Posted by Lisa On June 23rd, 2009
My sister and I looked at six apartments over the weekend, but there was one that I really liked and I applied for. Today I got the phone call from our new landlord letting me know that we got the offer! 🙂
It’s an in-law unit (basically the basement of someone’s house that’s been made into an apartment) that has one bedroom, a full kitchen, living/dining room, full bathroom, and a yard…and the absolute best thing about it…we can have a dog!! We’re going to wait to get our new bundle of joy until Kevin gets a part-time job, but I’ll definitely keep you in the loop.
The neighborhood it’s in is the Portola District in southeast SF. It’s not the prime location, I’ll be honest, but the more I read about it and drive around the more I feel like it might be the perfect location for us to get our feet wet in SF.
Here are some photos of the new place!
Posted by Lisa On June 20th, 2009
I left at 6:30am this morning and having never made the drive up north on my own, luckily it was a lot better than I was expecting! A little traffic here and there, but it was mostly smooth sailing until the Bay Bridge.
I got into the city around 1:30pm and met Jessie and her boyfriend Kindrid at Dolores Park.
We went to check out one apartment near Golden Gate Park but it wasn’t what we’re really looking for. So Jessie and I spent the rest of the afternoon in her apartment, listening to old records and blogging! Tomorrow we’re going to hit some more apartments and have dinner with our dad who’ll be visiting. Then Monday I start my new job! 🙂
Posted by Lisa On June 20th, 2009
My last night as a Southern Californian was yesterday, so to celebrate the whole Edmonds gang (plus the Rotty family) went out to dinner to Sweetee Thai in Cypress. The food was delicious (as always) and we had a great evening together.
Posted by Lisa On June 20th, 2009
Kevin and I have been really busy these past two weeks packing, packing, packing! Because I’m not going to be there in the apartment the last two weeks that Kevin’s there, I wanted to help out as much as I could. So we’ve packed up about 10 boxes with things that he wouldn’t need (some kitchen stuff, photo albums, sheets, etc.) We got really lucky because we have an unlimited supply of moving boxes from Yamaha (where Kevin works), hence all of our boxes with their logo on the side.
Yesterday I made four trips to my car to pack up all of the “junk” we wanted to donate to Out of the Closet…it sure felt good to rid ourselves of unnecessary things before our move!
Posted by Lisa On June 8th, 2009
Wednesday, June 3rd was the day that our adventure began! I got a phone call from a job that I had interviewed for in San Francisco two weeks prior letting me know that I got the job! We immediately called family and friends and sent out a mass e-mail letting everyone know the good news. And it truly has been a whirlwind in the days since…
Thursday I put in my two week’s notice, so I have only two weeks left of working for the Orange County Girl Scouts! So many co-workers and volunteers who got the news that day told me wonderful, heartfelt good wishes and it was so nice to hear all of those great things. I will definitely miss the people that make up the OC Girl Scouts.
Friday I got to work on cleaningcleaningcleaning the apartment! It took two hours to scrub, mop, vacuum and dust the whole apartment, it had been a while since we did a thorough cleaning! Knowing that I only had two weeks left in our wonderful apartment made me get started on the moving process right away to make it as stress-free as possible.
On Saturday, Kevin and I got started on the cleaning/sorting process early and spent a whopping six hours going through files, closets, drawers, and cabinets getting things in order and getting rid of so much stuff! It’s amazing how much stuff can accumulate in only three years. We’ve got a major pile started of things that we’re going to donate to Out of the Closet just down the street.
Yesterday we had a great day with Kevin’s family…we had a delicious waffle breakfast at his parent’s house and then spent the day at Central Park in Huntington Beach for Judith’s birthday (Kevin’s sister). I will definitely miss the family get togethers, it’ll be hard not being able to be a part of all of them anymore.
So what’s the job that I’m starting on Mon. June 22nd? I’ll be the Admissions & Registrar Coordinator at Alliant International University in San Francisco (the school is right across the street from Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf!) I’ll be working with their School of Education, admitting teacher credential students, helping them through the program, and helping connect them to jobs in the local school districts after they complete the program. So it will be a great stepping stone for me as I prepare to become a public school teacher myself in the next few years.
I’ll be staying with my lovely sister Jessie for two weeks or so as we look for apartments up there. Kevin will be holding down the fort in Long Beach for a couple of weeks after I leave since we’ve already paid rent through that time. Then on Fri. July 3rd since I have the day off, I’ll be flying back down to Long Beach and we’ll hopefully have our going-away party that evening (save the date!) That weekend we’ll be packing up the moving van and saying goodbye to Long Beach as we make the drive up north to our new home! Hopefully we’ll have found an apartment by that time so we can move our stuff directly to our new apartment. Kevin’s plan is to get a part-time job and go back to school to earn his Aircraft Mechanic License (he’s looking into two programs right now) which I know he’ll do so well in!
So that’s the plan…pretty crazy huh? We are both sososo excited to be starting our new adventure in life after a few months of talking about it. It really hasn’t hit me yet, though, that I’m really leaving my hometown in just under two weeks. Already I’ve had a couple of friends get teary on me but I haven’t gotten to that point yet. I think I’m still just in that excited mode and it hasn’t sunk in. But I know when that time comes I’ll be a complete mess! I was born and raised in Long Beach and almost all of my close family and friends are here. Southern California has been home to me for my entire 25 years and saying goodbye is going to be so, so hard. But I know deep down that this is absolutely the best decision for us. And I know that we are going to grow as individuals and as a couple so much in moving together to a brand new place. So it will definitely be a bittersweet next couple of months…but luckily at this moment all I’m feeling is the “sweet”. 🙂