Moving On Up!

So for some reason this weekend I decided I didn’t have enough going on in my life. In some moment of enlightenment (or possibly insanity), I decided to move. By the end of the month. Actually, I’m moving in two weeks. That’s right, on top of planning a company holiday party, an RWA chapter conference, finishing the current quarter of college courses, working full time and chasing around a 9 year old, I’m moving. Why, you ask? Because I can.

I’ve lived in my apartment for three years now. Every September I fill out the paperwork to renew my lease and stay put. Now, I like my apartment. It’s a little small but the kiddo and I don’t need much. It’s clean and comes with a dishwasher and central heat & air – the two things required for any abode of mine. But on the downside, it’s on the third floor, it’s twenty miles from work and even further from some of my friends. So when I found a letter stuck in my door last Thursday night that I had to be out by September 30th, I was totally shocked….at first.

But then I got mad. First of all, how do you give a 26 day 30-day notice? Then when I finally reached someone in the office after 10am the next day, it was explained that they just use these letters to terrify tenants into turning in their paperwork. Yes, terrify is the word she used. WTF?! Why can’t they just put a letter in the door that says we really need your paperwork in the next few days or we may have to terminate your lease? Wouldn’t that be a much better approach?

So, I decided to call their bluff. And from all the signs, I’d say it was meant to be. A co-worker suggested I check out a complex where she used to live that is in the best school district in Virginia Beach. The place usually has a waiting list but as of Friday they had one apartment available before the end of this month. I went to see it that afternoon and turned in all my deposits today. I get the keys on the 19th and I’ll move in on the 20th. That’s right, I’m moving in TWO FREAKING WEEKS!

This means manic packing. Right now I’m working on clearing out everything that either goes in the dumpster or to the charity store. I’m bringing boxes home from work tomorrow and I’ll start packing all the books and knick knacks (or what-nots depending on where you live). I’ll clear out my closet and the clothes in my drawers by the weekend and from there I’ll just have to pack the stuff in the kitchen.

But the best part about this is how excited my friends are that I’m moving closer to them. And how many of them keep telling me I’m not doing this alone. I guess I’m even more blessed than I knew.

How about you? Have you ever moved on a whim? Packed all your belongings in under 14 days? Ever have one of those friends that was always moving and always expected you to help? Anyone want to come to the beach in two weeks and help me move? LOL!

20 thoughts on “Moving On Up!”

  1. irisheyes says:

    Terri! O.M.G. Where do you get your energy?!

    I told the DH this is it. I’m not moving again. We’re no longer in our twenties and can fit everything we own in the back of a truck. Last time we hired movers and it still took 2 days. I could not believe the amount of crap we’ve accumulated.

    I’m glad you’ve got friends helping you out.

    *Sending positive moving thoughts and prayers your way!*

  2. terrio says:

    Irish – I have no idea!! LOL! I also am not as hip to move constantly like I was in my 20s pre-kiddo. But we really need to get closer to where our lives are. Half the distance to work, minutes to my friends and less than 10 mins from the beach. PLUS, the best school in town.

    This move is definitely worth all the hassle! And I’m with you on the crap accumulation. You wouldn’t believe how much stuff I’m trashing or dropping at the thrift store. LOL!


    We HAVE to give 60 days notice in Ontario. I’ve never broken that rule, cause they’ll keep my deposit 🙂

    GOOD LUCK! And woohoo to being closer to friends, and a good school district.

  4. terrio says:

    Tiff – this is the first place I’ve ever lived that wanted more than a 30 day notice. But this time, they gave me the notice so it’s my way out without messing with this silly 60 day thing. And because it’s they’re request (technically) that I leave, I get my deposit back. We’ll see how much they give back after I move out. I rarely count on getting much.

  5. Stephanie J says:

    Whoa! I would NOT be able to do all that… I’m sure I’d be breaking out in cold sweats all the time and I’d never sleep, just sit in bed thinking about what I need to do the next day. Geeze! But moves are exciting and I’m so happy for you! They’re like mini fresh starts. Plus the location sounds ridiculously awesome! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how it all goes!

  6. terrio says:

    Steph – part of me knows this is insane, but the other part is really excited. You have to remember I’m the person who decided in April ’94 to move to Nashville even though I had never been there and didn’t know a soul. I got there on June 2 and didn’t even have a place to live. But I found a place the next day and moved in on the 4th.

    In other words, this is nothing I haven’t done before. LOL! What would life be without a little adventure?

  7. skirbo says:

    That’s so exciting and cool! Definitely meant to be. And my brother and his wife married in Virginia Beach while he was in the Navy (they are in Manassas now) and I fell in love with the place.

    It’s gorgeous there. Lucky, lucky, lucky.

    Um, if you could pay for the 16 year old to get there, you could have her for a few weeks. She’s a hard worker for people she doesn’t know. 😉


  8. terrio says:

    Sarah – that is soooo tempting. But it’s taking all of my savings now to do this. LOL! But boy could I use her to pack while I’m at work!

    This is a fun place to live. I’d never lived on the coast until I moved here and I’m really happy I did.

  9. MsHellion says:

    *LOL* I’m just glad you’re moving somewhere safer–and that it all worked out!! Congrats on the new apartment!

  10. terrio says:

    You’re just happy that we’ll be even closer to the beach the next time you come. We can be at the pirate ship in under 10 mins. LOL!

  11. Renee says:

    Wow! When I was younger, before we bought our home, we moved every 6 months. I guess you could say no house kept my attention for very long. We’ve owned for 13 years now, and it’s past time to move. But it’s not feasible so we’ll stay.

    I’d love to come to the beach and help you move if I wasn’t so far from you.


  12. Janga says:

    Terri, it’s a wonderful moment when all the moving is done and the last item is unpacked and in its place and you can sigh “Home!” I will be sending up prayers that you will be given endurance, patience, and a strong back. 🙂

    Of course, three months after moving, we still have a fair-sized storage unit packed to the ceiling with unpacked boxes. LOL! And this is after several dozen trips to Good Will, the recycling center, and the dump. 🙂

  13. J.K. Coi says:

    Whoo hoo Terri! Good luck on the move. I hope your new place rocks!

  14. Quantum says:

    Hey Terri, From the picture you may have forgotten the kitchen sink!

    Ten mins from the beach…..thats paradise… lucky thing.

    You know I would help if I was nearer, but I would probably be swimming most of the time so wouldn’t be much use!

    Does the Gulf Stream keep the water warm?
    Are their good cliff walks?
    Is the bathing safe?

    Expect a visit if I pass near! *g*

  15. terrio says:

    Renee – Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to find my own house where I could plant some roots and stay for the duration. But that’s just not in the cards right now. So this will have to do. And I wish you could come help me too. Even if just so you could get a vacation!

  16. terrio says:

    Janga – I cannot wait until we are all in and this is over with. And I’m already loading stuff up that is going bye bye. I’m not really a *stuff* person so I have no idea where all this *stuff* came from!

    JK – thanks for the whoohoo. LOL! I’m excited and looking forward to having a little more room and being in a new place. I’m one of those weird people who loves change.

  17. terrio says:

    Q – sorry to have to tell you but we don’t have cliffs around here. I think those are all over on the west coast. And the water here is freezing pretty much. You have to go a couple hundred miles further south to get the warmer seas.

    You and Mrs. Q are always welcome! Drop by anytime you’re on this side of the water. LOL!

  18. Yay! Sounds like Kismet. And yes,I have moved spur-of-the-moment when John got his ‘dream job.’ When we moved from Virginia to Maine, I packed up a three bedroom house in FOUR days. I had a 5 yr-old, and almost 3 year-old and I was 6 months pregnant.Like you, I threw almost everything away. I am sooo excited for you! And I hope Isabelle has a great transition into her new school and makes a million friends.

    I love to move, and have moved A LOT, although I do hope to be carried out of here with a toe-tag….many, many years from now. Maybe in a couple of years I’d like to move to the Keys, at least for part of the year.

  19. terrio says:

    Maggie! My sister in relocation. LOL! Technically, I have about 8 or 9 days left to pack and there isn’t a box one in my apartment. I am throwing away a ton of stuff and sticking clothes for good will in garbage bags. I think I have four or five bags already. From Friday night to Sunday night, I will be a packing fool!

    But I bow to you as the queen of packing. All that, two little ones and pregnant? There a special place in heaven for you. LOL!

  20. Quantum says:

    Terri,If I should relocate to the States I will go a couple of hundred miles south….wouldn’t want to crowd you.

    You could then pop down for a dip and a cup of tea. *smile*

    Good luck next Sat!

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