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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Moving = Stress

This past weekend Nick and I moved all of our stuff into storage. Let me just say, I absolutely HATE moving. Hate it. Moving just does not work for someone who likes to feel in control and organized. I was definitely stressed. I think next time I will hire professional movers to handle everything start to finish!

Our day started bright and early at 7am and ended about 9pm. VERY long day. We still had quite a bit of packing to do as well. About 9am is when help arrived. I could not have been more grateful for everyone that came. My family, Nick’s family, and our dear friend Drew were all there. We had close to 10 people helping pack and load all the boxes/furniture into the UHaul. It is amazing the amount you of things you accumulate in such a small space and such a small amount of time. Nick and I could have never done all of that on our own or we could have but would have killed one another by the end of the day! Thanks to everyone who helped!!

I did have what Nick would call a “minor breakdown.” I was so overwhelmed with the packing and deciding what needed to stay, what needed to go to New York, what we needed for Europe…that it all became a little too much at one point. Luckily my mom was there to calm me down. You can always count on your mom to get you back on track (thanks mom)! I also believe that I was starting to realize this is the start to Nick and mines next chapter. This is a really big change we are about to embark upon…and with that comes a lot of nervous and excited emotions. Nick’s just downright excited and I’m the one who tends to worry more.

I really started to think. There is a lot that we are about to leave behind. Our family, friends, co-workers, Dallas, etc…there are too many things to list. We both will miss all of that dearly. But, Nick and I have always been on the same page. We always wanted to take time for ourselves; spend time and strengthen our relationship as a married couple, grow in our careers, travel, etc. before settling down and having a family. There is so much to experience in life and learn that you cannot remain stagnant. You can not be afraid of change. I just continue to tell myself, yes; change is hard and it’s difficult to adjust to but hopefully after everything is said and done it will be worth it. And I truly believe that it will be.

So, needless to say the moving day was not only physically exhausting but emotionally as well. Nick and I were very grateful for the warm shower and clean bed we collapsed into that night!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New York City

We just got back from spending 4 days in NYC. This was a BIG trip for us. Find a job for me and find an apartment. Quite the task! To say that I was nervous would have been an understatement. Job hunting is never any fun and looking for somewhere to live is not much fun either!

Nick has an office in New York so he spent all day Thursday and Friday working. It actually worked out pretty well because I had my interviews set up on those days. We stayed in Chelsea so we could be close to our apartment search. So I had to take cab rides to my interviews in the Upper East Side. That was interesting...

New. York. Cab. Drivers. Are. CRAZY! I literally thought I was going to die. Multiple times. I had to keep my backseat driver comments to myself. Most memorable moment was when we almost got ran over by the bus. Any why did we almost get run over by the bus? We were in the BUS LANE! And there are plenty of other instances just as similar to this one! Needless to say I was very thankful every time I got out of the cab alive.

Interviews went really well...I think I have two offers. Both are really great clinics and would love to work at both! That's the thing about being a nurse...there is never a shortage!

Apartment search was a lot more interesting. We saw an apartment on Thursday night and spent most of the day Saturday looking with our broker. Living in Dallas you are use to space. Well that's just not the case in the city. I really had to keep an open mind. We saw some really nice apartments to livable apartments to apartments that had me running for the door. I should have taken pictures of some of those apartments...it's amazing that some people will live in that and pay $2200/month!

We ended up on an apartment on Upper East Side. We love it and it fits us. The area just feels like us. It's a little bit longer commute for Nick but he was all for it. We even went to an awesome Mexican restaurant after all the paperwork. So a little bit of home is just a block away!

Some fun pictures from a street fair we walked through. USA had just tied England for their first 2010 World Cup game. GO USA!


Nick and I grew up in Coppell, TX, a suburb outside of Dallas. He's a native Texan and I was born in Mississippi but have been in Coppell since I was 5 years old. So I take the title of native Texan as well.

We met in high school where we started dating and continued dating while we both attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Great times! Once we graduated we headed back to Dallas for our careers. Shortly after we finally got married! At that point we had been dating 6 years and had a lot of people asking "when"! I consider the day I married him one of the best days of my life.

Nick and I, well I should say mainly me, wanted to start a blog because we are about to start the next chapter in our life. No, NOT BABIES! Nick has been accepted into New York University Stern School of Business. A great accomplishment and I am so VERY proud of him.

Our new home in August will be New York City, right in Manhattan. One of the main cities of the world. Crazy, I still can't believe it! But before the BIG move we are taking a trip to Europe for 3 1/2 weeks. We had originally planned for 2 weeks but I extended it. You only live once and this is going to be a trip of a lifetime. Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and finishing in Paris! Amazing!

So, basically we wanted something where our family and friends could check in and see what we are up to. It's going to be hard to move away from everyone and everything we known. Hopefully this will be a little way to keep in touch.