Lists are your friend

My lists...Oh, how I love lists. (This part of the preparation makes me feel like we're playing a real-life modern version of the Oregon Trail. We will not, however, have to hunt our own food. Or travel in covered wagons. Although if there's a tour like that once we get there, I'd consider it. It is, however, *kind* of fun to figure out how everything

October 19th, 2011 0 comments prep, the move

Exuding Calm

Many people - friends, relatives, colleagues - have commented about how calm I am about moving across the country. It's mostly true. I am a big believer in "everything will work itself out - so why worry?" I will say, however, that my mind is very active. At any given point, I have about five different thought streams going.

Depending on the time of day,

October 17th, 2011 1 comment prep

Paperwork Follies

File under things we didn't think about.

I was filling out the paperwork for daycare, you know...standard stuff that should have been a breeze to complete. (Well, other than the questions evaluating my childrens' psychological state of mind - like 'how does your child express their emotions? what does he / she do when they are angry?' Uh... They're pre-schoolers. Depends on what's happening. They

October 15th, 2011 4 Comments prep


I am incredulous at the sheer amount of paperwork we have managed to accrue in the almost 10 years we've been married. It's horrifying - mostly because I feel like we do a pretty decent job of staying on top of it. Apparently not.

Well, I should correct myself. We are pretty good at staying on top of the paperwork NOW - however, we had

October 13th, 2011 0 comments prep

Pantry Surprise

With only two weeks left before we head out, we're really having to buckle down and get ourselves organized. And that's raising a heck of a lot of questions for us. About things we'd never imagined we'd need to think about.

This weekend, for instance, we discussed what would happen to all the food in our pantry. We'll be in corporate housing for a bit

October 10th, 2011 0 comments prep, the move

You Learn a Lot About Your Kids in 40 Hours in a Car Over Four Days

A highlight from our trip was adopting some new parenting tactics. First, the good. We realized that our kids are troopers. They can hang in the plane or car like no one else. Granted, they are now also vidiots (vid-e-ots: humans that excel at playing video games; recognizable by their permanently cupped hands and calloused, arthritic thumbs). I challenge any one of you to navigate

October 9th, 2011 1 comment prep, the move

We’re home? We’re here? We’re here. It will be home later.

That wasn’t a wind gust you had on Friday, September 23, folks. It was Kenny breathing quite possibly the biggest sigh of relief since older brother discovered that Mikey really liked Life cereal.

Judging by the gorgeousness I saw from the airplane alone, I can safely say I think I am gonna like it here. I have never seen such beauty. Snow-covered Mountains! Valleys! Lakes! Clouds! Volcano!

October 6th, 2011 0 comments prep, the move


We got to put the stress of house selling aside for a few days. First ever visit to Portland for me and the kids - woooooo hoooooo!

We connected in Chicago and had breakfast at Chili's. Who knew Chili's in the airport would serve breakfast? And yes, our tortilla-chip-fanatical kids caught a peek at some folks having salsa and chips for breakfast. And yes, that

October 5th, 2011 1 comment prep

Someone – please love our house. Please. Pretty Please with Sugar on Top.

And whipped cream and a cherry. And sprinkles.

The throngs of buyers didn’t show. We knew they wouldn’t. Sigh.

It's really hard to tell your 'why this house is great' story to internet house shoppers.  Like the fact that you have no idea it's a busier road when you are sitting in the house or in the backyard. And it's a great house for a

October 4th, 2011 0 comments prep

For Sale Sign Goes Live

As part of the relocation process, two realtors met with us and toured our home to find the ‘most likely to sell’ price. This would determine our listing price, home marketing strategy and allow us to select our agent. Sounds simple.
The first two agents had a $53,000 gap between their ‘most like to sell’ prices. Someone wasn’t doing their job. Clearly. Luckily, they brought in

October 4th, 2011 0 comments prep

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