I was a single woman at the time, no strings, the Big Apple at my feet. Moving back to the West Coast? Quite a different story; three winters later, that apple was looking kinda wormy–though I was ready for the change, moving was still a stressor–being married and starting a new position with my company only added to the joy. Top that with selling one house and buying another–well, that just about drove me over the edge.

What they don’t mention in that list above are stressors like having a new baby–joyful, for sure. Stressful–absofuckinglutely. Or how about when your husband travels three weeks out of four and you’re home alone with scary neighbors and their unleased pitbull on one side and screaming domestic abuser on the other? Uh, yea, stressful. Or what about the pharma job you had that paid great money but your boss was so awful and horrible to you that you eventually quit? Those may not be considered “life events” but they sure are to me.

Sorry if this blog is a bitchfest–I think maybe things are just all very stressful right now. Everyone around here is grumpy and we know we have MOVING to look forward to. It’s not like when you have, say, Hawaii to look forward to, you know?

But when all is said and done, we will be in a different house, new for us, right by the beach, and that will be good. One stress down, only a few more to go.

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