Monday, November 19, 2012

so, I live here now

So, I live here now.
My body is still on east coast time and probably will be for a while.  I wake up in the dark and get tired at 3pm, plus I've caught a cold - surprise - after the events of the past week, so I'm sleeping twice as much as normal anyway.  My car is here, which is weird, because it's here because we drove it here, and I still kind of can't believe that we drove it here.  If that makes any sense at all, which I know it does not.  
We made it through Kansas and into Colorado, unloaded the U-Haul into my storage unit and here I am, sitting on my friend's couch with my laptop after my first day of work.  My friends have all boarded planes back east, but I am so happy they made the drive out with me.  Friends like this are good for my soul.
I started work, which I've only done in the office for one day but I already adore it, the people are fantastic and the culture is exactly what I was looking for.  My to-do list is miles long and I'm adding to it far more quickly than I'm crossing things off, but it will all get done.  Eventually.  In the meantime, I'm scoping out where everything is, starting with the most important.
I know I haven't talked swim bike run in a while.  Mostly because all I've been doing is run.  I've had some minor shoe drama lately, mostly a pair of slightly pissed off shins due to some late-stage ankle pronation that I seem to have developed.  I think it's possibly due to the fact that I haven't done any strength training in a really REALLY long time, but it's so far at the bottom of the list of things I have to deal with out right now that I don't even notice.  I'm trying out a couple of new pairs and hoping to settle into a pair that I love before marathon - oh yes, I did say marathon - training starts to ramp up next month.   
But in general, my training is taking a major backseat to everything else in life right now.  This town is crawling with cyclists, which is starting to stir up the embers of my desire to get back on the bike.  I haven't found a local pool or gym yet, but I did go out Friday morning before work with a twitter-friend-turned-new-coworker for a short run to shake off the cobwebs of driving.  I'm experiencing a bit of culture shock, magnified when the short jog we do near the office takes us within six inches of a herd of cows roaming around, and people point out coyotes and talk about mountain lions.  I've never really considered myself a city girl, but I can see that turning into a country girl is going to take some work.
I miss my family.  I knew I would, and I'm trying to not turn into a whiner because it's not even for all that long, but I miss them.  A lot.  FaceTime helps, pictures help, emails and texts help, but I can't wait until I can walk in the door after work to a pile of barking puppy again.  Our house was on the market for FAR less time than we anticipated before we got an offer (5 days), countered, and accepted a contract.  It all means that our move out here can be complete and permanent very soon, and that time can't pass quickly enough for me.  
I spent a good chunk of the day yesterday looking at houses here, and I say with no small amount of disbelief that I think I've found one that is a perfect fit for us.  Our dream house, the Colorado version of the puppy cupcake poetry palace, the place where my hoodies can grow old.  It's going to take a few more days of letting all the banks talk to each other and still needs quite a bit of luck, but if everything works out, my entire family will be here and in our new house by the end of the year.  That sounds like a ridiculous fairytale.  I can't believe how much my life - our lives - have changed over the past three weeks, and it's not over yet.  But in my quest to remain in the present, I am trying to not fret about all the things I can't control.  
Walking out the door every day and driving around against the backdrop of a postcard helps.  Knowing that I will only be in this crazy limbo for a month or two makes it easier to just breathe and let things unroll.  I think I am discovering that I need a lot less to be happy.  My husband, my puppies, my family, my friends, all of these are important pieces of my life.  And the rest can just fall away.

23 comments:

  1. You are awesome and I'm glad the move is going pretty well. I went back one time zone for a bit and I'm super tired, I cannot imagine how you feel! Good luck with the house buying. ;)

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  2. Such awesome perspective. This IS a crazy time in your life, but when all of the pieces fall together, it's going to be pretty frickin' incredible. I'll be thinking lots of good house thoughts, and if you need anything, let me know! xo!

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  3. I'm so excited for you! It sounds like all the pieces are starting to fall into place. And marathon?! I hope you talk about this more in the near future!!!

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  4. That is AMAZING news on the house selling so quickly. And finding a new one! We are renting after our big move and I thought I had found us an unbelievable house. But it is a short sale and there are banks and courts involved so we will have to wait and see what happens.

    The Kidless Kronicles

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  5. Wow. You chaps don't do things by halves, do you?

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  6. I love it. I'm so happy for you guys. I can't wait for the fam to get there and run around under that big open sky. Enjoy the time alone b/c even though you miss them you won't get the opportunity to be with just your thoughts when they arrive. It's good for you.

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  7. im so so happy for you and your new experiences soon to come <3

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  8. I am so happy for you. The newness may wear off, but marveling at the dream you've made a reality never does.

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  9. Sounds like you are settling in and getting the lay of the land nicely :) I want to be a country girl, so I can't wait for the opportunity!

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  10. It's very brave of you to venture this far outside of your comfort zone. I would love to know how/why you chose colorado. I've had other friends move out there too for no particular reason. At the time they had no kids, just broke a lease threw everything into one car and headed to Denver. Now that I know Crowie and Rinny also live part of the year in Boulder, I'm adding it to my bucket list of racecation destinations as well.

    i hope you get settled in very soon and easily, we'll miss you on the east coast.

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  11. Sounds like everything is going so well! I'm happy for you! :)

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  12. obviously the most important thing to say in response to this post is: I JUST BOUGHT THOSE PINK SHOES IN PURPLE! Heh.

    So many big changes! But it sounds like things really are starting to click, and your family will be all together again soon.

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  13. Goosebumps. Those feelings of change and holy-crap-there-are-the-mountains (but where did my city go?!) feelings are all too fresh and familiar. :) It makes me so so happy to see everything falling into place for you & the husband & the puppy family. I hope that these two months fly by, but also hope the moments in between make you even happier and content with this huge life change!

    And then, I hope you plan for a Lot of visitors from the East Coast who miss the Rockies!

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  14. Great pictures. It is wonderful how things are coming together for you.

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  15. Love love love reading this. Change isn't always easy but to see happiness envelope people is awesome.
    ..and I have the same shoes..ad in blue well...

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  16. Glad you made it safely to the western frontier. Awesome to here that the house sold and things are falling into place sooner rather than later.

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  17. Welcome to Colorado...your are going to love it here! :)

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  18. I love ridiculous fairytales! Enjoy the whirlwind haze and newness around you - it is a complete adrenaline rush in its own way!

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  19. Yay! That is so great about your house selling, and finding a possible dream house in Colorado. Everything's coming up Katie :)

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  20. Jeez I miss a few posts and you are now on an all new coast. Congrats! It seems like great and amazing things are happening for you. And they seem to be working all out without you stressing much...so you know that only means one thing right? They are meant to be! Enjoy!

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  21. I'm trying to develop the same attitude about major change—especially moving—as I have about backpacking. Though at times, it can be uncomfortable to be without the things we *think* we need (running water and electricity while backpacking; a whole long list of things while moving), it's incredibly liberating when we realize how little we *actually* need. I'm looking to adopt the same laid-back attitude you seem to have during my next move (the same house-luck wouldn't hurt, too—such great news!)!

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  22. YOU MADE IT TO THE WILD WEST! So happy for you - the hardest part of the transition is over...now you just have to get over that damn cold and do some fourteeners!

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