The Move

I need to preface this post by saying: we were so blessed at how easy our move was. Everything that could have gone well, did. We had no fiascos. No one stole our identities before we closed on the condo, and the Pod didn’t get run off the road sending all of our belongings into a blazing fire on the side of the highway (as my manager told me it might when preparing me for the “worst-case” scenario. Yeah thanks for that).

Here’s the move in a nutshell:

Saturday, April 11 the Pod was delivered to our apartment in GR, and the movers came. Somehow, two skinny little dudes organized our apartment and 3 years worth of junk into this shipping container. I’m talking everything from our couch and dressers to every single one of our wedding gifts. The container was packed full from floor to ceiling.

As soon as the movers were done, Keegan hit the road to drive to Jacksonville!

That week I lived as a nomad between my aunt’s and my best friend Abby’s (and her two adorable kittens. Seriously, add her on Snapchat and you’ll get the cutest little furball snaps all day).

On Saturday, April 18, I drove to my dad’s house, and he and I drove down to Florida together! At first I thought there was noooo way I would be able to mentally survive 18 straight hours locked in a car. The trip was actually one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever had. My dad and I talked for the majority of the car ride, and we spent some really great one on one time together. To no one’s surprise, we started a book on tape, too. (Kelly and Derek are so happy they weren’t there. When we used to road trip to DC or Chicago, I’d make them listen to books on tape with me, and they would literally try to kill me at rest stops.)

My dad and I made a stop in Charlotte, NC, to grab some food and sleep. We went downtown for dinner and found this awesome restaurant called Vapiano. They’re nationwide, and if you get the chance to dine there, do it. The chef prepares the food in front of you, and the walls are covered in quotes about wine, food, and Italy. Such a cool atmosphere.

My favorite quote on Vapiano's walls.

My favorite quote on Vapiano’s walls.

We woke up early the next morning to continue the second half of the trip. After nearly 1,200 miles, we arrived in Jacksonville!

A few hours before my dad and I arrived, Keegan had to take off for training in Chicago. But he had a welcome present for the two of us, and apparently now we are huge Gator fans:

I am not doing the Gator clap.

Oh, the Gator clap.

He also hid little Jacksonville-themed sticky notes all over the place:

The state of Florida is the "i" in the bottom note--just in case you couldn't tell! I mean, I totally got it when I saw it....

The state of Florida is the “i” in the bottom note–just in case you couldn’t tell! I mean, I totally got it when I saw it….

Those notes kept popping up!

Those sweet notes kept popping up!

We stopped at the St. Johns Town Center for dinner, and I will have multiple posts dedicated to that. It is a giant outdoor shopping center with every restaurant, bar, retailer, and bargain retailer you could hope for in one location. We had a blast driving around!

dad and me

Looking like locals in our new t-shirts.

My dad flew out the next day, so it was just me with an air mattress, one folding chair, and some eggs in the fridge. That was literally everything we had in the condo. Ahh, the simple life.

The next few days were crazy busy:

  • Monday: TV and internet were hooked up so I could finally start working remotely.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: the painters came and painted the whole condo. It’s a very beachy, nautical feel, and we love it! (A New Leaf Painting-awesome! The place done in less than 2 days.)
  • Thursday: the movers came and unpacked that very full Pod. Up two flights of stairs. In 86 degree heat and high humidity. They hated me at the end. I bought them Dunkin Donuts so that counts for something. Right? (All My Sons did the move. I’d highly recommend them to Jacksonville people moving in.)
  • Thursday night: Keegan came home from training in Chicago! Yippee!
  • Friday to Monday: my mom and Tom flew into Jax to help us unpack!

Mom and Tom should consider starting an unpacking company. I’m serious when I say our 3 bedroom, 2 bedroom, 1400 square foot condo was completely cleaned, unpacked, and decorated after 3 days. All of the boxes! Done! I would sit crying on the kitchen floor and whining about where to put the serving bowls while my mom tried not to laugh and pulled me together.

Now here we are! Moved in and acclimating ourselves to our new Florida life.

Very soon post I’ll show you before and after pics of the condo!

Books I’m Reading: My dad and I started The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Don Thomason on the drive down. I just finished it, and it was pretty good. Sort of The DaVinci Codeesque. It starts out slow and the ending isn’t what I’d hoped for, but the detail to Renaissance history and how that drives the plot kept me satisfied.

I also recently finished The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and All the Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Rosie was a great read! Very light and funny. The sense of humor is similar to The Big Bang Theory. I would highly recommend it if you need a break from heavy topics. Lights is a WWII story, and it was very well written. Doerr uses very descriptive language and uses multiple narrators. Heavy topic but enjoyable novel.

Favorite New Florida Thing: So cliche, but right off the bat, the weather. It’s hot, sunny, and beautiful every single day. Even when part of the sky was it was thunder storming today, the other half was sunny. I’ve never before seen lighting and bright sunshine all through the same window.

Xoxo mi love from jax