Thursday, July 11, 2013

10 states 5 days

Driving across the county was no joke. I left San Diego Friday evening and had arrived in South Carolina by Sunday evening. It was a marathon of a drive to say the least. All day I didn't now how to feel. I thought I would have definitive feelings by the time I was actually leaving. But on Friday I didn't really feel anything. I knew that I was nervous and excited to try something new and I knew that I was ready to be out of San Diego. But that was it.

I had loaded the Volvo to the brim and was ready to hit the road early on Friday. I spaced bagged all of my clothes and good thing I did because the bags took up almost my entire trunk. I didn't know I had kept that much of my clothes. I said before I got rid of a BUNCH of stuff. I was able to also fit all of my shoes in there. The trunk was at capacity with just that stuff. I was also able to fill the backseat with stuff. Both pieces of my luggage set were full with miscellaneous items from  my old room or toiletries that needed to make the trip too. Again I didn't know I had so much stuff. 

The plan was for mom to drive through the night while I slept and I would take the morning shift and drive until I was ready to stop. I cried almost the whole way to Arizona. The emotions were just so crazy once we were actually driving. I was not ready for any of it. I wasn't able to sleep like I planned that night. I probably caught just over an hour of sleep by the time it was my turn to drive. We were a good way through New Mexico when I took over. I was able to make it to Midland Texas before I was done.It was the middle of the day and I was exhausted. Texas is a LONG and boring drive. The best part about that long and boring interstate is that the speed limit is 80MPH for most of it. We stopped and got a hotel basically just to take a nap. By the time we were settled in and grabbed something to eat we had about five hours to nap before we hit the road again. 

We left about eleven pm from Midland and were out of Texas just after sunrise. Again it was just a lot of open and boring freeway. We had about 20 hours to go from Midland and the plan was to just try and drive all the way through. Louisiana was such a welcome change of scenery and so different compared to Texas. Mississippi was probably my favorites state to pass through. I don't know what it was about it but I loved the look of it. Alabama was the only state that we had a problem in. We got a flat tire on the side of the freeway. It was middle of the day, super hot and sticky. We are more than capable of changing  a tire and had the blown one off already when a man stopped to help. And what are the chances that a man from San Diego stopped to help us while in Alabama. I couldn't believe it when he told us. Luckily we were one exit from a tire shop. The whole ordeal only set us back about an hour. We were about five hours away and even though all I wanted was a shower and to sleep I wanted to be home already. I decided to just power through it. I think my excitement and adrenaline were the only thing that helped me get through those last hours. 

The drive was insane but I would do it again for sure. I would make sure to take three days and get a little more rest. It would be nice to have stopped and seen some sights. Or just taken a little more time to get through. But it was fun and an experience I wouldn't change for the world.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

So much to update

I made it! I am a resident of the state of South Carolina! My mother and I just made outstanding time driving from San Diego. We left SD 8pm Friday and arrived to SC 9:30pm Sunday. It was a marathon of driving to say the least. I know I have lots of catching up to do around here but I am spent. Turns out the last week before you are moving from one coast to the other is ridiculously busy and finding time to  write just doesn't happen. But I know I will get it all down. 

I want to start of saying that I officially feel like a BITCH for saying that no effort was made to see me by my family before I left. The weekend before I was thrown a surprise going away party. It was awesome and for the first time in my life I was actually surprised. I was so  busy I never even thought of that as a possibility. I had an awesome night (although I didn't take a single picture) and I am beyond grateful to my family for surprising me. 

I'll be back later to recap how my last week in San Diego went & to write about the drive & how I am currently feeling!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

10 Days Out

Just some things floating around in my head.
I can't believe that in only 10 days I will be leaving San Diego. 
I am so excited for this next adventure of mine. Even though I don't have anything lined up I am dreaming of finding my next job. I am excited to meet new people and make new friends. I am moving in with family when I get there. But I am looking at houses and dreaming of taking a small country cottage and making it my own. 

This past weekend I was able to spend some time with a few people before I leave. Drinks and dancing to a live band is always a good way to spend a Saturday night.  I get such different reactions when someone finds out where I am moving. Most just don't understand why in the world I would leave this city. I'm not going to lie though, some mornings I am not sure of the reason either. But I am going to try it out because I know I can always come back. 

I have one more weekend in San Diego. I want to have some sort of BBQ, get together. But I think it is so strange to plan a going away party for yourself. And honestly I just don't have time for all of that.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

17 Days Out

It is amazing the amount of items that one can accumulate over the course of a couple years. 
I moved here almost the same way I am moving to South Carolina. The only difference was I brought a dresser this last time. 
What is also amazing is how much stuff I am just willing to get rid of. I went and sold a bunch of clothes and shoes to a resale store. A lot of the items were worn once or not at all. A hand full still had tags. I know I am not the only one out there that has those kinds of items in their closet. But why do we buy them. And even more why do we keep them? Just to take up space makes no sense to me. I also donated three garbage bags full of clothes that I just don't wear any longer. I still can't believe that I ever said I had nothing to wear.
A few days ago I packed up most of the clothes that I am taking with me but figured I wouldn't be wearing before I leave. Eight large bags of clothes that I can not get rid of but I wouldn't be wearing in a one month time frame is excessive. Even in my own eyes. I only left out one drawer of basic t-shirts and neutrals and a few things hanging in my closet, the basics and probably the only things that I should be taking with me. But I can't just let go of the other items. 
Now the hard part is going to start. Today I am about to go through the drawers and boxes of miscellaneous items that I have acquired. This is where the memories are going to spring up. I know I will have a story for every item I have held onto.
It's 17 days out and the closer I am getting to July 5th the more excited I am about leaving California. Every day that goes by and my phone doesn't ring or make a sound, except for a twitter notification, makes me feel secure in the fact that this is the right choice for me. Why should I be sad to leave this city when not even my friend or family is making an effort to see me before I go.  

Monday, June 17, 2013

CA to SC

Well it's official... On July 5th I will be making the big move from California to South Carolina. 
I am packing up whatever fits in the Volvo and making the 35 hour drive to the east coast. 

 As I am beyond excited to get there and start this new adventure. I do have a part of me that is a bit scared to go. I don't have a job lined up yet and the unknown is always a bit scary. But I have faith that I will be fine. I know that is where I am suppose to be at this point in my life. 

San Diego has been my home forever and although I am sad to leave this beautiful city behind I just don't see anything left here for me, at least not right now.