Alright, so now that we got the announcement out of the way, how about a little reality. Shall we?
This move we’re about the embark on has far less Palin’s, polar bears, darkness, igloos, dogsleds or even vampires than previously mentioned, which I agree is shameful and I need to find a way to rectify this situation before I arrive. I mean, if nothing else I need to find a way to adopt a polar bear. At LEAST.
Reality is that I’m THRILLED to be taking this next step. Even though I hate moving with every fiber of my being and if I had it my way we'd sell every single thing we owned down to the houseplants and my clothes and just start over in Anchorage. Just thinking about packing is giving me hives.
Moving to Olympia, although I don’t regret it for a second, wasn’t a move I was thrilled about. I had been laid off, unable to find work in Seattle, and looked at either moving home with my parents or moving to Olympia with Adam as my two last options. I’ve grown to enjoy this city over the past two years, I’ve made wonderful friends, Adam and I learned so much about each other and have created a lovely life for ourselves, but this move was never something I had jumped into with a whole lot of excitement.
I remember I told Adam I refused to downgrade from Seattle to Olympia having never even SEEN the damn town, and so one weekend before we moved we headed south and wandered aimlessly. Let's just say our day trip didn't exactly inspire much confidence and led me to spend the next two days sobbing uncontrollably into my pillow.
But Alaska? This is a whole different story.
Adam’s been given a HUGE promotion within his company to a position in Anchorage, I get to continue working at my job which I LOVE, and this move in all aspects is something to be excited about. We already found a townhouse to rent in a part of Anchorage we had hoped to live in, and even though it has a (I'll admit) small backyard, it does have a lovely second story balcony that I've been told gets a lot of great light in the summer (when it stays light till like 12am) so I already plan to grow all I can from my little second story garden plot. Lettuce in the window boxes anyone? Container gardening here I come!
Beyond my excitement for our new place and my relief I can still have a 'garden', this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in a part of the world that most have never even visited. We’ll spend the next couple years seeing and doing things most people only do on vacation. My little point and shoot camera will probably melt from all the pictures I’ll snap, and my jaw might freeze wide open from gaping at the beauty surrounding us.
Even if you hate wilderness and the outdoors (what is wrong with you?) Anchorage is about THREE TIMES bigger than Olympia. There’s a Nordstrom’s for crying out loud! An international airport. Professional theater! Concert halls. Award winning restaurants. TONS OF PEOPLE! Plus, the entire city is framed by these mountains.
The Chugach State Park (which I've been told are the mountains we're seeing behind downtown) is listed as one of the top ten most spectacular state parks in the entire United States. And, this will be the backdrop to my new city.
The other day Adam and I played a game of, “List The Things You Want To See And Do In Alaska” and so far we've found it’s hard to even find an end to the game there are so many things we want to see and do.
I love this home we’ve made in Olympia. The friends I’ve come to love dearly, the quiet little town we’ve spent the last two years exploring. I’m deeply remorseful that I will not see my roses bloom this summer, or see my seedlings I lovingly planted and tended to (and then threw in the trash last night to Adam's horror) turn into tasty bites. But that being said, when I think about our move to Alaska, and I force myself to ignore the moving stress that seems to be slowly stealing my will to live, I feel like I’m a kid right before Christmas morning. I just want to get there already and start this part of our life.
Oh, and I can’t wait for my new blog header. You guys are going to love that shit. It's in the works as we speak. I heartily welcome all suggestions for taglines and designs as I am only in the dreaming stage with my designer.
So far I am really loving Sarah's suggestion, the Accidental Olympian Alaskan: This blog is about moose.
Stay tuned, we’re all going on a wild ride.