Okay, here’s where I come clean about why blogging has been the last thing on my mind this past month. When we returned from our trip to Austin, Celeste’s illness came on so suddenly and progressed so quickly that I didn’t really feel like talking about much else. Now that I’ve had some time to process that she is really gone (I can still barely say that out loud), I think it’s about time to update what the heck has been going on!
Basically, we fell in love with Austin when we flew out there the beginning of this month (March)! Both Kevin and I felt like it was “home” the instant we stepped out into the airport – no kidding. It was then that we knew he should accept that job he was offered and start seriously looking for a house that weekend.
Thankfully, we found a house in Austin! It took a few days of looking around with our realtor, but we found a home that we are going to love. Actually, we fell in love with a house similar to the floorplan we loved. Haha! So, technically, we’re having a new house built in a growing community, which is close to great schools. The new home is close enough to “town” that we won’t feel isolated, but far enough away that we will have some room to breathe.
The only unfortunate condition about having a house built is that it won’t be ready by the time we have to be in Austin for Kevin’s start date for his job. So, the only solution we found was to move into an apartment for 3 months, or until the end of July, and wait for our house to finish being built. :-/
It’s not the ideal situation, but it will do and, thankfully, we had some help finding a great apartment that is located almost smack middle between Kevin’s job location and our home site.
When we started narrowing dates down, I gave my two weeks notice at my job, and my last day was this past Wednesday. Now, it’s my job to pack most of our unbreakable stuff! I have about two weeks to do it, so I’m feeling the time pressure crunch already.
Our plan is to leave So Cal on April 7 and caravan over (we each have our own cars) with the cats and all my houseplants (no, I’m not leaving the plants behind! Why do people keep insisting I do that!?). The trip from here to Austin should take 3 nights, and we plan on staying at pet-friendly hotels along the way.
That part of the move is my least favorite, but I’m going to try and see it as an adventure and not a huge hassle! Speaking of, anyone know of a really good way to transport two cats in a car, long distance? I’m thinking two big dog crates arranged with anything that will make them comfortable, like we did when we transported cats out of New Orleans. We’re going to a pet superstore this weekend to look at our options, and hopefully, be able to come home with something they’ll at least put up with.