What’s Been Going On?

March 28, 2008

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)! :-D 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! :lol: 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. ;-)

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katelin March 28, 2008 at 1:41 pm

that’s so exciting! congrats on the big move, glad everything is working out so well :)

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Lisa H. March 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm

This may help you out…depending on what kind of car you have. You’ll probably have to ignore some nonsense in the thread, but the couple moved from CA to DC with the cats, and the cats look pretty happy with their traveling arrangements.

http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/34709834/m/209004797831?r=555009828831#555009828831

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Jenn March 29, 2008 at 6:35 am

I take my plants when I move :) I’m excited about your move though! I hope everything goes smoothly :)

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Tina March 29, 2008 at 10:15 am

Hi!
I found your blog via way of Still Life with Soupcan. First, I’m very sorry to hear about your Celeste. If I can say so, she was an incredibly striking cat and looked as though she was a huge lovebug–my heart hurts for you a little bit. I can’t imagine losing my Tai…

My other kitty, Pretty Kitty, came to me via way of Siamese Rescue Organization. She was, and I would still consider her, semi-ferral so the fear of her bolting from the car and getting lost in transit was (and is) very real. So… she came to me from Virginia to Massachussettes via a large dog crate (I would say something like this: http://www.petco.com/product/6227/Petmate-Traditional-Vari-Kennel-Portable-Kennels.aspx. In the inside, SRO had wired two dishes–one for food one for water, and put down a flat-ish medium sized tupperware dish with a pee pad on it (easy clean-up) in one corner (near the front since she immediately ran to the back of the carrier) and in the back was a pile of blankets for her to snurgle in. She also had a collar with all her info on it just in case she some how got out of the car.

I can try to take pictures and send them if you’d like.

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fragileheart April 2, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Awh good luck moving :) I love moving but only when I have the time to be as anal retentive about it as I want to. hehehehe

I also just wanted to say thanks so much for letting me advertise on your blog :)

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