I’m Back!

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Whew! What a trip. 

I can’t believe I finally made it here.  It took almost a week to drive from California to North Carolina.  We had a few set backs when it came to buying our house, but in the end, we got the papers signed and our stuff moved in.

We got to see lots of the country on the way over here.  It was a lot of fun to see so many states that I’ve never been to before.  Nashville, Tennessee was probably my favorite stop along the way.  I’m a big country music fan and so that was a lot of fun to go there. 

I did a LOT of reading on the trip, so now I need to get all my reviews posted!  I’m sorry if you’ve tried to email me in the past couple of weeks.  I have not been very responsive, but I’m ready to get back on the saddle.  Things are still pretty crazy for me.  My daughter is starting kindergarten in a couple of weeks, and I’m a nervous wreck.  I am also still unpacking, so if you email me and I don’t get back to you right away, please be patient.  I’m working on it. 🙂

Just in case you are curious to know how I feel about the move, I made a nice list of the things I love and don’t love about each state.

California 

Things I miss:

  • The sunshine (SO MUCH SUNSHINE!)
  • My friends (sniff, sniff)
  • My writing group (more sniffs)
  • The weather (everyday was sunny and 80 degrees!)
  • The library (my second home)

Things I don’t miss:

  • The traffic (my GPS used to ask me if I wanted to switch to Pedestrian Mode while I was driving on the freeway)
  • Cost of housing ($2500/month for a gross apartment? not anymore!)
  • Living in an apartment
  • Renting (I love owning our own place)
  • Crazy drivers (almost died every time I left the apartment)
  • Gangs at elementary schools (not even joking on this one)

North Carolina:

Things I love:

  • Our yard (real grass that I don’t have to drive to)
  • The trees (we live by the woods!)
  • Living in a neighborhood instead of a complex
  • Wildlife (we have deer!)
  • Green (It’s SO GREEN here)
  • The people (everyone has been really friendly and welcoming)
  • Great schools 

Things I don’t love:

  • Giant cockroaches (yuck and double yuck)
  • Lack of sunshine 🙁
  • Humidity (I am NOT used to this humidity!  I hope I acclimate soon)

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    Geralyn Adams
    August 19, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Good morning! Just found your lovely site and I'm glad I did. 🙂 Love that you made lists about each place… inspires me to write the things I love about my home, just because. P.S. I went to Nashville for the first time this summer too, and what fun! All the best to you and your family in your new home. Here's to a new place for new adventures!

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      August 19, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks Geralyn! Didn't you just love Nashville? It was everything and nothing like I expected. I want to go back and spend a few days!

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    Tressa S
    August 20, 2013 at 3:29 am

    The GPS comment cracked me up! It is green there. I can't handle the humidity though. I wouldn't mind Colorado, but it's expensive to live there too. I'm glad that it went alright and that you're back. 🙂 I'm looking forward to those reviews!

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      August 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      It was no joke, either. My poor GPS used to suffer quite the abuse from me when it asked me that. 😉

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    vivian
    August 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    that gps comment is so funny! and i'm really excited that you moved to NC and i can come visit! and you will get to see how poofy and frizzy my hair gets in humidity. 🙂

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