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Moving Itinerary/Going Away Party 
2nd-Nov-2009 10:40 pm
In a little over 2 weeks, we will be making the move to Arizona. Damien's last day of work here is Thursday the 19th, and before I go to bed that night EVERYTHING will be properly packed into boxes. We get the U-Haul truck on Friday the 20th, load up that day and then get some rest before heading out at 0'dark:30 Saturday the 21st. We'll be stopping for the night right about halfway in San Antonio, then arriving in Phoenix on Sunday the 22nd. Depending on the time of day we'll unload the truck that following Monday, the 23rd, turn the truck in that day or the day after, and then spend a few days getting everything situated in the new condo.

Speaking of the new condo, it is S-W-A-N-K! Here's a virtual tour of it. Don't hate. Also, there's a lake across the street from us, and it's right around the corner from Trader Joe's - one of my most favorite places to shop EVAR.


Arial map

View of the lake & fountain across the street

Fountain @ night time

I'm going to be using my Dreamwidth blog to document the move and life in Arizona, everything will be crossposted here though. I'll be making status updates to Facebook while we're on the road to check in and let everyone know where we are and how we're doing, and in case I cannot post normally from the road to here I'll make voice posts.

Our going-away party is happening at Maggie's house This Saturday, so there will be lots of pictures coming from that.

Everyone has been SO fantastic and loving and encouraging and supportive and generally wonderful, more than I could even ask for in fact, and all in all I'm very excited about the move and the new adventures awaiting us on this new part of our family's journey. I know the homesickness is coming down the road and I'm in for rough days ahead sooner or later, and I'm ready for it, as long as it doesn't happen while we're still here. I can do this as long as I keep it together until we land, and if I can manage that (and I have all the faith in myself I could possibly have that I will) then that will be more than half of my battle.

Just breathe, Brad...
3rd-Nov-2009 04:53 am (UTC)
Yay! If you guys aren't too worn out when you get to San Antonio, give a call and we can meet for dinner. (I'm only about 20 minutes away.) I'll email you more later! But yay!!! : )
3rd-Nov-2009 05:07 am (UTC)
Brad, I know this is a big step for you and Damien, and you are probably right about some bouts of homesickness ahead. But I am willing to be that, all things considered, you are going to find the move to be an exciting adventure and you are going to love being in your new home.

Arizona can be brutal in the summer heat, but almost everywhere is air-conditioned, and on all but the hottest days, the lack of humidity makes it very nice to sit in the shade, with a fan blowing a bit of a breeze. You won't miss the humidity you have experienced in previous summers, I am sure.

There are a lot of great people in Phoenix, and I am sure you guys will make a great circle of new friends in no time.

Best wishes to you and Damien for a trouble-free move and a very successful settling-in process.
3rd-Nov-2009 09:10 am (UTC)
The condo looks gorgeous with the views of the lake and hills. Lovely.

Of course it's going to be a huge change for you both, but you'll probably be so busy just settling in that you won't have too much time to dwell on the homesickness to start with. And it's not like you're going to another continent. It will be a wonderful adventure!
3rd-Nov-2009 02:34 pm (UTC) - Best Wishes---
Best wishes to you guys in this very busy and crazy time. Be nice to one another.. You need each other more than ever right now and times will be filled with stress and the opportunity for bad atittudes. xoxoxoxo to you both. Thinking good thoughts -- maybe now that you'll be in PHX, we'll have the opportunity to meet one day -- I have met a good group of bloggers in the PHX area.'

A. Lewis
3rd-Nov-2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
-hughug- You can do it.

And I"m so jealous of your condo! Waaaant.
3rd-Nov-2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the move. Seems like you are taking the 10 west. Just don't freak out with the border patrol stop west of Las Cruces. With a Uhaul you may face some screening.

Bring lots of water for the ride from San Antonio west. It is pretty barren out there. Beautiful but barren.
3rd-Nov-2009 08:39 pm (UTC)

Just breathe, Brad...

*silently removes the comma*

3rd-Nov-2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Breath Deep, Brad... and then Enjoy the Life of Adventure and Love with the Man of your Life!! This entry puts a smile on my face to see and wish for the BEST of everything life can give the both of you!! Luv n Hugs, Always!
3rd-Nov-2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
that flat 'is' great!im excited for you...xx
3rd-Nov-2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Best of luck with your move!
4th-Nov-2009 04:15 am (UTC)
I'm encouraged about how you are taking this move on with full exposure. There will be hard times ahead, but I think you've wrapped yourself around some really good friends here on LJ and other networks to keep you warm and cozy like a blanket to get you through it all. Who knows what else lies in store for you yet. Regardless, nothing is permanent.

I was hoping to get down to the party, but it's really hard from this distance. I think I'd rather plan a time to visit you at your new place where we can have more 1:1 time too with you and D. Sounds like this weekend is going to be one crazy party. :)

10th-Nov-2009 08:46 am (UTC)
View is great and the pool and landscaping too - hope you enjoy!
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