Posts Tagged ‘Moving’
March 4, 2013
It’s Monday, but it’s okay. I have started a new view on Mondays to wake up and be awesome.
While I usually drag a little bit in the mornings, I have slowly realized that how my day turns out (especially now that I work from home) goes hand-in-hand with my attitude upon waking up. No. More. Rolling…. unless it is well deserved after a long night or week first.
I realized the other day that it has been a really, reallllly long time since I have vlogged. Maybe for a reason? I have been known to ramble back in my days of wedding planning, and for that I apologize.
Today, I wanted to break back into the vlogging world to share just a few updates with you in “person”. When reading blogs, I love when people throw in a video every now and then just to be able to see what they are really like, and figured you might enjoy getting to know me just the same.
If I am wrong, then now is the time to leave the page because here I come!
What’s Been Going On Up North
Since this is a healthy living blog, I post a lot about what I am eating or what fitness program I am doing, but try to include every day life happenings into the mix as well. If you keep up with the blog, you probably know a lot of what has taken up our weeks and now months since moving up north. If not, then here is a good catch up.
PS: Ummm… does anybody else notice a slight Michigan accent? Check out how I say “hour”, “post” and “posted”. Whoa!
Hope you enjoyed that little nugget of embarrassment, and if it at least make you crack a smile, I did my job. Happy Monday!
Questions of the Day
• Do you have a hard time getting focused on Monday mornings? Have you ever dreaded going to bed Sunday? (<- I have certainly been there.)
• What are some things you do to help enhance your mood at the beginning of the week?
Mondays have always been tricky for me. I think it started back in college when I had a early morning mandatory workout followed by my hardest class of the week to look forward to. Later, that turned into the start of a work week. After that, Mondays turned into teaching my 6 a.m. barre classes, (which I loved – but never really got over the fact that I had to get up at 4:30 a.m.). Today, I have more of a flexible schedule and realize that all a great Monday requires is a little motivation and good attitude!
October 18, 2012
We have been living out of Orlando for five days now. Can you believe it?
Many of you have asked where around Detroit we are living and how we are settling in so far. The answer to that is at an extended stay hotel in Auburn Hills, and just fine.
Ever since Scott got hired, the process of moving up here felt like it went by at warp speed! By the next week, he was up here working away, doing everything he could to help the process from afar. While I was at home packing our house away
which I will never do again! he searched for potential homes for us.
The problem with renting here – especially in the Rochester, Rochester Hills, Birmingham, and Troy areas where we are looking – is that there are a lot of renters ready to move and not enough properties to lease. Apparently, living in the ‘burbs surrounding Detroit is where it’s at!
While in Orlando, I sought out at least a dozen places for Scott to look at in person. For one reason or another, none of them seemed to fit the bill.
After two full days of driving up, and a few sleepless nights at a motel (when we were unable to find pet friendly hotels), I am relieved to say we are temporarily living in an extended stay hotel about ten minutes from The Palace.
They happily accept all three of our crazy pets, and have accommodated everything we could possibly need.
As each day goes by, we are closer and closer to nailing down a place with our Realtor, but until then I have gotten into a somewhat of a normal routine here at the hotel.
Every morning I bundle up and take Roadie out for a morning walk.
Mock the fact that I dressed him up in a fleece sweater all you want, both of us and our Floridian blood bodies are going to do our best stay warm this winter!
Roadies seems to be enjoying the crisp fall air here, and hasn’t really reacted to the cold yet. It has, however, only gotten down to 38 degrees so far. Ask me how he is doing again in about a month or so!
For now, everyone looks to be perfectly content with where we are, and that makes me happy. Sure beats living in a Pet Hotel, right Aspen?
Have you ever stayed at an extended stay hotel? We hadn’t, and before now I had no idea what to expect. I have to admit that I have been pleasantly surprised with our stay so far, and thought you might want to take a look around too.
The biggest challenge so far is keeping Roadie inside the room. He is a very smart boy, and has figured how to let himself out of any door with a lever handle. Check out how we stop him… (Muahahaha.)
Not too shabby right?
Besides providing us with plenty of space, I have thoroughly enjoyed having a laundry room and gym to use at any time of the day. I have managed to find healthy options and start my day with a similar breakfast every morning including a bowl of oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar, two hard boiled eggs, and a single serving of Dannon Light & Fit yogurt.
Having these things accessible has helped me feel more like a my “housewife” self, rather than a “hotelwife.” <- I know, that was pretty lame. It’s fine.
As you might have seen in the video, there are a few things you can do to help make any extended hotel stay feel a little more like home. Buying hangers to hang up your clothes, organizing your things, and buying hand soap for the bathroom and a small candle to hide any hotel smell is a great start.
Worked for me!
Now I am off to a full day of finishing the application process for places, running errands and hitting the gym. I am unusually excited for the last part. I have been extremely ancy to get back to a normal workout routine, and can’t wait to start running outside again, once we settle into a neighborhood.
More updates to come!
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever stayed at an extended stay hotel? If so, what have you done to make it feel more like home?
• Do you ever get really excited for a workout?
October 17, 2012
Well hey there everyone, and a surprisingly warm (today) Fall hello from Auburn Hills, Michigan!
I apologize for not letting you in the loop of how everything is going sooner. Since we said our final goodbyes Friday morning, it has been a crazy, exciting, and busy week getting settled in and looking for a new home. Scott’s new job with the Detroit Pistons is in full swing and I attended my very first game last night vs. the Orlando Magic!
Talk about being thrown right into it…
I had a great time, but I will save that subject for another post all together! Right now I want to back track back to Friday morning before the big drive up to our new home.
Saying goodbye to Orlando, our friends and our family is certainly not an enjoyable thing to do. It is hard, and it kind of hurts a little.
As we got up to say goodbye to my mom early Friday morning, she was in a big hurry to get out the door. She said she had a few important meetings at school, but I really think that was her way to avoid having to say a sad goodbye. I don’t blame her. Her rushing out after a hug made it a little easier on me too.
My sister showed up a few hours later in the morning with two loves of my life, Aspen and Cali. I missed them so much the week they stayed with her!
They were the last thing to pack up in the car, and along with Roadie and my dad, Scott and I said goodbye to my sister and headed out on our not-so-short eighteen hour drive up to Michigan.
Diggin’ the boots and my entire outfit, aren’t you? I strategically planned to wear those in the car, and brought a pair of jeans, a long sleeved shirt, and a sweatshirt to layer with as we started driving into the colder climates. Hate all you want, I was one comfortable little traveler!
Right around Noon, we were off to start a new chapter in our lives.
Scott drove, my dad helped navigate, and I had the ever important task of keeping everyone happy in the back seat.
Considering I had the smallest seat space out of everyone, I have to say I did a pretty good job. I now know that driving with all of our pets is doable and that we also have a true road dog on our hands.
It was not long before we stopped to get our first meal on the road. Trying to avoid the awful greasy tummy feeling I usually get from fast food, I opted for the pulled chicken barbecue salad from Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ with a light Ranch dressing.
I am notorious for getting pulled chicken or pork barbecue salads at BBQ restaurants, and I am not ashamed of it. They are, in fact, pretty bodacious.
And we were back on the road in a flash! The reason you can not find Cali in most of these pictures is because she slept in her crate for majority of the drive. Aspen claimed the “explorer” title pretty quickly, and spent more time crawling on our laps, stretching out on the dashboard and walking around than she did laying down.
With our bellies full and a full tank of gas, we hit the open road. Everything was going great, until we realized our tarp full of random household items wasn’t holding.
Thank you, movers, for doing us the favor of leaving these things behind. Speaking of movers, I have a few posts coming up dedicated to stories and advice I have gathered during this entire moving process. Stay tuned my friends.
For now, rest assure we had a fun and frustrating time dealing with the tarp flapping away in the wind and exposing our vacuum, trashcan, and small suitcases.
After a new tarp from Target about a half hour outside of Orlando, we set off to the interstate and made pretty good time all the way up to Georgia!
I do not get to cross state lines very often, so of course I wanted to take full advantage of taking a “hey, I made it here” picture at the state welcome center.
Back on the road, I finally broke into some of the snacks I had on hand. A favorite of mine had to be the Archer Farms: A Handful of Everything Trail Mix from Target.
It really is a handful of everything, and a really good time.
Along the way, Scott thought it would be a good idea to see how the cats reacted to being outdoors. He has leashed his previous cats before (I am not kidding) (lol) and wanted to see if they would use the bathroom outside of the box inside the car.
Little Miss Explorer ate up every minute, while Cali crouched as close to the grass as possible and plopped down every few steps. I think she thought she was invisible.
After another few hours of driving, we called it a night and stayed in a Days Inn near Athens, Tennessee. Oh, the choices in hotels you have when traveling with pets… again, I could dedicate an entire post sharing stories about staying in motels. But, I will move on instead. You’re welcome.
I am starting to realize this post could get pretty long, so I will try to sum up the rest of the trip as quickly as possible! Ready… go!
A few hours of driving in Tennessee led to the state line of Kentucky, where of course I had to take another photo.
Notice the comfy, yet publicly acceptable outfit this time? Ha.
We were making great time and only stopped for lunch and gas. When we realized we were literally right off the road of the Original Kentucky Fried Chicken location in Corbin, Kentucky, we had to stop in and try a piece.
Colonel Sanders Cafe – The Original KFC
Although I am not a true advocate of fast food, I have to admit that seeing where KFC was born was pretty neat.
Harland (Colonel) Sanders Cafe has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior and has grown to become one of the largest quick service food companies in the world.
If you have not yet heard about Colonel Sanders, here he is sitting on the far left beside my dad and I.
Love that guy.
After we ordered our food, we took a look around at all of the history right in front of us. In this very kitchen is where the original KFC recipe was concocted, made, and distributed to travelers passing through the area dating all the way back to the 1930′s.
He did not have his own restaurant yet, so patrons ate from his personal dining tables, located just beside his own living quarters.
I must say, the fried chicken, cole slaw and even the biscuit was worth every “fast food greasy” bite.
It was finger lickin’ good!
Back on the road up, we stayed focused and plowed through the rest of Kentucky and only stopped when we needed to reload for gas, let Roadie outside, or take a bathroom break ourselves.
For being on the road for almost two days straight, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to do with the pets. They didn’t seem to be phased one bit. Just another day in the life, I guess.
Getting up to the northern states, we crossed into Ohio and this is the closest I could get to getting my state line picture. This was taken via Instagram while crossing the Cincinatti Bridge, and that is as much as I can remember about Ohio.
I may or may have not fallen asleep for a good part of this state. Hey, it happens.
As we drove into the night, we finally made it to Michigan, but it was also too dark and rainy to get out and take a state line picture. We had to stop by the airport on the way into Detroit to pick up my car, and I was thrown into driving the highways right then and there. Good thing it was rain and not snow! My fear for driving in snow is no secret.
After being in Michigan for more than a few days, I can tell you that both Scott and I are smitten. It may just be the honeymoon phase of something new, but from what we can tell we are really going to enjoy living here.
I can’t wait to share more about it very soon! At the moment we are staying in an extended suites hotel and I am working from my ridiculously slow MacBook laptop. Bear with me as I try to post as often as possible for the next few weeks… what I am used to getting done in an hour has taken up to half a day at times, and it can be a tad frustrating.
I guess that just means I will have more to share with you later on…
Thanks for reading and see ya soon!
October 12, 2012
Well folks, the day has come.
The countdowns are over, the celebrations have been had, and the goodbyes have been said. Today, Scott and leave life as we know it in Orlando, Florida for a new chapter up north. And, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t tearing up a little as I type this…
The thought of leaving everything behind and starting over is a little scary. Scary, yet exciting at the same time. For over a year, Scott and I have been through a lot for a newlywed couple. With the loss of Scott’s job, we definitely had periods of worry, stress, frustrations, and uncertainties as the months went by.
After a little over fourteen months, an opportunity in Detroit surfaced, we jumped on it and we haven’t turned back since.
Today, the reality of taking that next step sets in!
Living in Florida my entire life, it is very sad for me to see our car all packed up and ready to head out to the open road. As we say our goodbyes, I know the realness of living in another state will not set in for another days, or even weeks. Today, my friends, we become Michigan residents… and the actual thought is so surreal.
I knew I would be a little emotional today, and I know the worse is not over. I am sure as we leave our parents’ neighborhood and head out for the final time, the water works are going to flow. Oh boy.
Because I did not want this post to be a sad one, I have included a quick tour of our condo I have lived in for the past two years, and Scott for six.
We loved this place. Besides having to take an elevator up to the eighth floor and back every time we wanted to let Roadie out, it was perfect for us, and we are going to miss it.
I haven’t really included much about where we live on the blog thus far, but since we are no longer residents I guess my secret is safe with you all. Just a few stoplights off of I4, Scott and I lived in a condo in Metrowest Orlando. Stopping by just to finish a few touches, yesterday was the day to say goodbye, and I thought it would be fun to shoot a little video.
Well, as fun at saying goodbye to anything can be!
It is always hard to say goodbye…
It did not take me long to drop the camera and get on the floor with these two crazy boys. Gosh, I just love them so much!
Well… I guess this is it. Goodbye, sweet condo. You have served us well!
Last night we had the pleasure of meeting up with some of our dearest friends we met in Orlando. Some date back all the way to high school, where as others had become like family just over the past year or so.
I will be sure to post more about our final farewell later on, but for now I will leave you all with a photo of us on top of the Amway Center. As we said our last goodbyes, we took photos overlooking the city, just as we once had in our engagement photos a few years ago.
Goodbye, wonderful, scorching hot (I really am going to miss that!), fun Orlando. You will certainly be missed.
All right, time to hit the road! See you all in Michigan!!!