Sometimes things don’t always go as planned.
Life is unpredictable. You can’t control it. You won’t always like what’s happening. . but sometimes, you just gotta hold on.
After a surprising turn of events, lots of interviews and flying all over the country, my husband presented a few options in front of me. New job opportunities. In new cities. Which meant uprooting our little family and moving.
Two years ago, I never thought we’d leave Los Angeles and ended up loving Seattle so I only have high hopes for Madison, Wisconsin. OK, I’m lying. Kind of. Here is how I rationalized it: It’s the Midwest. The cost of living is more reasonable. My sister lives in Minnesota, which is only a 4-5 hour drive away. Chicago, the closest major city, is only 2.5 hours away. Madison is a cool town. It’s got the University after all. . and hello? Wisconsin? America’s Dairyland. Farm-to-table at it’s finest, right? And Madison is also home to the country’s largest producer-only farmers’ market. (If you didn’t grow it or produce it yourself in Wisconsin, you can’t sell it.)
A few things I did not think about initially. . or maybe I did but quickly wiped these things out of my mind because I was trying to be a supportive wife – How much I would miss our friends, Seattle . . and the freaking cold winters in the Midwest.
What was I thinking???
Well, for starters, we’re a family. ONE unit. We stick together. We support each other. We suck it up and deal with it. And dammit, I knew there was a reason I bought some rad snow boots and only wore them once here in Washington.
All kidding aside, I’m not completely happy about the move but trying to make the best of it. During the house hunting trip, we were able to experience some local things and I felt . . excited. So, I will hold onto that and suck it up majorly while we stay in a hotel for 5 weeks before we can officially move into our house.
And how will I deal with the winters?
I’ll have to deal with it. Hell, give me a long, warm North Face jacket, some gloves, my snow boots, a big hot bowl of hearty chili and some hot cocoa or tea and I think I’ll be ok. And I’ll have to learn how to shovel snow. And lots of it.
Check back with me in the Spring.
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